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Henna, a spray of seduction

The hands, feet and hair are symbols of femininity, the men themselves admit it. These parts of the body, when fresh and neat, are as erotic as the small of the back or the curve of the hips! Flows are necessarily Products manicure, pedicure or hair. So why not put some in our exotic beauty by borrowing dazzling there revenues, such as henna. For a healthy and natural beauty alone it performs several functions. Riding time, henna still exists and is resistant to time and modernity.
 
It is difficult to say with certainty where does the henna. He is said to have traveled at the mercy of Muslim conquests, but it is found in most civilizations, long before the advent of Islam. Henna is native to a region between southern Iran and Baluchistan. From there he would have won then, since ancient times, northern India, Syria, Palestine and Egypt. Henna is used since the earliest times.
 
The plant
 
Henna is characterized by green leaves more intense than those of the olive tree. The seed is black, like grains of elderberries. The fragrant white flower is like the foam. It heals, strengthens, beautifies skin and hair and hands. In particular, henna sheath scales of the hair, adds volume and tone to fine, limp hair. It remains popular with greasy hair as to regulate sebum. You will find, in trade, neutral henna that will bring strength and shine to dull hair and henna to dye your hair colored. Henna has always been the most used cosmetics. The qualities of this plant, saying that Muslims come from Paradise, and its use are many millennium.
 
The tattoo artists are here!
 
Its leaves are used for the virtues coloring, cosmetics and therapeutic flowers for sweet fragrance; roots for medicinal properties. It is also used to color the hair and give reflections whose intensity depends on the exposure time. The history of henna is like many traditional products. It carries with it centuries or even millennia of cultural interactions, invasion and trade. It is therefore likely that the henna and its various uses are the result of these interactions and there is no origin of henna, but several. Today, henna temporary tattoo sets out to conquer the Western countries where it has become a fad. In Senegal, as elsewhere, henna tattoo artists have a growing, storefront. Many Senegalese stars as American ethnic who wear tattoos.
 
Henna Neutral
 
Henna is also known for its cosmetic properties. We know that is excellent for skin and hair. It also gum impurities and softens the skin giving it a light tan. Astringent, it tightens pores and evens skin tone. In addition, its antibacterial action makes it an excellent deodorant. It is, of course, a natural dye ideal. Henna henna-drug-spell, to the advantage seduction, fragrant little plant has proved to be a pillar of Jewish and Muslim cultures in Morocco. There are no ceremonies or religious festivals without henna. Vivid, dried or crushed, it is used in various events. Neutral Henna is part of the paraphernalia of beauty of women and sometimes men. Maghreb to the Middle East. Make good use. However, be aware that some skins are allergic.
 
Straddling tradition and modernity: The charm of the age or the art of the pen
 
Why suffer martyrdom with needles? Why spend big bucks to remove a permanent tattoo that was done on a whim? The henna tattoo is done with a brush, syringe, on the surface without penetration of the skin. It is safe, temporary, painless. It is a pleasure. With a swimsuit or a neckline summer, the tattoo is a teasingly.
 
Deeply rooted in the habits and customs, henna is a special place in everyday life. Women are a common use of henna to dye their hair, their hands and feet and apply their own dough. For this purpose, they buy the glue in the form of tape, they reattach on their hands or their heels before applying henna mixed with previously "hibiscus". To make it more colorful. Then they wrap the part previously coated with henna in a bag for one or half a day. In order to make the color darker and thus ensure its long-lasting.
 
However, for applications developed, they use the services of men called "tattoo," real artists. Formerly, they used a sharp stick for outline of fine lines. Today they are using different gauge needles. The know-how of modern tattoo artists have adapted to the demand of the younger generation. In short, this is the era of good business for tattoo artists. But if some do to preserve their values, while others engage in this "ritual" for the sake of sticking to the mode. The latter is gaining more ground in Senegal. According to Pape Samb, a tattoo artist based in Elizabeth Diouf shopping center located at HLM market, "the tattoo is very popular with young people, especially towards the fairer sex.
 
And girls do in the form of representative drawings for the sake of modernity. This does not mean that men are left. " Yes, men want to appear "in" and give tone to their muscles. And in this case, a small henna tattoo would be welcome. Also for the ladies, the henna tattoos are a strong ally for large ceremonies. For those who are reluctant to make permanent a tattoo, henna is therefore an excellent supplementary. And for the price, they vary between 2500 and 3000 FCFA for the hands and feet for 3000 to 7500 FCFA. "In fact, the price depends on the pattern and size," explains he. This tattoo, albeit temporary, may last 25 days or a month at most. Red, black or brown, it is made henna mixed with a product from Saudi Arabia.
 
Henna is also a talisman
 
Henna is used in different rites governing traditions. They say it is a sign of good luck. A spot of henna in the palm of the right hand is particularly effective against the evil eye. Some rituals have gradually disappeared or are less practiced by the new generation. While others remain constant during betrothal, marriage, circumcision and Ramadan. Since henna is a decorative ornament, it is not applied during the period of mourning. In the seventh or fortieth day, henna, pulped, circulates in the assembly, so that we can touch, sign the authorization to use it again. Another forbidden is mandatory during Ramadan, because this is when the human being is purified and waives any foreign contribution to his body.
 
The day before the 27th day, the tattoo is done to remove any negative impact to the fast ahead. The bride wears the wedding day a happy woman, with no rival. After receiving an application of henna, the hair is braided, enclosed in a silver ring, a symbol of purity. The "hennayat" (one that puts the henna) breaks an egg on his head, symbol of fertility, growing hair, she introduces two dates coated with honey, a symbol of happiness. His hands and feet are subject to complex designs and are truly works of art. The henna plant is also part of traditional gifts. The henna ceremony is perpetuated also in the custom of circumcision.
 
