27 Jan 2015
Making the Most of Your Bridal Henna
When you have your bridal mehndi applied, having a great mehndi artist is key to ensuring you have the designs and look that you want. However, there are a few things you can do before, during and after having your bridal mehndi applied that can help develop and maintain it even more.
Before your henna is applied, your aim should be to provide a really good base for the henna to settle on.
In the weeks running up to having your henna applied, start a good routine to look after the skin. Use a light exfoliator each day and then after washing, apply a good moisturiser to ensure your skin is in tip top condition.
Before you have your henna applied, have any last waxing appointments and also have your manicure before the henna is applied.
Immediately before having your henna applied, wash with warm soapy water to remove any lotions or residues from the skin.
As your henna is applied, patience is the key! Your mehndi artist will need to concentrate on creating stunning and intricate designs so do your best to keep fidgeting to a minimum! Then as the paste dries – usually in 15-20 minutes, carefully dab sugar water onto the paste to keep it moist and avoid cracking.
Once your henna has been on for 10-12 hours, you can scrape it off, if you think you will come into contact with water then apply petroleum jelly to protect it, you can also rub clove oil into your hands. Water, soap, shampoo and chlorine can all cause henna to fade so be really careful in the lead up to your wedding that you don't have too much contact with them!
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