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Mehendi Or Henna Tattoos Are Ornament Of Indian Women

Updated on May 29, 2009

What is Mehendi or Henna tattoos.

The term Mendhī in Sanskrit refers to the plant Lawsonia inermis and the dye produced from it, while the word Hinna was used with the same meaning, in Arabic. Mehendi designing is the application of a temporary form of skin decoration in South Asia, Southwest Asia, North Africa.

it is art of decorating hands and feet with henna has been in vogue for the past 5,000 years and even though the designs fade the art has withstood the impact of change. Now it is not just hands and feet that are adorned, but also arms, neck, back and navel. Mehendi decorations became fashionable in the West in the late 1990s, where they are sometimes called henna tattoos.

How Mehendi Work

Mehendi is same as a dye powder. Make it's paste with water and after 2-3 hour use this paste as you want. It is usually drawn on the palms and feet, where the color will be darkest because the skin contains higher levels of keratin which binds temporarily to lawsone, the colorant of henna. Henna was originally used as a form of decoration mainly for brides.

Some tips

  • Wash the area to be decorated with a good soap and water.
  • Mehndi should be kept for around 3 hours.
  • Apply a mixture of lemon and sugar to the dry area.
  • Scrape off the dry Mehndi and do not wash it with water for at least 12 hours, to ensure maximum color.
  • After the tattoos are dried completely get some steam passing through cloves over the gas and apply Vicks for a good darkened color. A deep color may last up to two to three weeks. The coloration varies from person to person.
  • When the Mehndi starts fading and appears patchy, it can be removed by applying cosmetic body bleach.

Some Types Of Mehendi Designing

There are different types of mehndi designs that are doing its round as bridal mehndi today. Though westernized concepts and Arabic patterns were once used most for bridal mehndi, today traditional mehndi designs which require lots of fine work are well in demand.

Other famous mehndi designs doing its rounds in bridal mehndi are floral designs with paisleys and intricate details and practically anything that is funky. The latest trend seems to be green mehndi with color stones. In some weddings, people like wearing mehndi with designs that match the color of their outfits.

No Side Effect On Skin

Mahendi designing is different from other tattoo designing, because tattoos are defined as permanent surgical insertion of pigments underneath the skin, as opposed to pigments resting on the surface as is the case with mehndi. Mehendi is not a permanent dye, so we can chage designing with our choise. Many pepople use mehendi as hair dye reson behind it, mehendi is natural dye so it've no harmfull effect and hair get shining.

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Importance Of Mehendi For Married Women

Henna is typically applied during special occasions like weddings and festivals. This bridal mehndi is usually applied on the bride a day before the wedding. This is organized as a part of the wedding function where professional mehndi designers will be invited to apply mehndi to the bride's hands, arms, feet and legs. In addition to this, the guests and relatives can have their hands or legs filled with mehndi to become a part of the wedding celebrations.

‘Karva Chauth’, a traditional festival when women keep fast for well-being of their husbands, everybody from the small-time Henna artists to upmarket beauty saloons are busy creating beautiful and intricate designs on the palm and feet of married women.

It is believed that married woman who get dark colour from mehendi will get a loads of love and caring from her groom. It also denotes prosperity and good luck. It symbolically says as the henna gives away her colour to beautify someone's hands, the married woman should also be generous and kind to give up certain things to beautify the life ahead of her.


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