Many times here in Saudi Arabia I have seen men with obviously colored hair or beards. The colors vary and can be anywhere from black to brown, but by far the most commonly seen shades are clearly those unsubtle and unnatural shades of reds and bright oranges. Henna is always used. According to Islam, Mohammed used henna himself and said that it was okay/good for men to use it. There are a number of health benefits associated with the use of henna, however the primary reason is for “beautification.” This man’s henna has started to fade and the new natural colored growth shows. I am baffled by the fact that men who use bright orange henna on their hair and beards think that it makes them look better! My preference would be a more natural look, even if their hair is gray or white. And to me, this gesture of vanity seems to actually go against the teachings of Islam in that men and women are not supposed to draw attention to themselves or make themselves “attractive” to the opposite sex when in public. This is just another confusing thing about Islam that I don’t get. Can anybody out there try to explain?
Sometimes Henna is used to mark celebrations such as weddings or births, and women apply it in gel form in intricate designs on their hands. Initially the results are quite beautiful. The effects last for several weeks, in the beginning appearing black and then gradually fading through shades of brown. I got my hands hennaed at a wedding party, and after a couple of weeks, I kept thinking that my hands were dirty, so I kept washing them!
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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is KSA's 2nd largest city and is located on its west coast, right on the Red Sea. I moved here in 2007 with my Saudi hubby and teenage son. This journal reflects the things that I see here, life through my eyes, my lens.
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