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Darcy Vasudev

California* Mexico * Europe


An internationally recognized, award-winning artist, Darcy Vasudev has over 15 years of professional experience. Known for her iconic style, her mehndi designs often "go viral" on Pinterest and Instagram.

Darcy is based in the San Francisco Bay Area but her passion lies in destination weddings and creative retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Central America, and Europe. She is a sought after henna instructor, and has taught at henna conferences worldwide.

Darcy mixes fresh henna for each event, using only organic and natural ingredients. Her exclusive products are also available to the public at

Her henna artwork has been featured in magazines, news articles and blogs, as well as in the short film, Blank Canvas. 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.

Hi! I’m Darcy.

Hi! I’m Darcy.

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 Southern Exposure Tulum

An event for professional henna artists

September 18-23, 2019

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What is Southern Exposure? This “destination education” is a new concept created by Darcy, just for henna professionals, or aspiring henna pros. Students will gain clarity on their brand’s mission, establish a brand strategy and marketing plan, and execute a fully-styled peak-stain photoshoot in a breathtaking natural setting, with an intimate, supportive group of creatives.

Who is Southern Exposure? Henna Lounge’s first event will be hosted by Darcy Vasudev, with Victoria Welch as a guest instructor and co-hostess. Future event guest instructors TBA!

Why Southern Exposure? With dozens of henna conferences popping up around the world, Darcy felt that the needs of advanced artists were not being fully met. Let’s face it, a one hour marketing or photography class is not even going to scratch the surface. In order to truly excel, artists must learn techniques to present and market their work in a compelling way. Darcy also felt it was important to have a very small group, in order to fully customize the event to the needs of each individual.

When is Southern Exposure? - Our first event, Southern Exposure Tulum, is September 18-23rd 2019. It is already sold out, but you can join the wait-list. Stay tuned for upcoming dates!

Where is Southern Exposure? - New destinations TBA. One thing is for certain, the locations will be beautiful natural and/or cultural locations.

Bridal Design by Darcy Vasudev


Destination Wedding Henna

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 usage 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. All bridal mehndi is done personally by Darcy, and additional artists are available upon request.

Safety: Henna is made fresh for each event, and Darcy uses certified organic henna, organic cane sugar (vegan), purified water, and essential oils, so it smells amazing. A rich stain is guaranteed when you follow the basic aftercare instructions. Darcy is an internationally certified natural henna artist. 

Booking: Darcy offers a complimentary email or phone 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 near holidays, or destination wedding high season (October through February). 

Ease of Planning: Henna Lounge offers a "no surprises"* experience. Our up-front pricing is inclusive of fresh henna paste, artist's flights, transportation, and accommodations at a locally owned hotel.

*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.

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Radical Henna

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

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.  

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.
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