‘Tis the season to get married, tra la la la! It’s raining weddings this winter and if you’re the bride, you ought to be overwhelmed with preps! I totally feel you as I’m going through it myself. One of the ceremonies I’m looking forward to the most though is the mehendi ceremony. It’s because I just love the smell of it even though a lot of people don’t. So, I recently scheduled a trial to test the stain, and my grandma gave me many tips and tricks to help make it darker than usual and it worked! Wanna know what they are? Scroll down for the deets.

1. Apply Sugar & Lemon Solution

Mix 1 tbsp sugar in a small bowl of lemon juice and apply on mehendi once it has dried and when you feel like it’s flaking. The point is for it to remain stuck so the colour gets darker. The moment it dries up, repeat again.

2. Vicks Vaporub

Apply this once you scrape off the henna. Vicks provides warmth, and the mehendi gets darker when heat is provided to it.

Cloves (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Cloves (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

3. Clove Fumes

Once you’ve removed the mehendi from your hands, take a pan or tawaa and heat about 10-12 cloves on it. Make sure your palms absorb the fumes of the cloves as it will provide heat to it.

4. Avoid Water For Long

Any sort of contact with water will ruin the henna getting darker. So stay away from water for at least 7-8 hours after application. Wrap your hands with plastic to avoid contact with it.

Mehendi Ceremony (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)
Mehendi Ceremony (Image Courtesy: Shutterstock)

5. Keep It On For A While

Keep mehendi on your hands for as long as possible. For the more contact it has with your skin, the darker it’ll get.

So, if you’re planning to apply mehendi soon, make sure to do all these things for that dark maroon stain!

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