Henna is a small shrub or tree that is typically grown in dry or tropical areas. The leaves from this tree are dried and crushed to produce a powder which is mixed with lemon juice or water and essential oils to create a paste. Every henna artist who makes henna has their own preferred recipe. This recipe has to be tested and perfected according to humidity and the quality of the henna crop being used. I use all natural products to make my henna cones; just henna powder, lemon juice or water, sugar and essential oils (tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, cajeput).
The henna paste is applied to the skin either in a cone, syringe, paint brush or a stick, and is left to dry and cure for anywhere from 2-10 hours. The longer the paste is left on the skin, the darker the stain.
The use of henna dates back to ancient Egypt for medicinal purposes and as a natural dye. Traditionally henna is used for a bride as part of the adornment for her wedding, or as a natural alternative to chemical hair dye. Today henna is applied as body art for all kinds festivals, both traditional and Western. People also get henna body art designs if they are going on vacation or even for a party.
Henna is not reserved for only one culture or purpose. Part of my mission as an artist is to spread the love of temporary body art with henna, no matter your race or cultural background. I am here to share.