Elegance and defiance: The henna crown – Al-Tahrir News Network


A gorgeous trend is helping cancer patients conquer hair loss.

In the struggle against cancer, hair loss caused by chemotherapy treatment is one of the most common and distressing side effects. It has major impacts on a person’s self-confidence and spirit to battle the disease, and can also affect how he or she is treated by others.

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Fortunately, a Canadian organisation, Henna Heals, is working to alleviate some of that stress and make the change less frightening, but rather empowering with a therapeutic solution that is natural, beautiful, and creative. They help hair loss sufferers feel confident and beautiful again by drawing detailed floral henna crowns on their bare heads.

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The art and tradition of using all-natural paste from the henna plant to create temporary henna tattoos goes back to ancient Asian and Middle-Eastern history. Henna Heals has innovated this ancient art form and provided it a modern purpose that gives new depth to body art. They create a temporary and unique substitute to the traditional hats and wigs that many women use to cover their heads after losing their hair. These beautiful henna crown tattoos feature traditionally feminine floral patterns, religious symbols, and messages of hope.

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Henna Heals, find them at their website at www.hennaheals.ca, is managed by committed volunteers. They began as a team of five women in Canada and have grown to include a community of nearly 150 tattoo artists worldwide who create and advocate for flowering henna crown tattoos as a form of empowerment for people experiencing hair loss as a result of chemotherapy, and other afflictions such as Alopecia.

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The reinvention of henna as a coping mechanism for hair loss is a truly beautiful and creative expression that helps people defy victimisation and strut their skin.