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FAB BEAUTY

Henna: A Trendy Tradition By Shaheena Ali Henna is an amazing natural creation full of hidden health benefits. Henna comes from a plant called, Lawsonia inermis, a thin tree that sprouts tiny flower buds and small fruits containing edible seeds. This plant generally grows in parts of Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia and islands like Fiji. When its leaves are ground together, a green paste is created and can be used as a natural dye. This dye temporarily colors skin, hair, nails and even clothes. Length of contact with henna determines how dark the brownish-orange coloring it leaves behind will be. Applying lemon juice to the dyed area can increase the darkness to deep mahogany. When henna is used on skin, it lasts between one and four weeks, slowly fading away after the first week. I always say “Why get a permanent tattoo when you can have a different one every four weeks?” A henna tattoo is painless and all natural.

is also a great topical antiseptic for cuts and skin infections. It helps wounds heal faster and prevents scarring. Henna is just as much of a tradition and fad today as it has always been. If you have a passion for creativity, an artistic eye, and can draw freehand, perhaps you will be the next amazing henna tattoo artist. Now that you know the techniques, history and health benefits of henna, make skin your canvas and let your imagination run wild.

The use of henna dates back centuries. It’s a debate whether it was first discovered by the Egyptians or the Indians. The ancient Egyptians used henna for beauty purposes, and it was even used on mummies. The Indians used it to cover their hands and feet to keep them cool. Once they discovered it dyed their skin, Indians began using henna to create body art, called “mehndi,” and used it in many traditions. The mehndi ceremony is one of the most common traditions during an Indian wedding. This celebration is very special and relaxing for the bride and groom, while loved ones wait on them literally, hand and foot. Henna is more than just a dye because it promotes beneficial health outcomes, too. It can help strengthen hair by getting rid of split ends and promotes hair growth. Henna also protects nails. When it’s applied to the nail, it leaves behind dye, also keeping cuticles clean preventing infections in the nail lining. Henna 5

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