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Mehendi Tutorial for Indian Wedding Guests
04 th Oct 2014

Henna designer Arti M. takes us on a creative journey into the art of applying a traditional mehendi design and the outcome is beautiful.

For those unfamiliar with this beautiful and elaborate form of art, mehendi, also known as henna, is applied to the hands and feet of Indian brides. In fact there is a whole ceremony dedicated to the application of mehendi, known as the Mehendi Ceremony. This ceremony is among the pre-wedding rituals occurring a few days before the big wedding day, filled with fun, laughter and happiness. The Mehendi Ceremony is a reflection of the richness and beauty of Indian culture. Mehendi signifies beautification and often, the grooms name or initials are cleverly integrated into the mehendi design. In turn, the groom is expected to find his name in the intricate maze. The colour of the mehendi design is also highly significant in Indian culture. The darkness of colour signifies the husband's love and affection towards the bride.

Nowadays, mehendi designs are no longer solely applied to the hands and feet, but also seen as a popular form of body art. Mehendi designs have also become a popular fashion statement and adds a unique, stylish touch to any outfit. Mehendi designs can range from traditional to contemporary, as well as simple to more intricate designs, including elements such as florals, paisleys and religious symbols. A popular trend in mehendi designs are Arabic style patterns, which tend to include bigger designs and unique floral patterns. Mehendi designs can be enhanced with the use of glitter and gemstones, adding an extra sparkle to any outfit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For those viewers wanting to apply mehendi designs at home, here are a few useful tips:

Look for a good quality henna cone. There are different types of cones according to the colour you would like to achieve, ranging from a more orange tone to darker tones of red and brown. If the mehendi is pure, the outcome will be beautiful and your mehendi design will last longer.

When selecting a mehendi design, try to choose one that includes both thick and thin lines for variation. The thicker lines normally result in a darker colour and the thinner lines provide emphasis to the main design.

After you have applied the mehendi design and it has dried, create a mixture of sugar and lemon juice. Dab this onto your mehendi design to help fix the mehendi design onto your skin and allow you to achieve a good colour.

Eucalyptus oil, a dash of clove oil and a few drops of lemon will help in darkening your mehendi colour.

When removing your mehendi design, try to avoid contact with water or soap, as this hinders further colouring of the mehendi. Try using baby oil or a thick piece of card to gently scrape off the mehendi design.

Put your mehendi cone into the refrigerator after the first use, as this will ensure the mehendi lasts for the second and possibly third uses.

 

We hope these tips are useful and make sure to share them with your friends and family too!

 

For those viewers wanting to apply mehendi designs at home, here are a few useful tips:

Look for a good quality henna cone. There are different types of cones according to the colour you would like to achieve, ranging from a more orange tone to darker tones of red and brown. If the mehendi is pure, the outcome will be beautiful and your mehendi design will last longer.

When selecting a mehendi design, try to choose one that includes both thick and thin lines for variation. The thicker lines normally result in a darker colour and the thinner lines provide emphasis to the main design.

After you have applied the mehendi design and it has dried, create a mixture of sugar and lemon juice. Dab this onto your mehendi design to help fix the mehendi design onto your skin and allow you to achieve a good colour.

Eucalyptus oil, a dash of clove oil and a few drops of lemon will help in darkening your mehendi colour.

When removing your mehendi design, try to avoid contact with water or soap, as this hinders further colouring of the mehendi. Try using baby oil or a thick piece of card to gently scrape off the mehendi design.

Put your mehendi cone into the refrigerator after the first use, as this will ensure the mehendi lasts for the second and possibly third uses.

 

We hope these tips are useful and make sure to share them with your friends and family too!

 

For those viewers wanting to apply mehendi designs at home, here are a few useful tips:

Look for a good quality henna cone. There are different types of cones according to the colour you would like to achieve, ranging from a more orange tone to darker tones of red and brown. If the mehendi is pure, the outcome will be beautiful and your mehendi design will last longer.

When selecting a mehendi design, try to choose one that includes both thick and thin lines for variation. The thicker lines normally result in a darker colour and the thinner lines provide emphasis to the main design.

After you have applied the mehendi design and it has dried, create a mixture of sugar and lemon juice. Dab this onto your mehendi design to help fix the mehendi design onto your skin and allow you to achieve a good colour.

Eucalyptus oil, a dash of clove oil and a few drops of lemon will help in darkening your mehendi colour.

When removing your mehendi design, try to avoid contact with water or soap, as this hinders further colouring of the mehendi. Try using baby oil or a thick piece of card to gently scrape off the mehendi design.

Put your mehendi cone into the refrigerator after the first use, as this will ensure the mehendi lasts for the second and possibly third uses.

 

We hope these tips are useful and make sure to share them with your friends and family too!

Now that you've taken care of your mehendi design, you can turn your attention to finding an outfit. Try our Wedding Outfit Generator to get you started.

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