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Welcome to the official website of Internationally Certified Natural Henna Artist, Holly Monster, located in the beautiful & culturally-diverse city of Toronto (Canada).

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Looking for henna appointments? See the "Get hennaed" page >

Want to buy henna supplies? See the "Buy henna" page >

Want to learn how to henna? See the "Learn to henna" page >

Holly will be hennaeing at these upcoming events:

June 22, 2013
Leslieville Tree Festival
12pm - 4pm
at Leslie Grove Park
(Queen St E & Jones)
with the Tarquin (Henna Planet)

September 14-15, 2013
Danforth East Arts Fair
10am - 5pm
at East Lynn Park
(Danforth & Coxwell)
with the Tarquin (Henna Planet)

Short intro to henna: Henna is a several-thousand year old art with diversified traditions throughout Southwest Asia, the Middle East and Northern Africa. Originally from Persia, the natural dye within the leaves of the henna plant (lawsonia inermis) was used by various cultures for traditions including birth, coming of age, marriage and death.

The henna plant itself is a hardy little shrub that thrives in hot, arid climates. The leaves are harvested once or twice a year, after the heavy rains, and left to dry completely. The leaves are then ground into a fine powder to preserve the dye within. Henna powder is mixed with a few ingredients, including lemon juice, to encourage the dye to release. Henna paste is then applied to the skin, hair, fingernails, natural fabrics (eg. cotton, silk) and leather. Learn more about henna >