Apllying mehndi is an ancient art that has been passed down over the generations and is a popular method of self-expression. Also known as henna, mehndi is a natural material derived from the dried powder of plant leaves. The art of decorating skin with henna is practiced mostly by women, which takes the form of designs on hands and feet (that fade away after a few day). Today, henna tattoos are common amongst all those people who love tattoos, but do not want them permanently on their body. These people prefer getting henna tattoos. Henna powder is green in color, but upon drying, it leaves behind an orange-red color. Henna designs are mainly of three kinds, namely African, Arabic and Indian. African designs are big and bold, with thick lines. Arabic designs are also large and nature-inspired, but the most common are floral patterns. Indian henna designs are the most elaborate and delicate designs of all, where the patterns look almost like lace. Read through the following lines to know how to make your own henna tattoo at home.
How To Make Mehndi Tattoos At Home
- Sift dry henna leaves to remove any debris.
- Grind enough leaves to form about 1¼ cups of fine, dry henna powder.
- Boil 2 packets of instant coffee singles (ones that look like tea bags), in about 1½ cups of water. Reduce to about ¾ cup of the dark liquid.
- Add enough of the coffee liquid to the henna powder, to form a thick paste. Stir well, until the mixture is well blended and smooth.
- Add 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and mix well.
- Add about 5 drops each of eucalyptus oil and clove oil.
- Be sure that the paste is thin, but not runny. If it is too runny, add a little henna powder. If it is too thick, add more water.
- Let the mixture sit for 2 hours, before applying.
- You can either buy a plastic cone from the market or make one at home. Fold a firm plastic sheet into a cone and seal it with a tape. Cut a thin hole at the end of the cone.
- Pour the mehndi paste into the cone and seal the broader end, using a rubber band.
- Hold the cone in your right hand and gently squeeze out henna from it, making a pattern on your palm.
- Keep the palm horizontal and do not fold it. Let the patterned design rest till it dries out.
- You can heat it near the fire and leave it as long as possible, to get a deeper color.
- Make a solution of lemon and sugar. When the design is almost dry, dab a cotton ball in the solution and apply lightly on the designs, to darken the color of the mehndi.
- Wash off your hands after 2 to 4 hours, with plain water.
- The henna tattoo will last for several days.
- Before applying mehndi, wash your hands thoroughly.
- You can get a readymade herbal pack of henna powder, instead of sifting and grinding henna leaves at home.
- You can also apply henna oil on your palm, before making the design, to get a deeper color.