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I have always had an ardent appreciation for artful henna. To me, henna is exotic, beautiful, and a fun way to express yourself not often found in American culture (consider it the distant and oft-forgotten cousin to the more popular permanent tattoo). In Morocco, on the other hand, henna is a must for brides and a popular way to commemorate special occasions.  I have always wanted to have elaborate henna done on my hands and feet, so I, along with the rest of the TIME girls, was extremely excited when Alex and Lizzie’s host mom Amal invited us over for an afternoon of henna and refreshments.

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