Beauty in motion: Henna tattoo

Intricate and beautiful, henna tattoos are thought to have originated in Ancient Egypt. According to The Huffpost, Cleopatra was reportedly known to use the ink -- from the henna flower -- to decorate her body. The art quickly grew, and is frequently used in celebrations and rites of passage in a variety of traditions, including the Hindu, Indian and Arabic cultures. 

Today, henna has transcended past different cultures and backgrounds, often applied for get-togethers such as spring and summer music festivals. But you don't have to travel to a spa or break a bank to get a henna tattoo -- you can actually get the temporary tattoo done at your own home.

Watch the video above to learn how to apply the tattoo safely and creatively in this week's episode of Beauty in Motion.

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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! 🌻🌿 #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
Callie 💚 #sarahenna #henna #hennacrown #beauty #strength #Kirkland #kirklandart #seattlehenna #seattle #pnw #hennaartist #art #artist #425 #ps #seattleart #kirklandartist #kirklandhenna #naturalhenna #hennaart
💜 henna crown 💜 Do you know anyone in the Seattle area who has lost their hair during chemo, and could use some lovingly applied head art? Tag them or message me for more info. #sarahenna #henna #hennacrown #beauty #strength #Kirkland #kirklandart #seattlehenna #seattle #pnw #hennaartist #art #artist #425 #ps #seattleart #kirklandartist #kirklandhenna #naturalhenna #hennaart
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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