Thursday Night Market Henna June 27, 2013

Thank you Chico for coming out in the heat for natural henna once again! I will be at the Chapman Market today on the end of Cleveland Ave by the community park. Saturday come join us and support the Wildflower Music Festival from 11am-11pm with Junior Toots!

I am currently preparing for California World Fest in Grass Valley, you can find my henna tent by the main stage. I am so excited to return to my family’s favorite festival!

My market schedule in Chico will resume July 18th 2013. See you then!

Paisley design from my henna pattern book, Arabic Trails.
Paisley design from my henna pattern book, Arabic Trails.
Modern tribal street henna in Chico, California. SUmmer 2013
Modern tribal street henna in Chico, California. SUmmer 2013
Purely natural henna with a dusting of cosmetic glitter at the Thursday Night Market in Chico, California
Purely natural henna with a dusting of cosmetic glitter at the Th
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Festival Henna

Please join me and partake in natural henna art this weekend at the Wildflower Music Festival Saturday June 29, 2013 in Chico, California. Junior Toots is headlining, proceeds from this event will go to Wildflower Open Classroom school in Chico. I’m hosting a giveaway for 2 tickets on my facebook page this week. It should be a beautiful day on the green! See you there!

Join me at our local markets this week;

Thursday Night Market in downtown Chico, California from 6-9 pm on Broadway Street between 3rd and 4th streets.

Chapman Farmer’s Market at the end of Cleveland Avenue, by the Community Park on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway 2-5:30 pm.

A sweep of florals and paisleys in henna for a naturalista.
A sweep of florals and paisleys in henna for a naturalista.
Sisters together for henna, naturalistas for life.
Sisters together for henna, naturalistas for life.

Summer is your perfect time for henna! Henna is the naturalista’s body adornment of choice. Temporal, yet steeped in ancient tradition and purely natural, made by hand from the leaves of the henna plant and infused with artistic skills. Purely natural henna stains last 7-10 days; as your skin exfoliates, your henna will gradually fade away completely. Henna stains your hands and feet the best, your henna stains will be lighter elsewhere.

 

The color of natural henna

Purely natural henna is a woman's best sepia toned accessory . Natural henna paste dyes the top layers of your skin, as your skin exfoliates naturally, your henna stain will fade away entirely.
Purely natural henna is a woman’s best sepia toned accessory . Natural henna paste dyes the top layers of your skin, as your skin exfoliates naturally, your henna stain will fade away entirely.

Natural henna stains are variable, you can see something of an ombre effect with the fingertips being the darkest point of the henna stain.  It is natural to see the the stain lighter as it moves up the arm. Sometimes the stain stays consistent as it moves up the arm, a trait of henna paste, body chemistry and more. Purely natural henna is made from powdered henna leaves, tea, cajeput essential oil, and sugar. A simple recipe, natural and safe. Henna is known to have been used as skin adornment for ages, times when chemicals were unknown. Even now, the naturalistic essence of henna is one of it’s most appealing attributes. Henna stains typically last anywhere from 7-12 days, depending on body placement and skin chemistry.

To achieve your quality henna stain, you will need to be patient and slow down for a few hours at least. Your henna artist will apply the henna paste upon your skin, typically the paste will be dry 15 minutes after the paste is laid. Henna is known for having a cooling effect, you’ll want to adjust your environment. Now that you have your design, you will want to keep it intact for 4-8 hours, depending on your commitment to quality henna stains. The longer you leave your paste on, the more skin cells the henna paste can reach.

I have applied my purely natural henna paste in an Arabic floral motif on my hands. I will leave this paste intact for 6 hours for quality henna stains.
I have applied my purely natural henna paste in an Arabic floral motif on my hands. I will leave this paste intact for 6 hours for quality henna stains.

During this time you will want to do something that doesn’t require much activity which could effect your henna paste, wherever it is placed. Settle yourself comfortably and daydream, nap, wax poetic, talk with a friend, or watch some films. Have one cup of hot tea.

After your natural henna paste is rubbed off, your new henna stain is revealed. This is my favorite part of henna, as your skin reveals a deep layer of bright orange designs and the essence of the essential oils mixed into your paste are intoxicating. My henna paste has undertones of cardamom, lavender, and cedar essential oils, a clean woodsy scent with the cajeput oil. However, you’re not quite done with your aftercare. Avoid direct contact with water as long as you can. You may need to get creative and ask for assistance from your roommates or family. If you can’t avoid water, it’s fine, you’ll still get a really nice henna stain. If you avoid water you’ll get a better quality henna stain. Your henna stain will progressively become darker as it oxidizes. 24 hours after your stain is revealed will be your mature henna stain color.

A few hours after rubbing the natural henna paste off my skin.
A few hours after rubbing the natural henna paste off my skin.

Henna is and was, meant to be purely natural.. Your skin is your largest organ and a beautiful canvas. Nothing compares to the look of purely natural henna stained skin, connect with an ancient beauty. The henna on your skin may fade away, yet the artistry of henna will remain and grow.

open palms, open minds or something like that

A delicately henna’d palm allures like an ancient beauty. A rather discrete place for henna and also the absolute best place for deep and dark henna stains.

purely natural artful henna with Kristy McCurry of Henna Trails Chico, California
purely natural artful henna with Kristy McCurry of Henna Trails Chico, California
purely natural henna with Kristy McCurry of Henna Trails Chico, California
purely natural henna with Kristy McCurry of Henna Trails Chico, California

Happy New Year, now go find an excellent henna artist and try something new!

