If you are looking for bridal henna design (laali) ideas for your Nikah ceremony or Hausa traditional wedding, then you’re in for a treat. In this post, you will see over 100 pictures of latest Nigerian (laali) henna designs on hands and feet of real Hausa and Muslim brides-to-be. This time of the year is usually loaded with lots of traditional weddings and Nikkai ceremony, and Muslim brides from the North and Yoruba states have their eyes on every issue of complete fashion magazine and on every bellanaija and LindaIkeji blog posts for photos of latest (laali) henna tattoo designs that stylish Muslim brides are rocking. Well, to save you the stress and time, we curated the best photos of laali (henna) patterns and designs from big Nigerian weddings. To check out the henna design pictures, play the video slideshow below.
Latest Trends in Laali: Nigerian Bridal Henna Tattoo Designs
We are used to seeing black and reddish-brown colour henna (laali) designs in Nigeria – those are the classical, traditional designs. Henna art has literally grown up, and evolved. These days, you can find diverse colours and more beautiful henna designs and patterns. We particularly fancy the latest bridal henna colours we are seeing on magazines and Pinterest such as:
- White and silver henna design colours
- Gold-coloured henna designs.
Still on bridal henna designs, the uncluttered, simple, less-is-more floral and lace patterns of henna designs on hands and feet look the most elegant. They are still elegant if they have a small dash of colour, and if the design does not cover the entire skin on the hand or feet.
The Place of Bridal Henna Tattoo in Hausa Traditional Wedding Custom: The Bridal ‘Henna Night’
Hands and feet henna tattoo is one thing that many Muslim women, especially those from Northern Nigeria (hausa, fulani, kanuri etc) adore not just because it has become part of the Hausa culture but because of how beautiful the henna body art design and patterns look.
While we’re accustomed to seeing the bride and her friends sit by a local henna artist to get beautiful henna body decorations a few days before the bride’s (Nikkai/ Nikah) wedding ceremony, many non-Northern and non-Muslim Nigerians believe that henna is strictly for weddings. Well, that is not true – the fact is that many Hausa women (young and old) absolutely love getting inked with beautiful floral and lace patterned henna designs on a regular basis. Thankfully, getting a henna tattoo is not painful exercise.
The application of henna on brides-to-be is part of the Muslim pre-wedding/ pre-Nikah rites for brides, and it is even practiced by Muslims outside Nigeria (UAE/ Dubai, India, Pakistan, Morocco and many others). This ‘ritual’ of bridal beautification and preparation is called the ‘henna night’ – the bride’s hands and feet are decorated with henna.
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