What is your beauty heritage?

September is heritage month in South Africa.  Not only is South Africa culturally rich but its heritage is what makes its people truly unique. Heritage not only constitutes the languages we speak, the foods we eat, what clans we belong to, or cultural group, but it’s the colours we wear, the way we dance and even how we beautify ourselves. On the African continent, women have found many ways to express their beauty. From the neck elongating Dzilla or Indzilla rings worn by Ndebele women, to the immaculate jewellery of the Ashanti tribe of Ghana, we have always tried to look for ways to look beautiful. With the increase of urbanisatiion and a tendency to use more convenience products, we have moved away from our traditional beauty roots, in favour of more conventional beauty products. If I think back to my upbringing in the rural Eastern Cape, it was not uncommon to see women wearing Umemezi (a white clay and ground tree bark mixture) or calamine lotion during the day protect their skin from the harshness of the sun. The same calamine lotion was also used by girls in my teen years at boarding school to treat blemishes.  Before beauty influencers and magazines told us of the wonders of all things natural and organic and Korean beauty (K-beauty) became a trend, one may think back to what we had before, and how the women in our lives taught us to take care of our skin and hair using simple compounds from nature. This heritage month, it’s these simple natural compounds we would like to celebrate. Let’s go back to our roots and rediscover A- Beauty (African beauty) and what our beauty heritage is.  Think about [...]