Paint the Body Beautiful

5 Things I Love About Henna

Henna love - hand tattoo
  1. I’m a writer, so I love words. I can write a word I love on my body with henna, and there it will stay for 7–10 days. Like ineffable, which means incapable of being described with words, like life!
  2. I’m also an author, an art dealer, and a freelance museum curator. Creating henna tattoo kits is my day job. I’m so happy that, like my other cherished pursuits, henna body art falls into the creative arts group.
  3. Curating museum exhibitions and writing books requires research into the history of the subject matter at hand, which I love. Investigating the 5,000-year-old henna body artform brought me such magical knowledge about henna cultures throughout India, Africa, and the Middle East! I am richer for it. And speaking of 5,000 years, it occurred to me that I’ve been saying henna is a 5000-year-old artform for about 20 years now. So it’s official: henna is a 5,020-year-old artform!
  4. While we’re on the subject of magic, in case you didn’t know, in all the different countries where henna grows, people believe the plant is infused with magical properties, and that whoever is painted with henna will be gifted with love, luck, and prosperity.
  5. I have witnessed people waiting in line for as long as 4 hours to get a henna tattoo, (like at Vidcon last year). No matter how cranky they are, by the time their turn comes they always leave with a smile. Henna makes people happy!