Perfect Mehndi Design
Mehndi application is a tradition in many countries in Asia and Africa. However, this tradition is becoming more of a trend nowadays because it is very beautiful yet painless. Mehndi is derived from the leaves of the ‘henna’ plant. By applying henna, people can sport body art without any piercing related pain or botheration of the design being permanent.
The tradition of mehndi application originated more than 500 years ago in South East Asia, India and Pakistan. Weddings and religious functions are considered incomplete without mehndi application. This art has gained a lot of popularity through the internet and now people from all over the world take interest in this creative body art.
One can choose from a variety of different mehndi designs available for download from the internet. These patterns can be used as a guide while applying the mehndi, or easier still, they can be transferred to the hand directly using carbon paper. For beginners, using pre-fabricated stencils of mehndi designs is also a good option.
After making a choice from the wide array of mehndi designs, the next step is to practice the designs. If one is an amateur, practicing the design on a paper first may be helpful. Mehdi application is all about creativity and practice. After a few designs, innovative patterns will automatically flow in your mind.
There are four main types of mehndi designs to select from. The Indian style includes the feature of fingertips being covered fully in henna. Pakistani patterns are more intricate, complex and time consuming. African designs comprise geometrical figures and dots while the Arabic designs have medium sized motifs of flowers, leaves and vines.
How mehndi works as a temporary dye on the skin is a very interesting concept. The crushed leaves of henna when made into a paste and applied to the body undergo an oxidation reaction. With the help of this reaction, the dye gets absorbed on to the superficial layers of the skin, giving a temporary color. The color of mehndi is initially pale orange, which darkens to reddish brown within 24-72 hours.
The ease and perfection in mehndi application largely depends on the use of a good mehndi dispenser. These dispensers can be plastic cones, paint brushes or Jacquard bottles. The flow of henna needs to be smooth and not messy. So go on and sport some graceful and royal henna art! This is a truly beautiful art.