The virtues of henna
 
Henna is not only used to beautify the hands, feet, hair, etc.. The qualities of this plant are many and its use millennium.? Its leaves are used for the virtues coloring, cosmetics and therapeutic flowers for sweet fragrance; its roots for its medicinal properties. Indeed, it can be used for other purposes, including for therapy. It can be prepared in three different forms: paste or dissolved in water or milk, decoction or infusion roots. Note that there are three major areas of application of henna as regards therapeutic care: skin, body and muscles.
 
Treat skin diseases
 
These are skin treatments that are by far the best known and most popular. Recent analysis has shown that henna has antibacterial, diuretic and anti-diarrheal. The minor burns are treated with poultices of henna. This allows the new skin forms to thicken and harden. Chickenpox is treated by application of henna powder mixed with sheep's milk all the buttons as they appear. Then they dry without darkening or scarring. Heat rash get the same treatment: either shower the body with water tinted with henna, or sprinkled buttons henna is expected that the sweat dries.
 
Purge the body
 
This kind of treatment is mainly used for infants and the elderly. Actually, henna has a regulating and purifying the intestinal function. The infant is sometimes affected by intestinal glasses. To treat him, he caught a small amount of milk in which has soaked henna leaves. This liquid purge the child. If the condition is not treated in this way, this can lead to a blood disease. Colic and diarrhea are treated with enemas with water which has soaked henna leaves, then heated and filtered. In general, people who use henna as a therapeutic care perceive their bodies as an organization perpetually crowded slag preventing its operation and that must be disposed of.
 
Relaxing the muscles
Henna, a spray of seduction
 
Is coated with henna the paralyzed parts of a body, provided that it is not caused by a fracture but a contraction of a tendon or muscle. Henna is sprinkled into the melted butter, which is heated, it expands this preparation on the body mass that is several days. Butter massage facilitates and allows better penetration into the skin with henna. The cure is obtained within a few days. The same care is provided after absorption of a fracture. The injured limb is massaged in the longitudinal direction.
 
This intoxicating sweetness of the palms that ...
 
"Black woman. I sing your beauty that passes, as I fixed in the eternal. Before jealous fate will bring thee to ashes to feed the roots of life. " Dixit Leo the Poet. As the black color refers to many things, including henna, we can not ignore product whose virtues coiffent those of pedicure and manicure.
 
Nude woman, black woman, dressed in your color is life, your form which is beauty! I grew up in your shadow, the softness of your hands bandaged my eyes. (...) Delights of the mind games, the reflections of red gold on your skin that memory ... "in" Chants d'Ombre "of the late Leopold Sedar Senghor. In writing these lines of rare beauty, the poet-president did not sublimate the natural grace of the black woman. Black. As the color left, if indeed it is well done, henna. "Foudeun" as the Wolof say authentic.
 
While a ceremony before arriving at this result was that, once the charm of our lovely women. No tricks, no glitter, no makeup, nothing extravagant, to say the least, the African woman, Senegal in particular, had a little "something" that distinguishes it, and continues to make its particularity, the other women. In short, refinement is matched only by her natural grace that distinguishes it, here and elsewhere, of his other sisters. Also, almost everything was an excuse to dye their feet and palms. And to a lesser extent the hair. And we must say that the henna is part of this outfit is the explosive firepower of the fairer sex in our warm latitudes. Nothing and no one, not the will move one iota. They are struggling, in fact, as of beautiful devils to aggravate that, in the eyes of many men, is an explosive cocktail. You guessed right that the nymphs of congenital What you smooth the skin, like a baby to fall asleep.
 
Not to say that transport you to heaven with henna, according to some historians, was born. Also, it was not unusual No, "ba Adouna baax daan" understand before "civilization" leads us away from most of our customs, to see the ladies dressed in their "gold Louis", draped in tissue "or silk carpets" of footwear "marakiss", "foudeun Bamou nioul" (palms and feet dyed with henna) to walk majestically to meet one of these social gatherings that are somewhere, without any pejorative connotation, our originality. And purists do not belie that we continue to believe that "if diongoma amatoul reew MIMI". In other words, there is no more "Grande Dame", figuratively of course, in this country. Language deciphered, it means simply that women are so "dominated" by modernity they lost their beautiful. Even their feeling. All this to say that our "Diongoma" and other "Linguere" made a clean sweep for "driyankés" a new type which, instead of henna, prefer something that seems to be a kind of cloning say that no name: the tattoo. Made from chemical, it produces the same result as henna. With the least natural.
 
Therefore, we stop thinking as a child singing in Joal, "Black woman, dark woman, oil ride than no breath, calm oil on the sides of the athlete, the sides of the princes of Mali, to fastening gazelle heavenly pearls are stars on the night of your skin. Delights of the games of the Spirit, the reflection of red gold on your skin that memory. In the shadow of your hair, the sun lights up my anxiety coming from your eyes. " It is true that this time, the beauty of the black woman was still able, "the heart of the summer and south, from the top of a hill burned" in the heart of a lightning strike, lightning d an eagle, the most detached of the mullahs. David Diop does not make a mistake that it was recited, majestic, "Jump, jump, beautiful Jigéen, the tam-tam arenas calling you tonight." The author did not need to add that Koumba, the dazzling Queen, who was the Guest Star, "bouy Newest foudeunou day." Nostalgia when you hold us!

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