Columbia woman draws henna to boost spirits of cancer patients
COLUMBIA - A mid-Missouri woman draws henna for cancer patients or people struggling with stress.
Sue Ginger specializes in henna "crowns" for people who have lost their hair because of chemotherapy or alopecia.
"It's also a way to adorn your head without wigs being scratchy or hot," she said.
Ginger also draws henna on the hands of people who are struggling and need pampering.
She has an art degree and started drawing henna after a friend asked her to try it.
"I ordered the powder and found it's safest to mix your own," she said. "I was hooked because it was a challenge.
Henna paste has sugar in it to stick to the skin, which draws moisture from the air. Ginger said it is a tricky process making the paste because of how humid Missouri weather can be.
It takes about 4 hours minimum for the henna to set on the skin, and the design can last up to about three weeks.
Henna stains darker ohands and feet, and stains lighter closer to the body's core.
Ginger draws henna at festivals and hospitals, and can be contacted on her Facebook page.