Mehndi, the ancient art of painting one’s body with henna is a practice which has been prevalent since thousands of years in India, Africa as well as the Middle East. In the past few years these Mehndi decorations have been quite in demand and make a fashion statement. They are also known as the henna tattoos.
These henna or Mehndi tattoos can be applied on various parts of the body such as back, arms, anklets, palms of the hands, naval, feet etc. Mehndi is nothing but the application of henna in elegant designs. Henna leaves are first grinded to dust and mixed with mixture of mustard oil as well as tea to make a thick paste. This paste is then poured into a plastic bag which is cone shaped and the bag is sealed. Then one end of the plastic bag is cut with the scissor and the henna cone is ready to be applied.
Various designs which may include peacocks, mangoes, geometrical figures, butterflies, flowers, petals, stems, free hand drawing, etc can be drawn as per you choice. After applying the Mehndi the application should be left on your body for about 7-9 hours. As soon as the paste on your body is almost dry apply a solution of sugar and lemon (equal amount) to the paste in order to get a darker colour.
The darker is your colour, the longer will the Mehndi last on your body. Typically any Mehndi lasts for sometime between 3 to 6 weeks depending on the colour of the Mehndi.