Mehndi Designs

Tips From A Real Bride On How To Get Dark and Long-Lasting Mehendi

Neha Garg, 30 Aug 2016

I normally don’t believe in the old wives’ tale that ‘the darker the Mehendi, the more your husband will love you’. It’s usually considered a folklore and has no real significance. But as a bride nearly four months back, I was quite worried about how my Mehendi would turn out. I wasn’t sure whether the artist would do a good job and the simple thought of whether the colour would get darker or lighter gave me sleepless nights.

I am sure many of you have put in a lot of thought as to how to make your Mehendi look dark on your big day. Here are some tried and tested hacks for you to pick from!

 Two Days Before The Function:

  • Get a manicure and pedicure two-three days before the ceremony.
  • It’s also advisable to get waxed before the function. If you wax after Mehendi, it might scrape off the upper layer of your skin and fade the colour.

Right Before Applying Mehendi:

  • Apply Mehendi at least two days prior to your wedding day. It gets darker over the course of 24 to 48 hours.
  • Do wash your hands before applying it. Make sure there is no oil or lotion on your hands as they usually act as barriers and minimize Mehendi absorption into your skin.
  • Wear something comfortable as you have to wait and sit for hours to get it done.

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While Mehendi Is Drying Off:

  • Boil some sugar in water and let it cool down; then add a few drops of lemon juice and mix. When the Mehendi starts to dry, apply the same with a cotton ball.
  • Do not blow-dry your Mehendi as it will smudge and ruin the design.

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The Right Way To Take Off Your Mehendi:

  • Just scrape it off by rubbing your palms once it is dried. Do not take off your Mehendi with water.

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After Scraping Off Mehendi:

  • Heat a few cloves in a pan and move your hands over the fumes to get a richer and darker colour. Do this after the Mehendi has dried or after scraping it off (It worked for me!).
  • Apply Vicks VapoRub, Iodex balm or mustard oil.
  • Apply some cooking oil or pickle oil.
  • Do not wash your hands for at least a day (if possible) to get a darker shade.
  • To have a better result, leave the Mehendi on for at least seven to eight hours.
  • In winters, wear loose gloves or just cover the Mehendi with some bandage to keep it warm.

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For The Next Few Days:

  • If you want your Mehendi to remain dark even for days after your wedding, then try getting your hair washed at the salon.
  • Avoid any household work that involves a lot of washing and scrubbing.
  • Also, no dipping your hands in pool or sea water as that makes the colour lighter.

Featured Image Credits: The Cheesecake Project