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20 beautifully intricate henna designs that’ll blow your mind

*breathless*

Ever since I was little, I’ve spent every holiday and wedding season sitting at the kitchen table, getting my henna done by my mother. She would cover my hands and wrists with flowers, paisley drops, and other mandala-like designs. The stuff stinks, but there’s a kind of comfort associated with the memories of it, too.

The practice of using organic dye to decorate the skin is most popular in the Middle East and India/Pakistan. Large flowers are more indicative of an Arab artist, while Indian/Pakistani artists incorporate smaller, geometric designs and typically cover more area.

We’ve all experienced the struggles involved with getting henna done. Picking a design and carving out a few hours is honestly half the battle. And once you’ve found someone willing to sit down with you, mustering the patience to sit still as the henna tip tickles your skin is the second battle. Not to mention the arduous wait for the paste to dry and subsequently flake off.

Honestly, though, these designs are so incredibly gorgeous, they’ll make you want to hit up your local henna artist ASAP and cover your entire arms in henna, too, struggles and all.

1. With detail like this, you can’t go wrong.

@almasbridalhenna / Via instagram.com

2. Finger-to-elbow perfection.

@mpsinghphotography / Via instagram.com

3. Is it just me or does this look painted on with SILK!?

@allthingshenna_  / Via instagram.com

4. Symmetry is SO aesthetic.

@kamsmehndi  / Via instagram.com

5. Delicate. Defined. Dreamy.

@atlantahennastudio / Via instagram.com

6. Red nails complete this look!

@hennabydivya  / Via instagram.com

7. You DO NOT want to smudge this!

@tanuusmani_henna   / Via instagram.com

8. Spot the bride and groom.

@hussainmaaz  / Via instagram.com

9. Henna: the ultimate princess accessory.

@amansmehndi / Via instagram.com

10. Okay, but like, is this real life!?

@henna_by_taj / Via instagram.com

11. Henna like this does not happen in an hour.

@hussainmaaz / Via instagram.com

12. *mesmerized*

@zubhahenna / Via instagram.com

13. I could stare at this forever.

@neha_beauty90 / Via instagram.com

14. You can’t go wrong with a classic.

@zoipetrosyan / Via instagram.com

15. Absolutely geometrical. Count. Me. IN!

@bysoor  / Via instagram.com

16. Wow.

@leedsmehndi / Via instagram.com

17. Decadently dramatic.

@shaadiwish / Via instagram.com

18. I love those city skyline details!

@minal_beauty / Via instagram.com

19. There’s nothing Victorian about these lace gloves…

@sarashenna / Via instagram.com

20. Ah, wedding bliss!

@wedmewell / Via instagram.com

Are you just as blown away by these as I am?