Mehendi is a temporary, painless tattoo
Mehendi is a temporary, painless tattoo that fades within a month, with no need for expensive laser treatments. It may be applied to the feet as well as other parts of the body, but it is most commonly used to enhance the loveliness of the hands of a woman.
Henna, or alternately heena is the pigment used for the process, is from the henna plant that resembles a tea plant. Legend has it that Cleopatra used henna to dye her hair, to make it more lustrous and beautiful. The leaves are gathered and dried and made into a fine powder, which is then mixed with tea, coffee, lime, water and eucalyptus oil to make a thick paste. It is usually applied with the use of a cone made of rolled plastic, much like a baker’s icing tube, and it is used much in the same way. The size of the hole will determine the fineness of the lines.
For best results, a mehndi design must be allowed to dry at least overnight, with frequent applications of the lemon and honey until such time as it attains a glossy coat. This signals