Mehndi designs or also called Mehandi, a traditional art of painting hands, feet and other body parts is a popular and beautiful way to decorate your body, if thoughts about a real tattoo terrifies you. Continue reading and find out all you wanted to know about Arabic Mehndi designs, Indian mehndi designs, Mehndi for children, new designs and more. Qualitative pictures and videos included for even more inspiration!
Mehndi or so called Mehandi designs, is a traditional way to decorate hands, palms, fingers, feet or any other part of your body with the help of a special paste based on mix of powdered, dried leaves of the special Henna plant. Because of the special ferment, the Henna paste usually gives a cherry-red or light brown color, however there are exceptions, so don’t worry if your paste somehow differs.
There are also different types of recipes, where coffee, lemon juice, tea or essential oils are added to help the texture or smell of the paste. The first historical mentions about Mehndi designs come from the Middle East and Northern Africa and are dated more than five thousand years. Beautiful patterns were used for special ceremonies, rituals and for aesthetic purposes. There are even mummies with simple Mehndi designs and hennaed palms founded by archaeologists.
Arabic Mehndi designs
In the beginning of the Mehndi designs, the special paste was used to cool down the body and used to look like a simple dot. However, over time ancient people became bored with a simple dot, and started using different lines and ornaments as well. It is not surprising, that in different parts of the world, where easy Mehndi designs flourished, different patterns and ways of application appeared. For example, Moroccan Mehndi are well-known because of its geometrical designs and shapes. However, floral motifs are really popular in Arabic Mehndi designs, as well.
Arabic Mehndi. Easy Mehndi designs
If you want to apply the beautiful Arabic Mehndi patterns, but don’t want to waste all of your free time on drawing or you are not sure that symbolism of the patterns, the best choice for you are easy Mehndi designs. Continue reading and you will find out what are the most trendy Arabic Mehndi, easiest ways to draw them and beautiful example pictures.
Professional Mehndi artists claim that applying Mehndi designs is fully intuitive, and they rarely use stencils or ready-made drawings. However, if you have found nice stencils, you can ask your artist to draw it. For example, the simple Mehndi design on the picture above looks quite simple, yet the pattern is really stylish. Besides, the beauty floral pattern in Mehndi culture means pure happiness and joy.
Moreover, shield like designs of the upper part of your fingers, will protect you from all the dangers and enemies. Read more about the Mehndi symbols in the following article.
New Mehndi designs can be as beautiful as the historical patterns. On the picture above, you can see a modern variation of Mehndi designs for fingers and hands, however, it doesn’t mean that there is no symbolism. As you already know, flowers ornaments and patterns will bring happiness and pure joy into your life. So, don’t be afraid to use modern patterns, they are as beautiful and powerful as the old ones. Just make sure, that your Mehndi artist is professional enough.
This simple Arabic Mehndi design is more suitable for wedding ceremonies. Not only because it contains a drawing of a lacy bride’s glove and a wedding ring, but also because of the symbols that are used on the woman’s index finger. In Mehndi culture, leaves represent devotion and vitality and that is why are a perfect choice for wedding ceremonies. Flowers for joy and happiness of course, it’s a wedding after all.
So if you are invited to attend a wedding ceremony or you are a happy bride yourself, ask your Mehndi artist to draw leaves ornaments or vines.
A modern variation of Arabic Mehndi designs applied with the help of the so called “white henna”. Looks really stylish especially for ladies with darker skin, however you should be careful with the ingredients for the “white Henna” paste. As normal henna is made out of a natural plant and gives only red or brown color, “white Henna” is not natural.
If you want to make a safe white Henna paste, you can add the following ingredients:
- Cosmetic or prosthetic adhesive. Is safe for your skin, unless you are allergic to Band-Aids. Will stay on your skin for a week approximately. If you want to wash it off, simply peel or scrub it away.
- Adhesive with cosmetic glitter or powder. For ladies, that want to be a glamour star. Add it before the adhesive is not fully dry.
- Water-based gel. The gels have the similar consistency like aloe vera gels, are easily washed away with help of water and are safe for children.
- Theatrical or airbrush tattoo paint. Will stay on your skin for a week with a proper care, and are easily washed away by rubbing alcohol.
- Plain ol’ cosmetics. You can also use a white pencil for eyes especially if your skin is sensitive and requires careful treatment.
Do not use Chlorine bleach, hair bleach or any other skin bleaching products, acrylic paint, tempera paint or any other paint from the craft store, nail polish or any other product that is not suitable for human skin.
Simple Mehndi designs for fingers can be an everyday accessory for our hands, and can garnish your look even better than bijouterie or any other ordinary accessories.
This simple Arabic Mehndi designs for left hand will bring your joy and happiness, thanks to a flower in the center of the palm. Moreover, Mehndi patterns on your palms represent your eagerness to achieve blessings and flower is one of the most popular designs for palms.
