Mehendi is one of the most important parts of a bride’s preparations for the wedding. Every girl wants her mehendi to be perfect. Experts say, “The darker the colour of the mehendi on the bride’s hands, the deeper the love and bond the would-be-couple will share”.
We at WedAbout researched some techniques to ensure that your mehendi comes out deep and dark. Here are 5 steps you can follow:
Leave the mehendi for a minimum of 8-9 hours and a maximum of 12 hours for a darker henna colour. One of the best ideas is to sleep with your mehendi on and take it off in the morning. Instead of washing it with water, you can scratch it off with an edge-less knife till the dried mehendi falls off.
Boil some sugar in water and add a few drops of lemon to it. You can also use powdered sugar for better results. Dabb this mixture on your mehendi several times after it dries a bit. Sugar helps the mehendi stick to your hand, thereby helping in deeper penetration of the colour, but remember, overdoing it might smudge the mehendi. So, apply it in intervals of 3-4 hours.
Warm some cloves in a pan and put your hands over it to get the fumes of the cloves for a darker color. Be cautious not to burn your hand while doing so. You can also try the ‘long bhaap’ for the richer color of the henna on your hands.
After scraping off the mehendi, you can apply balms like Vicks Vaporub or Tiger balm. Even pickle oil works great. But don’t forget to apply it in small quantity which lightly covers the mehendi tattooed hands.
Word Of Caution: Don’t wash your hands with soapy water for the next 12 hours after removing your mehendi. Follow these tips and tricks to ensure that your mehndi comes out deep and dark for your big day!
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