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How to get a deeper & darker Mehendi?

Updated on February 11, 2013

Mehendi or henna art is considered auspicious in Indian culture. Since ages, henna art decorates hand and feet of the bride, but in recent times the culture of applying mehendi is picking up and is not just restricted to marriages. Today women belonging to any age group prefer to decorate their hands with mehendi during festivals like Teej, Raksha Bandhan, Karwachauth and Diwali.

Every woman wishes to have a darker and deeper hued Mehendi no matter what the occasion is. According to Hindu beliefs, darker the color of the mehendi pattern turns out to be, more strong and loving will be her relation with her husband.

Let's read about a few tips on how to achieve deeper and darker Mehendi.

  • Select a good quality henna. The better the quality, darker the color will be.
  • While applying mehendi, make sure to wear loose and comfortable clothes so that the design doesn't smudge off.

  • Apply mehendi at least 1-2 days prior to the marriage or festivity, in order to allow the color to deepen.

  • Once the mehendi paste applied on palms and feet dries off, apply a solution of lemon juice and sugar over it. Lemon helps in reactivating the heat of henna while sugar helps in sticking the patterns intact.

  • Heat acts as a major factor in enhancing the color of mehendi patterns. Therefore, keep your hand and feet warm once mehendi is applied. Sit under the sunlight or beside a room heater.

  • After almost 5-6 hours, scrap off the dried mehendi pattern with the help of a spoon.

  • Once the dry henna paste is scraped off, you may have a gummy or sticky feeling but try to avoid getting water on it for 12 hours.

  • If you wish to take a shower, wear gloves or try to apply mustard oil all over your Mehendi design and coat it as a protective layer.

  • And if you wish to get deeper and darker henna design, apply balm with beewax in order to retain the heating effect.

So, try out these steps and get a beautiful and darker heena design.


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