Holy(I) Henna!

March 09, 2017

 

Henna art is beautiful and there is no denying that! But what is henna exactly? And where did it come from?

Henna, also known as Mehndi or Mylanchi comes from a Henna plant also known as Lawsonia Inermis. The leaves of the plant are dehydrated and then crushed to form a powder. Water is then added to form a thick paste. Due to its natural properties, henna has been used for centuries by people of the dessert to help cool down their bodies. 

As stains faded away, patterns were left on skin surfaces which lead to making designs for decorative purposes. It was said that henna use dates back as far as Ancient Egypt and that Cleopatra used henna on her body as adornment.

Henna is traditionally used when celebrating special occasions like holidays such as Holi and birthdays. Although it can be used on numerous occasions the most common time to use henna is during weddings. Brides to be get extensive henna patterns done on their hands and feet. The stain usually lasts between 1-3 weeks. 

 

Today people all over the world have adopted the ancient tradition. Henna art or now known as tattooing has been on the rise as a trend since the 90s. Especially after celebrities like Madonna, Gwen Stafani, Liv Tyler and even Beyonce have used it throughout their careers as a part of everyday fashion statements. 

 

Most recently, henna adornments are most commonly worn during music festivals and concerts. For ease of use, henna stickers were created so they can be applied as quick temporary tattoo. 

 

Another trend that debuted recently is UV henna tattoos –a glow in the dark temporary tattoo. These henna like patterns have also become more popular and are worn during EDM festivals and in nightclubs too. 

 

 

We love henna and if you haven’t had a chance to have it applied, it’s definitely an experience! Come visit our henna artist Shaz Dadani who will be on site for Holi between 1-3PM applying henna for a small donation of $2. All proceeds will be donated to WINS. For more information on our Holi celebration and other events taking place at Marlborough Mall, please visit www.marlboroughmall.com/events

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