While henna isn’t new and has been around for centuries, it was brand new to me. My first experience with henna was provided by Ziba Beauty. Patti, a mehndi artist at Ziba, provided the very definition of ‘intricate art’ with the fluid application of freehand henna.
I asked where the name ‘henna’ came from. It turns out that henna is the name of the plant from which the dye is derived from. This led me to ask more about the dye itself and was happy to hear the temporary ink is all natural and organic presenting no dangerous or damaging elements for the skin. Beyond that, I found it first hand to be enjoyable - aromatically speaking with eucalyptus and menthol notes.
The delicate design provided an experience for more than one of my senses. As the ink was applied, it felt like a butterfly dancing across the surface of my skin. I watched intently as the fragrant dye was piped on without use of any stencil or sketched outline for accuracy. The artistry of the application was nothing short of beautiful - as was the end result of the design that wrapped around my hand and wrist.
For a ceremonial occasion bound in tradition, for a special event accented with artistry or for no other reason than to just experience it, henna is a beautiful art form that I highly recommend.