Henna for everyone

There are so very many styles of henna design, I think just about everyone can find something they like. I got into henna because I have a tendency to love all things natural, ancient, and tradition based. I loved the look of henna hands, yet I only found henna artists locally a few times a year. Since I have always been of a creative mind I thought I would give henna a try myself. I got a few books, ordered my henna powder from a natural plant dye company and got to mixing. Needless to say, I experienced serious frustration as the henna making its way onto my hands looked nothing like the incredible and exotic image in my head. So I set to practice practice practice and left odd marks of henna on my family for a few years. I am so thankful for my gifts of patience, serious focus power and creativity…because all these years of study and practice have paid off. I’m still practicing! I have lofty goals for my future and I know I can improve my skills in application and design. I am just so completely fascinated by henna, such beauty derived from a simple leaf.

But enough about me. Henna is certainly a type of beautification. You don’t necessarily need a special or formal occasion to justify henna adornment. This is purely my opinion, others have different viewpoints and reasons for henna times. I can respect traditional henna cultures and their use of henna for auspicious occasions. I can also respect traditional cultures who love using henna as a part of their beautification regime. I liken henna as beautification similar to manicures. A simple act of beauty can make a lady’s week brighter. Setting aside time for personal adornment will slow you down in the best way possible. I hope to see you pop up in my email with requests for henna, whether it is a private appointment or a henna party for 6. Come ladies, embrace henna adornment. Try something new, which has some pretty ancient roots with our sistren thru the ages. Contact us and arrange your appointment, I have a few options for you. 

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Friday Henna Time

Today you can find me at 319 Main Street downtown Chico, California from 1-6pm at Eye Of Jade Tattoo. I’ll have my purely natural henna and many patterns to choose from!

After that I’ll be packing my tent for my weekend festival booking with over 2 dozen silk screened shirts, 1 dozen hand painted earrings, 2 dozen hand painted glass votives,  hand painted cards, silk henna chokers, and all the henna Full Belly Farm can handle! We’ll be in the Capay Valley for the annual Hoes Down Harvest Festival. October 6, 7 2012

Market henna season closing tonight!

It has been a rather inspiring 6 months of henna in the streets of downtown Chico, California for the Thursday Night Market! All my supporters have my utmost gratitude for embracing this exquisite, ancient and temporal artistry. I will miss the hustle and bustle of this beautiful evening market, meeting up with my community, and supporting other artists, farmers, and cooks! Incidentally, our humble little market was named one of the best of the World’s Best Late-Nite Foodie Havens! Pretty cool for a small, rural college town amongst organic farms and orchards. We love excellent food here, that is for sure!

This year will mark my 4 season slinging henna on the street for the market. I have learned so much thru the years. I look forward to coming back next April, refreshed and armed with new henna patterns, books and ideas just for you, dear Chico. Come see me tonight and revel in the awesome of our town! Purely natural.

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  http://hennaheals.ca/ 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!