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“Menna” Trend Has Men Wearing Beautifully Complex Henna Designs All Over Their Bodies


The art of henna—a practice used to adorn bodies with decorative patterning—is often associated with women. It’s famously used in weddings, seen on brides for good luck as they’re about to say “I do.” There are, however, men who choose to have this same practice applied to their skin. Nicknamed menna, these same complex designs reach farther than the typical feet or hands—they travel across chests and arms, around the collarbone and down the back.

Menna might seem like an unusual trend, but Sabreena Haque of Ritual By Design remarks that men are actively seeking these temporary designs on their skin. In an Instagram post, she shares a picture of herself applying henna to a smiling client. “Yes… Men get henna too,” she wrote. “#TBT to the Further Future music festival where I had just as many male clients as female.”

Above photo credit: @ritualbydesign
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Photo credit: @hennabyheather
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Photo credit: @hennalounge
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via [Buzzfeed]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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