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There may not be enough brides who religiously go by the myth- “The darker your mehendi, the more your husband will love you.” But they still somehow like their mehendi to be intricate and dark. And why not? After all, it plays an equally important role in enhancing your wedding day look.
Well, when it comes to the intricacy and detailing we can blindly rely on the mehendi wala (when you know you’ve picked the best) but there’s only little that we can do about the color (by applying quality henna).
Now since you obviously don’t want to compromise on that, here are some simple ways that can help you turn your mehendi stains darker and deeper.
1. Wash your hands before applying Mehendi
Before applying henna on your palms,
- Wash your hands rigorously with soap.
- And then dry them up using a hand towel.
Also, ensure that you are not using any sort of moisturizer or cold cream after the wash as it prevents your skin from absorbing the mehendi fully, which also means you won’t get a deeper and darker color.
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2. Apply a good quality Eucalyptus oil
After washing your hands,
- Take a few drops of eucalyptus oil on your palms.
- Rub them against each other.
Make sure you let the oil get absorbed before you start with the henna application. Once that is done, you can get started.
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3. Let it on for as long as you can
We know how long of a process is getting your hands adorned with henna. But since you have invested so much of time in getting it done, don’t let it go to waste by removing it in an hour or two. Let it stay on your palms overnight if you want the color to be dark.
4. Apply a generous amount of Lemon & Sugar
After your mehendi is fully dried off,
- Make a mixture of lemon and sugar.
- Apply it on your hands with the help of a cotton ball.
- It might end up making your hands all sticky but it is worth the results.
Also, while you are at it, make sure you don’t overdo with it as it may result in lightening the color of your mehendi instead of making it dark.
5. Try Clove Smoke
Apart from the lemon and sugar mixture, one thing that works great in darkening the color of your mehendi is the smoke produced from heated cloves. All you’ve got to do is:
- Take a few cloves in an iron pan
- Turn on the heat and place your hands over the pan.
- Keep them for as long as you can and remove only when your hands start to ache.
- Repeat the same activity twice or thrice and see the results.
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6. Apply Vicks
After you’ve given adequate time for the mehendi to dry overnight,
- Scrape it off by rubbing both your hands against each other.
- Once that is done, take some good amount of Vicks in your hands and rub it across.
It is said that Vicks acts as a color enhancer to your mehendi.
7. Mustard Oil for better results
Other than Vicks, you can also apply mustard oil or any other pickle oil on your hands to boost the color of the mehendi.
8. Avoid washing your hands
Now that you have tried all the desi nuskhas, one thing that you’ve got to do is avoid bringing your hands in contact with water (at least for a day). Water prevents the color of the henna from penetrating within your skin. So, avoid it wherever you can.
9. No waxing or shaving
It’s best suggested to do all the beauty treatments like shaving, waxing or body polishing before getting your palms painted with henna as they may brush off the top layer of your mehendi, giving it a faded look. So, better keep these on the top in the to-do list and get them done 2-3 days prior.