Mehendi is considered to be an ancient Indian body art. It is used in creating elaborate ethnic or contemporary designs and exotic patterns on various parts of the body; traditionally mehendi was applied on the hands and feet of Indian bride and women preparing for special festive ceremonies. Today men are finding it a nice alternative to permanent tattoos. But now both men and women enjoy the temporary tattoo. The art of applying henna in this manner is called Mehendi, it is an ancient ritual and art form No Indian wedding is ever complete without the mehendi ceremony. The ritual of mehendi is followed in every part of the country where the hands of the bride are adorned with the lovely red hue of the mehendi. Henna designs can be used as armlets, bracelets, anklets, and general designs on hands and feet. Various kinds of designs can be made depending on the occasion. In wedding ceremonies mostly traditional Indian designs are made on the hands of the bride. These traditional designs are elaborate and detail. Other than the ethnic and conventional designs for the bride you can opt for contemporary designs, which are sleek and fashionable. Today brides also opt for Arabic designs, ornamental designs and tattoo designs like necklace tattoos, navel tattoos and anklet tattoos.
Henna is a natural product. Its leaves are dried and grounded to make the henna powder. Since it is a natural product, there are no known side effects. It usually takes many hours to get a good henna stain on the skin, and that stain is quite harmless. The shade varies according to the quality of the henna powder. Your henna design should last at a minimum of 1 and a maximum of 4 weeks depending on the thickness of the epidermis of your skin and on where the design is located. To have a good result leave the henna paste for eight hours and more. The longer the paste is kept on, the darker the design will be. The less exposed to water, soap or rubbing, the longer the designs will stay. For the wedding day try to go for simple and detailed designs on your hands and feet. The designs should not be overdone it should look pretty.