Henna and The Art of Mehndi

Henna on Hand

Henna on Hand

Henna [hen-uh]

A shrub or small tree, Lawsonia inermis, of the loosestrife family, having elliptic leaves and fragrant flowers.

Mehndi [men-dee]

The art or practice of painting elaborate patterns on the skin with henna.

Celebrating with Mehndi

Having Mehndi done by applying designs on the palms and feet with henna is a traditional custom in India for all celebrations, whether it be a wedding, Diwali, Ramadan, or any other festival.

While mehndi application holds a rich and meaningful history, it has become an increasingly popular form of temporary body art not limited to the palms and feet. Today mehndi is also known as henna tattoos, henna art, henna designs, and can even be used in the hair and on the eyebrows as a darkening or tinting agent in place of harsh dyes and chemicals.

Designs range from simple henna designs, traditional henna designs, ornate henna designs, mandala henna designs, to henna tattoo lettering, funky henna tattoos or animal henna tattoos and more and can be applied anywhere on the skin.

Bridal Henna

Have you ever wondered why certain wedding traditions are what they are, and what the meaning or significance of the tradition is? The bridal mehndi ceremony has a rich history holding meaningful significance during its origins and in the present day.

One of the common beliefs of wedding henna and bridal henna is that the darker the color left behind by the henna leaves on the brides’ hands and feet, the deeper she will be loved by her future husband and mother-in-law.

Today, the mehndi ceremony is one of the major celebrations, of the many celebrations, leading up to a traditional Indian wedding. Traditionally, all of the female family members will receive beautiful and elaborate henna designs on their palms and feet a few days before the traditional wedding ceremony.

The mehndi ceremony is a reflection of the rich Indian culture, marrying the ideas of medicinal knowledge with traditions and beliefs into a beautiful celebration.

Healthy with Henna

In addition to leaving behind a rich and beautiful temporary color in intricate patterns on the skin, history will show that mehndi can be a powerful medicinal herb and is used as such in Indian culture and throughout history. According to Islamic scriptures, Prophets would administer mehndi as a drink to those suffering from illness. Traditional mehndi is comprised on mehndi powder, water, eucalyptus oil, clove oil, and a few drops of lemon juice. This combination aids in a deeper, darker color left behind once the paste is washed off the skin, as well as enhancing the antiseptic agents found within the mehndi plant.

Henna tattoos are traditionally placed on the hands and the feet because those are the areas housing your bodies nerve endings. The Mehndi paste is believed to cool and relax the body, and its antiseptic properties were thought to protect from illnesses or contagions prior a celebration such as a wedding or a festival. Not to mention, traditional mehndi smells amazing!

We offer the traditional, all-natural brown henna, as this is the only type of henna that is completely all-natural. Black henna, and other henna ink colors may have their color derived from unnatural elements and thus may eliminate the all-natural mehndi process. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to skin irritants it is recommended to avoid unnatural henna ink colors.

Brow Henna

With all of the wonderful benefits henna has to offer, why not use it to its full and beautiful potential while simultaneously creating the perfectly sculpted eyebrow every face deserves. Brow henna is the process of tinting the eyebrows with henna. A brow artist will meticulously apply henna paste to the desired area, creating the perfect brow shape for your individual facial structure. Like the traditional mehndi process, the henna paste is left applied on the desired area to dry. Once the henna paste has thoroughly dried, it is wiped away and the result is perfectly shaped, defined, natural looking eyebrows.

Unlike brow tint with dyes, eyebrow henna tint will tint the skin behind your brows as well as your eyebrow follicles. This results in a visible difference that is more defined and encourages the health of your hair follicles. Because brow henna is all-natural, there is no need to worry about possible undesired reactions in this sensitive and highly visible area.

Your eyebrow henna tint will last up to 2 weeks on the skin, and even longer on the hair depending on care and hair growth. If your goal is to achieve full brows of a perfectly defined shape with luscious color while improving the health of your brow follicles without the need to apply make-up or product daily, tinting your eyebrows with brow henna is the service to receive.

Henna at Brow Arc

So, you may be wondering, where can I find henna art near me? The simple answer is at one of our many salon locations! The process is simple: our artists will apply a wet henna paste to the desired area from a traditional henna cone, creating the beautiful design of your choice. Design choices range from miniature to extra-large, and simple to details and intricate depending on your request. We also have photo books for reference to help you in deciding on your henna design. Once applied, the henna paste must remain on the skin until thoroughly dried. The longer the paste is left on the skin, the deeper the color result will be. Once dried, simply wipe away the paste and voila! Your beautiful henna tattoo is revealed, lasting 1-2 weeks depending upon care, skin tone, and length of time the henna paste was left on the skin. 

Brow Arc would love to be part of your mehndi ceremony or henna party! We can celebrate in one of our sleek and stylish salons, and certain locations can offer a mehndi artist to travel to you depending on the details of your celebration. We’d love to hear from you to provide a consultation today!