How Do You Apply Mehndi?


Mehndi is henna paste applied to the skin in the form of traditional designs. You'll need tissue paper, sugar, lemon juice, a pre-filled henna cone and some cotton balls or swabs to apply your own in as little as 20 minutes. Drying time is 1 to 3 hours.

  1. Prepare your skin for the henna application

    Purchase a pre-filled henna cone or kit. Test the henna paste before you use it by dabbing a small amount on your skin to see if it causes irritation. Wash and dry your hands.

  2. Practice your design before putting it on your skin

    Practice by writing with the tip of the cone on a smooth flat surface. When you are ready, work your design from the outside in. Break up a large design into smaller pieces. Apply repetitive elements consecutively. Keep a tissue and some cotton swabs handy to remove mistakes before they set.

  3. Allow the henna to dry completely for best results

    Apply a mix of sugar and lemon juice with a cotton ball a few minutes before you remove the henna to darken the stain and enhance its staying power. Let it dry and wash it off with water. The Mehndi lasts anywhere from 2 to 3 weeks depending on its location.