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.

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

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.

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Making things happen in the quiet winter. 2013
Making things happen in the quiet winter. 2013

A Mystical Halloween Henna

 

 

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

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!

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

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.

 

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!

Naturalista wedding henna

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.

flowing florals and sweeping vines for her wedding in a natural inspiring setting
flowing florals and sweeping vines for her wedding in a natural inspiring setting

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.