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Mehndi Designs

Updated on April 10, 2011

Mehndi is the Urdu term for henna. Henna is an oriental art. Henna designs can range from very simple to intricate ones. Though it is a traditional art and is still practiced in its traditional form in Indian subcontinent and in Arabic countries but in many other parts of the world modern henna designs such as those made in henna tattoos are also very common.

Application of Henna:

Application of henna is not a very difficult task but you should have a know how of designs and specially the type of designs that suits hands, feet and arm. By practicing it few times you can make your own henna tattoo.


To apply henna you need a henna cone/henna dry powder, tissue papers, designs(patterns, motifs), and off course the person top whom you will apply henna.

Henna cones are available from art stores, cosmetics shops or if you live in a western country than it can be purchased from an Indian market.

Sometimes henna is available in the form of dry powder in packets what you need to do is rip the packet and place the powder in a pan and add some water into it. Start by adding small amount of water and stir, look at the constancy the constancy should not be very thick but it should neither be thin because with thin paste it will be difficult to manage designing. Now you need a tooth pick or other sharp material with which you can pick the henna paste and apply on hand or feet.

If henna is available in the form of cone than it is much easier to apply as you need to remove the pin out of the cone and apply slight pressure from the lower edge of the cone. Hold the cone at right angle to the hand to which it has to be applied and make design.

After sometimes the design will be dry than you can wash your hands. If henna is pure it will give color after 6 to 7 hours. If it has some artificial colors mixed in it than it will give color readily and you can wash your hands the moment it get dry.

If you are lucky enough that you have a neighborhood plant of henna than you can pick leaves from henna plant and leave them to dry in the sun. When they are fully dry you can grind them and make a paste.

The simplest method to learn henna application is to keep a piece of glass and try making designs on it. In this way you will learn to design with confidence:-)

See more henna designs here: Henna an Oriental Art

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    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks Sanathra:-)

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      7 years ago

      Nice Hub..Voted 'Useful'...

    • gulnazahmad profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Pakistan

      You are more than welcome sara.

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      7 years ago

      Thank you Gulnazahmad for this beautiful hub.

      Keep making hub like this.


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