Henna, a paste made to preserve mummies or for intricate designs on the hand?
Taken aback? Let’s look back at how and where henna originated from.
Traces of henna were found in the Middle East and Africa but made it’s way to India through the Mughal dynasty. Henna was initially used to smear the paste on mummies as it was believed that it helped in storing the bodies for longer periods of time and kept it from decaying but the use of henna has evolved and has also traveled places. Henna is now used in India and other parts of the world as an accessory that is adorned not only by women but also men. Various religions look upon henna as an integral part of their celebrations and opt for extremely intricate and various kinds of designs.
Let’s dive deeper into the the world of Mehendi:
Mehendi designs that come in multiple variations include designs such as Sahasrara that is lotus based designs, meaning purity and unity. Various other elements which are incorporated in mehendi can be flowers, paisley, vines and leaves all representing different kinds of traits such as luck, fertility, beauty, joy, devotion and joy respectively.
Circle/Round Easy Mehndi
Simple Flower Mehndi
Very Easy Rose Mehndi
Cute and beautiful mehndi
Bail mehndi (Bel henna style)
Simple Krishna Mehndi
Simple Chain Mehndi
Very Easy Leaf Mehndi Design
Bharwa mehndi design
Easy Tikki Mehndi
Easy Jewellery mehndi design
Simple Heart mehndi design
Easy Bracelet Mehndi Designs
Simple Dubai style mehndi design
Easy Pakistani Style Mehndi design
Modern Mehndi Design
Simple Mehendi Design for Kids
Simple Karwa Chauth Mehndi
Easy EID Mehndi
Simple Raksha Bandhan Mehndi Design
Simple Teej Mehndi
Mehendi fading away too easy?
Few traditions have the practice of squeezing a bit of lemon, tea or some essential oils to the paste in order to get a darker shade of mehendi and to increase the longevity of the stain.
The reason mehendi stains darker on certain parts of the body is because of accumulation of keratin. Traditionally, ways to darken mehendi that have been passed on through generations is done by applying coconut oil or mustard oil on all the areas mehndi has been applied after removing the dried mehendi off of your hand.
Getting Mehendi stains everywhere?
While sitting down and watching designs being crafted on your hand is fun and exciting, trying not to get stains on your clothes or other particles can be tedious. Keeping areas on which mehendi has been applied in spaces with good airflow, speeds up the process of mehendi drying up. Once the mehendi has completely dried up, rubbing your hands together will help getting off the dried part of the mehendi.
When extremely heavy mehendi designs are chosen, chances of getting the stains on your nail is high. Getting the stains off can be done by using a mixture made with olive oil and salt or lemon and baking powder.
Overall, applying mehendi can mean different things for different people. Getting mehendi done on your hand can be a core childhood memory alternatively can be for religious purposes as well.