Simply henna to beautify

Come find me for your purely natural henna artistry today from 2-5 pm at Eye of Jade Tattoo. Drop in and get adorned with henna to style your weekend.

Market henna winding down

2 weeks left for Thursday Night Market henna in Chico, California. I hope to see you tonight, I ‘ll have my purely natural henna cones ready by 5:30 ish until 9pm. Beautify.

Ombre henna hands

I am often thrilled with idea of henna designs focusing on your fingers. Visualize your striking allure as your henna fingers fly with tasks of even the everyday sort. This past summer I have been drawn to the revival of ombre thanks to pinterest and my favorite sweater in 5th grade. Ombre refers to the French term ombre referring to shade, hence the single color shade gradation seen on fabric and more lately. Here is a lovely pinboard of ombre in various mediums. Eventually while researching ombre dye techniques and trying my hand with fabrics, I decided to explore ombre henna. Admittedly, it is not for everyone…it is a somewhat shocking look. My ombre fingers were met with mixed emotions. I enjoyed them, they took a fair amount of time and complete mindfulness as I timed each layer of henna carefully.

A pinterest inspired idea certainly called for a tinted mason, or kerr canning jar. Too much! But I love it anyway, kindly please keep pinning or curating all the amazing and awesome aspects of life here on our earth and beyond.

Henna downtown and in the streets

Every Thursday Chico, California closes the streets of downtown to traffic and farmers, artisans, chefs, and local organizations set up for 3 hours to connect with our community. I am coming to the close of another fantastic year of henna, marking my 4th year of public henna. I have so much gratitude to my henna sister, who called me to join her 4 years ago and showed me so much about henna by example.

You can find me on Broadway between 3rd and 4th street every Thursday 6-9pm thru September, or find me at Eye of Jade Tattoo on Fridays downtown, 319 Main Street. All this weekend you can find me at the Chico World Music Festival on the Chico State campus Saturday and Sunday. Adorn your skin with beautiful henna, unique and temporal beautification. I’ll be there.

Healing side of henna

If you’ve ever worn henna, you can understand the grace you can feel with a beautiful design adorning your skin. So many of the women I henna let me know how beautiful it makes them feel, how they enjoy watching a design unfold, taking a moment to do something special, beautifying  themselves.

In recent years, henna artists have been adorning the heads of those who are suffering from complete hair loss. I highly encourage you to visit to learn more, connect with their facebook page for current photos of working artists and their muses.

A few years ago this kind woman, a care giver herself, came to me at my evening market to inquire about having henna applied to her head. I was so honored she came to me, and oddly enough, she had no idea this was being done elsewhere. We made an appointment and met up for her henna. 

I saw her recently at an art show where she was her usual happy self, walking her dog and looking wonderful. I loved connecting with this amazing woman.

I am currently booking henna crown appointments in Chico, California thru “A New Beginning Massage Therapy”. Click the ‘Schedule Now’ button at the top of this page and scroll until you see henna services and choose “Healing henna crowns”. I am offering this service on a sliding scale basis as a way to give back to my community. I hope you’ll share this post.

Burning Man henna stylish

Heading out to the playa later this month? Show Black Rock City your international ancient and natural swagger with henna body art. It is believed henna was used by the ancients in the north African regions. Henna is all natural, temporal, and as detailed as you want it to be. A perfect self expression for such an auspicious occasion.

Mostly it is a beautiful way to express yourself and the playa is so conducive to self expression. What’s your style? Modern playa fusion? Your dream henna? Moroccan geometric? Traditional Indian mehendi? Sweeping and organic styled Gulf designs?

Book Henna Trails for your private appointment, I have the purely natural henna and lots of creativity!

Private bookings in a park setting with Henna Trails

Take some time out for yourself with a private henna booking in beautiful Bidwell Park located in the center of Chico, California.

Private bookings start at $30, with an hourly rate of $65.00. In one hour you will receive quite a good amount of skillfully applied and purely natural henna. I particularly enjoy mornings in the park, near the Sycamore Pool under the old oak trees. Live your adornment inspirations and email me to set a date.

morning light and dusk of henna hands

When I first began using henna I was inspired to make it a part of my personal style, much like a token bracelet or charm true to your soul. All my life I have been inspired and enchanted by worldwide traditional styles and lifeways, henna was one of those amazing traditions which caught my eye. I understood that more and more mehndi was findings its way in the west and the possibility of coming across it had me on the lookout at every festival and gathering I attended. When I would find the henna artist, I would have one small henna design, and then quickly come back for more, because “henna is like that.” But even that wasn’t enough for me, as twice a year was far too long a wait. I went to the library to see if any books were available locally and none were there, but we ordered Loretta Roomey’s book, “Mehndi: The Timeless Art of Henna Painting” from another library. I loved it and understood how to make my very own henna paste, saw achingly pretty photos of henna hands, read about traditions and pattern meanings.  I needed to actually own this book so I ordered it from a local bookseller. I still love my henna hands, I look forward to the times I set aside for my own mehndi style. These photos were snapped by my husband with our dinky point and shoot Nikon. He has a great perspective and understands  my vision. I have yet to work with alot of professional photographers, so we try to make up for that by styling and shooting the best possible photos we can.

Dusk in the air, crickets begin their songs, the sun becomes quiet and her henna darkens. 12 hours and 24 hours of henna oxidization reveal deep rusty red and deep cherry red henna hands.

Light of a new day reveals deep red henna hands

All this light contrasting beautifully with the henna hands…would you consider henna for your wedding? I would love to help you realize the bridal henna of your dreams.

Chico, California.

Henna your hands

I personally prefer to have both hands henna’d, I like the balance and it is beautiful! A simple, yet elegant design such as this takes no time at all to apply. Your henna paste is dry in 5-1o minutes, leave your paste intact for at least 3 hours, and watch the magic happen over the next 24 hours. Henna, nature’s beautification. See what women have been getting excited about for literally centuries.

There is nothing like treating yourself to henna.