We had a GREAT time at Chili yesterday. Ten of us got mehndi (henna) tattoos while we watched the movie Bride and Prejudice. Mehndi artist Meena Ross did an excellent job. She started by talking about the history of mehndi … did you know that mehndi is not only popular in India, but its also used in Pakistan and areas of Africa? Afterwords, she let us choose some patterns in a couple of books she had. All of her work was hand drawn and beautiful. It was amazing to watch as the drawing grew.

The room smelled wonderful during the program. She uses henna, sugar, lemon juice and some kind of essential oil that just smelled delightful. I don’t think the room had every smelled so lovely. 🙂

I took some pictures during the program. In the pictures the dye is still pretty wet so its darker than it will end up being. You have to patiently wait for it to dry and come off on its own. After twenty minutes it will be dry to the touch, but if you spend a little time in the sun and let it set longer the outcome will be a little darker.

After everything dries and you wash your hands you’ll end up with something like this:

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