A third simpler but more wasteful method of applying mehndi is to put a stencil that is hand-shaped over the hand and spreading the henna paste over the entire stencil. The extra tools in mehndi application include fine needles and toothpicks, which can be essential in fixing lines or lifting and moving a line, or picking up stray mehndi, and thin sewing pins that are useful to unclog the hole in the mehndi cone.
The Steps To Apply Mehndi
- Make a smooth henna paste by sifting the dry henna powder to
remove any debris and adding to it a hot mixture of tea or coffee
and mustard oil until it has a mud-like firmness.
- After the paste is ready take a plastic cone with a very fine
key-hole at the end. Pour the paste into the cone and tie the
broader end with a rubber band.
- Hold the cone in the right hand and gently squeeze the paste on
the palm and start making patterns.
- Keep the palm horizontal and let the patterned-paste rest on it
- Warm it near the fire and leave it on for as long as it takes to
get the stains deeper.
- When it is almost dry, dab a piece of cotton in sugar and lemon
solution and apply lightly on the designs so it further darkens to a
reddish-brown hue that can last for weeks.
- After 2-4 hours wash off the hands with plain water.