Munira gets a henna tattoo

Model: Munira; Photo: Frances Darwin/Henna Heals

For people coping with hair loss, these beautifully intricate henna crown tattoos offer a safe, customizable and temporary alternative to hair pieces, scarves and hats.

The Toronto-based organization behind these tattoos, Henna Heals, was founded in 2010 with just a handful volunteers, but it has quickly grown to a network that encompasses more than 150 artists around the world. The organization's clients typically include women who are either undergoing cancer treatment or living with alopecia, a condition characterized by partial or full hair loss.

Henna is a natural dye that is derived from the crushed leaves of the henna plant. It has been used as a means of body adornment for thousands of years throughout Africa, the Middle East and Southern Asia.

Because many pre-packaged henna pastes sometimes contain harmful chemicals and preservatives, all artists associated with Henna Heals have committed to using only their own hand-mixed henna paste made from all-natural henna leaves, lemon juice, sugar and essential oils.

Interested in getting your own henna crown tattoo? Check out the Henna Heals website and Facebook page for information on how to find a henna artist near you.

Watch the video below for a behind-the-scenes look at one of Henna Heals' tattoo sessions, or continue below for more photos.

 
Munira's dry henna crown tattoo

Model: Munira; Photo: Frances Darwin/Henna Heals

 
M's henna crown tattoo

Model: M; Photo: Frances Darwin/Henna Heals

 
Jana's henna crown tattoo

Model: Jana; Photo: Frances Darwin/Henna Heals

 
Anna's henna crown tattoo

Model: Anna; Photo: Tarquin Singh/Henna Heals

 
Sharon's henna crown tattoo

Model: Sharon; Photo: Frances Darwin/Henna Heals

 
Daniel's henna crown tattoo

Model: Daniel; Photo: Frances Darwin/Henna Heals

 
K's henna crown tattoo

Model: K; Photo: Tarquin Singh/Henna Heals

 
Sharon's henna crown tattoo

Model: Sharon; Photo: Frances Darwin/Henna Heals

 
Andrew's henna crown tattoo

Model: Andrew; Photo: Henna Heals

 
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