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H is for...Henna

 Tuesday, April 10, 2012

I know I'm a day behind with the posts. No worries, I'll be all caught up by Sunday.

Henna is actually a plant with different uses. The most popular uses here in AD are temporary tattoo and hair coloring. The most popular areas where women get henna are the feet and hands/arms. They get intricate tattoos that sometimes cover both the top and sole of the foot or a design that starts at the hand and continues on up the arm. I've seen some beautiful henna designs as well as hair color. 

From what I hear, henna is very popular with brides here. They get an intricate design, where the artist hides his/her name within the design. During the wedding night, the new husband tries to find the name. Interesting, right? Makes for an interesting wedding night. ;)

I've been thinking about getting henna, especially when my time comes to walk the aisle. I've seen gorgeous henna design that sparkles. I'm thinking that's what I'll be getting when I get married.

And now for more Arabic vocabulary...

hatha - this


Mel April 10, 2012 at 8:25 PM  

I've always thought that henna was beautiful...and it really does work well as a natural hair dye. Great post!

Rae April 11, 2012 at 6:36 AM  

Thanks, Mel! Yes it does work well. I've seen students with henna in their hair...gorgeous!

Tara Tyler April 11, 2012 at 7:01 AM  

i love that white for the bride! whenever i see it, it looks so beautiful and intricate! the big question, does it hurt??

nice to meet you =)

Rae April 11, 2012 at 7:44 AM  

Nice to meet you too, Tara! I love the white. If I decide to do it, that's what I'm getting. And no it doesn't hurt. I haven't had it, but I know it's not like regular tattoos. Some of my female students (I teach 3 & 4 year olds) wear it on their hands & arms.

Andrew Leon April 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM  

Wow, that's pretty cool. Especially all the color options.

Rena April 11, 2012 at 9:25 PM  

love that design.
nice to meet you.
A to Zer!

Rae April 12, 2012 at 4:51 AM  

Andrew, the designs I've seen are pretty cool! Very intricate.

Rena, nice to meet you too!

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