June-July Newsletter

Mehandi.com & Ancient Sunrise Monthly
June-July 2020

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

Ancient Sunrise Henna for Hair Chapter 2: The History of Henna Hair Dye in Pre-History and Ancient Egypt: Evaluating claims of ancient henna use and searching for origins
Most discussions of henna history begin with a statement such as, “the origin of henna is lost in the swirling mists of time.” During the Ice Age, did Neanderthals, Denisovans, and early humans use henna? Neanderthals and Denisovans did not live in the areas where henna could grow. Some humans living in North Africa during the Ice Age, probably did use henna, and by 3000 BCE used it in many of the same ways we do now.
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Tips and Techniques

"Black Henna"
Black henna does not exist. PPD and other adulterants are commonly added to pure henna. This is dangerous and can cause serious life-threatening allergies. Learn what real henna looks like by watching this video!
View the video: https://vimeo.com/322683509

From our blogs

Gender, Race, and Class in Hair Styling Spaces: Constructing Individual and Group Identities
Hair is complex. As a physical attribute of nearly every human, it is not only an object but an idea: a symbol of the self. As many sociologists note, hair is the most easily manipulated aspect of personal appearance, yet it must always be controlled, or managed in some way. Hair grows whether or not we want it to. It grays and thins. Its texture and shape defies our wishes. Hair provides information on gender, age, social status, race, and even religion.
Read more: https://www.ancientsunrise.blog/hair-spaces-identity/

Playing Exotic: Interactions Between Omo Valley People and Western Tourists
The success of the newest Marvel film, Black Panther, has increased the western world’s interest in the traditional clothing and body art of African tribes. The creators of the movie drew inspiration from images of people from
various ethnic groups in Africa, including several tribes in Omo Valley, to create the Afro-futuristic aesthetic of Wakanda. The result was a visually stunning display of African beauty.
Read more: http://www.becomingmoonlight.blog/2018/04/02/playing-exotic/

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