Mehendi is the essence of any Indian wedding. It is the one tradition that has not lost its glory even after all these years of being applied! Mehendi is such a common phenomenon and yet such a personal one. It is an expression of your deepest desires, hopes and love. Basically, all of us want our mehendi to be perfect and to the point.

Precisely why, we’ve got you a simple three step guide to applying Mehendi this wedding season…

 

Pre-Mehendi

Pre-Mehendi

Keeping your hands ready for the Mehendi, before you actually start applying it is very important. If your palms are dry and broken you might want to exfoliate them with a gentle scrub. For this, you can mash a papaya and add some sugar to it. Exfoliate your hands with the paste and wash it off with lukewarm water. The moisturising properties of papaya also improve the texture of your palms making them softer and smoother. After exfoliating, it is essential that you shape and paint your nails in a wedding appropriate colour. A more professional alternative to this is a manicure that will ensure your palm, fingers and nails are on point.

 

When applying Mehendi…

When applying Mehendi…

Before you start applying Mehendi, decide which what design you are interested in.

Do wear something comfortable if you are planning to get some intricate designs as the Mehendi session can last for hours. Try not to move a lot during the session as that can break the link of the artist.

It will take about 4 to 6 hours for your Mehendi to dry completely and catch colour. Allow the Mehendi to dry naturally. Do not shake your hands or use a blow dryer to quickly dry it as that can smudge the design.

After your Mehendi dries a little you should apply a mix of water and sugar on it to get a darker colour. The design may look light or bright orange but it eventually darkens into brown colour within 24 hours.  You can also use white henna for English weddings to add a touch of culture.

 

Post-Mehendi

Post-Mehendi

Once you get the best out of your Mehendi session you can scrape it off with your hands. Do not use water to remove the dried Mehendi flakes as they can cause the design to spread. Once your Mehendi excitement has faded and you want to get rid of it, use some lemon juice to lighten the colour. Lemon is a great bleaching agent and helps in reducing the henna stains.