Bridal henna or mehndi designs are patterns created using a paste made from henna plants. In parts of Africa, middle East and South Asia henna is used to adorn and beautify brides’ hands and feet for their wedding. They range from simple African patterns to complex geometric Arabic mehendi designs and floral Indian ones.
Typically, mehndi is applied during the henna night or mehndi ceremony, when the bride and her friends (mostly females) and relatives reunite for a fun evening filled with great food, dances and performances.
Typically, the intricate designs last for 1-3 weeks and can start fading after one week. It all depends if you are careful not to damage the fragile drawings. The floral elements in Indian mehendi and the fine lines in the arabic mehndi designs are the most susceptible to fade first.
There are no special` products manufactured to remove henna from skin but fortunately, we have homemade remedies. While most of these remedies are gentle. please moisturize the skin to avoid irritation. Before using any of the solutions below, please consult a doctor.
Here is how to remove mehndi designs:
Lemon juice is an acid that brightens the skin and has been used for millennia to remove stains. Cut a lemon in slices and rub them for 3-5 minutes onto your skin. Alternatively, use cotton pads to rub bottled natural lemon juice onto your skin.
Dissolve a two tablespoons of baking soda and four teaspoons of lemon juice into a cup of warm water. Use cotton pads to rub the solution into your skin. Leave it for 10-15 minutes then wash the area with warm water.
Wash your hands and feet with soap and tap water and that will help you remove the henna patterns.
Place your hands in a bowl of warm sea saline solution, leave it for some time, then soak your feet in salt and water solution.
If you live near a see or ocean, go for a swim in the ocean every day and after a few days, your designs will disappear. Also, pools contain chlorine, which has a bleaching effect on the skin.
Hydrogen peroxide solutions are used to disinfect wounds and surfaces, brighten hair and skin and can be used to remove henna as well. Please use a 3% concentration which is safe for the skin. Please note that “food grade” hydrogen peroxide has a concentration of 35% and it is very dangerous.
Micellar water is solution of purified water, moisturizers and cleansing products. The micelles (molecules) group together in structures called micelles. Micelles are very effective in cleansing the skin and removing henna pigments and dirt. Among all the solutions, this is one we love most as it contains moisturizers and it protects your skin and leaves it hydrated.
Baby oil is very gentle on the skin. Use cotton balls, cotton pads or your own hands to apply baby oil onto the design. Leave it for 30 minutes, then wash it with soap and water.
Use gloves a loofah or scrubs to exfoliate skin and remove the dead skin cells and henna pigment.
Baking soda is a natural exfoliant you could use independently or combined with honey. It can be used on any part of your skin including your face.
Finely ground brown sugar is a natural exfoliant. Rub it onto your skin to remove dead skin and henna patterns.
Beauticians are aware of this amazing natural scrub that women often use on their face. Mix a bit of oatmeal with water and gently rub your skin to remove dead skin cells and the mehndi design.
Another fine natural scrub is the almond powder. Take a cup of almonds and finely grind them in a blender. Rub the powder onto your skin to exfoliate the skin and remove the henna pattern.
Cinnamon is yet another natural product that is a perfect to exfoliate skin.
By mixing 130g olive oil with 55 grams of sea salt, you create a scrub that you will apply on your skin. Leave it on for 30 minutes than rub it with a wet towel.
Antibacterial soap contains alcohol and scrubbing beads and is very effective in removing henna drawings. Due to the alcohol content please use a hand cream to moisturize the skin. Otherwise, the skin may become dry and brittle.
While makeup removers are not manufactured specifically to get rid of henna, they are also very effective in removing mehndi patterns. Using cotton pads, swabs or balls to remove the henna.
Whitening toothpastes has various bleaches that are also effective in removing henna.
Hair conditioner is another widely used product that helps you get rid of the mehndi imprints.
By combining sugar and olive oil or coconut oil. you obtain a mixture that is an amazing scrub. Rub the skin and wash the surface with soap and water afterwards.
This is the easiest method to remove henna and also the most time consuming. If there is no urgency to get rid of the henna, we simply recommend that you let it fade. Henna is a natural product and will disappear after a few weeks.
Mehndi designs are a splendid form of body art that lasts for a few weeks. If you want to get rid of the designs, use the methods presented above.