 

Stocking my etsy shop just for you

It lives! After a long hibernation and some reflection, my etsy shop is filling with my various interpretations of henna folk arts. There are new features on etsy that make my Indie heart skip a beat. Gift cards are now available, as well as direct check out if you find paypal to be a hassle. This week I will be adding these earrings as well as pendents made from capiz shells, light as a feather and translucent like antique windows. I accept custom orders for that personal touch.

Wedding Henna in Black and White

Last February, Jahlelah and I sat down one evening and began the meticulous application of her bridal mehendi. Months prior, we had consulted over her design possibilities. I presented her with Indian bridal mehendi books, and a few of my own henna designs, as well as links to portfolios of some very talented bridal artists in the US. Soon I had an idea of what designs  appealed to her and the length of her henna. We knew she liked the idea of the mehendi appearing as netted gloves, her henna would start below her elbow and down to her fingertips. Solid fingertips would be the most dramatic. We took a motif inspired by some lace she had, added a mandala motif from Asha Savla’s Vivaah mehndi book. Her heart palm was inspired by the work of Henna Lounge and the mandalas were added around that motif. A design this structured takes time to finish, as every part needs good symmetry between both hands. While it was meticulous work, I really enjoyed the particular meditation working on such a scale brings. 

Jahlelah and Lance’s wedding was a beautiful reflection of their community. Heartfelt, family oriented, and handmade.  Best wishes to the happy family!

Purely natural henna adornment for all brides in Chico California with Henna Trails. Artfully designed and applied mehendi using only the finest henna paste, mixed in house for rich stains. Bridal henna is priced by design complexity rather than hourly. Contact us to schedule your 30 minute bridal consultation.

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henna  by Henna Trails
henna , a photo by Henna Trails on Flickr.

Ah, my henna season 2012 began last Thursday April 5th! I am so very glad to be working again. Downtown Chico, California hosts an evening market called, the Thursday Night Market. Downtown streets are closed for the evening, farmers, food makers, artisans and musicians will come together for the next 6 months for our community. It is events like this which keep my artistry moving. This will be my 4 season, I have come a long way from my beginning days.

This design I am calling the “Bollywood special”, it is one of my most requested designs. Each one is different from the other, simply done with a floral strip and finger accents. The years previous I referred to it as the “Sangeet special” as it is something along the lines of a design you may recieve at a Sangeet as a guest. However, many of my clients aren’t aware of what a Sangeet is, and Bollywood is a term they can relate to. I have found the people drawn to henna in my tent are wonderful, open minded individuals.

I really love my job and everything around it. Thank you! hennahennahennnahennnahennaaaa♥.

floral henna palm 2012

floral henna palm 2012 by Henna Trails
floral henna palm 2012, a photo by Henna Trails on Flickr.

I have become completely enamored by henna palms lately. I love the idea that the palms are rather personal. not everyone sees yourpalms, unless you like them to. Ah, excepting money, item transactions, the palms are usually out there at those times. So goes my theory…

Well, it is winter and the tops of my hands spend nearly all day covered in olive oil. Olive oil is good for henna stains, less so for henna paste.

This design was inspired by a video from Ash Kumar that I have been studying. I am drawn to his design work because it has so much movement. My clients tend to prefer the more Arabic styled mehndi, I have never had the opportunity to do traditional Indian bridal mehndi, so I go with what my current clientele likes…open flowing designs, also my personal favorite style. I wear henna for no other reason than as a natural beautification style.

My henna paste is made with 100% organic Rajasthani henna powder, tea, cajeput essential oil and sugars. I love the fact that henna is from a plant and has been used for thousands of years. Thousands. Love henna.

Wool and silk blend henna scarf explorations

I have been reluctant to put this particular piece in my shop. Why? Who knows. The sun was shining yesterday, so I went out back with my 15 year old son to catch some photos in good light. I like his eye, he knows to move around the subject and try different angles. My sons have taken some of my best photos so far!

I have more scarves in the works, I soaked one habotai silk scarf in a henna bath and will henna some mehndi motif designs over it. It came out a beautiful soft peach tone. I am thrilled to have thought of this, as it adds dimension to the usual white/off white of the scarves I have in stock. The henna paste I mixed yesterday contains lemon juice, rather than tea, which I have been using lately for my henna crafting. I am interested to see if there is a slight color difference. In a few days, I should have my results, as I like to keep the henna paste on for at least 1 day or more.

Until next time,
henna dreams and crafty inspirations to us all
Kristy

The henna plant leaf contains a reddish dye molecule which adheres very well to many things of an organic nature. Such as skin, silk, drum heads, and papers. I have hand painted this scarf with a henna cone containing my henna paste mixed especially for fiber arts. My paste contains a red herbal tea, chai tea, and jamila henna powder. The paste is left intact for numerous days then heat set. The paste is rubbed off to reveal a lovely saffron, golden hued design stain. The design is then heat set again.
I love the feel of this scarf, the wool and silk is marvelous. I have yet to see how they would react to some hot water felting baths.
Info from the artist:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/66579747/light-silk-wool-blend-henna-floral