Many women especially in Kenya have gone to extremes for the sake of beauty.
Some have done botox, face lifts and butt surgeries to look more younger and sexy. Others have done tattoos to give them their desired look.
Shockingly, women in West African countries have gone to an extreme to have a more beautiful smile and the procedure is strange and painful.
They believe that black gums are more attractive than the natural red gums they were born with, therefore, they have their gums painted black.
According to some local women, this is a popular practice among women in some West African countries, as they believe that this an old practice makes the smile more attractive, they say it keeps the gum more healthy and removes bad breath.
Interestingly enough, the gum tattoos are never done in a salon, and instead, it is done in the tattoo artist’s back yard, and most of it with no proper sanitary equipments, but the family members are always around.
The procedure costs only a little over $1. Marieme, an African woman, recorded the process of getting her gums tattooed black. Watch the video at the end of this post.
During this painful procedure, Marieme decided to push the tattoo artists hand and made the woman stop because it was painful. After the procedure, Marieme could not bear with the pain, so she only had four layers done instead of the seven layers she initially wanted.
“It hurts so much. I would neveragain recommend this torture to any woman i know,” she told. “It really hurts. I thought I was going to die. I tried to hold on,” she told. After the process was done, Marieme said that she has no regrets because now she has beautiful smile.