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The Secrets of Dark Staining Henna (Mehandi)
Apply henna on clear skin; it should be free of oil and lotion.
Once dry, the longer it stays on skin the better color you will get. Leave it overnight on skin, but if you can’t leave for overnight, try to stay at least 2-4 hours.
After long stay of henna on skin, gently scrap it off from the skin. Never wash it out with water as it will ruin the stain.
Apply Oil on Henna Skin:
When you put off henna from skin, apply coconut oil on designed area for 2 hours. The oil will help to improve the color.
Apply Sugar Water:
Once henna is dried apply sugar water on stains with cotton balls (equal quantity of water and sugar). Sugar water will moist the henna and protect it from cracking and it will stay long on skin.
Steam Henna Design:
When the sugar water is on henna, make a solution with 5 garlic cloves, 3 cloves and 3 cups of water; allow boiling. Then steam your henna design with this water to keep it moist. Be careful while steaming your hands and keep them on a reasonable distance.
You can also apply Vicks on design when you scraped off henna from skin and then wash hand after 6 hours.
To avoid fading color soon, apply Vaseline on hennaed skin when you are going to do work with water or going to take bath.