When talking about the Mehndi trend; we get to know that it has its roots deep inside in the ancient times for nearly 5000 years ago, which later was spread out to different regions of Indian sub-continent through Mughals. Mehndi is also commonly known as “Henna” in India and has been widely used, in Pakistan as well. Basically the extract of mehndi has been gathered through the cypress flower.
The tradition of applying mehndi is expanding day by day and there are noticeably many occasions, where mehndi is widely utilized, which includes marriages, eid, festivities, etc. However, there are quite many styles of applying mehndi designs on your hand and foot.
Mehndi Simple Application Designs/Styles:
We’re going to talk in terms of designs or styles of mehndi here, which are most likely to be “in” for years of 2013 and 2014, which are the simplest styles instead of the complicated and heavy ones. Basically a plastic cone is used to apply mehndi in easiest and detailed ways. However, it depends on the person whoever is applying the mehndi on someone hands or feet, as to what mehndi style or design she chooses to apply. These designs are categorized as;
1. Indian Mehndi:
Indian mehndi is commonly famous for its simple designs with placing a simple big dot or a circle in the middle of the palm, leaving the rest hand empty and filling out the ending points of fingers. They look highly traditional and look amazing.
2. Pakistani Mehndi:
In Pakistan, mehndi is widely utilized in quite many occasions, especially since Eid is approaching nearby so every girl is getting their stuffs ready for the occasion. Mehndi is the foremost, which they usually apply on chand raat (night before the Eid day). However, applying Pakistani designs of mehndi, takes comparatively much more time than any other, since it is more detailed in its work and patterns.
3. Arabic Mehndi:
As for the Arabic ones; Mehndi application is quite an easy and quick job with less detailing and thick work, which doesn’t take much of a time. Therefore, these are known to be the best ever simplest form of mehndi application mode.
4. African Mehndi:
African mehndi designs are very rarely used, since it employs geometrical figures and dots, which are not traditionally likeable here.
Experts keep on experimenting in developing new designs in genre of Mehndi, and have expanded its range with wide variety of designing collection. There are many books and catalogues available in the market today, to aid one in choosing the best suited design for them to apply for the upcoming occasions, which again varies. As for weddings, normally heavy application of mehndi is preferred, and the one that lasts for long.
For that purpose, many applies a layer of natural oils over it and some covers the mehndi area was plastic sheet, till it is dried and puts it off when you need to wash it. You’ll get the best color results. Moreover, it’s the commonly believed ritual here in sub-continent; the stronger color the mehndi leaves on bride’s hand, the happier she’s going to enjoy her marital life, with high compatibility with her in-laws.