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    5 Things I Love About Henna

    5 Things I Love About Henna

    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! 
    1. 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. 
    1. 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 5020-year-old artform! 
    1. 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. 
    1. 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!

    How's Your Color?

    MadonnaAfter all these years, henna insists on retaining some of her mystery. By now even though I think I know everything there is to know about henna, I can still come away scratching my head. And that’s especially true when it comes to getting good color.

    Everyone knows that, no matter what secret favorite ingredient you use to make your henna design come out as dark as possible, it won’t work if you don’t start out with excellent quality henna. I remember back in the early days, trying time-honored recipes from different Indian families, and coming up short. Finally I realized that it was the henna!—bought from a local Indian grocery store. That henna powder must’ve been sitting on those shelves for years!

    And by now, I know the henna we use in our Earth Henna kits is fresh, of excellent quality, and, in addition, is sterilized and dermatologically tested whenever we receive a new harvest from our Moroccan farmer partners. But every once in awhile, we’ll get a call from someone reporting a variation of this story:

    I got your kit, which I’ve used many times before. My husband and I both used it. He got great color, but mine came out so light I can barely see it!

    Oh, henna, why do you do this to me?! It occasionally happens to us here in our offices too. Two of us decide to draw on ourselves; one of us gets great color, the other one, not so much. That’s when I have to remind myself that henna is a natural product, which really does vary depending on the user’s body chemistry—and many other factors, too, like lifestyle, placement of the design on the body, how long the henna paste is left on the skin, etc.

    But just a reminder! Intensity of color may be affected by these unlikely culprits:

    1. Stress

    2. Fatigue or weak constitution

    3. Time of the month (for women)

    4. Body temperature (if you're chilly by nature, your color will come out lighter--drink a hot beverage during and after application)

    5. Medications, which may influence the body's natural chemical composition

    Henna is a plant, which grows out of the earth, which, famously, is wildly unpredictable! And maybe, henna just likes to stay mysterious so that we humans can continue exploring her, and discovering her secrets.