Every bride is worried about how dark will her bridal mehendi turn out. According to the old wives’ tale - the darker your henna, the more your husband will love you. While this saying might not have a significance in reality,
every bride wants her bridal mehendi
to look rich in colour.
Tips To Make Mehndi Darker
Don'ts To Get A Long Lasting Mehndi
How to Make Your Mehndi Darker and Lasting
Follow these easy tips to make your bridal mehendi dark and last longer. Vouch for these tips and follow them before you get your hands painted with bridal mehendi and be sure to get that rich colour.
1. Go Chemical Free
Use natural henna as it lasts longer than the one with chemicals added to it. Natural mehendi comes out darker and will leave you with a more beautiful colour too.
2. Washing Is A Prerequisite
Before you have to sit for your mehendi make sure you wash your hands and feet with soap. This is a prerequisite as any presence of dirt or oil will hinder the absorption of henna on your skin. Washing your hands and feet ensures better absorption of henna.
3. Apply Eucalyptus oil
The quickest answer to how to make your mehndi darker is - apply eucalyptus oil.This is the easiest and the most commonly used tip on how to darken mehendi. Before applying the mehendi, rub some eucalyptus oil on your hands and feet. This makes the mehndi darker. Application of this oil helps in giving the henna that dark and gorgeous colour.
4. Lemon And Sugar To The Rescue
This is the most common remedy which helps in darkening the henna. Mix some sugar with lemon juice and use a cotton ball to apply it on your hands and feet after the henna dries up.
5. Clove Steam Does The Trick
After you have applied the lemon juice and sugar mix, take a clove steam to get that gorgeous colour. Warm a few cloves in a container and run your hands over the smoke. It’s as simple as that!
6. Stay Away From Water
Use a butter knife or a card to scrape off your mehendi instead of using water. You must avoid washing your hands and feet for at least 12 hours. Contact with water will only lighten the colour.
7. Do Not Blow Dry Your Mehendi
You will be tempted to use something to dry your mehendi as soon as possible, but let it dry on its own. Blow drying can lead to bleeding of your mehendi and ruin the design and believe us, you wouldn’t want that especially when you’re getting married.
8. Shaving Or Waxing Is A Big No!
After you have applied the henna, do not shave or wax as it can scrape off the upper layer of your skin. This can also ruin your mehendi and make it look dull.
9. Leave It Overnight
It’s necessary that you have your mehendi ceremony two days prior to your wedding. After application, leave it on for at least 6-7 hours and a maximum of 12 hours in order to get a rich colour.
10. Apply A Balm Or Cooking Oil
After you get rid of the crust, apply Vicks or cooking oil to bring out the colour of your mehendi. But do not go overboard with the application of Vicks as it may turn your mehendi to an extremely dark shade of brown.
11. Say Hello To Vaseline!
Before going to bed at night, make sure to apply vaseline all over the mehendi to protect the colour. Apply it generously!
12. Wrap Up The Design
Wrapping up the design will give you a rich and darker colour. While you can wrap it yourself, but it is always a good idea to ask the artist to do so, for fear of spoiling the design. You can also make use of medical tape.
Don’ts: Things Not To Do For Long-Lasting And Dark Mehendi
- Don’t wash your mehendi hands in soapy water, this will lead your mehendi to fade in portions.
- Don’t overuse the mixture of lemon and sugar, it’ll turn the mehendi into a deep brown colour. It might also dilute the mehendi paste and spoil the design of it.
- While mehendi artists prefer to sit in good light, avoid sitting in direct sunlight while you adorn your hands.
- Don’t drink too much liquids before or while you’re applying mehendi.
So there you have it. 11 of the simplest answers for how to make your mehndi darker and last longer. You should follow some of these tips in combination, and always go for the ones that suit you best. Say hello to a dark, bold, and beautiful shaadi ki mehndi!
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This story was updated in March 2019.
- Don’t move your hands sideways or up and down in order to dry your mehendi quickly. You might end up spreading it and spoiling the design. Let your mehendi dry at its own sweet pace.