Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mehndi Designs for Indian

The Mehndi (henna) is one of the most important and fun pre-wedding rituals in an Indian wedding. The henna party is celebration of relaxation, friendship, culture, music, usually for the close female relatives and friends of the bride.

A professional henna artist will create intricate designs on the bride's hands and feet. Female guests at the henna party may also get simpler designs done by the henna artist's assistants.

The henna (mehndi) that is applied on the bride is temporary, and not permanent. Henna powder is mixed with essential oils and lemon juice to create a paste. The paste is then applied to the skin and left to dry, undisturbed, for 1-3 hours. After the paste scrapes off, the Henna tattoo will proceed to darken over the next 24 to 48 hours. Henna stains the top couple layers of the skin, and it fades as these layers naturally exfoliate.

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