Mehandi is an art that has an origin from Asian Countries. People make beautiful designs on a person’s body hand, and feet using Mehandi paste. Mehandi Paste is created by mixing Mehandi with water. In this article, we will discuss all about mehandi/henna.
When to avoid applying Mehandi
Nowadays the henna cone contains some chemicals, so if you are allergic or your skin is sensitive, then check a little amount of henna/ mehandi on your palm before making the whole design. If it gives you burning or itchy feeling, do not use it. Sometimes, it happens when the mehandi is expired so make sure to use the fresh one.
Should the Mehandi be applied after Waxing ?
If you done waxing on an area where you are going to apply henna, do not do it just after waxing. Wait a day or two, as skin pores will be opened and henna contains some chemical. This situation may cause damage or irritation on your skin.
How to Make Mehandi Dark
Here are the top 5 tried and tested tips to make mehandi darker.
- LEAVE MEHANDI FOR A LONGER TIME:
Wash off the mehandi after 7-8 hours. If you can afford to keep it longer, leave it for about 12 hours. Do not wash with water, instead scrape it out by rubbing your palms together till the dried henna falls off! Within a few hours you will see the rich color develop.
- DAB LEMON SUGAR MIXTURE COUPLE OF TIME:
Boil some sugar in water and allow it to cool. Now put this mixture into a bowl. Add a few drops of lemon juice and apply the lemon sugar mixture a couple of times on the henna once it has dried. The sugar keeps the mehndi in contact with the skin for deeper penetration, while the lemon juice acts as a catalyst for dye release and deep penetration of color.
- WRAPPING UP THE DESIGN:
Many also suggest wrapping up the henna design as it gives a rich and darker colour. While you can do the wrapping process by yourself, but there is a danger of spoiling the design. It is best you ask the artist to do so, or have somebody else do it in her supervision. You can use medical paper tape to gently wrap up the mehndi.
- VICKS TO THE RESCUE:
After you’v kept the mehandi for hours its time to remove it. Gently rub your hands together until all the mehandi has been scrapped off. Apply vicks or some pickle oil to your hands. This has been known to give you dark mehandi shade.
- SMOKE IT
It is believed that the smoke from the heated cloves (known as ‘LHONG’ in urdu), helps darken mehndi. Place some cloves (lhong) in an iron pan and turn on the heat. Let the smoke coming from the cloves come in contact with your hands or mehndi applied area .Hold your hands out for as long as you can bear the heat and only remove your hand when they start to hurt a little bit.