Applying Mehndi or Henna to hands, feet and even the hair has been a part of the Middle Eastern and South Asian tradition for hundreds of years. Both men and women have used Mehndi not just to dye their hair or other parts of their body, but also to cool their bodies in the summer because of the cooling properties of the Henna plant. Nowadays however, pure Henna is not that easy to come by in most large cities and so it is no longer used solely for its cooling properties.
Women of all ages in India and Pakistan adorn their hands and feet with beautiful Mehndi designs on certain special occasions. Although Mehndi is a part of the sub-continental tradition and culture, the modern woman has to stay informed of the latest trends in Mehndi designs, popular in different cultures and societies all over the world, in order to keep up with the times and the modern fashion.
Although there can be numerous occasions where you might feel that applying Mehndi to your hands or feet could add more to your appearance, the two most common occasions where almost all women use Mehndi are weddings and Eid. The latest trends in Mehndi designs for both these occasions have some differences, which are briefly described below:
Trends in Mehndi or Henna Designs:
- Weddings: Although most women go to beauty parlors to have Mehndi applied to their hands and feet as it has now become a part of the wedding makeup, many women also follow the old tradition of inviting their friends over to their homes a day or two before the wedding in order to have them apply Mehndi to the hands and feet of the bride to be. Though personal preference also plays an important part in choosing the Mehndi design you want, modern bridal Mehndi designs usually include abstract patterns with curves as well as straight lines that usually start from the tips of the fingers on the palm’s side with quite complicated patterns and extend to the elbows or even the shoulders, depending on whether the dress is short sleeved or sleeveless, the design usually gets more simple as it moves away from the hands. The designs used on the back side of the hand are usually less complex overall but follow the same patterns as those on the front side. The same technique is followed when applying Mehndi to the feet, where the same patterns are applied, starting from the back side of the thumb and usually extending till the ankles.
- Eid: Mehndi patterns for Eid aren’t usually as complex as wedding patterns and also include blank spaces to show more of the natural skin of the hand. The modern Eid designs for applying Mehndi usually involve floral patterns of different colored Mehndi. On both the front and the rear side of the hand, these designs typically start as simple designs beginning at the tip of the index finger and get more complex as they move towards the middle of the hand and then get simple again as they move towards the wrist, where they are normally terminated.
Hence there are a lot of free online resources for latest trends in Mehndi designs with images of lots of varying designs and patterns, details and even instructions to help women stay up-to-date with current trends and look their best when getting ready for any special occasion.