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Mehendi an ancient art
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MEHENDI AN ANCIENT ART

It can be used on the hands, legs, hair - a leaf that serves many purposes. The leaves from the mehendi tree have been used over centuries to beautify women the world over. And its medicinal properties cannot be forgotten.

The use of mehendi or henna probably originated in the Middle East and it slowly spread to India with the coming of the Mughals in 1200 A.D. The application of Mehendi implies a joyous occasion and the popular traditional mehendi designs are the peacock, lotus flower, wedding couple or an elephant with a raised trunk, which is a symbol of good luck. Mehendi or henna comes in many different shades ranging from reddish orange to brown-black or artificially mixed colours that have dyes added to the natural henna. These usually do not last as long as natural Mehendi.

Mehendi tattoos are safe, temporary, non-toxic and painless. It is made of natural ingredients so you can be sure of not getting any harmful elements on your skin which might cause an allergic reaction.

Mehendi's healing properties are well-known. Herbal doctors recommend the use of Mehendi for certain ailments, such as dry skin, and to help the healing of cuts and scratches. It also acts as a hair conditioner when applied on the head and is also said to stop hair loss by strengthening the roots of the hair.


MEHENDI FOR THE BRIDEArabic Mehendi


No Indian wedding is ever complete without the mehendi. Whichever part of the country the bride comes from, her hands are adorned with the lovely red hue of the mehendi. Beauty parlours have special bridal mehendi packs. These days, brides have a choice in design and application. There are plenty of parlours in Bangalore offering the Indian mehendi, which covers most of the palm, and the Arabic mehendi, where the pattern is drawn to one side of the palm [the trend now!]. After application, it usually takes about six hours for the mehendi to set properly. The intricate patterns are moistened frequently with cotton dipped in a mixture of sugar water and lime juice to make the mehendi look bright red and this will last on the skin for about three weeks.

The cost of applying the mehendi varies from parlour to parlour. It may cost anywhere between Rs 150 to Rs 1500 for the hands and the feet. A good dark design is a sign of good luck for the marital couple. It is common for the names of the bride and groom to be hidden in the mehndi design; and the wedding night cannot commence until the groom has found the names.

HOW TO MIX AND APPLY MEHENDI ON SKIN:

1.You will have to buy the henna powder from the store and allow it to pass through a fine strainer. Then mix the henna the day before you intend to put it on.

2. Mix the henna powder with water, a few teaspoons of oil, a spoonful of coffee powder. Mix it together until it has a paste-like consistency like that of melted chocolate.

3. Put it in a bowl that will not stain. Add a small amount of boiling water to the bowl along with a few drops of jasmine oil and mix well. Replace the lid on the container and allow the paste to settle for about 2-3 hours.

4. Depending on the intricacy of your design, you can use almost anything to apply the mehendi - toothpicks, plastic cones or hairpins.

5. About 3 hours is sufficient length of time to allow the mehendi paste to settle on your skin. You can also apply lemon juice with sugar to keep the paste on your skin for a longer period and prevent it from flaking off.

6. Once dried, simply flake off the dried mehendi, but do not wash the applied area for at least 12 hours; this will give a good reddish brown colour.



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