“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.
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.
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?
It’s winter and the solstice has come, I love the winter light, so angular and low, it picks up details that get lost when the summer sun shines from above. To keep the cold away, we tend a fire in our ultra efficient wood stove and life slows down alot.
I like to take this time to practice henna, the designs I really crave, the designs all the rage worldwide, and concepts especially geared toward my upcoming market season. I recently joined instagram and it has been intensely inspiring for me, I really appreciate photography media sites. I am amazed at how our world uses henna, there seems to be endless creativity and expression.
I have admired khaleeji style henna for years, it’s a style I would most likely wear myself. Instagram has enabled me to view so many current khaleeji stye henna photos. I am practicing the designs so I may be able to go on and create my own designs in this style. I tend to do alot of small or casual hennas, many designs I admire are too complex for my market, so I pick a few elements and combine them into something new.The designs at times appear to literally move across and bloom upon the hand, with so much grace and movement. I have tried to capture that grace for years, it always escaped me, my mind’s eye could not work with my hands and muscle memory. I engaged in a series of henna sessions using expired paste on paper, repetitions at first, moving on to hand templates later and seeing how, after a dozen pages of finished templates, certain elements flow more naturally. Henna breakthrough, epiphany, and the next series reflects that new muscle memory and I am so psyched. What feels like, and really is, years of study comes together.
This week I drove about 20 minutes into the east to henna a naturalista bride. The countryside was golden and beautiful, dotted with buttes, old oaks and undulating hills.
The happy couple will be married in a most beautiful place on earth. Yosemite. I think that says it all. She chose a naturalistic style that suited her whole essence and I feel it was a perfect match for her. Her henna wraps around her wrist curling into a sunburst and her feet are blooming with a similiar floral pattern found on her hands. Henna inspired by nature, steeped in enduring wedding traditions. What an honor to be called upon in these happy occassions.
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.
Arabic styled modern henna pattern from my henna sketchbooks
$15.00 artist’s choice henna design inspired by Indian mehndi party designs for guests. No two designs are alike.
Some say the madala represents the cosmos, alot of people simply like the circular form. I just think they’re beautiful and enjoy creating them in the moment.
Henna pattern inspired from “Flowers of Marakkesh” by Nic Tharpa Cartier Henna artistry Kristy McCurry
A new selection inthe henna pattern sketchbook. Geometrics are all the rage and I’m pretty happy about that.
Henna pattern inspired form “Arabian Peninsula” by Liz Ging henna artistry Kristy McCurry
naturalista for life. Purely natural henna imparts temporal and beautifully rich earthy designs upon your skin. Ask your henna artists what is in their paste to ensure an authentic henna experience, the paste should smell clean and earthy.
April to September from 6-9 pm, the streets of downtown Chico, California close to vehicles and open to the local community for the Thursday Night Market. Chico is known for it’s passion for localvore habits and the market is a great place to see what is coming into season, foodwise and artistically as many musicians and performing artists occupy stages, local artisans abound, as well as community groups. I have been providing henna there since 2009, and it has been a great blessing. I have met and connected with many people, and have seen many return year after year, week after week for henna.
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!
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.