The artist believes that henna can provide a “positive and uplifting experience during a time that is often filled with worry and stress.”
Her name is Sarah Walters, and she has always wanted to do something that would inspire the world.
When her stepfather suddenly passed away from myeloma cancer, the henna artist found an inner well of determination and strength to use her artistic ability for the betterment of others.
“It was a difficult time that further reinforced my desire to find a way to help in whatever way I could,” Walters told People Magazine.
Walters started working on her henna craft in 2008, and opened the studio Sarahenna, where she offers services for weddings, bridal showers, baby bumps, and more. But what separates Sarahenna from the other henna studios? Walters and her staff offer these henna tattoos for free, for those who have gone through chemotherapy and experienced hair loss.
“I have always known I wanted a way to help others in a meaningful and tangible way,” she told Mashable. “My mom asked me to do a crown for her friend who was fighting cancer in 2010 … I knew I wanted to make them accessible to anyone who had lost their hair during chemo.”
The designs are based on traditional Indian henna, and incorporate a modernized twist. The crowns are composed of safe, plant-based paste (as natural henna should be).
Rather than use caps, bandannas, or wigs, Walters offers a unique and beautiful alternative that her clients simply love.
“For a little bit, people don’t see that it’s because I’m sick,” client Lauren Russell tells K5 Evening News. “They see art. And it doesn’t look like just a bald head or any of that. It’s pretty.”
These services are provided out of her home, and Walters offers them for free.
Similar to going to a salon, she tries to make her clients feel pampered and comfortable. The henna tattoos last about two weeks, and are stunning to behold. With an almost meditative and relaxing application, Walters believes that henna can provide a “positive and uplifting experience during a time that is often filled with worry and stress.”
If you know someone you’d like to crown, or if you would like to book one for yourself, you can do so on the Sarahenna site.
By Raven Fon