Creating Henna Crowns of Beauty for Cancer Patients

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Vicki Sumner has stage IV breast cancer, but when she wears her henna crown, she says it’s as if people don’t see her sickness. Instead, they see beautiful artwork, which makes Sumner feel empowered. That’s thanks to the intricate work of henna artist Sarah Walters.

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Henna crowns are intricate henna designs applied to the scalp, typically following hair loss caused by chemotherapy. As an alternative to wigs or hats, a beautiful henna design can create an uplifting experience for a patient during a time that is often filled with worry and stress.

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Though her henna tattoos are temporary, for Walter’s clients, they make a world of difference.Based on traditional Indian henna, each gorgeous crown is meticulously created in an intricate pattern using a safe, plant-based paste on top of the head.

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For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience.This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.

An individual’s hair is a big part of how they perceive themselves, so many psychologically or spiritually focused healing campaigns focus on coping with hair loss as a way to help cancer patients’ lives easier.

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