Henna/Mehndi Introduction

Henna, also called Mehndi, is a plant dye that harmlessly and temporarily stains the skin a red-brown color. Its use in North Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, and India dates back to 10,000-20,000 BCE. Henna is still traditionally used in over 50 countries, and since the late 1990's it has gained notice and increasing popularity in the world abroad as a beautiful form of body art.

You can often find henna designs adorning hands and feet with intricate beautiful patterns. Both men and woman use henna, and the process of application and letting it set is a fun and relaxing experience.

Unless otherwize noted, all designs on this Website that appear black or dark green are the applied henna paste--not the stain (BLACK STAINING HENNA IS NOT HENNA! IT IS A DANGEROUS CHEMICAL. Click here for more info). Unless otherwize stated, all design were hand done by Baraka.


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