19 Jun 2012

What is Henna or Mehndi?

Mehndi is thetemporary form of skin decoration. mostly it is used in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh but now it is very popular in all around the world.Now The women and girls love to beautify yourself with mehndi.

 Historians are also of the opinion that the decorative use of henna started as late as the 20th Century, while in the 17th Century barber’s wives were usually employed for applying the paste on women. Ancient Egyptians used henna to stain their fingers and on the toes of Pharaohs prior to mummification.
 Mehndi, the alternative term for Henna, is traditional form of body art.Hinna have been used for centuries to make women beautiful..
Use of mehndi or hinna has a 5,000-year history, henna today has been found as a safer alternative to dyes used in tattooing.

leaves and powdered hinna
 The henna plant grows in hot and dry climates of India, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, Yemen, Persia, Uganda, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Afghanistan.Mehndi leaves in natural form, when crushed, is a reddish orange colour. There is no black, burgundy or green henna. The life and intensity of henna stains on the skin depends on body chemistry of the person on whom it is applied. The color gets darker a couple of hours after application. The color lasts on the skin on an average of one to four weeks. This natural color should not be applied on lips, around the eyes, eyelids or ingested, as it could lead to damage.

 Henna was first applied as a means to cool down the body. A dot was applied to the palm of the hands and helped to cool the body.After becoming bored with the look of the single dot on the palm, the early users of henna began to add lines and other shapes. Eventually this elaboration became the beautiful designs we see today.....
 In the different cultures where the practice of Mehndi flourished, different styles and ways of application developed. There are the fine lines of designs of Pakistan and India. There are the more geometric patterns and designs of Morocco. There are the bold geometric shapes and patterns of various parts of Africa. created with a method of tape resist.

 Mehndi patterns are created with the application of paste with gold rods, plastic cones, plastic bottles with tips, syringes, toothpicks and other tools henna artists have developed to get the job done and express themselves through the art of Mehndi.

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