What is Mehndi?
Connected with change and greatness, it is a delightful and secretive work of art
that has been utilized for quite a long time to mend, to beautify and to favor.
A glue is produced using the smashed leaves of the henna plant blended with other common fixings,
for example, eucalyptus oil, lemon squeeze, and dark tea. The glue is connected to the skin,
also, when uprooted a few hours after the fact, it leaves delightful markings that last from 1 to 3 weeks.
The life span of a mehndi configuration relies on upon numerous variables.
Remember that every persons skin takes contrastingly to henna, as does the region of the body you decide to beautify.
Before applying the glue, the skin must be without a worry in the world of all different oils and soil.
When The Paste Is On The Skin The Real Work Begins!
YOU ARE COMMISSIONING THE ARTIST TO APPLY YOUR HENNA DESIGN, THEN IT IS UP TO YOU.
To Get The Best Results From Your Henna Experience
YOU MUST TAKE CARE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
The glue must be permitted to dry totally (20-30 min).
The more drawn out the dried glue stays on the skin the more drawn out the configuration will last, prescribed time 4-6 hours.
Evacuate the glue with a layer of oil, or scratch off with fingers,
Don't TAKE IT OFF WITH WATER!
Dodge water contact for the initial 24 hrs after the glue is evacuated, as the shading is as yet creating right now.
At the point when the glue is initially uprooted it will seem orange, it takes 24-48 hrs for the shading to complete the process of obscuring to a profound cocoa.
Save and Protect your Design by Applying a Layer of 'Mehndi Maintenance Oil' to your Design Frequently,
Particularly BEFORE and AFTER Water Contact.
Symbols and Symbolism
Henna dyes the top layer of skin... as the skin replaces itself and exfoliates away, the designs fade.
Areas of the body with thicker layers of skin will last the longest- the hands and feet can last up to 4 weeks.
The arms, ankles, back, and belly can last up to 3 weeks. And the chest, and face will last a week at most.
The Two Best Areas of the Body for Mehndi are the Hands and the Feet.
Hands ~ the most popular and long-lasting area of the body.
Palm ~ designs invoke images of opening and offering (usually sun, flower, mandala)
Back of hand ~ acts as a shield-closing, defending, clenching-symbolizing protection.
According to Eastern Indian Palmistry
Right hand ~ Male, Projective
Left hand ~ Female, Receptive
Feet ~ the tops stain deeply & are long-lasting.
The feet are recognized as a point of divine contact, considered a holy junction,
where Human being and Earth meet.
Symbolism in Tantric Philosophy
Point (Bindu)- The Supreme Reality
Seed (Bija)- The mysterious matrix in which everything emanates and merges.
All symbols begin with the seed.
Triangle - Pointing up (Shiva)- Signifies active male principle. Resting on its base it represents fire, and the ascent to heaven.
Triangle - Pointing down (Shakti) - Signifies active female principle. Reflects all that is feminine-water, fertile valleys, and grace descending from heaven.
Six Point Star (Satkona)- Signifies union of feminine and masculine principles.
Square (Catuskona)- Stability and order. Implies honesty, dependability, and shelter.
Diamond (Vajra)- Enlightenment.
Pentagram (Pancakona)- The 5 sections symbolize elements of fire, water, earth, air, and heavens.
Circle (Cakra)- Whole, perfect, infinite.
Mandalas- Concentric forms relating to a center point. By concentrating on a mandala the viewer penetrates the many layers of reality and moves towards an inner truth.
Flowers- Joy and happiness.
Lotus Flower- The awakening of the human soul. Grace, beauty, creativity, sensuality, femininity, and purity.
Sahasrara ~thousand-petal lotus~ uniting the soul with the 'Divine Source'
Sun, Moon,and Stars- Deep and lasting love between lovers/partners.
Vines- Devotion and perseverance, invoking both tenderness and vitality.
Bird- Peacock (Mayura)~ Companion while separated from a loved one.
Bird- Swan (Hamsa)~ Success.
Scorpion (Bicchu)- Romance, its sting is analogous to Cupid's arrow.
Water- Human emotion.
Raindrops (Bundakis)~ Love and affection of a woman.
Waves (Lahariya)~ Deep passion and ecstasy.
Symbolism from Morocco
Eye - Said to mirror back the 'Evil Eye'.
Square - Magical, used to heal and protect sick.
Water - Earth's fertility.
Bird - Messenger (between heaven and earth).
Tortoise - Protection, and fertility (from its relationship to water).
Lizard - Soul's search for enlightenment.