Arabic bridal Mehndi designs
Want to add some traditional flavor to your bridal look, then bridal Mehndi designs is exactly what you need. Powerful symbols will protect you during the big day, and no envious persons will be bale to ruin your personal happiness. Especially, if you will correctly choose the patterns.
As it was already mentioned above, leaves are a perfect pattern for a wedding ceremony, as they have the ability to represent devotion and vitality. With the help of the Mehndi pattern pictured above, you will be able to attract happiness and joy to your wedding ceremony and life, and show the spirits that you have found your true love and are ready to spend the rest of your life with him.
As a happy bride, you don’t have to forget about your feet during the Mehndi decoration. In the ancient Mehndi culture, feet are the most spiritual area for henna patterns, as they have an important mission – connection of your body, mind and spirit with the Mother Earth. So, if you want to follow the traditions, don’t forget to decorate your feet, as well. You can ask your Mehndi artist to follow the same pattern as she/he did on your hands, or add some new symbols.
As your wedding ceremony is the beginning of a new life journey for both of you, ask your Mehndi artist to decorate your hands and legs with the Ancient Eye symbol. As, during the whole wedding celebration you will be in the spotlight, it is better to protect yourself from the envious people.
Ancient Eye symbolizes the reflection of the evil eye, and turns away all the evil wishes, gazes and words back to its sender and gives you a spiritual protection during the whole period. Ancient Mehndi Eye is a comfortable companion during important dates, like weddings so don’t forget about it and may your ceremony be protected from any evil.
Back Mehndi design is a new trend that you can implement in your bridal look, especially if you have an open-shoulder dress and would like to somehow decorate your back. There is plenty of space there and you can choose absolutely any Mehndi design. Paisley designs can be an especially interesting sign, as paisley petals represent fertility and luck. And what can be more important for a married couple?
A really beautiful Mehndi designs for fingers, especially if you want to decorate only your hands. Ask your Mehndi artist to decorate your fingers with shields patterns, as they have the ability to protect you from any evil.
In Moroccan culture Mehndi designs are applied not only to women, but also to men in many variations of talismans for luck and protection. So, if you want to protect both of you, ask your man to join you during the Mehndi process and apply vines and leaves onto his skin.
Simple Arabic mehndi designs for left hand
Simple Arabic Mehndi designs for left hand is a beautiful way to decorate your body and protect yourself. The example below, shows a floral pattern and a mandala. Left hand, according to the Eastern Indian Palmistry represents femininity and is receptive. The back side of your hand acts like shield-closing, defending, clenching-symbolizing protection.
Another protective Mehndi design with floral and leaves patterns. As it was already mentioned above, the back your palm means protection, flowers joy and happiness, leaves devotion and vitality. The pattern looks really stylish, and thanks to its flimsiness can be worn even by young girls and for an everyday look.
A modern looking Arabic Mehndi design and will look stunning not only with an evening dress, but also with casual jeans and a shirt.
If you want your Mehndi design to look even more interesting, try to ask your Mehndi artist to add some additional colors, that can match your current nail polish, for example. Thanks to the modern technologies, you can enliven your henna with any possible color and make it even more beautiful and unique.
One of the easiest ways to decorate your hand with a Mehndi pattern. You can even do it on your own with a little diligence and patience. If you don’t want to spoil the paste, you can draw the picture of your future pattern with a skin-friendly pen and afterwards depict it with the help of henna paste.
Indian Mehndi designs
Indian Mehndi is an ancient tradition and almost none Indian bride attends the wedding ceremony without the traditional patterns on her body. The special henna paste is associated in Indian culture with good spirits and luck.
The night before the Indian wedding, a special Mehndi ceremony is being held, during which the Mehndi artists wish the bride luck, prosperity, health and piece during her marriage journey. The ceremony is organized by the bride’s relatives and includes family female family members from each side.
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On the video above, you can see how a real Mehndi artist is creating a traditional brides Mehndi for full hand step-by-step.
Mehndi designs are also known for its significant natural medicinal herbal remedies, cooling effect, so that the bride could feel herself comfortable and didn’t feel any stress before one of the most important days of her life. Indian Mehndi is applied to both feet and hands, which means that the body is cooling its nerve-endings, preventing the nerves from tensing up.
India Mehndi designs for hands
As you can see on the picture above, India Mehndi designs for hands are suitable not only for special occasions like wedding ceremonies, but also for everyday life. Floral mandalas will bring joy to your weekdays and protect from all kinds of whammies.
Another stunning variation of Mehndi designs for hands. However, your henna pattern don’t have to be strictly abstract, floral or geometrical. You can also add some other symbols to make it even more powerful. Mehndi symbols like:
- Sahasara, an ancient Indian sign that represents the unity of the human soul with the divine sense of force.
- Peacock – this king of all birds, symbolizes beauty and will attract everything beautiful to its proud master.
