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Maya Ravensong is an Artist working in many different mediums. From dance, to writing, to paintings on canvas, silk and on the body, Maya creates healing art for herself and others.

Maya's art is a mix of strange, beautiful, sometimes humorous or wyrd forms- all of which can bring healing. She paints mostly with her fingers, though she does use other tools as well. She sometimes uses a magnifying glass to get into such small detail that, to some, it would seem pointless- but her, is completely the point. Maya has published one book “BodyArt Therapy” and is currently working on a tome where she explains how to become one with the divine and heal through dance.

Maya attends different events throughout the year. You can find a list of those events here

What is Henna?

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Henna is a plant (Lawsonia inermis) grown in arid regions of the world. For thousands of years it has been used as a body adornment. Henna Paste (powdered henna and liquid) is applied to the skin and allowed to dry. Once the paste is dry, it is scraped off and a stain if left behind.

The skin is never punctured and no pain is involved at all. It is temporary (except fingernails- the stain is there until it grows out) and lasts 2 days to 6 weeks. This is because the dye has only penetrated into the uppermost layers of the skin. When your skin renews itself through natural exfoliation, the stain will fade gradually, replaced by fresh skin of your natural color.

How long the stain lasts also depends on the quality of the paste, aftercare, skin condition, and placement. If you have ANY allergies, always ask you henna artist if they use what you are allergic to in their henna, and if they use any essential oils. There might be something in their recipe that you could have a reaction to.

Maya Uses only 100% natural henna.

To find out more about Maya's Body art Rates go here - Body Art Rates

There are some people out there that do not care what they put on your body as long as they make a profit. Many times their "henna" has been adulterated with dyes or other harmful chemicals. This "henna" is many times referred to as "Black Henna". Henna is not black-unless things are added to it. Henna does not stain DARK within the first 30 minutes of application -without something being added to it. "Black Henna" can harm you. It can cause blistering and permanent scaring. It can lead to a lifetime of sensitivity to many common products like rubber, perfumes, hair dye or possibly anything dyed black that you come into contact with.

Most of the time the added chemical is PPD Para-Phenylenediamine. It is a known carcinogen, transdermal toxin (it penetrates your skin and then travels through your blood stream and causes damage). It is linked to bladder cancer, asthma, and many other health problems. causes a delayed hypersensitivity reaction. Meaning it takes a little while for a reaction to happen and by then you are usually far away from the artist who applied it. A para-phenylenediamine reaction starts 3 to 10 days after the PPD "Black Henna" or black hair dye is applied.

Henna is NOT black. Henna does NOT cause blisters and open sores. PPD black hair dye CAN cause blisters and sores. -Author Catherine Cartwright-Jones

Timing

For the best look, have your henna applied 2-3 days before your special day. This ensures the best color- you want to look your best!

Heat and the addition of essential oils are the safest and most successful darkeners of henna. These will make very dark stains on hands and feet, but on the rest of the body, the stains will be red/orange/brown. Henna never stains very dark anywhere else.

Embellishments

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Embellishments are extra glitz and glitter added to the henna pattern to really make it stand out. In the photo above, you can see the henna paste, gold gilding paste, and gems. Embellishments really photograph well and are very inexpensive way to add to your henna design.

I only use safe, cosmetic grade powders and glitters to make embellishments. Using non cosmetic grade materials can lead to allergic reactions. Please be careful and not use non cosmetic grade glitters near the eyes as some can cause irritation and even blindness.

Colors for gilding paste include, silver, gold, pearl, emerald, ruby, sapphire, and amethyst. I have almost every color you can think of in cosmetic grade glitter and gemstones.

Gilding: $3.00 extra per design. Gems: $3.00 extra per 5 gems. Glitter is free.

How can you tell if a henna artist is using safe henna or dangerous "PPD Black Henna"?

They call their stuff "Black Henna". The paste is not green/brown. When you ask them how long you should leave the paste on and they say less than 1 hour, then they have done something nasty to the henna. Ask them about the color of the stain. If they say it will be black, they are most likely using PPD. You can ask them to put s dot on their own arm and look at it in 1//2 an hour. If it is black- it's PPD. Safe recipes for henna paste include, henna powder, lemon juice, other natural juices and spices like paprika and essential oils. You can ask the artist what is in their paste but they may lie. Stick with checking out the paste itself to make sure you are not exposed to PPD.

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