Henna (Lawsonia inermis, syn. L. alba) is a flowering plant, the sole species in the genus Lawsonia in the family Lythraceae. It is native to tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, southern Asia and northern Australasia with an arid or at least seasonally dry climate.

Henna is used as a temporary dye which wears off on its own. It is used greatly for hair coloring and temporary body art, as well as decorations on lamps and bags. It is mainly known as Mehndi or Mehandi in India and Pakistan. In North Africa and the Middle East it is typically called Henna. The dye is extracted from the dried leaf and petioles of the plant. The natural dye is traditionally found in India, Pakistan, Middle East, and Northern Africa. It can also be found in expatriate communities from these countries.

The art of Mehndi is inspired on patterns of nature, such as spirals, circles, waves, swirls, flowers, vines, lines, dots, leaves and mandalas. Traditionally done to embellish the bride prior to her wedding.

The henna paste is a natural mix of powder, lemon juice, sugar and essential oils. Its natural color varies between dark brown to reddish brown and it is mostly painted in hands, forearms, feet and legs. It stays longer and dyes darker in these areas where the skin is drier. The design can last up to 10 days depending on the area painted, the person’s skin and the after care.

Laura has 11 years of experience with this art of Henna Mehndi.

Available for weddings, birthday parties, private parties and special events.

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