What is Mehndi

What is Mehendi?
Mehendi (Lawsonia inermis) is a small tropical shrub, whose leaves when dried and ground to a paste, give a rusty red pigment, suitable for creating complex models on the palms and feet. The dye has a cooling property, and no adverse effects on the skin. Mehendi is ideal for creating intricate patterns on various parts of the body, and a painless alternative to permanent tattoos.

It's Cool & Fun!
The varied use of Mehendi by the rich and royal from very early times it is popular with the masses, and the cultural significance has grown since that time. Mehendi's popularity lies in its fun value. It is cool and attractive! It is painless and temporary! No lifetime commitment as real tattoos, no artistic skills required!

Mehendi in the West
The introduction of Mehendi in the Euro-American culture is a recent phenomenon. Today Mehendi as trendy alternative to tattoos, is an in-thing in the West. Hollywood actors and celebrities have painless body art painting famous.


Mehendi History
Mehendi The Mughals brought to India as recently as the 12th century AD. Since the use of distributed Mehendi, the application of methods and models were more advanced. The tradition of Henna or Mehendi originated in North Africa and the Middle East. It is considered to be in use as a cosmetic for the last 5000 years. According to professional henna artist and researcher Catherine C Jones, the beautiful patterns in India today is only in the 20th century. In the 17th century India, the barber woman was usually used for applying henna on women. Most women of that time in India are depicted with their hands and feet hennaed, regardless of social class or marital status.

Actress Demi Moore and 'No Doubt' crooner Gwen Stefani were among the first to sport Mehendi. Since then, stars such as Madonna, Drew Barrymore, Naomi Campbell, Liv Tyler, Nell McAndrew, Mira Sorvino, Daryl Hannah, Angela Bassett, Laura Dern, Laurence Fishburne, Kathleen Robertson and all have tried Henna tattoos, the large Indian way. Glossies as Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Wedding Bells, People and Cosmopolitan have spread Mehendi trend further.

Mehendi in Hinduism
Mehendi is very popular with both men and women as a conditioner and hair dyes. Mehendi is also applied in the different vratas or fasting, as Karwa Chauth observed by married women. Even gods and goddesses are seen to adorn Mehendi designs. A large dot in the middle of the hand, with four smaller dots on the side is a pattern often seen Mehendi on the palms of Ganesha and Lakshmi. However, its main use is supplied in a Hindu Wedding

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