The History of happy henna

Henna Artist

The art of henna was introduced to Amanda while resettling refugees back in 2010.  She encountered women from multiple religions, cultures and demographic backgrounds who all used henna with the same purpose of bringing beauty on the skin. As an artist herself, world traveler and master in cultural communications she fell in love with the true meaning of what henna represents; "the inner light." She began using henna as a tool for meditation and self healing as she dealt with her own struggles with anxiety. Through the years her passion and joy for henna grew. In 2015, a number of divine experiences pushed Amanda into creating Happy Henna into her full time business.  Her goal was to bring happiness and healing through the art of henna. Henna became more than just a novelty art, it was a ministry to bless others.


Happy Henna's mission is to bring intentional awareness to the power of positive thinking and speaking life over the body.  


Henna is meant to be temporary to remind you that everything in life is temporary.  Once the henna starts to fade, what you maybe dealing with will also fade with it.


“She became a warrior princess who carried the sweet smells of earth on her skin and the essence of her beauty upon her sleeve.” - Amanda Joy 

Founding ARtist

Amanda Joy Gilbert

Crowns of Courage was inspired through Amanda's volunteer efforts with non profit Beautiful You by Profile Salon.  This began a movement that lead the group to crown over 22 women, sharing their personal battle story, transformation and courage. Crowns of Courage was in the top 20 in the worlds largest Art Prize in 2017.  It has become a platform to shine light and awareness to women fighting cancer all over the world.
Please click the link below to learn more about how to share this amazing gift with others. 


What is henna

Henna or also known as (Mehndi) is one of the oldest and most beautiful rituals in the world. The art is used all around the globe that represents inner beauty, protection, luck, fertility and blessings. Natural Henna that dyes the skin is made with a beautiful flowering plant called Lawsonia. This plant can grow up to 6 feet high in hot climates and can be found in Northern Africa and India. The powder of the leaf is mixed with lemon juice and essential oils to create a paste. Please note Henna is not black. When natural henna is applied, the paste is a dark brown color that will flake off and leave a light to dark orange tint, that will gradually get darker after 24- 72 hours. Once the dye is fully oxidized on the skin, it will leave a dark reddish brown color that will last up to 1-3 weeks on the skin.

Henna is applied like frosting to skin using homemade henna paste. The paste first goes on wet and then starts to dry after 20 minutes. At this point, lemon juice and sugar is applied as a seal to keep the paste on longer. To have darker and longer lasting tattoos, keep the paste on for 6-12 hours. Recommended over night if wrapped with medical tape or tissue.


Before & After Care

Before your appointment, clean the skin with warm soapy water to free any substances that would clog the pores and create a barrier for the dye to saturate the skin. It is good to note that once the paste starts to dry on the skin, it can pull at the skin and hair, which can be uncomfortable. I suggest shaving the area before the day of appointment. (Leave on 6-12 hours) The longer you have the henna on your skin the longer the dying properties can set in. Keep the henna moist so that the paste does not dry out. Using lemon juice mixed with sugar will allow the paste to stick to the skin and stay activated. DO NOT WASH paste off skin. Simply remove by rubbing the paste off onto a towel and disposing the flakes. After henna paste is removed, try not to get wet for 24 hours. This allows dye to set in. To keep the tattoo safe, put coconut oil, grape seed oil or olive oil over skin.



With Happy Henna's mission in bringing happiness and healing through the art of henna. With certain bookings Happy Henna will gift a percentage of profits to crowning a cancer patient with CROWNS OF COURAGE

Happy Henna supports and connects with a list of charities and are continually seeking other charities to partner with.  

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