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How to make your Mehendi DARKER?

January 15, 2019

DARK MEHENDI TIPS – How to make your Mehendi Darker?

In India, wedding celebrations are incomplete without getting mehendi. It’s an integral part of our tradition. It not only looks beautiful and adds color, but is also believed that Mehendi brings good luck to the bride.

According to the old wives’ tale – ‘the darker the Mehendi, the more your husband will love you’. While nobody knows if there’s any significance in reality about this, but every bride wants her Mehendi to look rich and dark in color.

To get the desired color,  we have found some natural ways to darken your Mehendi on your D  day.

1. Wash Your Hands Before Applying Mehendi.

Wash your palms thoroughly with soap before you apply mehndi. Make sure no cream or lotion is applied to your hands before getting the mehndi done.

2. Apply Eucalyptus Oil For the Dark Factor.

After washing your hands apply this magical oil to your hands and feet to get a darker color of your mehendi.

3. Tea or Coffee Mixture.

Soak some tea or coffee powder in water for a 2-3  and add this liquid while the mehndi is being prepared giving it a deep and dark mehendi color.

4. Go Chemical Free.

Use natural mehendi as it lasts longer than the one with chemicals added. Natural mehendi comes out darker and will leave you with a more beautiful color too.

5. Let Your Mehendi Dry Naturally With Time.

Don’t shake your hands or use a blow dryer, let your Mehendi dry naturally with time. It is advisable to,\ leave the Mehendi for at least 5-6 hours. The best is to get the Mehendi done in the evening or night, keep it overnight and then scrape it off in the morning and do not wash your hand.

6. Lemon and Sugar Mixture.

After your Mehendi is dried a little, apply a mixture of lemon juice and sugar to your hands. This will help the Mehendi to stick to your hand for a longer period and give a deep dark color.

Mixture Recipe:
Take one lemon, squeeze it in a bowl and add 1 teaspoon of sugar to it. Warm up this mixture on a low flame and dab it on gently using a cotton ball over your mehndi design.

7. Wrap Your Hands Once Your Mehendi Is Dried.

Before going to sleep simply wear socks/gloves or cover your Mehendi area with a bandage or any cloth just to keep it warm (and also to avoid any mess on the bed). 

If you get your Mehendi done in the daytime, then also you can cover your hands and feet as this will help in making your Mehendi color darker.

8. Run Your Hands Over The Fumes Of The Cloves.

Place around  9-10 pieces of cloves in a pan or a tawa, heat it and then run your hands over the smoke. Repeat it for at least 3-4  times to get a darker shade.

9. Vicks/Balms To The Rescue.

After keeping the Mehendi overnight, you can now remove it by scraping it off with a butter knife, or by softly rubbing your palms together instead of using water, as water won’t allow the Mehendi to get a darker shade.

Once the mehndi is scrapped, apply some Vicks, tiger balm, mustard or any pickle oil all over your hand. These balms and oils give heat to your hands and give you a dark-colored mehendi.

10. Apply Well In Advance.

Mehendi usually gives its darkest shade after 2 days. Make sure there’s a gap of 1-2 days between applying the Mehendi and your function.


Written by: Jasmine Dedhia


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