Pavan Dhanjal was born in East London to adored parents who instilled in her great ambition
and an entrepreneurial spirit.
Aged just fifteen, encouraged by them both, Pavan first created decorative henna designs at a family wedding. She was instantly hooked, intent on being the best possible practitioner of her chosen art form, and determined to develop a unique style, with a flair unavailable elsewhere.
As demand for her skills rose, and after a Guinness
World Record breaking win in 2012 (she
completed 512 unique armbands in an hour,
smashing her 2009 record) Pavan was asked to
open a popup henna bar in Topshop’s flagship
Oxford Circus Store. It launched to rapturous
acclaim and was a sellout success. In June 2018
Pavan was awarded a British Empire Medal for
Services to Beauty.
Today, as well as travelling worldwide to the homes of her many clients, Pavan leads a dedicated
and carefully curated team of henna artists who work in her Selfridges and Harvey Nichols bars.
She has collaborated with everyone from Rudimental to Ellie Goulding, Perrie Edwards and
Alesha Dixon, and created bespoke designs for the runway shows of Antonio Berardi and
Now a global brand, Pavan’s The Henna Bar continues to grow with outlets across London and
the UK as well as Dubai, New York, Milan and Paris. Further expansion is set firmly upon
Pavan is also the author of Part-Time Ink, a guide to creating modern henna designs
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