Guide to wedding henna
The henna tattoo traces its origins back to India, and is made using powdered dried leaves biologically known as lawsonia inermis. Henna is popularly used to adorn oneself exclusively for weddings and festivals. Although henna is known to be very traditional, modern designs are emerging, including the use of white henna, which gives a more elegant look when paired with an angelic wedding gown.
As it can get pretty intense while planning for your wedding, here are some tips to help you find the right henna artist and get everything perfect for your big day!
1. Choosing your henna artist
You may find it difficult to pick the right henna artist, since there are so many to choose from! Remember though, each artist charges a different price, and you do get what you pay for. The more talented henna artists will of course charge more, and produce better results too. Each artist also has his/her own unique style so ask for their portfolio and find one that you like.
Key tip: Remember to ask what type of henna the artist uses. Always opt for natural henna that will not cause any harm to your skin. Research has indicated that skin irritation and allergies can be aggravated by chemical-based henna cones. If you are really keen on getting a different type of henna, check out the ingredients to ensure they are safe to use on the skin.
2. When to get your henna done
Get your henna done 2 days before your big day. This is especially because natural henna takes 36-48 hours to oxidise and reach its maximum stain. It is best recommended to do it in the evening so you can sleep overnight with henna on for at least 6-8 hours. The longer you keep your henna on, the darker the stain is going to be so leave it on as long as you can!
3. After-care guide
There is a traditional Indian belief that the darker the henna stain is, the greater the groom has love for the bride. Pretty sure everyone wants that beautiful and dark reddish maroon stain so you got to do what it takes! You have to follow the after-care guide that your henna artist recommends very carefully to ensure your henna stain is cared for.
General tip: Apply lemon and sugar solution on your dried henna. This is a natural sealant to keep the henna on the skin for a longer period of time, which keeps it from flaking off and also helps to darken the stain. When removing the henna, DO NOT use water. Use oil instead as it is a natural water-repellent and this will make it easier to remove the henna.
Do not hesitate to ask questions to find out about the type of service you are getting. Pick the one that you like and follow the after-care instructions to achieve the dark stain. As much as you would want to adorn every part of your body on your big day, don’t leave your hands out!
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Safreen Banu, the main henna artist, has 10 years of henna experience and puts her heart into each project. This intense passion for design is reflected by her exceptional and varied portfolio. She also works with other artists to create stunning and unique designs for her Brides. She uses her own organic mix of henna from Surat! She has a creative knack for henna designs and gets inspirations from designs around her.
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