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18 Things You Need To Know To Have A Better Henna Experience

It's raining mehendi.

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1. Use real henna paste that is made by using dried and crushed leaves of the henna plant.

Most readymade cones available usually have chemicals, dyes and preservatives to make them last longer. These might be harmful to the skin and can cause burns and rashes.

2. This paste is perfectly safe and even beneficial to skin and hair.

And pregnant bellies.

3. Making your own mehendi cone is super easy.

Look here for instructions of just use a squeezy bottle with a thin spout.

4. Organic henna paste is greenish-black. It darkens as it dries and flakes off to reveal a bright orange hue.

5. Which continues to darken until it's touched by water.

6. So try keeping it unwashed overnight or, if you're showering cover it with plastic bags.

7. The amount of body heat you have directly affects the intensity of your henna.

More body heat = darker colour.

8. Yet there are ways to get a darker stain.

Dabbing on a mixture of lemon juice on sugar and semi-dried henna will make it stick to the skin for a longer time. You can also apply Vicks VapoRub after all the henna has flaked off and keep it overnight. Warming your hands close to a stove or fire helps too.

9. Body parts with less blood circulation get a lighter colour.

Like your back or the back of your hands.

10. Traditional designs depend on the country of origin.

Traditional Indian henna differs from Arabic styles. The style pictured is Mauritian henna.

11. Henna is used on special and happy occasions in South Asia like weddings and baby showers.

Fun fact: In some weddings, the artist incorporates the grooms name in the mehendi and he has to find it before he's allowed to spend the night with his wife.

12. If you want to DIY your tattoo, you can use stencils to outline the design.

13. Although henna comes with lots of tradition attached, minimalist and modern designs can look stunning too.

14. You can even tattoo your favourite quotes or motifs.

16. Or something more suited to your skill level.

17. And you can do it anywhere you want.

18. Because it's always gorgeous.