Colleen Heller - Professional Henna, body art & Facepainting 

Past Clients


​* ​Camp Diva * Richmond Public Libraries * Fink's Jewelers *

Children's Museum of Richmond Hardywood Brewery

​Hollins University * Chesterfield County Libraries * Science Museum of Virginia * Capital One * Nordstrom * Norfolk State University * Randolph Macon * University of VA * The Steward School * VCU * GE *
Darden School of Business *
Richmond Flying Squirrels *

​Williamsburg Libraries Custom Ink *
U of R * Weinstein JCC * Richmond Kickers * Midlothian Montessori*
Strawberry Street Festival *
People's Tax *
Colonial Harley Davidson *
Glen Allen Day * Veritas Winery * Blackwater Regional Libraries *
GROW RVA(formerly the Market Umbrella)* Glen Allen Community Center *

University Mary Washington * Admiral Insurance *Art 180* Om on Yoga  - Norfolk, VA *
Utopia Spa - Petersburg, VA * Camel * Carmike Theater * Spa 310 *
St. Constantine & Helen Greek School * *
SPARC Family Day *
Whitewave Foods - Harrisonburg, VA * Carytown Watermelon Fest *
Twin Hickory Library *
RAW Fashion Magazine * 
CustomInk - Charlottesville, VA *
Pine Run Social Club *
John Tyler Community College *
Williamsburg Regional Libraries *
Strangeways Brewery *
​ Virginia Power Boat Association *

Client Reviews

"FANTASTIC! Lovely henna art that actually lasted almost 2 weeks on my forearm. Very professional and quick! Really enjoyed her pleasant personality and care and concern for the party goers. Arrived on time and thoroughly explained the henna process. Don't hesitate to book!" -- Beverly G.

” Colleen is a skilled Henna artist. She is professional and a joy to work with. She’s responsive to online inquiries and will work with any requests you may have. I highly recommend her for any event you have. My wife’s Moroccan themed birthday brunch was a hit with Colleen. Hire her! You won’t regret it! – Steven White

” I came over to Colleen studio to get my belly henna and cannot recommend her enough! I’m in love with my design and felt comfortable with the entire experience. She really is amazing at what she does. She really took her time, and the details are breathtaking!!” Jackie Phillips

“thank you so much for a great job with the kids! I couldn’t have anyone else here you have a fantastic presence about you and having you here was so perfect for the energy of the party.💗💗💗” - Christina K.

“ Colleen is absolutely amazing for my now daughter-in-law‘s Mehndi party. She came to her house in an Indian outfit, had her own table and chair for her set up and made all the guests feel so special. Not to mention that her work is incredible. All of us were so happy! – Anita Sweeney

‘“You are amazing!! Love your work and this was wonderful!! – Woodlake Animal Hospital

"Thank you so much. My arms are adorned beautifully! The experience was so peasant and your spirit was so light! Continue to radiate positivity" --Najjiyya D.

"Of all vendors we worked with this past weekend, by far the most professional and positive to work with. Beautiful designs done in an efficient manner with wonderful work ethic and personality. Will be top of our list for any future festivities." -- Vicki G. , Bat Mitzvah celebration client

"On behalf of the Office of Student
Activities and Leadership at Virginia Union University, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude for your services on August 6th. Our new student orientation was enhanced by your presence and we truly appreciate your professionalism and excellent

"Would add in a recommendation for Wonderful to work with, so talented and just a great overall experience!"-- Jan S.

"Dream come true - Colleen was amazing. Best decision we made" -- Lara Mossler, Bridal client

"Colleen, you are the best henna artist and there is no way my photos would have been
anyway near as beautiful without your awesome creativity and skill!!!!" -- Cheri Bradby-Viquez, henna belly client

"OMG, absolutely everyone was raving about you and your artwork! After the happy couple, you were, hands down the hit of the party at Zocalo! It really was a wonderful wedding and your beautiful designs clearly appear in scores of pics. You have been awesome to work with and we feel fortunate to have crossed paths with you. Warmest thanks for being a part of Susan and Suraj's wedding weekend!" -- Denise Mathew, mother of the bride, May 2018

Just wanted to say what an absolute joy it was to work with you on the Raj wedding! It was such incredible weekend, and we simply couldn't have done it without you.  Thank you for all that you did and for helping to make it such a fabulous event (I am LOVING my henna tattoo :) )!  Really looking forward to working with you in the future. Have a great night, and I hope to see you soon!" - Sarah Beasley, Events with Panache

"You do such beautiful Henna - it makes me happy just looking at the pics - your love shows through!" - Missy P, 

@TheHennaLady is amazinggggg!  Everyone looks for great henna in RVA but ya won't find it unless you hit her up!!!" - Soliel P.

"Thank you a million times over the amazing Colleen Heller for her stunning artistry and skill at nailing everyone's personality so well in the gorgeous tapestries she wove" - Sara H

"Girl, I had soooo many people ask me about my Henna at the Festy, I can't remember how many times I said "Just go to, lol;).  Thank you for my fest art;) - Lori S.

"Thank you for decorating my limbs with henna tattoos on the eve of my wedding day. You helped make my rite of passage authentic - a gift that will always resonate in my heart. You were so wonderful to work with - I had a wonterful time @ the mehndi party with you. Deepak found his name eventually! That was fun! Thank you! xo" -Jaffray W.

