Have you heard this myth about mehndi? The darker it is, the more your man loves you! Jokes aside, with the Karwa Chauth season back at bay, women are flocking to the markets to have their palms adorned with henna or mehndi designs. And who likes pale mehndi? Ladies, if you are looking for natural ways to darken mehndi at home to ensure you get the most attractive color possible, your search can end here.
On the day of Karwa Chauth, all married Hindu women keep the Nirjala fast for their husband’s longevity and open the fast after seeing the moon at night. This year Karwa Chauth is celebrated on October 13th. A unique aspect of this day is that ladies make Solah Shringar or sixteen ornaments. Mehndi is part of it.
How to make mehndi darker and more durable?
The use of mehndi is considered auspicious. It plays a significant role in various Indian celebrations as well as in wedding customs. It is believed that the darker the mehndi, the more you will be loved and adored by your husband. Nowadays, many mehndi suppliers on the market use chemical based henna, which can guarantee a darker henna tone, but it can also affect your skin.
Instead, you can learn how to make henna at home and then use natural home remedies to darken mehendi.
First, let’s know the benefits of applying mehndi:
Mehndi has a cooling effect, helping to keep the body and mind calm and cool. According to the online journal of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, henna has antiseptic properties that may prove helpful in healing many skin conditions. In addition, it also has healing properties and helps maintain good blood circulation.
6 home remedies to help darken the color of your mehndi:
1. Henna Oil
Apply henna oil to hands before applying mehndi. This will bring out the color of the mehndi. You must also have seen many mehndi applicators using it before applying mehndi. So make sure you apply it. It will make mehndi look bright and beautiful!
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2. Use 2 cloves
After removing the mehndi, take a small saucepan and heat at least 8-10 pieces of cloves until smoke comes out. Now hold your hand at a distance above the pan and be careful not to burn your hand. Allowing your hands to come into contact with the smoke before removing it may darken the color. Repeat this process at least four times to get a nice deep color.
3. Lemon and Sugar
Take a bowl, add some lemon juice, some sugar and stir it all together. Don’t use water to smooth it, it may reduce the effect. After that, take a cotton ball, soak it in the mixture and lightly dab it on the mehndi once your mehndi is dry.
Make sure your dry mehndi doesn’t come out of the cotton. So don’t rub the cotton ball too fast. Otherwise, dry mehndi may come out of it. This blend helps the mehndi last longer and gives it a deeper color.
4. Mustard Oil
Many people have mustard oil in their house. All you have to do is, once you remove the mehndi, apply mustard oil. It helps to darken the color of mehndi. It is believed that the effect of mustard oil is hot, which makes the color of mehndi darker.
5. Tea or coffee powder
You can also use tea or coffee water instead of plain water to prepare the mehndi. Both tea and coffee contain natural pigments that will help you darken the color of the mehndi.
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6. Pickle Oil
Mango pickle oil can also prove to be very beneficial to deepen the color of mehndi as it contains extracts of all spices. After removing the mehndi, rub this oil into your hand. Avoid keeping your hands in water for as long as possible.
Happy Karwa Chauth!