Henna Artist in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, CA
Hello! Welcome to my little henna world. I am Aatika, the Henna Artist behind Lavender Henna. I’m a passionate henna (aka mehndi) artist based in Santa Rosa, California. I have over 12 years of experience. I have been in love with henna since a very young age.
When there were no advanced materials to make gorgeous designs with, my mother used to just spread the henna paste like Nutella on my palms and fingertips and tie it down with an old cloth. Growing up I saw and felt how important the tradition of henna was in every happy time of our lives. While growing up, my fascination and love for henna grew even more. Since a young age, I knew what I wanted to be i.e. an Artist. I pursued my dream by using different mediums, canvases until I was ready for a henna cone. Once I held the henna cone in my hand, I never looked back and practiced for many years until I got better at it.
Those sisters and cousins that used to run away from me, when they saw me with a henna cone, started happily offering their hands. I am extremely grateful for how far this ancient and sacred art has taken me to so many interesting places and connected me with amazing people. Some of whom I call friends now. I look forward to meeting many more lovely folks and adorn many more bodies with this gift that had been given to me. I continue to evolve as an artist, as the learning curve will never be over for me.
All the henna at Lavender Henna is made by me with carefully picked organic ingredients. I am a certified natural henna artist by ICNHA (International Certification for Natural Henna Arts).
Henna is a plant Lawsonia Inermis. The plant leaves are dried and grinded into fine powder. The powder is then mixed with essential oils, sugar, and lemon juice/water to make the smooth henna paste.
Henna has been used for many thousand years to beautify women. It is a pain-free and natural way to dye your skin and hair.
Stains the skin which lasts from 1 to 4 weeks. On hands and feet henna lasts from 7 to 10 days.
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How can I take care of my henna?
Keep the henna on for 10-12 hours minimum. Traditionally it is kept overnight. Pick or scrape the henna off the skin. Instead of washing off henna with water, pick up the dried paste from skin. Avoid water for at least 24 hours after removing henna. This will make the stain darker and for a longer time. Massage olive oil, coconut oil on your henna stain to protect it from water. Avoid any detergents, chemicals, cleansers, scrubs, hand sanitizers or swimming in chlorinated water as it can fade your henna faster.
Henna stain will be bright orange at first and will darken to a deep brown over the next 48-60 hours. This gradual darkening of the stain is a sign that the henna is 100% natural and organic.