The practice of decorating the skin with henna is one that goes back for thousands of years.
The dried leaves are crushed and mixed with water to form a paste, and then intricate and flowing designs are drawn onto the skin.
When the paste dries and is rubbed off, a rich brown stain is left, temporarily, on the skin.
Traditionally, it’s used in India and the surrounding regions for special occasions, and over time, it’s also been adapted into other forms, some on the body and others elsewhere, like on hand-drawn accent walls.
Sarah Walters is bringing this ancient art form into the modern day with a beautiful act of kindness. The Bothell, Washington-based artist provides services for weddings and special occasions like any stylist, setting up appointments and taking payments.
But when it comes to women who have lost their hair to chemotherapy, her services are completely free.
Sarah creates the swirling, floral designs on her clients’ bare heads, providing ornamentation on something that many women may feel insecure or ashamed about, giving them the chance to feel beautiful, like walking pieces of artwork.
[H/T: KENS 5]
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