Many cancer patients can be overwhelmed with the physical and emotional difficulties of their disease, and the loss of their hair from chemotherapy treatment certainly doesn’t help. Henna Heals, a rich community of nearly 150 henna tattoo artists worldwide established by a team of 5 women in Canada, helps women with cancer feel confident and beautiful again by drawing elegant henna crowns on their bare heads:
The intricate patterns that the artists create with all-natural henna paste are a unique and empowering substitute to the hats and wigs that many women use to cover their heads after losing their hair to chemotherapy. “For cancer patients, the henna crowns really are a healing experience,” claims Frances Darwin, the founder of Henna Heals. “This is all about them reclaiming a part of themselves that would normally be perceived as ill or damaged or not nice to look at and making it more feminine and beautiful.”
The traditional South-Asian temporary tattoos, which are made with 100% natural home-made henna paste, last for around two weeks and have no harmful side-effects. Henna Heals also offers henna services for special events and does belly painting for mother-to-be, but they always donate 10% of their proceeds to compensate the cost of the henna crowns they make for cancer patients.
im not gonna be the person to say it
I dont wanna be that person BUT….
Im gonna let someone else say it
it’s inappropriate to have a company (which was started by a white woman) profiting off mehndi which is practiced by numerous south asian cultures. if you look at photoshoots done by the company, they depict white women wearing henna on their heads AND bindis on their foreheads which is a completely unnecessary addition and only proves how this company is deliberately using south asian elements for profit, probably because of the whole ~exotic foreign beauty~ feel. cancer patients deserve to feel confident and beautiful but not at the expense of exploiting south asian cultures.
Making cancer patients feel better about losing their fucking hair because they have fucking cancer is cultural appropriation. A style of headwear that is being applied by people with a skill in exchange for money is somehow at the expense of other peoples cultures.
You know how you exploit South Asian cultures? You invade them. You enslave them. You steal their resources.
You know how you don’t exploit South Asian cultures? You copy their fucking hats. Fuck.
The past 400 years of history would be so much fucking cooler if Europeans traveled around the world, met new people, and then made copies of their dress which they found fashionable and sold them to other Europeans for money.
I mean… how are South Asians being exploited? Is the world like a giant version of a party where two people can’t be wearing the same dress otherwise someone has to go home and change? Do Indians own some kind of cultural monopoly on henna crowns? should they be paid royalties even though none of them had thought of it? What is being lost by SAs when somebody not Indian buys Indian fashions from a non-Indian?
It’s sad because the people against this seem to have an extremely limited and narrow view of the culture they are talking about. They use racism and hate to exclude people they deem unfit and it’s ridiculous. If anyone is degrading the culture it’s them. I don’t understand these pro segregation people that will turn around and demand that other cultures meld into the US. Hateful ignorant petulant hypocrites with no understanding of what or who they are talking about.