April is known as the month of chocolate eggs and warmer weather… but did you know it’s also Arab American Heritage Month? We're thrilled to celebrate the culture and achievements of Arab Americans all around the world, embracing every aspect of their rich heritage and helping to empower the next generation. While Arabs have demonstrated success in every field, their contributions to cosmetics and the beauty world are groundbreaking.
Arab beauty trends take the DIY concept to the next level, discovering the most powerful natural skincare ingredients long before your favorite brand did. And then there’s Arab queens like Huda and Mona Kattan, who combine their culture and traditions with their love of beauty to make the community more inclusive and diverse. Celebrate the Kattans and all the other Arab goddesses all month long with these five Arab beauty trends.
You’ve probably seen a few gorgeous henna tattoos - whether it was at a wedding or you personally got a fake one at your middle school dance. This Arab beauty tradition dates back hundreds of years, with designs created from dye from the leaves of a shrub called Lawsonia inermis. These beautiful creations are still used today in many different cultures, particularly in celebrations or rites of passage. Each culture has its own approach to this tradition - with Indian tattoos featuring more floral patterns and fine lines while Arabic henna is typically larger and more bold.
Kohl is one of the most treasured Arab beauty trends of all time, used as far back as 3100 BC to line the eyes of men, women, and children. It was originally used in a preventative way, as Arabs believed that kohl would protect them against eye ailments and the harmful rays of the sun. But it soon became a widespread cosmetic trend in South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East as people used kohl to heavily line their eyes. No wings, no graphic liner, just a beautifully seductive look that can easily be created with the Eye Kohl pencil by MAC.
Ancient Arabs were all about the natural beauty hacks. And we’re not talking about the bathrobe curls trend on TikTok, but rather discovering the power of oils and their incredible effects on the hair, skin, and nails. Like olive oil… the best natural skincare ingredient ever. It isn’t just a kitchen ingredient, but a solution for clogged pores and dry skin. It contains Vitamins A, D, E, and K, along with squalene, to create a cheap and effective natural beauty treatment.
When you’re in quarantine and your go-to esthetician isn’t available for an eyebrow wax… trying this ancient Arab beauty trend isn’t the worst idea. They would heat up sugar and lemon juice with water for a thick, wax-like substance, which was then applied to paper or other substances to remove body hair. In fact, this Arab beauty trend is still used to remove hair in the Middle East and in many spas around the world, as it’s believed to be less painful than waxing.
Even hundreds of years ago, Arabs knew that exfoliation was one of the most important steps in any skincare routine. As sea salt is rich in magnesium and contains anti-inflammatory properties, a massage with this natural ingredient was known to improve circulation and give skin a healthy, radiant glow. This Arab beauty trend is still very relevant today, as many skincare products still use sea salt as their main ingredient.