Mehndi, also known as henna, has been an age old tradition in many Asian and Persian countries. ‘Mehendi Ki Raat’ is one of the most important pre-wedding ceremonies for bride as well as groom.The entire ceremony is a fun-filled event with every family member and close friends of the bride and the groom being a part of it. But, apart from being a fun pre-wedding ritual, the mehendi ceremony also has a deep-rooted cultural significance to it. Mehendi represents the bond of matrimony and therefore considered a good omen.
The shade of mehendi signifies the love and companionship between the couples and their families.Therefore, the tips to get darker shade of your mehendi are listed below:
1.Leave mehendi for a longer time
If you can afford to keep henna for a long time, then keep it for 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 colour develop.
2.Stipple lemon and sugar mixture
Boil some sugar in water and allow it to cool. Add few drops of lemon in sugar and dab the the mixture 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 colour.
3.Wrapping up the design
Wrapping the henna design can give the rich and darker shade. There can be a risk of ruining henna design if you wrap yourself. 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.
4.Run your hand over the fumes of cloves
Before you hop on the best first apply lemon and sugar mixture and then try ‘bhaap’ for rich and splendid colour. Heat few cloves over a tawa and run your hands over the fumes of the cloves.
5..Apply balm after scraping the crust
Many people apply balms like vicks on henna after scraping the crust off. It is said that these balms stimulate the colour development and penetration into the skin.
Keep these points in mind to get splendid and darker shade of your mehendi.
1.Do not wash your hand with soapy water, doing so can lead to your mehndi fading in portions and will look ghastly.
2.Do not shave your hands after henna application as it may scrape the upper layer of your skin and also the mehndi.
3.Do not wash your hands immediately after application. Steer clear of water for a good 6 hours. If possible avoid a shower for at least 12 hours post application.
4.Do not overuse the sugar and lemon mixture; else the mehndi will turn a deep brown colour.
5.No matter what, do not use a blow dryer to dry the mehndi on your palms and legs! This may make the henna bleed and ruin the design.
6.Avoid drinking too much of water or any juice just before application.
7.While good light is necessary for the henna artist to see her strokes, avoid sitting under direct sunlight.
Try these remedies on your henna and enjoy darker shade of your mehendi.