Picture of How to apply Henna (Mehndi) on your Hands!
Henna is basically a dye that gives a cooling effect when applied on the skin and gives red color to it. It is mostly used on hair as a natural dye but is commonly used to decorate hands.
When it dries completely, the skin or hair is washed with water to reveal the dyed color.
Asian brides are not complete until they have applied Henna on their hands and feet.

In this instructable, I will show you how to apply Henna on hands and make different designs with it.

What will you need:
Henna(mehndi) cone (pencil cone is better)
A printed copy of Henna design
A transparent Glass sheet (you may use clear plastic sheet instead)
Tissue paper
Glitter cone (optional)
A4 sheet or plain piece of paper

Things to Remember
Nowadays the henna cone contains some chemicals, so if you are allergic or your skin is sensitive, then check a little amount of henna on your palm before making the whole design. If it gives you itcy or burning feeling, do not use it. Sometimes, it happens when the henna is expired so make sure to use the fresh one.

Also, if you have done waxing on an area where you are going to apply henna, do not do it just after waxing. Wait a day or two, as skin pores will be opened and henna contains some chemical. This situation may cause damage or irritation on your skin.

Henna gives different color on different skins. On palms, the color is darkest, near to black sometimes. On the other side of hand, the color is much lighter and then on arm it gets lighter. The color comes best after one or two days. You will notice the difference of the color everyday, first it goes darker, then after few days, it goes lighter and finally its gone!

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LitlB3 months ago

Thanks for sharing this lovely tips about creating a gorgeous mehndi designs making. If you are interested about mehendi arts, you might a take a look to http://www.mehendi-design.com . This website provides a huge collection of latest designs and henna product affiliation. Good wishes for instuctables team :)

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amdivoff5 years ago
any place online where i can purchase some? i would love to do some on my wife :)

You'll find it at any Indian Supermarket. If you are looking strictly online. Just google it.

indirai11 months ago

can you say me how to put bid arabic designs

Thanks for the instructions!! I do henna designs and I know the best source for henna that actually can last up to 3 weeks and for an affordable price. here is the company website http://www.vivadoria.com/INSTANT-BLACK-HENNA-PASTE...

isahaani1 year ago

Nice designs. It would help us if you post step by step process video like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcNrXuRPoJA

I love applying henna on my hands and feet, because it not only enhances my skin it also possess a herbal background, thus they display healing features such as therapeutic tendencies that help to soothe the skin and make it healthier.


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crazylam151 year ago
Hey where are you from?
Thanks just what i needed.i see a lot of henna tutorials showing how to draw patterns but non ever tell me how to use the cone when it comes to pressure and flow of the henna.thanks a lot. The instructable diagrams are an awesome help a well. I got an instructable account thanks to you- ray_sunshine16 . Ill post picks of what I've learnt soon .
Osquar2 years ago
How long does the henna last approximately?
creativegirlz (author)  Osquar2 years ago
Good quality henna lasts upto 7 days, but the color fading process goes on for about a month.
hammer98765 years ago
Beautiful work! I find this so much more interesting than a tattoo. The fact that it wears off is great. Do women other than brides have this done? How often?
lots of people do this just for fun
ur wrk s grt,,um a mehndi designer n i luv da instructions.....mashallah, :))))
I have no idea what you just said...
shazni Kasm2793 years ago
mashallah means- as god wills
did you mean to say "your work is great, im a mehndi designer and i love the instructions" ?
yess,,seems lyk ur confused :P
:( this is everything that is wrong with our generation. please use words...
haha agreed!
Hey, Cerafem, I'm 14 and just look at me using words!

Oh, and capitalization!

Okay, I'm sorry...
Heh, I'm 15 and most of the time I at least capitalize :D
I am 23, and I rarely use words...
Just a hint so you don't get this in the future, use vowels in your words >.>
I did.
Not you, the other person :P
Sorry. A thousand apologies and free people pies to you.
LOL ;)) ^_^
Pretty sure Kasm wasn't joking.
ToddisI Kasm2795 years ago
I believe thats ancient zeyanimisbahian... I a proffesor on it... it says your works great! I'm a mehndi designer and I love the instrucrions.... Hubla mama bumbumkink
tinker2343 years ago
excuse me could you tell me where i can buy hena
creativegirlz (author)  tinker2343 years ago
Its readily available in Asian countries but I don't know about your area, you may google on net and purchase online maybe!
is there a website?
thank with the help of u i can solve my problem
lesmeiS4 years ago
thats soo cool lol so how dose the stuff work? dose it stain your hand ?
creativegirlz (author)  lesmeiS4 years ago
yes, it sorts of stain/dye your skin.
ToddisI5 years ago
Where do you get the henna???
Here is a link to a great web sight. It sells henna and all of the supplies that you would need for henna tattoos and hair dye!


I'm always happy with their service!
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