Mehndi by Darcy Vasudev

Destination Mehndi Artist

California* Mexico * Europe


An internationally certified henna artist, Darcy Vasudev is one of the most influential artists in her field, with over 15 years of professional experience and an international following. Known for her iconic style that mixes traditional and contemporary motifs, Darcy's designs often "go viral" on Pinterest and Instagram.

Darcy specializes in destination wedding mehndi and creative retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Cuba, and Europe. She is also a sought after henna instructor, and has taught at the world's largest henna conference, as well as smaller conferences internationally. 

Darcy mixes her henna by hand for each event, from organic ingredients sourced from around the world. The supplies she uses on her clients are now available to the public at

Her henna artwork has been featured in an impressive array of publications as well as in the short film, Blank Canvas. Despite all the kudos and press, Darcy shies away from the spotlight. She prefers one on one time with her clients, many of whom have become dear friends. When she's not drawing on people or traveling, she chills in Oakland with her rescued 3 cats, dog, and boyfriend. She's not sure who rescued whom.

Original Bridal Designs by Darcy Vasudev

Destination Wedding Henna

 Bride: Twisha P. Photography:  Playa Weddings , Mehndi: Henna Lounge

Bride: Twisha P. Photography: Playa Weddings, Mehndi: Henna Lounge

Everyone could not stop raving about you and your beautiful work and I still have some colour on my hands and the henna tan that makes me look like I’m wearing lace gloves. I love it!

Inspiration: After seeing a rash (pun intended) of chemical henna popping up in tourist destinations around the globe, Darcy made it her goal to bring the beauty of natural henna to destination weddings, and had her first event in Mexico in 2012.  Since then, destination events have now become the primary offering of Henna Lounge. All bridal mehndi is done personally by Darcy, and additional artists are available upon request.

Safety: Real henna needs to be made fresh the day before an event, and Darcy uses 100% certified Organic henna, organic cane sugar (vegan), purified water, and essential oils. A rich stain is guaranteed when you follow the basic aftercare instructions. This hand-crafted blend also smells amazing- no stinky mehndi! Darcy is an internationally certified natural henna artist. 

Booking: Darcy offers a complimentary email or in-person consultation to discuss your design concepts or any special requests. It is recommended that you book 3-6 months in advance for most events, or 6-12 months in advance for events held on holiday weekends. 

Ease of Planning: Henna Lounge "to go" offers a "no surprises"* experience. Our pricing includes a daily rate and additional optional overtime, hand-crafted henna supplies, artist's flights, transportation, and accommodations at a locally owned hotel.  Email today for a quote. 

*NOT INCLUDED: resort fees or vendor fees at all-inclusive resorts, decor or lighting. The client will be responsible for any costs incurred by the resort.


Get in Touch!

I really loved my bridal mehndi and I truly enjoyed your exemplary service! It was one of the easier days of my whole wedding planning and I couldn’t thank you enough!

Henna Lounge is based in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, however due to our travel schedule we do not have a retail salon.  We do accept a limited number of private appointments at Darcy's home when she is not traveling. Please include your event date and location when writing to us. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


Mobile: 415-215-6901

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Henna for Radical Self Expression

Darcy takes private henna sessions by appointment-only (no walk-ins please) at her home-studio in Oakland. 

I just want to say thank you for the beautiful henna you did for my Burn! Everywhere I went people admired it and asked where I had had it done. I had expected to see lots of henna at Burning Man but actually didn’t see much so I felt very special. It really added to my first experience and I think it even changed the way I danced.

Henna has been associated with sensuality, fertility and healing for thousands of years. Henna traditions are constantly evolving and it's exciting to see that the modern world still embraces this humble, ancient cosmetic herb. Whatever your ritual is, Darcy believes that every body is beautiful and deserves to be adorned!

All photos represent the henna artistry of Darcy Vasudev. Unauthorized use of these photos is expressly forbidden. Please email us for more information on licensing a photo for use in your publication.  

 Sketch and Henna by Darcy Vasudev

Sketch and Henna by Darcy Vasudev

Creative Retreats and Workshops

Henna Lounge has teamed up with Yoga & Adventures Worldwide to bring you several creative retreats this year, we just finished a fantastic one in Tulum Mexico, and next up is Havana Cuba November 6-11. No artistic experience is necessary, just a willingness to explore the world, unplug from the daily hustle, and open yourself up to the inspiration that can be found in nature, culture, and community. 

Our November 6-11th retreat in Havana, is licensed and legal. We'll stay in a beautifully restored mansion, cruise in classic cars, enjoy private salsa dance lessons, tour some of the top contemporary Cuban artists' ateliers, sample the local cuisine and nightlife, and make memories that will last a lifetime.