The Mehndi Ceremony is a fun and exciting pre-wedding ritual, where a henna artist is appointed to apply henna on a bride's hands and feet, thus marking the kick off, of the wedding celebrations.
Families will often host a Mehndi event around this to enjoy the ritual, over great food, music and drinks, and also invite guests to come over and have their hands decorated with henna.
Here are the four most important things you should know while planning for your Bridal Mehndi.
1. When should I apply my Mehndi? Should I apply it at the Mehndi event, or before?
You should apply your Mehndi a day or two before your wedding, and if you're hosting a Mehndi event, then you should have your henna completed before the event begins or apply at least a major part of it beforehand.
This is because, Mehndi takes about 3-4 hours to complete full hands and legs, and about an hour to dry after. During this time, you're restricted in moving and this then limits your ability to mingle easily with guests.
Also, there are greater chances of staining someone or smudging yourself. And we don't want that!
However, if you do decide to get it done during the event, make sure you have a trusted friend or a family member around you, to make sure you're comfortable throughout. Guests get excited and want to take selfies all the time, and that can get tiring for the bride. Just saying!
2. How long does it take to develop color?
Henna takes about 4-6 hours or more to develop, and about 48 hours for the hands and legs to completely catch color.
The design will look bright orange for the first day, then slowly darken to brown during the next 48 hours.
3. Should I use Black Henna instead?
There’s a growing temptation of having very dark stains from the henna, and so many brides opt for black henna. This, in my opinion should be totally avoided.
Black henna is made from a synthetic chemical which is commonly found in hair dye. This chemical is very toxic to the skin and can cause blisters and chemical burns.
So, make sure your henna artist is using only natural Mehndi. Also, most professional artists make their own paste which is better than the pre-made pastes available in bulk in beauty stores. Those ones are also generally loaded with chemicals so you can get darker stains.
The key thing to observe here is: if the stain is any color other than brown or reddish brown, it's not good henna.
4. Do I really need a Mehndi Trial?
Always get a trial done. This way you can meet with your artist, get comfortable with her, judge how clean and precise he/she is with her design and whether you’re experiencing any allergic reaction from the henna paste.
Make use of this time to discuss designs, the prep required and to address any questions or concerns that you would have. Make sure to get your artist to tell you what needs to be done, what should be avoided, etc.
Here are five tips by some of our favorite henna artists, in prepping yourselves before you begin applying your Mehndi
- Take a shower and visit the restroom before you start with your Mehndi
- Avoid liquids for at least an hour before you start applying Mehndi.
- Get your nails done beforehand—it’s recommended to apply Vaseline on your nails to avoid any henna stain.
- Make sure you’re dressed comfortably and are sitting over old bed sheets with lots of pillows for back rest.
- After the Mehndi dries, scrape it off and avoid washing it with water for at least 12-14 hours.