- Get your manicure, pedicure and waxing done two days prior to your mehendi.
- Book your bridal mehendi time prior to that of your guest, so that the henna artist can concentrate on you only, without any disturbance.
- Take a nap and eat properly prior to the mehendi.
- Wear some warm clothes, (in winter specially), because you may feel cold after mehendi application.
- Wash your hands and feet with soap to make sure you don’t have any cream or moisturizer left over, if you had.
- Make sure you have everything that a henna artist needs in regards with the henna application, like a proper place, the light, rough old piece of towels or cleanex box, or any other material that might needed while doing henna.
- Most important thing to do is to tie the maaiyyan thread or any sort of bracelet above the area from where you are planning to get your henna design.
- Make yourself clear to the artist what and how much design you want, and discuss the price too that you are looking at.
- Remember good posture, good light and peaceful atmosphere will always give a good result.
- Do ask henna artist about the after care of henna, if you think it’s hard or too much to remember, make someone to write it down for you.
- Do not keep yourself awake till late night if you have early next morning henna appointment.
- Do not drink too much liquid just before or while doing henna.
- Do not sit in the sun while doing henna.
- Do not move your hands up and down or sideways to dry it quicker, henna might spread.
- Do not use blow dryer if you are really not in hurry.
- Do not over dab the lemon sugar mixture.
- Do not walk around unnecessarily unless henna is completely dried.
- Do not apply haldi (turmeric) paste on top of the henna design.
- Avoid shower for at least 12 hrs after the henna is done. If cannot avoid taking shower than wear a plastic bag and fasten the ends with rubber band, so that no water can touch the henna.
- Do not wash your hands immediately after scraping the crust of henna off the body. You have to avoid water at least 4-6 hrs. Longer the better.
- Do not shave your arms or legs after henna is stained, because shaving may scarp off the upper layer of the skin and henna might look faded.
Tips: To get henna darker and last longer.
- Keep henna on for minimum 7-8 and maximum 12 hrs.
- Apply lemon sugar mixture once or twice on henna when dried.
- Wrapping the henna design also gives darker color, but ask the artist to do so, or ask somebody to do in her supervision.
- You may run your hands over the fumes of cloves in a pan, but carefully.
- You may rub any stimulating balm like Vicks, or Tiger Balm, on henna after scrapping the crust off.
Tips: To get henna fade faster:
Lastly, "Time is the best solution for all".
- Wash your hands daily with soap and water.
- Chlorinated water like in swimming pool helps henna to fade faster.
- Back and upper arm of the hands can be waxed out in salon.
- Pubic stone or lighter side of the foot scarper can be lightly rubbed on back and upper part of the hands with soapy water. (But avoid this tip if you have fine or sensitive skin).