The secret of ancient Egyptian beauty

Updated 26 December 2012

The secret of ancient Egyptian beauty

It is said that beauty is only skin deep. It is no wonder then, that throughout history women have invested an exorbitant amount of energy and efforts to enhance and illuminate their skin.
Beauty has proved to be a strong ally in helping women cement their power and prestige. Such is the case regarding the mysterious appeal of Cleopatra in the earlier Egyptian Dynasty. Much has been said about her beauty and while she possessed shrewd leadership qualities, her success was attributed to her breathtaking demeanor, which made the most tyrannous of men weak in her presence. Cleopatra established the foundation and basis of our modern day beauty rituals and practices.
Seeking inspiration from Cleopatra’s legacy, the following are some beauty services and regimes offered at EVE Spa in Jeddah, which originate in essence and practice from the ancient Egyptian queen’s world of beauty secrets:

The Cleopatra Bath
Named rightfully after the true inspiration behind this sensational treatment, the Cleopatra bath depends on a damp exfoliation of the body followed by a lengthy soak in milk and honey based products. Milk and Honey was the backbone combination for a multitude of Cleopatra’s ancient skin rituals. Milk contains lactic acid; a form of Alpha Hydroxy acid, which removes dead skin, cells, causing the younger skin to emerge. Honey is a humectant that retains water, which helps lock in moisture for the skin. The treatment includes a face massage and mask using contemporary versions of Cleopatra’s clay masks, depending on the skin type. As part of the indulgence, post this ritual, clients are escorted to a dressing area to towel dry and are then moisturized with an intense emulsion that serves to supplement the treatment. Simultaneously, clients have their hair air-dried and styled to their satisfaction.
This aromatic bath promises to leave the skin fairer, exceedingly soft and even toned. Consider it Cleopatra’s promise to you.

Castor oil therapy
Hair is something that ancient Egyptians went great lengths to nurture and enhance. Hair symbolized wealth, status, beauty and in some references, motherhood and fertility. To maintain natural hair growth and the strength of their hair, Egyptians were pioneers in using castor oil. Ancient Egyptians initiated the use of this oil for their hair due to its nourishing properties. Castor oil has since then been used to enhance healthy hair growth and in strengthening hair follicles.
To get the full benefit of this treatment, hot oil warps are infused with castor oil and massaged into the scalp. The client is then placed under a steam incubator, to ensure the deep penetration of Vitamin E and fatty acids in the concentrated castor oil, into the scalp and hair follicles.

Hair Extensions
This beauty technique, widely used in ancient Egyptian history, followed the Egyptians predecessors to their grave. Hair extensions today are used to lengthen short hair, to fill thinning areas of the scalp or to add volume and color variation to hair. This convenient camouflage has transcended upon us from our ancient Egyptian forefathers, as they took pride in grooming their hair to the best of their abilities. EVE Salon is one of the few salons in the Kingdom to offer 100 percent natural human hair extensions, inspired by the tradition of the ancient Egyptian dynasties.

Gold on skin
Ancient Egyptians not only used this precious metal as adornment, but also used gold as a therapy for the skin. Historically in Egypt, gold was used for its curative and antibacterial properties. The exclusiveness of this ritual has not changed throughout the years, as only a certain number of elite spa’s around the world offer the expertise in using this expensive metal for skin and energy revitalizing purposes.
The Spa offers the luxurious gold facial, in which ground granules and sheets of pure 25-carat gold are used topically on facial skin.

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Imaan Hammam gets colorful in Versace

Updated 22 September 2018

Imaan Hammam gets colorful in Versace

DUBAI: Italy’s Versace played with bold prints, patchwork and leather in its Spring/Summer 2019 women’s collection in a star-studded show on Friday, the third day of Milan’s fashion week.
Dutch-Moroccan-Egyptian model Imaan Hammam, who has walked for the fashion house before, took to the runway in an elaborated denim pantsuit emblazoned with Versace’s flagship prints in neon colors.

Imaan Hammam. (AFP)

Meanwhile, celebrity model Bella Hadid, who walked the show with sister Gigi, wore a tight one-shouldered mini dress in yellow leather and matching sneakers.
Singers Leona Lewis, Nicki Minaj and Rita Ora, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, actor Luke Evans and Italian influencer Chiara Ferragni were all in the front row of an enormous industrial space in the modern CityLife neighborhood where the runway show was held, Reuters reported.

Bella Hadid. (AFP)

Pale yellow walls formed a background to a carpeted floor that echoed some of the prints used in the collection — colored stripes, bright flowers over pinstripes, checks, roses and small flowers mimicking animal prints.
“The style of the Versace woman is so recognizable that it need not be explained. She is not afraid of showing her personality and she is extremely feminine and confident,” read a style note by the fashion house, known for its daring designs.
Close-fitting silhouettes, ruched flared trousers and layered looks, with tulle mini-dresses paired with silk-printed longer ones, designed by Artistic Director and Vice President Donatella Versace, paraded down the catwalk in orange, violet and lime colors.

Gigi Hadid. (AFP)

“The all-over prints of the clothes are overlapped with neat nonchalance,” the note said.
For the evening, Versace flaunted a black satin tuxedo paired with flared trousers, or knee-length leather skirts with golden buttons.
Nineties supermodel Shalom Harlow closed the show, donning a long tulle dress with colorful flower embellishments that flared out in a transparent, sparkly black skirt.
Some of the models carried big boxed bags that echoed old-fashioned travel trunks, or large PVC shopping bags emblazoned with Versace writing. On their feet they wore chunky sneakers, college shoes, or square-heeled sandals, while their ears featured big flower-shaped ear-cuffs matched with hairpins.
The brand with the famed Medusa logo said that her “mystic powers and ever-powerful persona are evident now more than ever,” according to the show notes.
Fake snakeskin, flowers, polished leather and layer upon layer, the Versace collection was eclectic and refined, AFP noted in its review.