- Swan – another tender bird, that represents not only beauty, but also attracts success to your life.
- Birds – abstract birds patterns, symbolizes the true messengers between heaven and earth.
- Dragonflies and butterflies – those beautiful insects represent life changes and rebirth. Are also a good talisman for wedding ceremonies Mehndi designs.
- Snakes and lizards – even though these reptilians are not very welcomed in the reality, in the Mehndi culture symbolize the seekers of enlightenment and wisdom.
Three more interesting examples of Indian Mehndi designs for hands. As you already know the patterns on palms represent your eagerness and openness for blessings, and the best symbols for palm decoration are sun, flowers and mandalas. Third example is a more modern variation and can be worn as an everyday decoration.
Another stunning example of modern Mehndi designs. As you can see, Mehndi patterns are best suitable with a neutral manicure and pastel nail polish colors. So it is better to avoid richly decorated nails, while wearing the Mehndi decorations for a trendy and harmonic look.
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A couple of more stylish examples of simple Indian Mehndi designs. You can see that the texture is very smooth and accurate, all the lines are well shaped and the patterns look very harmonic. So, it is very important to find a good Mehndi artist, especially if you are going to attend a serious occasion, or if you are a future happy bride.
Mehndi designs for kids
As henna paste is a natural and skin-friendly product, your kids can have beautiful Mehndi patterns as well. Moreover, you can protect them during serious occasions from all the evil eyes with the help of powerful talismans based in Mehndi designs.
A simple sun mandala on the back of your child’s palm, would be a very simple, yet stylish decoration + a strong protective talisman. You can even try to draw it on your own to add even more spiritual power.
If you are a happy mother of a new-born child, you can also protect him/her with Mehndi symbols, like on the picture above. The patterns don’t have to be super difficult, you can draw a leaf or a flower on your baby’s foot, and be sure that your angel is properly protected, especially if you, as a mother, have drawn the picture on your own.
Another cute idea for little feet. Mehndi designs for kids can be also a great idea for a professional photo-session. The patters look really stylish on photos, and moreover, you will protect your child from all kinds of whammies, as child’s soul is not that strong especially after birth.
Mehndi designs doesn’t always have to be a serious symbol based on old traditions, especially when you are drawing it on a child’s hand. If your kid loves stars and hearts, or maybe some popular cartoon hero, why not make him happy with a design like that? Just make sure, that the picture you are using has a positive meaning.
How to make a henna paste at home?
All those beautiful examples of new Mehndi designs inspired you a lot, but you have no idea where to get the henna paste? No problem, continue reading and find out a simple home recipe of a special skin-friendly henna paste.
Ingredients for a home-made henna paste:
- Fresh henna powder (can be found in special Indian shops or sometimes in a pharmacy)
- Lemon juice
- Any kind of essential oils (choose for yourself)
- Glass mixing bowl and a spoon (don’t use metal tableware)
- Plastic wrap
- ZipLock bag
- Decorating tip
- Rubbing alcohol
- Olive oil
- Mild soap
- Gloves for handling henna
Once you have collected all the needed ingredients it is time to start the preparing process. First of all, you will need to measure out 1/4 cup of henna powder into your mixing bowl. Now, you will have to add Â¼ cup of lemon juice. Don’t forget to properly stir the mixture. Slowly and carefully add some additional juice, if the henna-lemon juice mix doesn’t have the consistency of a toothpaste.
The next step is to stir in 1 Â½ Tsp. of sugar and 1 Â½ Tsp. of essential oil that you have chosen (it might be tea tree oil for example). After finishing the process of mixing and stirring, your future henna paste has to have a silky consistence.
Now cower your mixing bowl with henna paste with a a plastic wrap and leave to rest for 24 hours at a room temperature to draw the dye.
Making the applicator
Once the 24 hours have passed, you can now scoop out the dye into your applicator. You can choose any old tube, however wash it properly before using and make sure it has a thin tip for an accurate design. Take a ziploc bag and cut one of the corners. Place your properly washed from the inside tube into the plastic zip bag and tape it around the tube.
Prepare your skin
Now you will have to prepare your skin for the Mehndi designs. Wash the body part, where you will be applying your future design with soap and water. If your skin type is oily, it is better to use some rubbing alcohol. You are ready to create a new Mehndi masterpiece!
Note, that henna paste might be everywhere, so it is better to cover your clothes and table with a napkin or a towel, as henna spots are really difficult to wash away.
Once you have finished your Mehndi masterpiece, give it some time to fully dry and crack the pieces of henna away.
Hope you have gained enough of inspiration and Mehndi designs will become a part of your everyday life or maybe a special occasion. Don’t forget to leave your opinion in the comments section below. What is your favorite Mehndi style – Arabic or Indian? Do you know some other traditional symbols and their meanings? You are also highly welcomed to share your own Mehndi works in the comments section below.
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