How to Make Mehendi Dark and Long Lasting
Mehndi also knows as henna is derived from Sanskrit word mendhika. It is a temporary form of skin decoration in Nepal and India. People residing in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Maldives also use mehndi. Initially, mehndi was used for its cooling and healing properties, mehndi became more fashionable in West in the early 1990s, where they are commonly known as henna tattoos.
Nowadays mehndi designing has become commercial and is part of many important Indian occasions like weddings and festivals like Diwali, Karva Chauth, Bhaidooj, and Teej. In fact one of the pre-wedding ceremonies in any Indian wedding is “Mehndi-ki-Raat”.
In today’s age, people usually buy ready made henna cones, which are very easy to use and time-saving. However, in rural areas, women still grind fresh leaves on grinding stone adding oils.
Mehndi designing is much wider term than just “designing”. In India, it has a traditional meaning much more than just pleasing to look and feel. It’s mostly attached to Good luck to the weaver. It always said the darker the color the better the luck !!
Traditional Mehndi Placement
Mehndi designs can be applied nearly anywhere on the body, however certain locations have their own importance and meaning attached to it.
Mehndi designs on the palms of the hand let the bearer to offer and receive blessings. Most popular mehndi designs for palms include mandalas, flower and sun images.
Whereas mehndi placed on the top of the hands suggests protection and often includes shield designs. For men, the right hand resembles protection whereas the left hand is receptive and represents women.
Popular Mehndi Designs Meaning
Peacock: The peacock symbolizes beauty.
Swans: It symbolizes success and beauty.
Sahasara: It’s one of the oldest symbols representing the unity of soul with a divine sense of force.
Butterflies and dragonflies: It represents change and rebirth.
Birds: Birds act as the messengers between heaven and earth.
Flowers: Petals and flowers symbolize pure happiness and joy.
Paisley designs: Scrolling and intricate paisleys represent luck and fertility.
Snakes and Lizards: These reptiles are considered as the seekers of enlightenment in henna practices.
Eye: Eyes in mehndi designs represent the reflection of an evil eye, turning evil wishes back onto the gaze while offering a spiritual form of protection. Popular for weddings, a Mehndi eye is a comforting companion.
Vines and leaves: They often symbolize devotion and vitality and are perfect for weddings.
- Wash your hands and feet (if applying on feet also) with soap so that there is no dirt or oil on them. This is required so that mehndi is absorbed better. Better absorbed Mehendi will automatically give a dark color.
- Collect all the things required while applying mehndi such as old cloth so that you don’t have to break the design flow in between. Breaking the design flow might give you uneven shades.
- Choose a place which has more light while applying mehendi. Proper light gives a better idea of design, making it more beautiful.
- Don’t sit in sun while applying mehendi and also don’t move your hands to dry it as mehendi might get smudged. We try to dry the mehendi ASAP but let it take its own course of time and the output will be best.
- Do not do waxing, pedicure or manicure after applying mehendi as this may take off the upper layer of skin making your mehendi look dull. It’s better to do these things 3 to 4 days before the occasion.
For Best Results:
- Apply mehendi 1 or 2 days before the occasion. Its give the darkest shade after this duration so on your occasion your hands will look nice.
- It’s better to keep mehendi for long duration (maximum 12 hours). Best idea is to sleep with it and take it off in morning. It’s proven if you keep it for long you are prone to get better color.
- Warm some cloves in a pan and place your hand over it to get the smoke on your hand for the dark color. Remove your hand when it starts hurting.
- After mehendi dries a bit apply a mixture of lemon and sugar over it (powered sugar may also be used).
- When mehendi is fully dried out remove it completely and apply Vicks or pickle oil on it.
- Do not wash you hand after removing mehendi for at least 12 hours. Washing hands might lighten the mehendi color and you will end up having a light shade mehendi.
- Use the sugar and lemon mixture in required amount. Overdoing it might spoil your design.
I hope the tips mentioned will be helpful. Once you get that dark color, your hands will look so beautiful that no one around you will be able to refrain themselves from giving you compliments 🙂 and you can enjoy this for many days with the long lasting tricks of mehendi. Put in use these tricks and do let me know how your mehendi magic worked.
The easiest way to master the art of mehndi is to practice and learn the importance of the patterns and symbols traditionally used in Mehndi. Once you’ve learned a few basic sets you can practice the art on family and friends and perhaps even host your own celebration to share the gift of this ancient art.