Mehendi Preparation and Color:
(Mehendi/ Mehndi/ Henna).
Mehendi Powder: Always go for the fresh green color mehendi of the best
quality, It should have the following &
1) Absolute green color (close to olive green)
2) Strong fragrance (natural not perfumed)
3) No chemicals added, make sure its 100% natural.
Careful: Mehendi, which is stale, gives less color on the skin; it can
be used for conditioning the hair. Mehendi, which is more brownish and
odorless, is stale. So fresh mehendi can be used for both hair color and designing on hands.
Don't throw away the stale mehendi its an excellent hair conditioner.
Preparation of Cone:
Mehendi is applied either using a cone or an applicator (a squeezable bottle with a
metal tip). You could also try using your skills by making designs using toothpick
sticks, Orange sticks. We have found that the best results have been achieved
using a mehendi cone, which is the most popular mode of application in India.
If you are from India the best plastic is the milk bag plastic, a heavy-duty shopping bag
plastic, a zip lock bag plastic, would do. Please refer to the instructions below on how to make a cone.
Mehendi Preparation for Application:
Fresh and fine mehendi (also our fine mehendi) doesn't need any special procedure to get good color. You need to just add a few
drops of eucalyptus oil and mehendi oil to the paste, made mixing mehendi powder and water. The consistency should be a little thinner to
the regular toothpaste, or a little thicker than stirred yogurt.
For ready available products in the market you could follow the
Adding the ingredients below adds more color to the mehendi paste. So if
your mehendi powder is a little stale follow this procedure for better
One cone is sufficient for designing 4 hands. So depending on the
quantity required mix the paste.
Take 100 grams of mehendi for 4 cones,
1) Filter/sift the mehendi powder twice with nylon cloth/ top part of
the panty hose, if it is not already done. A tea strainer can also be
used. The powder should not be lumpy. Make sure you have covered your
nose with cloth if you have dust allergy.
2) a) boil half a cup of water with one spoon of tea leaves (Indian
tea) and one spoon of methi .
b) Put four pieces of tamarind and one spoon of sugar in half a cup
of water keep it for 10 minutes.
Other options if you do not have the above things available:
1) Boiled coffee water
2) Boiled cloves water
3) Fresh lemon juice.
4) Dried lemon boiled till turned red.
5) Vinegar or any other natural acidic liquid.
3) After 10 minutes mix both the water (a & b) and stir it well. Filter
the water and add it to the 100 grams of mehendi powder. Put 10 to 12
drops of Eucalyptus oil & equal amount of Mehendi oil in the paste. Make
a thick paste, keep the mixture for min. 1 hour or max. 24 hours before
applying. Dilute the mixture to the right consistency only at the time
of using the paste. The paste can be stored in the refrigerator (freeze)
for almost 2-3 weeks, and can be removed 2 hours before using the paste
to give the same results. Prefer using fresh paste. The right room
temperature should be around 25 degrees. Mehendi doesn't give optimum
results in cold places.
4) Stir Mehendi well before putting it into the cone, to avoid any
lumps. The consistency should be a little thinner to the regular
toothpaste, or a little thicker than stirred yogurt. Put that paste in
your cone/applicator and seal it well. Use gloves if you are a learner
to avoid staining your hands. Keep a rough cotton cloth handy.
If you are not used to applying mehendi regularly, take a rough paper
and make horizontal and vertical lines to get used to the cone, once you
have a steady hand try making designs on your own.
How to apply:
Always apply Eucalyptus or Mehendi oil with cotton wool
before putting the mehendi on you hand or feet. Make sure your hands are
free of any lotion, cream, ointment, that you may use regularly, if your
hands are cold try to warm them a little before applying mehendi.
Mehendi cools your body, so if you have fever/temperature do not apply
it. The color comes the darkest on the palm and sole, the other areas
the color come lighter in comparison. If you have oily skin than clean
it with a tissue, which is absorbent. Soft skin doesn't tend to stain
well like, belly, forehead, arms, chest, thigh etc. But it depends on
Always have a rough cloth handy to clean your cone tip or stains. We
prefer using pillows below the hands to raise the height of the hands
and feet to avoid strain on the back. Other parts of the body can be
applied in any position you find comfortable. Make sure you are
comfortable while applying mehendi as it definitely helps you design
better and more important doesn't tire you much.
A fine cone tip cleaned at regular intervals gives you the best results.
