Follow these easy steps and make your bridal mehndi darker and last longer:
- Always clean your hands and feet before getting the mehndi applied. Once all the dirt and grime is removed, the mehndi paste will be able to get absorbed properly.
- Keep the mehndi on for a couple of hours. 10-12 hours of stay can turn the colour darker. If you have the wedding ceremony at night, you can sleep with the mehndi on and wash it off the next morning.
- Apply lemon water and sugar mixture to your mehndi design once dry. Boil some water and mix sugar and add a few drops of lemon. However, don't overdo this step as too much of this mixture can ruin the design.
- You can also try the clove 'bhaap' trick. On a pan, heat a few cloves and move your hands around the smoke of the cloves, which can make the colour darker. You can do this trick with the lemon mixture on your palms.
- Don't wash off the design with soap, as it can fade the mehndi. Instead, remove it with a spoon or butter knife. Make sure you don't rub your hands, as it can spoil the design. Also, try to avoid contact with water for a couple of hours.
- One of the most common trick to make the colour darker is to apply a balm to the design. You should apply the balm after removing the mehndi.
- The best way to dry the mehndi is in a natural way. Avoid heaters and especially a blow dryer to dry the design.
- You can apply mehndi 1-2 days before the main occasion, as that's the time when the colour shows the most.
- If you want your mehndi to last longer, don't go for waxing, manicure or pedicure. All these can strip off the colour and fade your mehndi.