- If you are an invitee and host doesn't offer you henna, it's an insult & same goes vice versa. If you are offered henna by the host & if you turn down, that's a big insult & is interpreted as you are not part of the celebration.
- Also it’s believed the darker the color of bridal henna, stronger the bond between the couple.
- As long as bride has henna on her hands, she is forbidden from cooking & doing any household work (how cool is that :). As a female i loved this & wish my henna would have never fade away ).
- Henna artist hides groom’s initials somewhere in the intricate henna design & groom is challenged to find it. No matter if he can or cannot, he has to pay very dearly to get a glimpse of the bride’s henna.
Marriages are settled in heaven, and celebrated on earth and when it comes to celebrating a wedding, Henna is a must in Indian (South Asian) weddings. There are so many belief & stories associated with Henna.......
Henna is more popular these days for adorning the body & skin via tattooing & staining the skin but did you know henna was widely used to color hair back in the days. Henna stains vibrant brownish red color on hair but that’s not about it. Henna is used not only for it’s color but for the cool goodies it’s packed with as well.
Since there are no chemicals added to the henna paste, it gives life to the hair & unlike other unnatural hair color products; henna doesn’t make hair dry & rough.
Here are some hair health benefits henna offers:-
Henna makes hair glossy, healthy and voluminous.
It repairs the damaged hair strands and restores the acid-alkaline balance of the scalp.
It is an amazing conditioner for hair that protects the hair strands by building a protective layer and locking the nutrients and moisture.
It is the best and safest way to color your hair that has no ammonia, chemicals, and toxins.
Henna can be used to treat dandruff and scalp infections effectively.
Promotes hair growth due to antibacterial and anti fungal properties.
Be it for fashion, healing/ medicinal reason, on skin or on hair......... henna rocks.
Did you know Henna paste protects the skin from sun burn & UV rays. People with henna tattoo when exposed to sun observes that the part of the body with henna stain is untanned while rest of the body gets tanned. that's because Henna increases the production of Melanin in the body.
How cool is that cooling property of henna.
Indian classical dance has it's own language & the performer expresses & communicates the story/ theme in the form of dance. Henna designs plays a vital role in this as just like dance, henna has it's own language & part of the body & design has it's own meaning & it adds & speaks volumes about the theme of the dance. Performers get the tattoo design based on the storyline.
Checkout google images for yourself & you will barely find a performer not having henna tattoo on her body.
Apart from the designs having a specific meanings, which part of the body you have the design on also holds significance & speaks volumes. For instance, having a henna design on your palms signifies an offering from you to the world.
A henna design on the back of your hand symbolises protection while the feet are our only point of contact with earth, so whatever design you get should be aimed at strengthening the bond between your body and the earth.
So, you might want to choose a design that has strong qualities associated with it.
Hollywood celebrities couldn't resist the colorful & wonderful Henna tattoos either.
Haley Berry did it while she was preggo & Katy Perry had some done in India for her wedding. Erykah Badu rock some geometrical tribal henna.
Few other celebreties who got Henna:-jessica simpson, katy perry, kendall jenner, kylie jenner, miley cyrus, russel brand, selena gomez, vanessa hudgens & the list goes on...................
Henna is known to humankind more than 9000 years ago & back then every culture named it differently.
It's really difficult to tell where was it produced/ used in the very begining tho.
The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word "Tattau" means to mark and an art needed to be showcased.
Tattoo is also believed to be derived from the Polynesian word, 'tatao', which literally means to tap or to mark someone. The word was coined by Captain James Cook in 1769.
Henna is known locally throughout the Middle East and North Africa as ‘Henna’ or ‘Hene’
It is also known as ‘Mendhi’ or ‘Mehendi’ in India & Pakistan.
Henna today, in non-traditional American & European pop-culture, is practiced by men and women alike. Mainstream America remains fascinated with body adornment and beauty practices from other cultures.
Henna decorating will survive in traditional uses within specific ethnic cultures and within various communities in the United States. The richly beautiful art of henna knows no boundaries in culture, ethnicity, gender, religious or spiritual beliefs. In its many forms, henna decorating is truly a gift of beauty, touch and trust.
Henna art has more than one origin. People discovered and used the henna plant in many different places across its growth range, and in each place they developed different traditions and practices according to their needs and beliefs.
The history and origin of Henna is hard to trace with centuries of migration and cultural interaction it is difficult to determine where particular traditions began. There is very persuasive evidence that the Neolithic people in Catal Huyuk, in the 7th millennium BC, used henna to ornament their hands in connection with their fertility goddess.
The most popular traditional use is tied closely with weddings and bridal preparation.
About the Author
Henna tattooing is a legacy Zainab got from her family. She comes from an Indian family where henna is a tradition and is the "must have" thing for any occasion and festival celebrations. Zainab has been doing henna for more than a decade now & has moved to Chicago, Illinois area now.