We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What Are Mehndi?

By A. Rohlandt
Updated May 21, 2024
Our promise to you
BeautyAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At BeautyAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Mehndi is the art of applying henna to the skin to create temporary tattoos. The word mehndi means "henna" in Hindi, and the art itself can be referred to as mehendi, mehandi, al-henna, or just henna. The henna paste is all natural, and is applied to the skin using a mehndi cone. Once the henna is dried and removed, it leaves a dark red or black stain behind. Henna tattoos are temporary, but can last for up to three weeks.

A traditional form of body art, mehndi originates in India, the Middle East, and North Africa. The tradition began with the application of henna to soften and condition the skin and was later used to create body art for special occasions, such as festivals or weddings. The application of henna to create temporary tattoos has since spread the world over and is quickly gaining popularity in the Western world as well.

Henna tattoos are created using a natural henna paste made from the henna, Hawsonia inermis, shrub. The leaves and twigs are ground into a fine powder, which is the main ingredient. There are many recipes for making henna powder, and the ingredients added can vary depending on the supplier or manufacturer.

In order to make the henna paste, the mehndi artist mixes the henna powder with water. Some artists prefer to add lemon juice to create a darker stain. The paste is scooped into a mehndi cone, which works in much the same way as an icing bag. The paste is then squeezed onto the skin, and can be used to create very intricate and elaborate designs.

Henna paste has to be left on the skin to dry for a minimum of 20 minutes. Experts suggest that the longer the paste is left on the skin, the darker the stain will be and the longer the tattoo will last. Henna can be left on overnight or for a few hours to create a dark red stain. Henna tattoos can also be done with black henna, leaving a stain that closely resembles modern tattoos. Black henna, however, contains chemicals and can cause an allergic reaction, so traditional henna is a safer option.

This form of body art can be used on any part of the body, and the life of the tattoo will depend on things like the application time, body heat, and where it is applied. Henna tattoos can last for up to three weeks, especially on areas like the palms of the hands or soles of the feet. A general rule of thumb is that the thicker the skin, the longer the tattoo will last. Mehndi can also be used to stain the fingertips or fingernails, but it has to grow out if applied to the nails.

BeautyAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
By bear78 — On Oct 29, 2014

@ysmina-- That's a common problem. Before you start applying henna, take some sugar and lemon juice and mix it up in a small cup. Take a cotton ball and keep it ready. After applying the henna design, when you start seeing the henna drying, dip the cotton ball on the mixture and lightly apply it on the dry henna. Keep doing this to prevent the henna from drying.

Ideally, henna should be kept on skin overnight. Put a plastic bag over your hand and go to sleep that way to avoid a mess. In the morning, wash the henna off and apply an oil like almond oil on it. The henna design should be a dark red and should last for at least three weeks.

By ysmina — On Oct 28, 2014

The issue I have with henna is that the design dries off very quickly and the dried henna falls off. So it doesn't get much time to infuse into skin and I get a light orange colored design at best. I haven't figured out how to resolve this. I've tried applying over it a few times but it's too much work.

By ZipLine — On Oct 28, 2014

Mehndi is a great alternative to regular tattoos. It's not permanent and it's completely natural so it's not toxic in any way. In fact, henna is believed to be beneficial for skin.

I think that those who do not want a tattoo that will be there forever should consider getting mehndi tattoos on a regular basis instead. One can even learn to apply it herself and it's a lot of fun.

We sometimes have mehndi parties with my friends where we basically watch films and draw mehndi tattoos. I bought a mehndi art kit which came with henna, cones, stencils and a drawing booklet. It's easy to learn and practice makes perfect.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

BeautyAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.