​"Thank you so much for yesterday! It was beautiful and I couldn't have hoped for a better party! My mother was so thrilled and everyone loved their henna! Thanks again! Teri A., daughter of the bride

"It truly was a pleasure to meet you yesterday.  Our students enjoyed themselves greatly.  One student in particular said "She's amazing and incredibly talented.  Bring her back!"  It is my hope that NSU will be able to invite you for a program for years to come. - Crystal M. Watts Assistant Director, Office of Student Activities & LeadershipNorfolk State University

"I want to let you know what a HUGE hit the henna party was for Kate!  The girls loved it and are still talking about it.  Kate says it was the best party she's ever had.  Thanks for everything.  I know Kate felt like her birthday was very special." - Amy J.

"Thank you so much for coming to do henna for my birthday party!  Your work was truly amazing, and the event created such a lovely memory for all of us!  My hands are absolutely gorgeous!  I have three small cousins coming to visit today for Thanksgiving, and I know they'll be absolutely enamored by the designs. I will be sure to advertise your expertise around school - you might have a lot more sweet 16-ers asking for you! :D"
- Chloe S.

"Thank you so much for all of your hard work.  It really did pay off and looks fantastic.  The golds and shimmer added so much to each look.  The intricate patterns of the designs and then the rough rugged styles.  I loved everything you did!!!!  I think everyone has a new found appreciation for your work and not just as “The Henna Lady” but as an artist." - Kelly N. SaundersRAW Fashion Magazine

"Thank you so much for all the beautiful henna you did.  Everyone seeing your beautiful henna work, even the guys wanted it done. " - Veena Panigrahi, Virginia Beach, VA (Bridal Sangeet)5/12/11

"Colleen was and is an amazing lady. She is not only talented, but kind, gentle, and spirited. I was instantly comfortable with her and she added a lot more than henna to the event (including music)!"
-Aimee, Charlotesville, VA (Henna Belly)

:So Pleased!!! By lovieaj8 I had Colleen do a couple of henna designs for me for my birthday which was about two weeks ago and I walked away happier than ever. She is a truly talented artist (that did all of the designs free-hand) and a wonderful person. She is very professional and will educate on the whole process, I have had henna before but not like what I experienced with Colleen...the henna is freshly made by her daily and has a wonderful fragrance to it.....which made it even better. I have already told many of my friends about her and now I am sharing some with you......If you are looking for a henna artist look no further, her name is Colleen Heller and she is totally awesome!!!!!!!

Fantastic! By Jannaya : I have had Colleen do a temporary tattoo on my lower back as well as two different henna applications on my hand. She is excellent at what she does. She is very artistic and experienced, as well as friendly and accomodating. I needed the temporary tattoo for a special occasion so she fit me in the same day! The henna designs she did on my hand caught the attention of everyone everywhere I went. People kept asking me for her number because they were so impressed. I had to call Colleen and ask her for some of her business cards to give out so I didnt' have to keep writing down the information for people!!

Excellent artwork, very friendly and... 
By Jordan Reiter: We had her do the henna at a party for our wedding. Several people received henna tattoos. She made her own dyes from scratch from henna (NOT black henna of course!) and essential oils. The henna actually smelled wonderful. The designs were well drawn and included free-hand designs as well as designs we had requested before hand (she pre-drew custom stencils to be used that day). Overall, a very enjoyable experience. She was very patient and very clearly explained all of the ingredients she was using and what they were for. Highly recommended, definitely hire her for your own event, and don't be afraid to ask for custom designs.

Really great quality henna work By jeanmarie -The quality of her henna is very good - I have sensitive skin, and have never had any reaction to her henna. I love her hands and feet work, and have found that her work lasts weeks! Love to see her at the South of the James market, and she always has a good crowd, so I'm not the only one who loves her work!!!

Barbara M, Midlothian - I had Colleen do my daughter's 19th birthday party and she did an amazing job, she was on time, friendly and QUICK!!!  Colleen is amazingly talented and her products are natural!!!  She has a beautiful portfolio too.  Highly recommend her for any function! Fantastic! 

By ellen: Colleen is very knowledgeable about the origins of different design styles. Her henna is fresh and has a wonderful fragrance. She has a beautiful portfolio of designs: something for everyone - kids, teens, adults....take a look at the amazing work on her website. It is remarkable that she can do these designs free hand. She is a talented artist and is highly recommended!

Colleen is a true artist By motherartists - Jul 29, 2010 Colleen has studied the craft and art of henna for many years now. She applies the same energy and passion toward applying henna as she does with her reiki. How amazing to get henna applied by her! She values wholeness and a natural way of life as well as spirituality and this all comes out when she applies henna! She makes her own paste using the finest ingredients and essential oils...Whether it be a henna maternity sitting (mendhi on baby belly), a wedding party, or on your child (MY BOYS LOVE HENNA by Colleen!!!!)....there is a special quality and pure beauty that emerges that is a beautiful experience/process and a beautiful result...She's the best at what she does. I highly recommend Henna by Colleen - truly talented artist! 

By Jill Carillo: Colleen did a henna belly for me during my second pregnancy, and I simply can't wait to get another one for my current pregnancy! She also did a Dia de los Muertos style face painting for me, in honor of my dad's passing (which I believe can be seen on her site). Her talent is simply amazing, especially considering that a lot of her work is done freehand. I can't recommend her highly enough!  

By Sara Mitchell 8/10  "Colleen does such amazing work! I am continuing to hear such wonderful things about her, even a month after my son's birthday party! Thank you Colleen! "

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