First of all a big thank you to Mr. Kumar, the AK Academy and its great team, in providing a great platform for all henna artists/makeup artists to stand proudly from and continue their amazing journeys. Taking the AK Henna Course June 2011 was an exceptional experience for me as I had little or no exposure to the wonderful world of henna. As a novice I have learnt much from the course and the mentorship of Mr. Kumar on my one to ones.
"Even with my extensive experience I wanted to learn more about the Asian world of beauty. So I went with the best - The Ash Kumar Academy. I attended Mr Ash Kumar's course in London, England. I was so thrilled to learn the "behind the scenes" secrets of how brides look absolutely amazing on their wedding day! I was so excited to share this experience with my brides and clients in the USA.
'I’ve always been a creative person, and it was my mum who ensured I made the best of my creativity, be it with dance or henna. The first time I ever had mehndi done was at my cousins wedding, and I had no idea what it was. I didn’t want the design to go away so I refused to have a bath! Since then my mum would make the paste for me and at first I used to play around with matchsticks, and then the henna cone but it was only two years ago that
'Even since I was a little girl, I have always wanted to create. Growing up, I would color all day long with the company of my brother and sister.
As soon as I graduated high school, I moved to London and attained my degree in fashion design from Istituto Marangoni. I moved back to Calgary three years later and realized that there was not much of a fashion industry here.
'I have always been a creative individual and after completing my Accounting and Finance degree I was hungry to fulfil my ambition of becoming a Bridal hair, Make-up and Henna Artist. After having researched several make-up academy's, I came across Ash Kumar. Once I reviewed all of his work and style I was certain that I wanted to be trained by him as his technique is unique and traditional but with a modern twist. My training with
‘My business ‘Mendhi Zone’ has become a big part of my life since it started 9 years ago! It started as a hobby and then became a passion.. I took the AK henna course to learn new techniques and to polish what I already knew. Taking the course has been a blessing. Mr K is a very inspiring individual and a incredible teacher. I walked into this course not having an idea what I would leave with, but I am so glad I did.
I started off with the henna course and I loved it! The time went by so fast and I learned so much. I had only applied henna once before so I didn't have much experience. After taking the henna course I was able to address a lot of areas I needed help with. I was able to correctly hold a cone, apply the right type of pressure and learn formulas and techniques to create henna designs. I was amazed with what I was able to produce the first and last day of class.
"My passion for arts began at a very young age. It began the day I had my first ever dance class which eventually allowed me to graduate in Bharatnatyam. My interest for henna started from my mother applying henna on my palms when I was little, to me doodling away in my boring lessons at school to eventually holding a henna cone in my hands and applying designs on friends and family’s hands.This turned into a passion, a form of art in which
'I have been a very creative person from young age, drawing henna designs on paper from the age of 7. The passion of creativity, colour and design led me to completing my degree in Product Design and becoming a full-time designer, combined with a passion in beauty, dance and photography. With over 10 years experience in henna behind me, I felt it was time to take the next step in building a new career,and enrolled to the best academy around - The Ash Kumar
When I approached the Ash Kumar Academy, I decided to take the Hair and Make Up course having in mind that it is a well established, recommended and reputable company to learn from. The first day of the course is when I began to love the AK brand. The commitment from the management team in the UK and America was so motivating to see and the experiences they
I honestly couldn’t have chosen a better academy to do my Hair and Makeup training with. There are so many other schools out there however, the AK Training Academy really does stand above the rest. Being a follower of the brand for over 10 years I was really delighted to finally do my training with them. I feel absolutely honoured to be associated with such great organisation.
I grew up with a dream and passion to establish myself in the Beauty Industry. Over the years I have got a lot of inspiration from Mr.Kumar’s work. I love the brand because the brand has given me a lot of opportunity and respect whilst I have been working and training with them. It's quite hard to find a brand in which students and aspiring artists progress.
"I qualified with Ash Kumar in June 2013 undertaking their AK bridal Hair and Make-up course. I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole process from training to being a part of the AK organization and found it to be an invaluable and unique experience.Before commencing my training at AK training my only key strength was hair,
Taking the course at the Ash Kumar Academy has brought a lot of change in my life. Learning the tips and tricks of the trade has allowed me to enhance my existing skills and has also given me more confidence in my work. I am now able to help women look absolutely amazing by enhancing their natural beauty with the skills and techniques
I walked into the AK studio not knowing the full extent of which my abilities were to be tested. The 8-day Hair and Makeup course not only educated us but, more importantly made the whole experience worthwhile. The vibrancy, color, atmosphere, the people, our brilliant educator and of course Mr. Kumar himself – all fit in place like a jigsaw puzzle.
I had always been interested in hair and make-up, but I had not really thought about it as a career option. I enrolled into the 8 day make-up and hair course at first for the learning experience and to obtain the skill set out of interest. In July 2011, I completed the 8 day make-up and hair course and it changed my life. My educator Bijal was fantastic.
My journey began as a student in 2011 where I did the 8 day Makeup & Hair course at the Ash Kumar Academy. Taking the course was the best decision I had made, as not only has it helped me build my career as a Hair and makeup artist but it has also helped me become a confident individual. I then went on to do the 5 day Henna course which was taught by Mr. Kumarhimself.
I have been an Ash Kumar Graduate for a year now and I have to say it was the best choice I made. I am fortunate to say that I am fully qualified in Hair, Makeup and Henna. I am grateful to the everyone at the AK Academy especially B my Makeup Educator as well as Kajal and Mr Kumar my Henna Educators. These 3 beautiful hearts have taught me skills for life and
I first decided I wanted to start an Ash Kumar course in January 2011, I remember feeling uncertain if it was the right thing to do, especially as I had never picked up a henna cone before (except to pass it to someone else!) I attended the Day 1 henna with Mr Kumar as my educator and decided that it was so right that I signed up to the rest of the course and the total look course that same day.
I recall my first memory of applying henna on my hands at the age of 7 years old. The affordability for my parents to purchase henna powder was zero to none. Sitting in the back garden of my parent’s house in London, England I decided to pluck a few green leaves from the nearest bush. Grinding down these green leaves with a stone which I retrieved from the garden,then adding water to the mixture
I did Mehndi even before I did this course, but I did not have the confidence to represent myself as a professional. This course totally changed my life and my perspective of looking at mehndi as a profession. I did the course in June 2012 in NY..... my instructor was Shafeena!!! On the first day when I walked in and met her, saw the menhdi she did on her hand, the first thought came into my mind, “This is it, I am at the right place”.
This was difficult initially as there are so many to choose from; however, as I did my research the Ash Kumar Academy really stood out! The combined experience, the global recognition and the brand as a whole inclined me to book at the AK Academy.Our educator was truly inspiring.She made all of us feel very comfortable and gave each one of us the attention and guidance we needed.Creating a warm and friendly
Two months after the mehendi class, I started to get bookings for various events and the rest is history. I was able to do mehendi at Zee Tv's table at the Diwali Mela this past October and another event was at Google's office in New York City.Then May 2011 came around and I just was so excited to take the 8-day course as well. The mehendi course showed such passion and enthusiasm for learning more
'Not having done Hair & makeup before and turning up to Mr Kumar’s first class was quite daunting but with all his inspirations and encouraging words he made me feel very confident about my work.
The Makeup educator B was amazing, again like Mr Kumar, she believed in me and my work and this definitely brought out the best in me. Having now completed both courses,i do all three things with such confidence