Beautifying Yourself with Mehndi or Henna

If you were left speechless by the beauty of the mehndi design on the hands and feet of the bride in whose wedding you went last week, you are not to be blamed. The intricate patterns made by professional artists on the hands and feet of the bride are so impressive and make her look so glamorous that it is easy to become mesmerized. If you cannot wait to have the same look in your hands, read on as this article attempts to teach you how to master the art of mehndi application.

How to master the art of mehndi application:

Mehndi is available in the form of dry powder and different varieties are of reddish, brownish, and blackish in color. These include the natural mehndi powder as well as synthetically made mehndi. If you want to try mehndi on your hands and feet, it is better to go with natural henna as it is made with natural ingredients and there is no chance of any allergy or side effect because of its application. There are also available readymade plastic or paper cones that one can buy and start straightaway.

So you have the cone in your hand but not quite ready to begin making a design? This can happen if it is the first time you are making a pattern on your hand. Making a design on paper or someone else’s hands is easier than trying it out on your own hand. However, with practice, one can make even the most intricate of designs on one’s own hands and feet. I would suggest you buy mehndi powder and make a paste and keep it in a bowl so as to be ready with your mehndi paste whenever you are free to try mastering the art.

Take a glass bowl and apply a bit of jasmine oil inside and along the edges. Take lukewarm water and mix the mehndi powder to make a paste with just the right consistency that it does not drip or run when applied on hands. You can add a few more ingredients if you are interested in having a dark shade of mehndi after drying. Tea, coffee powder, juice of lemon etc are some of these ingredients known to leave a dark stain when mixed with mehndi powder. After thorough mixing, the paste should have the consistency of your toothpaste. Keep the bowl in a fridge for a few hours to let the mixture develop a richer color and texture.

You can choose from hundreds of mehndi designs available in the market. There are Indian, Arabic, and Pakistani mehndi designs that are both good looking and easy to apply. Starting with an Arabic design is better as it leaves empty spaces and makes use of dots to fill up spaces while Indian and Pakistani mehndi designs are much more intricate requiring concentration and pinpoint accuracy. Of course you can graduate on to tougher designs as you gain confidence with practice. Remember, just brush off dried mehndi from hands using your own nails and do not wash under water to have richer and deeper stain on your hands.

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