Saudi hair care pro Waseem Sendi tackles stereotypes with beard brand

Waseem Sendi addressed the importance of self-care for men, which goes far beyond looking good. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 21 April 2020

Saudi hair care pro Waseem Sendi tackles stereotypes with beard brand

DUBAI: “Self-care products are not gender-specific,” said Waseem Sendi, founder of Diggn’It — a beard care brand hailing from Saudi Arabia.

Sendi addressed the importance of self-care for men, which goes far beyond looking good, he said.

“Men have been told their whole lives to ‘man up,’ which means no crying, no emotion, no growth, no softness,” Sendi said. “The problem that creates is that those natural emotions have nowhere to go, and it leads to explosions and does a disservice to our entire community.” 




Wissam Sendi is the founder of Diggn’It. (Supplied)

Sendi’s brand, that was born out of a small kitchen in his home in Saudi Arabia, was co-founded by his wife Samya Fetyani and their business partner Layal Ismail.

It is inspired by generations of Arab tradition using natural oils — like castor, cactus and sweet almond — to care for the hair.

“When we were formulating the products we spoke to our grandmothers on what they said was ‘known’ for excellent care for your hair. That was our starting point and it was important for our products to reflect the centuries of knowledge and tradition that wasn’t as known to our generation,” Sendi explained.




The brand is inspired by generations of Arab tradition using natural oils. (Supplied)

The products, that vary from beard oils to balms, softeners and wax, are also available in Arabian scents like musk, oud, rose and amber.

Sendi went on to explain why having a beard is such an important statement to him, saying he encountered a plethora of racist and stereotyped comments growing up between the Middle East and in North America. “The most common ‘joke’ was to shave before I travelled. That was just a common stereotype,” he said. 

But as the years have gone on, and beards and grooming has become more accepted, the businessman got a lot more positive comments.




The products vary from beard oils to balms, softeners and wax. (Supplied)

“Arab men with beards have spent the Age of Terror extremely conscious of their beard styles and what it looks like worldwide. We did not want to be mistaken with terrorist groups, but we still wanted to have freedom in the expressions of ourselves through our beards,” he said.

“We don’t have to all be the same, we are not all the same, but we can definitely live our vibe,” Sendi added.

Their products, which are available online at www.diggnit.com, and retailers such as Amazon, are designed in Saudi Arabia and made in the UAE.


Paris Hilton dazzles in Kuwaiti designer’s gown in new music video

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Paris Hilton dazzles in Kuwaiti designer’s gown in new music video

DUBAI: Former reality star Paris Hilton has released a new music video, “I Blame You,” in which she wears a glitzy gown by Kuwaiti designer-to-the-stars Yousef Al-Jasmi. 

The 39-year-old singer and actress chose a form-fitting silver dress with a high collar.

Hilton dedicated the song to her partner, the author and entrepreneur Carter Reum, who appears in clips in the video. The star has known Reum for 15 years, but they have only been dating since November 2019.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@parishilton always rock my creations #Iblameyou باريس هيلتون تتألق من جسميكو

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Apart from the romantic tribute, Hilton’s song also comes with a good cause. 

In a teaser video the hotel heiress shared on Instagram before the release, she said that all the proceeds from “I Blame You” will go to Breaking Code Silence, an organization that provides therapeutic treatments for children with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Hilton has been vocal about mental health after her recent YouTube documentary, “This Is Paris,” revealed she is still coping from trauma she experienced at a boarding school as a child. In the documentary, Hilton claimed she and other students suffered mental and physical abuse from the school staff.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@aliciakeys Alicia keys wearing Yousef aljasmi #billboards2020 #billboardmusicawards

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Hilton was not the only star to be spotted in Al-Jasmi’s creation in recent days. On Oct. 15, US singer Alicia Keys showed off a sparkling bodysuit by the designer during her performance at the Billboard Music Awards.

Al-Jasmi’s signature glittering looks have also been worn by stars including American singers Mariah Carey and Kelly Rowland, and media personality and socialite Khloe Kardashian.