Q. What is Mehndi?
A. It is, quite simply, a paste made from crushed leaves of the mehndi plant that leaves a temporary stain on the skin.
Q. What is Henna?
A. Henna is the art of applying mehndi to ones skin to create a temporary tattoo that is derived from the inspiration of the artist and/or the client.
Q. How long does it take for the henna to be applied?
A. That completely depends on the client! If the client wants a complex and intricate bridal design, the whole process can take several hours. However, a simple design on the hand, leg, back, etc, can be as quick as a few minutes.
Q. Can I go about my day as normal after getting henna applied?
A. That depends on what your normal daily routine consists of. Henna paste is wet when applied and since the goal is to get a rich dark henna design, you should take as much care of your henna while it's wet as possible. Be careful not to smudge the area as the mehndi will stain whatever it comes in contact with. It can be the difference between an exquisite henna masterpiece and a henna masterpiece gone wrong! Once the mehndi dries up, it will slowly start to crumble off, which is normal. It is advised, however, not to get the area wet for up to 24 hours to let the stain set in completely.
Q. What pointers do you have to get the darkest design?
A. The key is to try and keep the mehndi on for as long as possible. The longer the mehndi paste stays on your skin, the darker and richer the color will be. Another tip is to ensure your body temperature stays warm and not cold. A warmer body temperature will help the henna stain reach its full potential. Also, avoid getting any water on the tattoo area for as long as possible. These tips will help you achieve the best stain possible.
Q. Okay, the henna pasta is coming off, but it's this weird light orange color...what happened?
A. That is not a problem! That is exactly what is supposed to happen with the stain. In the initial stage, the henna stain is light orange, over time the stain matures into a darker color reaching its maximum potential in the next 48 hours. Hint: natural chemical free mehndi requires patience & time to mature, whereas mehndi that has dyes or chemicals will stain your skin right away, which is something to watch out for!