The art of applying henna in hands and feet is known as Mehndi and it is a very old custom and ancient art form of India. The propagators were the Mughals. The Mughals brought Mehndi to India during 12th century AD. During that period the royal and rich use to decorate themselves with it. The patterns are done by the artists or the beauticians. Henna / mehndi tattooing is traditionally body decoration that started about 5,000 years ago. It’s supposed to be all natural. Henna / mehndi when applied to the skin provide cooling and astringent action along with protection against many surface fungi and bacteria. Henna can help to lower body temperature and to soothe headaches, fevers, and burning feet and even in cases of hysteria or a violent temper. If the paste of it is applied on nails, the luster of the nails increases and if applied on feet and soles, gives cooling effect to feet.
India is very much in demand for the bridal mehndi also. Mehndi ceremony will be the first of all the customs i.e., one or two days before wedding. Women, girls and children sing song while doing the custom. The art of applying henna in hands and feet is known as Mehendi and it is a very old custom and art form of India. Subcontinent weddings are incomplete without the mehendi ceremony. The mehndi celebration is filled with fun and enjoyment as the family members and friends gathers to celebrate the occasion. Bride’s friends and relatives also draw their hands with beautiful designs of henna paste or mehndi.
The Rajasthani henna / Mehndi tattoo is considered to be one of the best because it leaves the darkest color of red on hands and feet. That is why the henna of Rajasthan is famous. Traditionally, the mothers of the bride and groom first apply the henna on the palms of the bride. Mehndi from the mother symbolizes happiness, prosperity and love which she takes to her new home. The mehendi that comes from the mother-in-law signifies love for her daughter-in-law, welcoming her into their family.
Mehndi tattoo records have been created by North and South Indians for Limca records and world records. Temporary tattoos can be found in almost all departmental stores in the cosmetic section which lasts for 3 days. There are kits that come along with paste and you have to fill in the designs with special tattoo paint. Mehndi / Henna kits are also a temporary form of tattoo. Tattoo paint when applied on hands must be left on for several hours for good results. There are more than 500 symbols of Chinese and Japanese designs too, which are preferred by all people. Henna / mehndi patterns are beautiful and have many different styles.
A henna/ mehndi tattoo gives you that glam look and yet is very traditional. No matter what the occasion girls love to get tattoos made. Henna/ Mehndi tattoos are easy to apply, no side effects at all, the color is temporary and you can wear any design that you want. The advantages are so many that people are opting for mehndi over commercial tattoos.