Uses and Trends of Different Mehndi Designs
Mehndi is also known as Henna in Arabic. Originated in the Middle East, it found its way to South Asia around 5000 years ago. Even today, in the age of tattoos and technology, applying Mehndi designs on hands is immensely popular among ladies of every cast, creed, and nationality. Nowadays, it usually comes as a paste in a cone which can be applied on the palms or feet as required. Applying Mehndi is an art and everyone is not a master of it. Getting skilled in it requires dexterous toil along with natural creativity. The best thing about Mehndi is its economic value. It is fairly cheap; making it possible for even the poor to adorn their bodies.
Mehndi is used to draw gorgeous patterns usually on the palms and feet among ladies, but it can also be used to adorn the body in general. Popular trends in Asia include applying it on the occasions such as weddings and Eid festivals. Ladies make it a point to decorate not only their arms and hands, but also feet before these occasions. Skilled Mehndi artists make loads of money before the festivals and during the season when it is high time for most people to get married.
Not only is it used to paint patterns, but also for cooling purposes. In the parts of Middle East and South Asia, where the weather is hot, people mix the Mehndi powder with either mustard oil or water and apply it to their head to keep it protected from the scorching summer heat. It also serves as a natural conditioner for the hair and leaves them feeling wonderfully soft.
Mehndi Trends in the West:
The West has also been fascinated by cool Mehndi designs like the East. The ancient tradition of painting the whole body has been well adapted by the West and women use Mehndi designs in place of painful tattoos to decorate their body at parties.
As Mehndi is so culturally entwined in India and Pakistan, there are many interesting myths attached to it. One such myth states that if the Mehndi color on the bride’s-to-be hands is dark and compact, she shall be her husband’s beloved. For a bride, therefore, Mehndi is an essential and she is considered somewhat incomplete without it.
Some fascinating and adorable mehndi designs have been compiled for you here.
Even if you’re not a Mehndi expert, this design can be easily applied using a cone. It is simple, yet elegant and is bound to get you the attention at the function that you desire.
This especially pretty artwork, complete with matching nail art can be flaunted if you’re planning on wearing fancy flip-flops. A toe ring to go with it shall accentuate the beauty and you’ll actually feel gorgeously confident throughout the evening.