Tuesday night my belly dance group had a Solstice Party to celebrate the first day of Summer (hooray for June 20th! Hooray even more for a couple of summery sunny days in Oregon!!). Here I was at last year’s party – I had a waist? I could see my toes?? Well this year, at 35 weeks, I look a little different AND the ladies treated me to some henna body art to boot. Woot!
The henna was applied by the gloriously talented Wendy of Roving Horse Henna. This woman is amazing – I gestured vaguely at my belly and said “some flowers and vines, nothing too big, but pretty” and she did this. Freehand. And rather speedily. THEN she applied glitter and swarkovski crystals. Brilliant!!! I’m a glittery girl at heart so that was perfect. And when I finally got to get up and look in a mirror, I couldn’t believe how beautiful this made me feel, how my vague description was captured so well and how this design suited my costume for the night, my shape, and me. Wendy rocks.
If you’re not familiar with henna, the pictures above show what it looks like just after it’s done, when the paste is still fresh or dried (dark). You leave the paste on as long as possible (4 hours at least) so the color stains the skin, then spend the next 24 hours doing your best to keep water off of it, then you grease it up with some oil before you shower and keep it moisturized going forward – all to retain the color as long as possible. Depending on where the henna is applied and your skin type, you end up with a reddish-brown stain that will gradually fade over the next week? Two weeks? I never can remember how long it’s supposed to last but I’m sure enjoying it now! This is my henna now (though it’s a little darker now than it was last night when I took the picture):
I can’t help singing in my head “I feel pretty! Oh so pretty…”
Thank you Gypsy Heart! Thank you Wendy!!