Your cartClose

Your cart is currently empty.

Login Close

Journey of Henna



The art of henna (Mehndi) is a deeply rooted tradition in the lives of women across the Indian subcontinent. It's a fascinating art form that's used to decorate hands, feet, and other parts of the body for special occasions. But have you ever wondered how this unique art form turned out to be so important in our lives? Have you ever been curious about where henna came from?

Henna in the Indus Valley Civilisation

The well-known sculpture of a dancing girl with ramp walk pose found at Mohenjo-daro (Indus Valley Civilisation) symbolizes the concept of female empowerment. The girl, with her one hand on waist, is shown in a pose of self-assurance and determination. This shows how women were confident, determined and independent from that era only. ‘Mina’ means a confident & determined woman in the Indian language. Historically, henna was most popular in the Indus Valley Civilisation, also known as the Bronze Age Civilisation, which flourished between 3300 BC and 1300 BC. The beauty of this ancient civilisation’s culture can be seen in its artworks, but what makes it even more fascinating is the use of henna as a colouring ingredient. Henna was used to create intricate patterns on the skin, walls and pottery, usually for decoration purposes during this period.

Henna in Ancient Egypt

Henna’s history dates back to ancient Egypt and the pharaohs as well. Henna tattoos have been a longstanding practice in the Middle East. The use of henna has been traced as far back as 9000 BC and 5000 BC, when the Egyptians and Sumerians used it in their religious ceremonies and art. Henna tattoos were also popular during the reign of Cleopatra, the last ruling queen of Egypt. Cleopatra was a renowned pharaoh who ruled from 51 BC to 30 BC and was known for her beauty and magnetism. Her beauty, intelligence and charm were unsurpassable. She used henna tattoos to adorn her body and eyebrows with intricate designs.

Henna in Indian Culture

Henna has a rich history in India too. The use of henna spread to India during the reign of the ‘Maharajahs’ group of kings of princely states in India, most of them were from Rajasthan and were historically known as warrior aristocrats. Henna has been used as an adornment by Maharanis or queens throughout history. And today, no celebration, such as weddings or festivals, is complete without henna tattoos adorning the arms, feet and body of women across India. A special ceremony is held in many Indian weddings across cultures called ‘Mehendi (Henna) ki Raat’, or ‘The Night of Mehendi’. The womenfolk dance around and get themselves decorated with intricate henna tattoo designs to look more beautiful. In Indian culture, the colour red represents fire, good luck, happiness and passion.

Henna in Modern World

Henna plays an important role not only in Indian culture, but globally as well. It has recently become a popular trend in many international fashion circles. And, in today’s modern world, Mina iBrow Henna is endeavouring diligently to provide its esteemed users worldwide with henna-based eyebrow tinting experiences. Our manufacturing facility is located in the lap of nature, in the pristine lower foothills of the Himalayas in Shoghi, Shimla (INDIA). The company follows its core mantra of using leaves, flowers and roots of exotic plants, and has been able to achieve success by providing quality products, which has helped it to expand internationally in 35+ countries around the world. One of our goals, with our henna processing activities, has also been to empower the local womenfolk. We take pride in claiming that more than 80% of our workforce comprises women, whom we support every day. We give them opportunities to make their own mark on the world, by providing them with financial independence and self-fulfillment.