These Mehndi Designs are made using a paste created from leaves of the Mehndi plant, Lawsonia Inermis, which have been ground into a powder. The dye in the powder, called Lawsone, attaches effectively to the keratin in fingernails and skin. Mehndi also is used frequently as a hair dye.
While other types of temporary Mehndi Designs can be made using many colors, Mehndi create designs that are shades of red, brown and almost black. Traditionally Mehndi Designs are applied to hands and feet in intricate patterns, but these days Mehndi Designs can be drawn anywhere on the body. Mehndi Designs creates a temporary Mehndi by staining the skin, and can last from several days to a month, depending on how well the wearer maintainsthe designs.
Mehndi DesignsTo make a mehndi, purchase some genuine mehndi powder from a cosmetics supply or Asian product store. Assemble lemon juice, a cosmetic squeeze bottle with a fine tip, a bowl, a spoon, plastic wrap, nylon trouser socks, rubber bands, some honey, and a plastic container with a lid, such as a clean, used butter tub.
First sift the powdered mehndi designs to remove any clumps. To do this easily, put the two nylon trouser socks together to make a double layer, then pour the mehndi powder into the sock. Knot the doubled socks to keep the mehndi design inside. Put the sock into the container and close the lid firmly, then shake the container well.