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    Posted: Jan 05 2013 at 4:42am

Beauty treatments, Senegal style: Women have their gums tattooed black to improve their smiles

  • A video shows a young woman called Mariéme undergoing painful procedure
  • Mixture of burnt oil and shea butter is tattooed into gums
  • The women say it gives them a beautiful smile and improves gum health

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PUBLISHED: 23:49, 3 January 2013 UPDATED: 09:21, 4 January 2013

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Forget teeth whitening or veneers, women in Senegal are their quest for beautiful smiles to extreme levels - by tattooing their gums black. 

Women in the west African country say their ancestors have been doing it for years and claim as well as giving a whiter smile, the procedure also protects the gums and stops bad breath. 

The procedure was not well known internationally until recently when a video emerged showing a woman called Mariéme who goes under the needle.

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Seven layers of the mixture are pricked into the gums with a needle

Seven layers of the mixture are pricked into the gums with a needle

The womans gums are tattooed with a mixture of burnt oil and shea butter

The woman's gums are tattooed with a mixture of burnt oil and shea butter

The tattooist said black gums and a silver tooth are more attractive than red gums

The tattooist said black gums and a silver tooth are more attractive than red gums

More than 17,000 people have watched Mariéme endure the painful process online. 

Mariéme said she had became 'obsessed' with the idea of getting her gums tattooed in order to achieve the perfect smile.

 

She pays a woman, who works from her family home, just 80p to tattoo a combination of burnt oil and shea butter into her gums. 

The mixture is at first pressed onto her gums before a needle is repeatedly pricked into it. 

 VIDEO  Not for the squeamish. Senegalese women get agonising gum tattoos

Mariéme bears the pain at first, she is seen pushing the tattooist away in tears when the agony becomes too much. 

With the black mixture smeared across her mouth and face, Mariéme is only able to have four of the seven layers she originally intended. 

She tells the interviewer: 'It hurts. I would never recommend this torture to anyone.'

However, despite the pain she later says she is more than happy with the results. 

Before Mariéme, left, visited the tattooist, right, she said she had become obsessed with the idea of black gums
Before Mariéme, left, visited the tattooist, right, she said she had become obsessed with the idea of black gums

Before Mariéme, left, visited the tattooist, right, she had become 'obsessed' with the idea of black gums

The powder is a mixture of burnt oil and shea butter is pressed into the gums

The powder is a mixture of burnt oil and shea butter that is pressed into the gums

Mariéme said she wants to have black gums to make her smile more beautiful

Mariéme said she wants to have black gums to make her smile more beautiful

She endures the pain for as long as she can before pushing the tattooist away in tears

She endures the pain for as long as she can before pushing the tattooist away in tears

Afterwards having only four of the seven layers she wanted Mariéme said the treatment was like torture

Afterwards, having only four of the seven layers she wanted, Mariéme said the treatment was like 'torture'

After a few days she says: 'It really hurts. I thought I was going to die but I tried to hang on.

'I don't regret it now as I have beautiful gums. It's necessary to be beautiful and attractive.'

The tattooist said the practice has been done for years in Senegal among women and even men in some tribes have their gums tattooed, although she admits woman are less interested these days. 

She said: 'Women should not have red gums. Her whole smile needs to be enchanting. A nice smile attracts men.'

She added: 'Less and less women are doing this but some are still interested, especially women who are looking for a lover.'

But after the pain subsided Mariéme said she was delighted with the results

But after the pain subsided Mariéme said she was delighted with the results



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She deserves every and anything  that comes to her..Sleepy
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I'm not...understanding...
 
Why...why is all around her mouth black tho? Confused
 
Maybe I'm not...hip with the times? 
 
I'm not...understanding...


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REPOST!

First time I've done that, nothing personal. Big smile
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Originally posted by SweetNovember* SweetNovember* wrote:

REPOST!

First time I've done that, nothing personal. Big smile


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When I was a kid, I never though my black gums were a blessing. O__o
I'm cool with them now and simply don't care, but this is extreme.

And she thinks this will make her gums healthier? This looks extremely unsanitary.
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I saw a girl with the most beautiful black gums ever....i never thought they could look good
good to know i was wrong :)
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