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

A Mystical Halloween Henna

 

 

closing the streets for henna

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.

Henna truly is amazing. What a natural gift.

Thank you Chico! See you at the market!

You can find me on Broadway between 3rd and 4th street in Chico, California April-September 6-9pm for natural henna, exclusively local produce, handcrafted food, wares, jewelry, and food trucks
You can find me on Broadway between 3rd and 4th street in Chico, California April-September 6-9pm for natural henna, exclusively local produce, handcrafted food, wares, jewelry, and food trucks
Floral cuff henna for her birthday at the market.
Floral cuff henna for her birthday at the market.
Henna design inspired by Arabian Penninsula by Liz Ging at the Thursday Night Market, henna by Kristy McCurry.
Henna design inspired by Arabian Penninsula by Liz Ging at the Thursday Night Market, henna by 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.
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.
Henna $10.00 special at the Thursday Night  Market Chico, California. April to September 6-9pm.
Henna $10.00 special at the Thursday Night Market Chico, California. April to September 6-9pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Her wedding henna afternoon

One fine day in June I packed my henna cones, sketches and wooden stool into my bicycle basket and set off into Bidwell Park to journey to another side of Chico, California for Sara’s wedding henna appointment. It was a good day, I felt honored to be able to share the artistry of mehendi with her, a fellow artist. I knew working in such detail would be a challenge, and I was a little nervous, but the ride through the park relieved my worries and cleared my mind.

Earlier in the year we met for her bridal consultation to decide what design direction to take, as there are many styles of henna to choose from. She liked the idea of fine details to her elbows and little to no floral designs, Indian lace style mehendi came to my mind immediately. We set her henna appointment to be 3 days before her wedding, a day she would share with loved ones and a hen party.

I spent a few weeks seeking henna designs on flickr in her style and making little sketches of details I liked from other henna artists. I liked her style choice, and felt mandalas and half mandalas would be a great element to include in her henna. I tried to design each 4 parts of her wedding henna with different, yet cohesive designs. Her palms would have a design which came together when her palms were cupped upward. We would hide her groom’s name in the details.

Wedding henna this detailed takes time to apply skillfully and Sara was most patient. Let’s just say it took me more than 3 hours. We started in the afternoon, I find it is a great time to start wedding henna, as the light is perfect and there is plenty of time for the henna to seep into the topmost layers of your skin. This leaves you the option of removing your henna paste in the late evening and letting it oxidize while you sleep.

So this is her wedding henna  part I, I’ll have the rest of her story next week.

Thank you for stopping by!

Purely natural henna paste

Ingredients in Henna Trails' henne paste, mixed fresh and in house.
Ingredients in Henna Trails’ henna paste, mixed fresh and in house.

1. body art quality henna powder

2.aromatherapy grade essential oils; cajeput, cardamom, cedar and lavender oil

3.warm tamarind and hibiscus tea

4. jaggery or, raw sugar

Paste mixing day comes once a week, mixed smoothly and set aside to develop and release the dye contained within the leaf so we can all have stunning natural henna stains.

Henna Summer for Chico, California 2012

It’s that time for sandals, flip flops and bare feet in the creek….which also means you should look into getting some henna for your feet! For casual henna, many people choose their feet over their hands as it does have a tendency to last abit longer than henna on your hands. Check out how awesome an ancient, yet modernly inspired cosmetic can transform your feet into walking beauty. Next, email me for your appointment, One Mile in Bidwell park is my personal favorite place for henna meet ups. There are so many styles of henna design, what do you fancy?

Early morning henna at The Matador Motel for the Art Fiesta, we liked Gulf inspired designs and went with the flow.
the other side.
I really like this design and placement on the foot. This design is inspired by the e-book, “Henna from the Arabian Penninsula” by Liz Ging. This pattern book can be found: http://artisticadornment.com/
Or check out her blog: http://sweetfernstudio.wordpress.com/
Henna for a shining star, Gulf region henna style inspired.
A gift of henna from lovely friends, who will miss their dear friend as she moves out of state.

natural henna stain for a natural girl
A quick henna experience on the veranda for some mehendi feet
My feet at an organic farm festival.

So many possibilities.    One simple henna cone.    A  mehendi culture inspired artisan.    And you.