How to get darker mehndi color on your hands for a bride?
Mehndi or henna design has been a part of Indian and Arabic culture since time immemorial. Henna leaf paste is used to paint beautiful, intricate designs on the bodies of women, sometimes men. It is an essential part of wedding rituals. Often the name or initials of the groom are drawn, cleverly hidden in the template. Mehndi is a symbol of good energy, luck and sensuality.
In India, it is generally believed that the shade of mehndi on the bride’s palm is a reflection of her husband’s love for her. The darker the shade of mehndi, the more her husband will love her. As a result, there is a demand for darker shades of mehndi. This has led to the use of artificial dyes and pigments. These pigments often contain chemicals that can be harmful to the skin. May cause severe allergy and blistering. Therefore, you should avoid buying ready-made cones, as they usually contain chemicals. It is best to prepare the henna paste at home.
There are various natural methods to get a darker mehndi color.
1) Apply lemon and sugar syrup on the freshly dried mehndi
Sugar and lemon syrup does not directly help to increase the color of the mehndi, but it helps to keep the mehndi on the skin for a longer period of time. It keeps the henna paste wet and prevents it from cracking. This way it stays on the skin longer and the chance of getting a darker color is greater. Usually, Indian women apply mehndi at night and let it work its magic overnight. This gives a richer, darker color when removed the next morning.
2) Scrape it to remove it
After keeping the mehndi for at least 12 hours, it is advisable to scrape it off using a spoon or a blunt spatula. It will get dark in the next few hours. Rub both hands together for faster removal. Any contact with water will lighten the color and so it is better not to wash off the Mehndi. Less contact with water ensures not only a darker shade but also longer lasting mehndi.
3) Apply pain relievers
While going to bed, applying pain-relieving balms like Vicks, Amrutanjan, etc. helps to darken the color overnight. One can also apply conditioner before applying mehndi for better result.
4) Warm hands up:
Higher body temperature gives mehendi a richer color. One can rub one’s hands together or warm them over a fire or gas stove. One can also heat a pan and put some cloves or granulated clove powder in it and take the steam on the hands.
5) Finally apply oils or shea butter paste
After removing the mehndi paste, apply oil. It can be hair oil, body oil or even cooking oil. This will cause oxidation and give a dark color. Initially it will be orange in color which will gradually turn to maroon and then finally to maroon color and even dark brown-black which is the desired color.
Note: Applying soaps and shampoos after mehndi reduces the chances of getting a darker color. Therefore, brides are advised not to wet their hands unnecessarily or use surfactants after applying the henna paste so that they can get a better shade of mehndi.
Ready-to-use mehndi cones promise good, dark color, but at the expense of safety. They often contain chemicals unsuitable for application to human skin. One should be extremely careful while buying mehndi powder as well. Read the label carefully to check the list of ingredients that the package contains.
There are a number of medicinal and therapeutic benefits of henna. It has antiseptic and cooling properties. It relieves stress and calms the mind hence its wide use in weddings. Because of its antiseptic properties, it is believed to protect the couple from viral diseases. Henna is also extremely useful in aromatherapy. Improves blood circulation and soothes. It also helps in healing minor accidental cuts or burns that may occur during wedding rituals. So now go ahead and choose some good bridal mehndi designs for the bride and beautiful mehndi designs for her friends and enjoy the wedding.
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