HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DECORATE?

To decorate one hand on both sides it may take 1 to 2 hours. An intricate design might take many hours, but something simple can be done quite quickly. But that's not all. The Henna has to be kept on the hand for at least three to four hours after decoration. When applied it is a wet paste. It has to dry and start flaking off before it is removed. The longer it stays on the body, the darker the color is. The Mehndi artist dabs a mixture of lemon juice and sugar on the drying Henna. This prevents the Henna from flaking off too early. It keeps the Henna adhered to the skin for a longer period.

WHAT KIND OF MOTIFS ARE USED?

Traditional designs are made of very fine lines and often have paisley motifs. Other popular traditional motifs are leaf and flowers. More modern motifs now may have animal motifs, heart motifs or the name of the person, but in NYC, anything goes.To see more designs click here.



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