Planning The Best Bridal Henna/Mehndi Stain
What is considered Beautiful is different for each Bride. Some Brides like more red tone stains and some like the darkest possible. Its an old saying " The darker the Stain, The Deeper the Love Your Husband Will Have For You."....... Well once you put it in those words, though its only a Myth lets just see how we can plan out getting the best henna stain possible for the wedding day!
1. What Day should I plan on getting my Bridal Henna?
a. Getting Your Bridal Henna Application is Best Done 2-4 Days Prior The Main Event.
Natural Henna Stains need 48 hours post removing the henna paster to oxidize and darken to the mature stain (Darkest Stain). There are ways to prolong the stain or speed up the stain oxidization. Depending on what day your application is and what day or days that are most important to have the best stains, Samira goes over the after care more thoroughly with each bride catered to her timeline of wedding events.
2. What is the Most Important After Care??! This is the question I get as an artist by clients over and over as if there is only one trick :-D
As an artist and professional that is passionate about the art/process/and development of the stain long after I finish the bridal henna I always chuckle and reply " Each Step Of the After Care is Important ". There is one After Care that is really important and all the other ones will not work as well if you do not follow it.
a. AVOID WATER TO STAIN FOR 12 HOURS.... EVEN BETTER FOR 24 HOURS. The reasoning is the water halts or completely stops the darkening/ oxidizing process. The Henna Stain has to have some time developing the color first before water touches it.
3. What Would Be the Worst Thing For My HENNA STAIN that I should AVOID if Possible.
Having the Pithi/Haldi Ceremony done right after the henna application is finished being applied, or Having The Pithi/Haldi Ceremony the next morning when you plan on taking off the Henna Paste.
Pithi is a religious ceremony where the bride will perform Pooja/ Prayer. Before Pooja one has to do proper ablution (Showering/Cleansing) which will hurt the henna stain in its pre-mature phase. Haldi Ceremony is done after the Pithi. Haldi which is made out of Turmeric Paste which is a a skin lightener as well as give the Bride a Golden Glow. Haldi is traditionally applied on the brides face, arms, hands, legs and feet. After the Haldi Ceremony is finished the bride has to take a second shower to wash off the Haldi this time more thoroughly to not have her next outfit change be stained with yellow from the turmeric...... So all in all, The before and after shower from the time of the Pithi/Haldi Ceremony plus the Haldi's skin lightning effects will all clash with your henna darkening process. It's not a big deal if you don't care about how dark the henna stain is but for the brides that do care about the henna stain we can go over some alternatives to plan for a better stain.
a. The best advice i can give to help prevent the Phiti/Haldi from clashing with your henna stain is planning the Pithi/Haldi 3-4 days prior the main event and your henna application the day after the Pithi/Haldi which would be applied 2-3 days before the main event.
b. If your Pithi/Haldi Ceremony has to be after the Bridal Henna Application due to all the important family and guest coming closer to the event day and to be able to make it for this special day as well, then I recommend scheduling your Bridal Henna application at least 2 days prior the Pithi Ceremony to help give the proper Oxidizing to time for the Henna stain Oxidize/ Mature to its darker Stain.
Also, applying beeswax or a thick coat of vegetable/olive oil all over your Henna Stain before the Haldi application start gives you a small barrier that helps protect the stain as well. Every little help counts!!
Author: Samira Ali