Tineesha Mari Olsen is a qualified somatologist/skincare therapist, who has over 14 years of experience as a henna artist. From doing henna on herself through her love and passion for henna art while still in primary school, her artform has since evolved into a profession that is constantly expanding.

I started doing henna on myself when I was still in primary school. I first taught myself from pictures and trial-and-error on my own hands. It always intrigued me how something so ‘simple’ can be made into an artform – how you can use the human body as a canvas for something beautiful.

Media appearances

Tineesha has since appeared in various newspapers and TV shows, sharing her love and knowledge of henna art.

I love creating something beautiful every time – there is always something unique that can be done. I really feel like I contribute to making someone else’s life beautiful by sharing my talents and passion with them. That’s what I love most about it.

The growth of henna

The henna industry is expanding, not just in South Africa but as a global trend. Cities are becoming a cultural mixing pot – henna temporary tattoos are a growing fashion trend across all cultures and are no longer limited to only South-Asian customs as once was the case.

I love watching how new brides get excited and self-confident about their weddings – they are like princesses when they start getting their henna done 🙂

As henna becomes more fashionable globally, henna patterns are being used as a means of individual expression and have begun appearing on all manner of objects – cakes, walls, candles, shoes, guitars… the list goes on.

We’ll leave you with Tineesha’s favourite quote, which is:

“I’m a little pencil in the hand of a writing God, who is sending a love letter to the world.”
– Mother Teresa