Artist creates intricate designs to help cancer patients feel beautiful

One Seattle artist is using her intricate designs to help cancer patients feel beautiful again.

The art of henna has been rooted in Indian and Arabic culture for thousands of generations. Some traditions today paint their hands and feet for weddings and other significant events. While Sarah Walters works these events, she also spends a lot of time working with those going through chemotherapy.

Using her own plant-based paint, she creates 'henna crowns' on patients. Each design is unique and has its own significance.

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Yvonne brought me a photo for inspiration today, of a gorgeous henna crown that had been done by Leah of @facefiesta . A garden in bloom, full of life! đŸŒ»đŸŒż #sarahenna #henna #hennacrown #beauty #strength #Kirkland #kirklandart #seattlehenna #seattle #pnw #hennaartist #art #artist #425 #ps #seattleart #kirklandartist #kirklandhenna #naturalhenna #hennaart
I was interviewed recently by NBC's @king5evening about my henna crowns! I'm so happy to help spread the word about this beautiful alternative to hats and wigs, following hair loss during chemo. I have an amazing network of henna artists all over the world that I'm happy to recommend to anyone seeking a henna crown for themselves or a loved one. Thank you as always @sankara_imports for your amazing little shop, your support and integrity! Of course, thank you @king5seattle for covering this story. #sarahenna #hennacrown #king5evening #king5seattle #sankaraimports #bothellhenna #Kirkland #hennaart #healinghenna #henna #mehndi #organic #organichenna #naturalhenna #seattlehenna #seattle #artist #chemotherapy #chemowarrior #cancerawareness
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One more close-up of Esha's mehndi -- with her fiance's name in view! I haven't gotten the full photos off of my camera yet, but once I do I'll post the full hand shots. 💚 #khertoraval #sarahenna #henna #hennapro #mehndi #Kirkland #kirklandart #seattlehenna #seattle #hennaartist #hennaart #hennadesign #hennainspire #hennainspiration #mehendi #heena #h7nna #art #artist #425 #kirklandartist #kirklandhenna #naturalhenna #hennaart #bride #bridalhenna #bridalmehndi #wedding #weddinghenna
After photo of Lin's henna crown. So exciting to see the results! 💗 Photo credit to Lin @hopeinseattle , thank you so much for the photo! #sarahenna #henna #hennapro #mehndi #seattlehenna #hennaartist #hennaart #hennadesign #hennainspiration #mehendi #naturalhenna #hennaart #Suraja #organic #organichenna #hennasupplier #hennasupplies #surajastain #hennastain #Rajasthani #hennacrown
Fighter. Photo cred to @hopeinseattle #sarahenna #henna #hennapro #mehndi #Kirkland #kirklandart #seattlehenna #seattle #pnw #hennaartist #hennaart #hennadesign #art #artist #425 #seattleart #kirklandartist #kirklandhenna #naturalhenna #hennaart #hennacrown #crown
Baby #2 for Sara, who loves peacocks! #sarahenna #henna #hennapro #mehndi #Kirkland #kirklandart #seattlehenna #seattle #pnw #hennaartist #hennaart #hennadesign #hennainspire #hennainspiration #mehendi #art #artist #425 #seattleart #kirklandartist #kirklandhenna #naturalhenna #hennaart #pregnancyhenna #pregnancy #babybump #bellyhenna #maternityhenna
The front of Sophia's crown #hennaartist #mehndi #hennacrown #henna #hennaart #hennapro #sarahenna #Seattle #seattlehenna #Kirkland #art #artist
Henna crown for a bride to be! 🎊 #sarahenna #henna #hennaart #hennapro #bride #bride #hennacrown #mandala #mehndi #hennaartist
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"When my stepdad passed away from multiple myeloma (a rare cancer of the plasma cells) in 2004, I remember my feeling of helplessness. It reinforced my desire to help people, and now with more of a focus on those who are fighting cancer," Sarah said to A Plus.

All of her henna crowns are made possible through donations, as to help anyone and everyone who wants it.

"I hope that my henna crowns give cancer fighters a reprieve from a stressful time in their lives. I hope they feel beautiful and loved, " she said.

You can learn more about Sarah's work on her website.

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