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Catherine's Curiosities
Articles on henna and hair by Catherine Cartwright-Jones, PhD

Were red-haired women believed to be witches?

Women were accused of heresy and witchcraft during the Spanish inquisition if they were discovered to have henna on hair and fingernails. During the Medieval Warm period, The Spanish inquisition believed henna was culturally connected to ethnically Muslim and Jewish culture, and to have any non-Catholic belief was heresy. By 1560 henna was outlawed in Spain, and women found using henna were subject to imprisonment and torture.

The belief that red-haired or henna-haired women are witches has softened, but women with vivid red hair are still viewed as daring, wild, and mysterious! [Read more...]

Tips and Techniques
Why is it important to learn about henna now?
It is important to learn about henna now because people are increasingly allergic to chemical hair dye. People in North Africa, the Middle East and South Asia have been dyeing their hair with henna for centuries, but their mixes were unknown in the west. Henna, indigo, and cassia are ecologically sound crops for small land holders in marginal farming areas, and if the market for these products increases, it will benefit family farms and soils, as well as preserving our own health. [Read more...]

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