Mehndi or Henna is one of the most important ceremonies in all Indian marriages. Without the mehndi ceremony none of the Indian wedding is completed. Mehndi or Henna tattoo stays on for two to three weeks as it doesn’t pierce the skin. The color of mehndi changes from green to orange to reddish brown as it fades.There are plenty of styles and mehndi designs available from which you can choose. The styles and mehndi designs differs from person to occasions to regions. It differs on the basis of different cultural and regional background. These designs can be easily distinguished from one another’s. Here are the most famous types of Mehndi.
Indian mehndi - The designs are in big dot format. Mango, peacock, or a big leaf on the center of the palm is the most popular designs. The most different feature of Indian mehndi design is that it has a figure on the palm center and the finger tips are usually colored completely with the mehndi. Even a simple large dot filled with henna is very popular in this style.
Arabic mehndi- There is less of detailing designs. It is one of the most beautiful work of art as you can see all the designs prominently. The colors are very dark and fill ins are very boldly done. Arabic mehndi designs don`t necessarily covers your entire hands or entire feet and much of the skin is shown. Most of the Arabic designs include outline of animals, leaves, vines, flowers filled with henna.
Pakistani mehndi – Is one of the mehndi where the design is the most detailed one. It looks very complex and detailed. The most important feature is that the designs are very detailed and elaborated with thin line art. It is one of the most time consuming art of work
African mehndi – This is very easy style of art. The designs generally consist of dots, geometric shapes and figures. This style is not very common for marriage ceremony.
Steps in applying Mehndi –
- Clean your hand with soap and pat it dry.
- Rub Mehndi oil on upper and lower back of your hand with a small cotton pad.
- Apply mehndi with a mehndi cone or a thin stick.
- Mehndi has to be kept for 2-3 hours until it dries.
- Use a mixture of sugar and lemon as the mehndi dries off.
- After the mehndi starts to leave the color and tends to become patchy, remove the mehndi design, with a knife scraper.
- Take few cloves on the hot pan and take its smoke.
- Do not use water in the area for the dark color.
- Apply mustard oil on the area and wrap it with a plastic bag or wear gloves and leave overnight.
Mehndi is considered to be very auspicious in Indian cultural. Applying mehndi two days before the occasion will give the best results, as the color takes time to develop. Henna is a beautiful art. It has bloomed in many centuries and acquired its exclusive art of style.