Bess Perry

Bess PerryI have always been artistically curious and interested in the ancient art of henna. The earthy beauty of the plant, the blissful meditation of the paste creation and application, and the lovely radiance of the individual all come together for me into a magical moment when crafting a gorgeous design for someone. The interaction between a person and an ephemeral expression of elegance, guided by an artist’s hand, is a concept that resonates well with me. I strive for this special interaction with each design I create. Although I’ve dabbled in henna throughout my life, my interest in creating professional henna art took shape while living in Nepal and learning about henna’s intricate and intimate connections. I have been creating beautiful henna designs for others since 2005. I draw my inspiration from my whimsical imagination, the natural world, and cultures around the globe, creating body art of many styles, all highly unique and exquisitely sketched. Henna is a plant, crushed into a paste and applied as a temporary form of skin decoration. The crushed plant leaves release a compound called lawsone, which binds to keratin and stains our hair and skin. Mehndi is a name for the painted henna designs. Henna applications have a rich history throughout cultures of South Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa for thousands of years. In particular, henna is applied for special occasions, such as weddings and births. In most traditional forms, mehndi is particularly applied to women as a personal expression and bonding experience and as a representation of beauty and femininity. Over time, intricate designs have been created, many with symbolic meaning and all with artistic flair. Nowadays, mehndi has spread to worldwide, with different people equally enjoying the beautiful art form. Contemporary designs can be of any subject, although the traditional designs are still heavily popular. I enjoy creating both traditional and modern designs and am always happy to hear what you envision for your beautiful body art. My henna is homemade and patiently drawn, meaning that your personalized artistic creation is entirely natural and completely beautiful.Shubhpuja I make the henna paste from scratch, using all natural/organic ingredients such as lemon, sugar, and essential oils. The paste is applied like frosting on top of clean, dry skin in intricate patterns. The application process time depends on the detail of the work and the size of the design. I work freehand, guided by images and imagination. After the henna dries, I set it further with a citrus mixture. Once at least a few hours have passed, gently rub the dried paste off. Wrapping the area, to seal in body heat, helps create an even deeper stain. Ideally, the wrap and paste should be left on overnight, for the deepest stain. Over the first day, the orangey-red color will deepen to reddish brown as the henna stains the layers of skin. Typically, mehndi lasts from a few days to a few weeks, depending on factors such as the location on the body, how quickly the skin exfoliates, and how often the area is scrubbed/washed/lotioned.

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