If you make a mistake while applying mehendi, remove the design
immediately and clean it with water or eucalyptus oil with cotton. As
mehendi starts staining from the first minute. So it's better to correct
How long to keep:
As mehendi starts drying apply, a mixture of lemon
juice and sugar with cotton (mix juice from one large lemon 1/4 spoon
sugar). Apply this mixture maximum 3 times. A person who perspires a lot
should apply only once. You can cover the mehendi with tissue paper if
required, but it should be aired well. Never pack the mehendi design
with plastic for long, as the design tends to spread. Keep mehendi for
minimum 1 hour and maximum 12 hours. The longer you leave on the design
the color will be darker. Also make sure your hands are warm through
out, if not take heat on your hands to give the best results. Mehendi
should be on the hands properly for the first 2-3 hours after that if
the mehendi starts flaking not to worry.
Its 10 minutes before removing the mehendi apply edible oil, the oil
wash your hands for 8 hours after removing the mehendi. The right color
comes softens the mehendi and makes it easy to remove the mehendi.
Remove the mehendi with blunt side of the knife. Remove excess oil with
tissue. To get darker color, don't after 18 hours to 24 hours. Chlorine
water and salt water is bad for mehendi color, so avoid washing the
hands with that. Mehendi stays on the hands for 15 days, it fades away
gradually. Mehendi cannot be removed the mehendi immediately, it takes
time to fade out. One can bleach the hands, to fade it out
IF COLOR COMES LIGHTER:
If you know that your color comes light than
before removing the mehendi, heat 2 to 3 cloves on an iron pan and put
your hands over its fumes. That will help increasing the color. After
removing the mehendi if you feel that the color is not good, apply balm.
Tiger balm is good as it helps to catch color on the hands. If you still
do not get color, than try this. Apply a mixture of half a spoon of oil
and lime instead of balm. The color becomes darker within 2 hours. But
that color would only last for 2 days. It is the last possible remedy.
Wash your hands with liquid soap to keep mehendi design for a longer
period. Avoid too much rinsing of hands.
For Preparation of Black mehendi:
Black mehendi is a dyeing chemical, you should make sure that you are not allergic to it. We do not take any responsibility for any allergy caused due to black mehindi.
The method is strictly for the product which we supply.
One cone of Black mehendi can make about 4 tattoos average size. Use gloves while mixing the paste as this mehendi stains instantly & the stains don't come off immediately.
Take about a spoon of black mehendi (3grams) and mix it with 2 spoons of water, stir the paste well, for about a minute, black mehindi tends to expand after mixing, add a little more water in well, for about a minute, black mehendi tends to expand after mixing, add a little more water if required. The paste should be as thinner than regular toothpaste and thicker than stirred yoghurt. Put the paste in your cone/applicator The paste should be used within 4 hours of preparation otherwise it doesn't give a good colour. It is advised to make a fresh paste for each use.
How to apply:
Make sure your hands are free of any lotion, cream, ointment, that you may use regularly. The colour comes the darkest on the palm and sole, the other areas the color come lighter in comparision. If you have oily skin than clean it with a tisue, which is absorbent. Soft skin doesn't tend to stain well like, belly, forehead, arms, chest,thigh etc. But it depends on every individual.
Always have a rough cloth handy to clean your cone tips or stains, We prefer using pillows below the hands tio raise the height of the hands and feet to avoid strain on the back. Other parts of the body can be applied in any position you find comforttable. Make sure you are comfortable while applying mehindi as it definitely helps you design better and more important doesn't tire you much.
A fine cone tip cleaned at regular intervals gives you the best results. If you make a mistake while applying mehendi, remove the design immediately and clean it with lemon, as mehendi starts staining from the first minute. So it's better to correct immediately.
How long to keep:
As mehendi starts drying immediately and turns grayish when dry. Remove the mehendi after maximum 1 hour, gently wash it with soap. Don't worry, it colors within an hour so washing doesn't affect the colour. Clean the area properly. If in between you feel irritation of any kind please wash your hands immediately and put any kind of antiseptic skin ointment for cuts and burns. This would give you instant relief and prevent any further damage to the skin. It is a must to wash the mehendi off in an hour.
IF COLOUR COMES LIGHTER:
If colour comes lighter than redo the procedure again after cleaning your design. Make sure you remove the design only after it is completely dry.
Avoid using black mehendi on children below 8 years as their skin is very sensitive. Please take an allergy test by making a small design and checking whether this mehendi suits you. Its advised not to go into direct sun without applying sun screen on the design, in places with hot weather.