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Prenatal belly henna with handmade natural henna paste


We met in Bidwell Park Chico California for her 2nd prenatal belly henna session. A wandering photographer asked if we would mind being his subject matter.

We met in Bidwell Park Chico California for her 2nd prenatal belly henna session. A wandering photographer asked if we would mind being his subject matter.

A special time in a woman’s life, 9 months of care and nurturing, ending with the grand finale of a beautiful, bouncing baby bundle to cuddle, draw your eye and heart for hours on end.

Prenatal henna is a popular Western idea forming from the ancient art of mehendi. Mehendi is the art of painting intricate henna designs upon skin using the henna plant as an all natural skin dye. The henna is mixed into a cooling paste,  applied by hand using a small, handcrafted cone. The natural henna paste will be left upon the skin for at least 4 hours, or longer for a deeper design stain. Once the natural henna paste is rubbed off, a bright orange stain will appear, deepening to a brownish red tone over the next day or so. This henna stain will last 10-13 days, depending on your skin care and your particular skin type. Henna is much like a watercolor, able to leave beautiful stains on all skin types and tones. The natural dyes found in the henna plant leaf bind into the topmost layers of your skin. As you exfoliate naturally, your henna design will fade away entirely. Care for your skin as you usually would, moisturize freely.

Her prenatal belly mandala henna design, first thing in the morning on the festival grounds.

Her prenatal belly mandala henna design, first thing in the morning on the festival grounds.

A few pregnancy henna ideas…

Natural henna design for your maternity portraits, apply your henna 3 days before your photo shoot to capture peak henna stain color tones. Sometimes it is best to have your baby shower belly hennaed before your guests arrive, as they WILL want to hug you, and wet henna smudges. Even better, book a private henna session for your prenatal henna with a friend or partner to share in the experience. Just because.

Check out some prenatal henna artistry inspirations from flickr…

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