Wedding planning is never an easy thing. I was not a typical Type-A bride but planning my own wedding back then was enough to drive me insane! So here, I’m trying to share with you some itsy-bitsy wedding stuffs…starting off with Bridal Henna.
Bridal henna is one of the widespread & oldest traditions in the world. The “Henna-staining ceremony” or “Upacara Berinai” used to be a main event amongst the bride’s friends, family & relatives few days before the solemnisation ceremony. With modernisation, this event is now frequently replaced by a henna artist. There are numerous designs to choose from & their rates range from less than $100 – $500. Maintenance of the henna stains are vital as the brides usually want rich, dark red stains for their weddings. Listed below are the top 10 things you need to know about Bridal Henna…
1. Henna application is best done 2 days before the event as its stain colour matures after 24 hours.
2. Ensure that the skin is clean, warm & moist prior to applying henna. Do not apply any moisturizer, hand lotion, essential oil onto the hands & wash the hands clean before the henna application. An unnecessary layer on the hands will prevent the henna stains to last.
3. The basic ingredients of a henna cone are henna powder, thick tea water, mehndi oil & some other secret ingredients from the henna artist 😉
4. Most Malay brides will go for flowing flowery or Moroccan designs while Indian brides will go for more detailed designs.
5. A full set of hands & feet henna application may take up to 1 hr or longer (depending on the design intricacy).
6. For best stains, the henna needs to be on for at least 6-8 hours.
7. Enhance the color of henna stains by keeping the henna paste moist. One usual practice is to dab Axe-brand medicated oil onto the paste 4-5 times during the course of application. This will prevent it from drying out and falling off. (Axe-brand medicated oil is easily accessible & contains eucalyptus).
8. It is not recommended to sleep through with the henna application still on as it requires minimal movement to maintain the design & one must constantly moisten the paste.
9. Once the time is up to remove the application, it is recommended not to direct wash but instead to just scrub off the dried paste. If possible, try to keep fresh henna stains from water for the 1st 24 hours.
10. Henna stains starts to fade by 1 week. Different people has different skin exfoliating rate. Frequent washing, chlorinated water (swimming pool) & sea water can hasten the fading process.
Thanx to Ms Diana (Rosr Henna Collections) for her contribution to this post 🙂
**This article was previously posted in our old site