Montreal’s Queen of Henna: Fida Henna

It’s no secret that I have an obsession with Henna art. My love for this form of body painting started last summer while in New York. As an artist, it was a way for self-expression and in a way, an extension of myself. There are numerous henna artists and those who practice the art. However, it was an encounter with Hafida, the owner of Fida Henna that changed my experience with the art.

While Hafida is an industry leader, her rise as henna queen is the fruit of her passion and hard work.


I watched her create my mandala from the spirit.

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In order to create by spirit, you have to be in-tune with a higher energy and also feel the energy of the person in front of you. There is something truly magical about henna body art. In Montreal, it is prevalent in mostly Eastern-Asian and Arabic circles. However, its origins stretch as far back to the Egyptian Dynasties and Western Africa.

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The use of Henna for body art is several centuries old at least. The people of ancient Egypt and India used this form of temporary tattoo for religious ceremonies, wedding festivals, and for simple body adornment.

What is Henna?

Henna is a plant which grows in the tropical climates of Africa, northern Australia, and southern Asia. Its leaves contain a pigment called lawsone which combines with proteins to cause staining. Because of this staining quality, Henna has been used throughout the ages to dye hair and create body art designs.

How Long does it Lasts?

Fida Henna’s art lasts for about a full seven days depending on where you have the henna done. For example, it lasted well over sevens days on my palms.

For more information and for your events contact:

Fida at (514) 974- 3108

Photos Credit: Facebook Fida Henne

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