Moroccan Culture

Henna Tattoo Tradition in Morocco

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What is Henna?

Henna is a natural dye plant women apply on a specific part of the body as temporary tattoos, hair, and also for skincare. Historically, you find henna tradition not only in Morocco, but is also used in many regions like the other parts of North Africa, West Africa, Afghanistan, Middle East countries, and India where the equivalent Indian word for Henna is “Mehndi“.

The Tradition of Henna in Morocco

Henna tradition in Morocco is something mainly associated with women to decorate and express joy and a good omen. It is inscribed on hands, feet, and also applied on hair. This tradition is always enjoyed on many occasions, such as weddings, circumcisions ” Called LKHTANA”, baptisms Called “Akika”,…etc.

Henna Tradition in Moroccan Wedding

Before the wedding, the bride goes to the hammam and adorned with henna on her hands and feet. Then, she celebrates ” Henna Day” with her husband and the whole family. 

Henna Tradition in Baptism”Akika”

In Baptism, called in Arabic “AKIKA”, the mother of the newborn baby, adorns her hands and her feet with henna.

Henna Ritual Before Hammam

Traditionally, usually before going to the local hammams or having a long shower at home, Moroccan women apply henna on the hair for some hours or even overnight and rinse it the next day.

Henna Tradition in Eid Al Adha

In some regions on Eid al-Adha, families used to cover with henna the front of the Sheep’s head.

Henna Benefits for Hair 

To prepare henna, you just mix a grounded Henna leaves, warm water, and some additives like lemon juice for a brighter result.

Henna is the natural alternative to the most commercial hair dyes in the market. It is the perfect solution to cover gray hair or to have copper-colored hair and nourishing it from root to tip. Some Moroccan Men use it to dye their beards without using harmful industrial products.

Where Can I find Henna designers in Morocco?

As a foreign woman visiting or living in Morocco, do not hesitate to enjoy the henna tattoos on your hands or feet.

Wherever you go in Morocco, you can easily find skilled henna tattoo designers. The local wedding organizer shops always have henna designers who work for them in ceremonies. For example, in Jemaa El Fna in Marrakech, you have many henna designers in the square.

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