The Six: Traditional beauty tricks, from bat’s blood to mayonnaise

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Updated 27 September 2018

The Six: Traditional beauty tricks, from bat’s blood to mayonnaise

  • These traditional beauty hacks are not your average spa treatment
  • Allegedly each hack has a benefit to our appearance

DUBAI: From bat’s blood to mayonnaise, these traditional beauty hacks from the region are certainly not your average spa treatment and while we don’t recommend you try these without a medical professional’s go-ahead, they are well-worth a read.

Bat’s Blood

It’s possibly an old wives’ tale, but it is said that if you rub bat’s blood on a new born child they will not grow hair, even into adulthood. This one is particularly well-known in Lebanon.


Using mayonnaise as a hair mask treatment is said to have various benefits for your hair, including stimulating hair growth and making it soft and shiny.

Chamomile and lemon

A longstanding hack to make your hair naturally lighter is to mix some chamomile, lemon and water together and sit in the sun for a couple of hours. Does it work? Results vary, but it gives you an excuse to top up your tan!


Labneh is said to have a cooling effect when your skin is sunburnt.

Olive oil

Pure olive oil is said to have a great effect on the skin, keeping it balanced and moisturized.


Many from the Indian subcontinent swear by a paste of turmeric, sandalwood and milk to keep skin bacteria-free and acne-free, as well as balance out uneven skin tone.

Imaan Hammam was the star of Milan Fashion Week

Updated 27 September 2020

Imaan Hammam was the star of Milan Fashion Week

DUBAI: The Milan calendar is quieter than usual this season, with just a handful of designers staging physical shows and the rest opting for digital presentations. However, that didn’t stop Moroccan-Egyptian-Dutch model Imaan Hammam from having a pretty stellar Fashion Week.

Hammam, who made her runway debut at Jean Paul Gaultier’s Fall 2013 Couture show aged 17, is a Fashion Week regular.

After months of lockdown and self-isolation amid the coronavirus health crisis, the 23-year-old supermodel jetted off to Italy this week to make her runway return for a number of prestigious fashion houses. 

She kicked off Milan Fashion Week with an appearance at Fendi last week. Despite not walking for several months, when the model got out there, she made it look as easy as ever. Wearing a black, oversized blazer over a sheer top-and-skirt combo, her hair pulled back and parted neatly down the center, she stole the show.

“Feels good to be back at work,” wrote Hammam on Instagram following the event. “What a beautiful show,” she added, thanking Silvia Venturini Fendi.

Next up on Hammam’s jam-packed schedule was Alberta Ferretti’s Spring 2021 showcase that was staged in the open air in a Milan courtyard. The Amsterdam-based model opened the show wearing a belted, taupe skirt and a floral-printed top accessorized with a boho seashell necklace and suede sandals.

For her second look, Hammam stunned in a black mini-dress with a sheer skirt. 


Yesterday Opening @albertaferretti what a show!!!! Thank you @aleksworo

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“Yesterday opening @albertaferretti. What a show!” the model wrote on Instagram, alongside runway snaps of her looks.

Hammam’s Milan Fashion Week closed out with a bang on Friday with Donatella Versace’s under-the-sea inspired Spring 2021 runway show.

The model, who was born to a Moroccan mother and an Egyptian father, joined fellow supermodels and Versace regulars, including Irina Shayk, Adut Akech, Joan Smalls and Vittoria Ceretti, to shut down the audience-less runway in an event that was live-streamed to the rest of the world.

The catwalk star turned heads in not one but two looks. For her first runway turn, Hammam donned a colorful, striped blazer-and-shorts co-ord. She then changed into a bombshell minidress with a crystal-encrusted bodice that took the form of a shell. 

With her dewy skin and trademark curls damp, Hammam resembled a real-life mermaid. 

As Milan Fashion Week came to a close on Sunday, we now turn our sights to Paris Fashion Week, where Hammam will no doubt continue to dominate the runways.