How to make your Mehendi darker and long lasting?


In Indian weddings, mehendi functions are known to be so much fun. You even book one of the best Delhi wedding venues and deck it up in the most colourful way for this day. This function is also has a deep meaning as the henna applied on the hands of the bride hold so important. Every bride is excited to get the beautiful henna design to be applied to her hands. But, being a bride you want your mehendi to look utterly beautiful and more than that it has to be really dark as well as long-lasting. It is also been said that the colour of the mehendi holds a special significance as it is believed that darker the colour of the bride’s mehendi, the more love she will get from her husband. On the other hand, some people also believe that the bride with a dark-coloured mehendi gets immense love from her mother-in-law.

So here are some useful tips to make your mehendi darker and long-lasting…


  1. Leave henna for a long time and wash off the henna after 7-8 hours. If you can afford to keep it longer, leave it for about 12 hours. Do not wash with water; instead, scrape it out by rubbing your palms together till the dried henna falls off! Within a few hours, you will see the rich colour develop.
  2. After your mehendi dries a bit, dab a mixture of lemon juice and sugar on it with a cotton ball for a few times.
  3. You can take ‘clove steam’ to get that rich and dark colour. All you have to do is to warm a few cloves in a pan and run your hands over the smoke.
  4. Not washing hands or touching water for at least 12 hours after removing the mehendi also helps as it makes sure that the colour sets better. Get someone else to wash your face or hair… you’re the bride after all!
  5. Rub something warming like Vicks, eucalyptus or mustard oil on the hands once the mehendi sheds from the hand on its own. This will also help in removing whatever has remained.

So these are some simple steps to follow if you want to ensure that your mehendi remains deep and dark for your big day!

However, most girls are clueless about how to make their mehndi darker, aside from the traditional lemon juice-sugar combination. Gone are the days when a girl would have the patience to sit with sticky hands, waiting for it to take effect on her henna. And we get it. Here are our top 6 tips for a darker and long-lasting mehndi.

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