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How do you draw Mehndi designs for hands?

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Mehndi designs can be drawn on the hands by learning common patterns such as the ziggyzoggy, the fishbone, the game, the hump and the wibble leaf. All patterns are done using dextrose-infused henna or naturally stringy henna.

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The ziggyzoggy resembles an inverted cone. It is usually drawn between two lines or crossed out in the middle. Some other ziggyzoggy variations include the parallelo, wave, filled and fishnet. The fishbone is a space-filler that is a thin straight or diagonal line drawn with quick hand strokes. Fishbones can be braided in a ziggyzoggy pattern or woven into squares or wavy patterns. They look best when knit tight next to one another.

The game or the chessboard pattern is drawn by first laying parallel lines, allowing them to dry. Then draw perpendicular lines and fill or dot the alternate squares. The hump is an inverted semicircle that can be combined to make parallel humps, one below the other or drawn as flower patterns that include rows of daisy humps or posy humps.

The wibble leaf pattern is a wiggling leaf pattern that can be drawn up and down or back and forth, leaving a tail. Wibble leaves can be set on a straight line or a wavy line. Adding sugar and lemon or grapefruit juice to the Mehndi paste makes it more crackproof so that it sticks to the skin better and produces a pleasant smell. Mylar cones, brushes, carrot bags and syringes are commonly used to apply the paste onto the hands.

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