We all love the beauty of Indian ceremonies and how it is celebrated with open hearts, lots of colors, and smiling faces around. And one of the most awaited ceremonies is Mehendi ceremony that takes place a day or two days before the wedding is believed to bring good fortune for the life after marriage.
The bride spend a lot of time deciding the design of her mehendi, whether she likes to keep it simple/minimal or wants an elaborated design with all the band, baaja, baraat or dulha-dulhan made on her palms. One thing is for sure - everybody wants to get their mehendi dark, and beautiful and why not, Mehendi completes your bridal avatar. But how to darken your bridal mehendi naturally still remains a question not fully answered by many, which is why we decided to speak to the well-famed Mehendi Artist, Veena Nagda who did the bridal mehendi for many Bollywood beauties including Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor, Bipasha Basu, etc.
Here are the tips to naturally get a deep and rich mehendi colour on your BIG DAY!
1. Use natural/organic mehendi
Make sure your mehndi artist only uses organic mehendi without any chemicals.
2. Soak your mehendi overnight
When you or your mehendi artist soak mehendi, oil and neelgiri should be added along with water to give your mehendi a darker color.
3. Keep your mehendi for longer duration or 6-7 hrs.
We all know that it's really tough and needs a lot of patience to sit and hold onto your mehendi, but 'the longer, the better'. It's advisable to keep your mehendi for at least 6-7 hours to see the rich deep colour coming to life.
4. Dab lemon and sugar mixture
The sugar keeps the mehndi in contact with the skin for deeper penetration, while the lemon juice acts as a catalyst for dye release.
For a darker mehendi, gently apply a mixture of lemon and sugar to your hands once your mehendi is dried using a cotton ball.
5. Avoid washing your hands
At least wait for a day to bring your hands in contact with water. Water prevents your mehendi to penetrate deep within your skin and give you a darker shade of mehendi.
6. Scrap it off
Instead of washing your mehendi, scrape it off by rubbing your palms together to get a rich dar mehendi color.
7. Run your hands over the fumes of the cloves
It is believed that the smoke of heated cloves helps darken your mehndi.
How to do?
Take a few cloves in an iron pan, heat it and run your hands over the fumes of clove. Do it twice or thrice to get better results.
8. Apply Balm on your hands
Take some good amount of Vicks or tiger balm in your hands to give your mehndi a darker colour.
9. Wear Socks
After applying balm or Vicks, it's best to cover the mehendi with gloves or socks to give a rich and dark colour. The more your hands will swear, the better your colour will become.
10. Let your mehnedi dry naturally
Don't use a blow dryer or shake your hands too much to dry your mehendi as it will smudge your design. It's best to let it dry naturally to get the desired colour.