Hello March Henna

Henna Outdoors.

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.” – Jawaharial Nehru

Henna is an ancient, yet temporal beauty ritual with enduring traditions and patterns. Henna Trails’ henna is hand mixed from certified Organic henna leaves and quality essential oils for a purely natural and safe experience in body art. Henna patterns dry in 20 minutes, keeping the paste intact at least 4-8 hours will reveal deep henna stains. Henna stains all healthy skin types with a red brown tone and lasts 7-10 days. Walk in beauty.

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Bohemians have the best arms

 

purely natural henna and handmade jewelry
Handmade Jewelry: Jenmoon Creations. Henna: Henna Trails. Model/Potter: California Soulshine Designs Photography: Sasha Fox. Chico, California
Handmade Jewelry: Jenmoon Creations Henna: Henna Trails Model: California Soulshine Designs Photography: Sasha Fox
Handmade Jewelry: Jenmoon Creations
Henna: Henna Trails
Model: California Soulshine Designs
Photography: Sasha Fox

 

 

 

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Handmade Jewelry: Jenmoon Creations Henna: Henna Trails. Model/Potter: California Soulshine Designs Photography: Sasha Fox Chico, California

 

This is for all of you inspired by the natural beauty which surrounds us, inspires us and offers us a healthy lifestyle. Here, we are never far from volcanoes, canyons, creeks, valleys, impossibly large sprawling oak trees and plenty of sunshine allowing for a simple lifestyle full of beauty. We work with our hands, carefully turning out artistry to bless the wearer and recipient,  it’s what we love to do for you. We believe in the natural beauty of you. What can we do for you?

All the beautiful jewelry is made by Jenmoon Creations. Our friend, model and potter is California Soulshine. Photography by Sasha Fox. Purely natural henna by yours truly, Henna Trails.

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

A Mystical Halloween Henna

 

 

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.

 

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.

Henna Chic design book by Kristy McCurry Henna Trails

henna design e-book

I have been buried under a heaping pile of henna powder, tea, essential oils and cones the past few weeks. I love it! The henna season is in full swing, despite unusual weather in my typically hot community. I am in my 9th week at the Thursday Night Market in downtown Chico, California. My tent has been busy with ladies of all ages loving henna culture. We have had a few local festivals which were great fun and all had a good turn out. My community is vibrant and loves festivals.

This spring my first henna art book was published by Jigna publishing and master mehendi artists, Justine Howland Goodwin of Magicalmehendi and Neeta Sharma of Mehndidesigner. I am honored to work with such talented ladies, who like my art! Big happy sighs from me. My design book is inspired by Northern California festivals and markets I participate in, as well as my love of Pan-Asian decorative folk arts. In my book you will NOT find any tattoo flash style art. What you will find is elegant heart motifs, swirling clouds, suns and moons, floral sweeps and lotuses to mention a few. Click my cover art to buy this e-book for instant download and printing. Place the design papers in protective sheets, print the gorgeous cover in color, and place it all in a binder to take with you to your next gig! PLease. If you have purchased my henna art book, please take a moment to leave a review on the payloadz site and let me know how you like it!

Thank you for supporting the arts♥

happy henna love,

Kristy

January Bridal Henna Stain


12/2010 Henna Stain3

Originally uploaded by Henna Trails

It sure is quiet in the mehndi body art corner of my small rural world. It is cold outside! So I practice on myself to stay limber of hand and mind. I spend a fair amount of time looking at fellow henna artisan’s work on photo/social media sites and am always impressed with a finely detailed Indian Bridal Mehndi design. I typically only have the opportunity to do this level of mehndi artistry on myself, as my clients usually prefer smaller, more flowing, open designs. This particular design is in the Indo Arabic Mehndi style, a fusion of the elegant sweeps of arabic motifs, often inspired by plants and flowers, with intricate detials inspired by traditional Indian Mehndi. Goodness, I love henna.

July 1st, 2010

July around here means golden grasses and a high heat index. This also means great henna stains. I actually love the dry heat, the smell of the dry grasses and the sound of a distant rain bird clicking away in a neighbor’s yard. It feels, smells and sounds like home.

Tonight I will set up my “golden tent” at the Thursday Night Market on Broadway Street for Henna Trails. This is a lovely  event, when the sun is on it’s way down, and people come out for cold drinks, fresh produce, and mingle. I see a wide variety of people stopping in, some stay to watch for a bit and move on. Some stop to watch and decide to try some henna body art. I am happy to be able to offer a small bit of beautification and joy to my community. Henna is an ancient beauty ritual embraced by many people all around our world. In all honesty, I wish more of my community embraced this sort of adornment. I see it as Mother Nature’s manicure, surely a bit more creative. I will continue to quietly henna in my community, slowly bringing an awareness around. I am patient.

Namaste, my friends.