Sarah Walters only had the doors to her henna studio, Sarahenna, in Bothell, Washington, open for a few months in 2010 when a request from her mother would change the course of her business.
“My mom told me about a friend who was battling cancer and had lost hair so she asked me to do a crown for her,” Walters, 41, told ABC News, referring to a henna design that covers one’s head.
Walters drew the crown for her mom’s friend and then began offering her service to other cancer patients free of charge.
“Many have never had henna before but see the beautiful artwork and it’s something different than wearing a hat or a wig,” she said of patients who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. “Others come by referral because they hear what a relaxing personal experience it is.”
Walters described the process as “very personal,” adding, “I’m touching their head and …