Artist Creates Beautiful Henna Crowns for Free for Cancer Patients


Like many body art studios, Seattle-based henna company Sarahenna helps people celebrate special occasions. From wedding looks to embellished baby bumps, the talented team—led by founder Sarah Walters—helps clients mark major milestones with their artistic practice. What sets Sarahenna apart from the rest, however, is their dedication to helping others. In particular, they offer “henna crowns” to women who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy.

Based on traditional Indian henna, Walters’ crowns are composed of safe, plant-based paste and feature intricate and delicate designs. Applied onto the scalp, each crown offers an artistic (and, in the warmer months, a more comfortable) alternative to caps, hats, and wigs, giving chemotherapy patients a bit more freedom to personally express themselves without hair. “For a little bit, people don’t see that it’s because I’m sick,” Lauren Russell, a client, tells K5 Evening News in a video. “They see art. And it doesn’t look like just a bald head or any of that. It’s pretty.”

Walters offers the services free of charge out of her own home. Like a stylist at a salon, she strives to make her clients feel as comfortable and pampered as possible. With its beautiful aesthetic, ephemerality (they last about two weeks) 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.”






Photo credit: @kimholcomb

If you’d like to book an appointment, or if you know someone you’d like to crown, you can do so on the Sarahenna site.


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via [K5 Evening News]

All images via Sarahenna unless otherwise stated.

Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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