Mehndi is a beautiful form of body art & temporary skin decorations, which originated in South Asian subcontinents and is most commonly used at weddings, as well as, important events throughout the year ie. Eid, Karva Chauth, Navratri & much more.
Mehndi, otherwise known as henna, has traditionally been associated withpositive spirits and good luck. The core significance of applying mehndi is to utilise its natural medicinal herbal remedies, which are seen to be effects of cooling the body and relieving the bride of any stress before her big day. Henna is applied to both the hands and the feet as a means of cooling the nerve-endings of the body, preventing the nerves from tensing up.
Whilst we love the traditional mehndi designs, we’ve also been obsessing over some of the unconventional mehndi work that we’ve seen recently, check it out…
1. Mehndi Blouse
This gorgeous blouse took the internet by storm last year, and we’re still not over it. The contrast against a white lace sari, the beautiful blouse design, the intricacy along the shoulders – it’s all incredibly designed. The practicality of this one is definitely up for debate, but it’s absolutely perfect for a quirky, yet elegant, pre-wedding shoot in our opinion. A gorgeous way to get to know your mehndi artist better, before your big day, and help them explore more ways to be creative.
What are your thoughts on ditching her blouse and instead wearing henna tattoo designed as a blouse along with a beautiful sari? Yay or Nay?
2. White Henna
So it’s not technically “white henna”, as this is not actual “henna”, it’s really body paint. Henna is derived from a natural plant. In actual fact, it’s an adhesive body paint that may look and feel like actual henna, but it’s actually a mock stain which stays on the upper layer of your skin for a limited set of time. This ones absolutely perfect for the brides who don’t want mehndi stains on their honeymoon.
We love this reel by Jemini’s Mehndi, showcasing how body paint can be so fun for a holiday or a festival! Will this ever become a wedding day trend?
3. Mehndi for the Groom
Who says brides should be the only ones having all the fun! If mehndi is traditionally worn as a stress-reliever for brides, don’t grooms also need a little stress buster before the big day? We’ve seen a number of grooms wearing their partners name, their wedding date, or their wedding logo on their hands prior to the big day.
Krunal Tailor created this beautiful masterpiece, and we’re loving how it contrasts against the suit – so chic. Would your groom consider mehndi before your big day?
4. Baby Bump Mehndi
We’re taken away by this breathtaking maternity shoot on Makeup By Deesha. She worked with Divya Mendi & Rithika Flowers, for their beautiful milk bath maternity shoot. This was a unique and gorgeous shoot, one that we’ve never seen before.
The detailed designs of mother & baby were beautifully curated to celebrate the first pregnancy, and it’s definitely one which they’ll remember forever. Divya said that the idea came from adapting the tradition of ‘shagan’ or good luck, which is often associated with mehndi.
What are some of your favourite unique mehndi trends? Send them over to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured…