The history and the origin of heena is hard to trace. Before the Egyptians began to use mummification to preserve bodies of their kings and queens, they used heena on the fingers and toes of their dead queens and princesses.
In East Africa, the most popular traditional use of henna is tied closely with weddings and bridal preparation; these henna designs tend to be the most ornate, covering the most area.
For her marriage, a Swahili girl undergoes a series of beauty treatments that mark her transition to womanhood. For two or three days, the bride remains in her room behind a curtain while the henna is applied to her hands and feet.
The darker the color of heena on the bride’s hands & feet! all the more attention she will get from her husband.