Traditionally, we’re used to seeing henna tattoos at weddings or sometimes at special booths at public events. We can’t remember a time when they weren’t around, and rightfully so; the beautiful artwork technique is roughly 6,000 years old, originating years ago in Egypt. But of all the amazing tattoos we’ve seen, this revolutionary way to use them is perhaps our favourite use yet.
At the Hope Springs Cancer Support Centre in Kitchener, Ont., Henna for Healing artist Bhupi Rajput volunteers her time once a week to draw customized tattoos on patients, ranging from their arms, hands and in some cases, heads with a full henna crown.
“Its bad enough that they have to go through [cancer],” Rajput says in the video above. “By the time I’m done they feel beautiful and gorgeous.”
The tattoos last for roughly 15 days and are another alternative to a wig or head scarf for women who have lost their hair through cancer treatments.
Darlene MacFarlane from Guelph, Ont. is one of such women, and is also featured in the video.
“People stare. I probably would,” she says. “But if you’re going to stare at my bald head, then stare at something worth staring at!”