Henna Trails

Purely natural henna in Chico, California est.2009


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Wedding henna and volcanic rocks

Mehendi mandalas in henna, the color of love

One afternoon last January I took a ride downtown to the La Rocca Vineyards Organic Wine Tasting Room to provide henna artistry for a beautiful and intimate  wedding. Henna, or mehendi as part of marriage rites is an enduring tradition, and mehendi is applied for many celebrations in India. Mandalas were chosen for their hands, a classic India style motif. Mandalas are sometimes thought to represent the universe or the cosmos,  mandalas are also some of my favorite motifs for henna.

I love this wedding henna photo, the atmosphere is completely steeped in Chico, California! Life up here in Northern California is relaxed and casual, we’re all striving to live as one with nature, and that has a profound effect on our community. Purely natural henna is a marvelous compliment to our local lifestyle, even if the henna plant doesn’t grow here! I’m here to cultivate henna as adornment just for you, what inspires you?

yours truly,

Kristy


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You’re Invited

artmarket

Please join me and other local Chico, California artists for an art market Sunday December 22, at 601 Orange Street from 12-6pm. I will be offering complimentary henna with purchase from my shop. A rare offer. See you there!


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Your community radio

Please join me in support of your community radio this Sunday! KZFR 90.1 FM presents the 12th annual Touch of Chico at Chico Creek Nature Center.

Under the canopy of trees you will find Reikki, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Massage, Sound Healing, Integrated Therapies for Wellness, Henna Trails, Live music, Chico Chai, Healthful Food and Drink, Handmade Wares as well as a Raffle. All proceeds to support community radio, KZFR 90.1 FM in beautiful Chico, California. Bring your friends! KZFR presents Touch of Chico 2013


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Festivaaaaal!

Henna Trails is heading up into the cool Sierra Nevada foothills for 4 days of authentic world music at the California Worldfest in Grass Valley! Find my tent by the main stage where the henna always is. I’m excited to hear new music I’ve never heard, and music I’ve loved for years. See you there!

classic music festival henna design, see you on the green!

classic music festival henna design, see you on the green!


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Henna for the summer 2013 Chico,California

This summer you can find me with my purely natural henna designs in Chico, California;

  •  Thursday Night Market, every Thursday 6-9 pm * Broadway Street between 3rd & 4th St             
  • Chapman Farmer’s Market every Friday 2-7 pm * Cleveland Avenue, by the park

The Thursday Night Market is bustling with energy and larger crowds, a nice selection of artisans, food trucks, fresh local produce and fresh food items with live bands on the streets and plaza of downtown.

The Chapman Farmer’s Market is a small and fairly new market situated against the community park on Martin Luther King Jr Parkway. You can find fresh local produce, artisans, plants, music and small crowds.

I hope to see you soon for some summer henna!


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market henna summer 2013

A new henna season and new shapes and forms emerge in the henna designs. Design elements added to muscle memory, new patterns and concepts inspire new work and spins on some older work. Henna downtown, on the street for the Thursday Night Market, 6-9 pm Chico, California.


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quartz crystals for stringing and fresh henna stain

Today by my west window, working on my leather amulet necklaces for my etsy shop with a fresh henna stain, just newly oxidizing.
By tomorrow morning it will become richer and darker. Stop back in to see how it turns out!

Tonight you can find me on Broadway Street, bewtween 3rd and 4th street for natural henna with myself and Fatima’s Jewled Henna from 6-9 pm in Chico, California. We’d love to see you!

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My Earth Day 2013

Happy Earth Day, friends!

  An early afternoon in Bidwell Park, the jewel of my city. I saw only one piece of litter to be contained and crews of volunteers cutting back and digging the blackberry plants which are wildly proliferate in our area. We sat under the trees around the Nature Center to celebrate natural life in Bidwell Park. A happy day.

earthdayhenna


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Her wedding henna afternoon

One fine day in June I packed my henna cones, sketches and wooden stool into my bicycle basket and set off into Bidwell Park to journey to another side of Chico, California for Sara’s wedding henna appointment. It was a good day, I felt honored to be able to share the artistry of mehendi with her, a fellow artist. I knew working in such detail would be a challenge, and I was a little nervous, but the ride through the park relieved my worries and cleared my mind.

Earlier in the year we met for her bridal consultation to decide what design direction to take, as there are many styles of henna to choose from. She liked the idea of fine details to her elbows and little to no floral designs, Indian lace style mehendi came to my mind immediately. We set her henna appointment to be 3 days before her wedding, a day she would share with loved ones and a hen party.

I spent a few weeks seeking henna designs on flickr in her style and making little sketches of details I liked from other henna artists. I liked her style choice, and felt mandalas and half mandalas would be a great element to include in her henna. I tried to design each 4 parts of her wedding henna with different, yet cohesive designs. Her palms would have a design which came together when her palms were cupped upward. We would hide her groom’s name in the details.

Wedding henna this detailed takes time to apply skillfully and Sara was most patient. Let’s just say it took me more than 3 hours. We started in the afternoon, I find it is a great time to start wedding henna, as the light is perfect and there is plenty of time for the henna to seep into the topmost layers of your skin. This leaves you the option of removing your henna paste in the late evening and letting it oxidize while you sleep.

So this is her wedding henna  part I, I’ll have the rest of her story next week.

Thank you for stopping by!


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henna beauty

Beautiful model Emily Teague with henna and our Chico California landscape captured by Vinnie Johnson

 

Purely natural henna with model Emily Teague and Henna Trails, captured by Vinnie Johnson photography

Purely natural henna with model Emily Teague and Henna Trails, captured by Vinnie Johnson photography

  • Model: Emily Teague,   
  •  MUA: Lindsey Deshler
  •  Henna: Kristy McCurry      
  •  Photography: Vinnie Johnson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Are you inspired by the beauty of henna? I can help you fulfill your vision and connect you to the roots of natural beauty. Your skin is a perfect canvas. Contact me to make the ancient artistry of henna a realization for you.

 

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