Applying Mehndi is not as difficult an art as it is made to appear. You can easily apply mehndi on one of your hands or can get mehndi applied on your hands or feet from some one else. Before applying the mehndi is it advisable to put eucalyptus oil or lemon on the part where the mehndi is going to be applied.
The mehndi paste is then applied ideally using a cone so that the design comes out perfectly. The mehndi design can be taken from a mehndi book or several mehndi designs are also available online. The mehndi designs can be extremely creative and artistic and an experienced mehndi makes will be able to apply the mehndi designs with great precision and make the mehndi look extremely beautiful.
Once the mehndi paste has been applied then you can not really use your hands for the next few hours as enough time has to be given to the mehndi in order to completely dry. This process may take about five or more hours or may take the entire night.
It is believed that the darker the mehndi colour comes out to be the more the husband loves his wife. The Mehndi colour remains for a week after which it starts getting lighter gradually. A good quality mehndi powder if used can last for up to ten days.
Applying a Mehndi is thus a very simple process takes just a few hours but lasts for any where between seven to ten days.