Remember when the models wore temporary henna tattoos for my Moroccan Holiday collection at the Goodwill fashion show? Ever since then I’ve wanted to get a real henna design on my hands. Henna is a tree and the dye comes from the henna plant. Traditionally used in ceremonies and weddings, henna is popular in the Middle East, India, Pakistan, and North Africa.  The temporary dye comes in both black and a burnt red color and can be used in the hair or on the skin for body art. I heard about Isra through a friend and immediately contacted her for henna art as soon as I saw her Instagram account. She’s unbelievably talented and whipped up this design in less than 30 minutes.

I went with the natural burnt orange color and Isra applied it free-handed with a little tube. It goes on dark brown and within minutes the henna begins to dry and flake off. The longer you leave it on, the darker the end result will be. After it all flakes off, you are left with a beautiful design on your skin. It should last about 2 weeks.