Indian-born Herra has always been fascinated by the art of mehndi – the art of painting elaborate patterns on the skin with henna. With a background in finance and marketing, she never envisaged that her hobby would become her profession. Yet today, with a thriving business in Saint Lucia, she admits the switch might have been the best decision she ever made, financially and otherwise!

TT: What inspires you to do henna?

Herra: When I began doing henna it was about earning money but, when I started in Saint Lucia two years ago, it was not about earning money; it was more to make myself happy. Plus I now have two little boys and I can make the work fit around them.

TT: What are the most popular occasions for henna?

Herra: My clients come for all occasions: birthdays, weddings, a special night out, and carnival especially, but often just for fun. I prefer clients to come to my place in Rodney Bay, by appointment, but I can go to them.

TT: Tell us about the designs.

Heera: I create most of them freehand. If someone wants something specific, I do that as well. The designs are waterproof and sweatproof. Once you have the design, it’s like an ornament, and no one can steal it like they would jewellery. I make the henna paste; it’s non-toxic and I can do organic.

TT: What’s the longest it’s taken you to finish a design?

Herra: I did one for carnival 2014 that took four hours to finish; I got a lot of compliments. When it comes to body art I charge per hour but I work really quickly.

TT: What do you like about being in Saint Lucia?

Herra: I love Saint Lucia! I’m getting good feedback on my henna designs and the people are nice. When my husband and I go out with the kids, everybody is always welcoming and warm. They never make us feel like we’re foreigners; it’s like we’re part of a big family.

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Contact Heera at Hennastlucia@gmail.com or telephone 384 6368.