Mehndi

Have you dreamed of decorating your body with a special pattern for a long time, but do not have enough courage, overcoming pain, to leave an indelible tattoo on you? Yes, and is it worth it when there are many alternatives? For example, luxurious Indian body painting - mehndi. Remember as a child, imitating a screen hero, we painted patterns on the body with a ball-point pen or felt-tip pen or decorated ourselves with stickers made of chewing gum? And when they came home, they easily washed off all the arts with warm water and soap. Mendy is akin to those children's art, only done professionally and is the oldest art of India. This is a painless technology of applying henna pattern, while the skin is not injured, there is no risk of contracting unpleasant diseases. Holds mehndi up to two weeks, after which you can apply a new pattern. If the pattern is bored before, then it can easily be removed by rubbing it with soapy washcloth several times. Body painting done in beauty salons. However, at home you can create a beautiful mehndi with your own hands. To do this, you need to have minimal drawing skills and pre-prepared materials.We hurry to upset you, a bag of ordinary henna for dyeing hair for this purpose will not work, you need to find a special powder for painting on the body. Black henna often gives an allergic reaction, so before use, make a test, causing a mass to the elbow and leaving it for a day. So, the technology is simple. We need a bag of henna, juice of one lemon, one-fourth cup of strong black tea (or 2 bags of instant coffee in bags, diluted in a quarter-cup of water), one drop of vegetable oil. 1. We mix tea or coffee with lemon juice.
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2. In a thin stream pour the mixture into dry, sifted henna, mixing the mass thoroughly. 3. The result should be a homogeneous, viscous mixture without lumps. We leave it for 4 hours.
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4. Mass shifted in a plastic bag, piercing the corner with a needle. You can use a toothpick or soft bottles. 5. Prepare a mixture of 4 tsp. sugar and 2 tsp. lemon juice for fixing the pattern, a blunt needle or a toothpick, cotton balls and a rag to make timely adjustments in case of misses. 6. Choose a place to decorate.Traditionally in India, mendi is applied on the palms and feet, but you can decorate the back side of the palm, the upper part of the arm and legs. Give up the idea of ​​decorating your face, ears and chest with this technique. 7. Lubricate the skin with oil. 8. Using a stencil, draw the main lines with a felt-tip pen, and then squeeze the mixture out of the bag. 9. If you have an artistic talent, you can apply a pattern with a wooden stick or brush.
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- Page 10. As the picture dries, we moisten it with a mixture of lemon juice and sugar.
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11. The drawing should dry for 8 hours, try to move less of that part of the body where the painting flaunts, after which the excess henna is peeled off with a stick.
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12. Do not be surprised that the drawing on the first day is orange, it gets dark the next day.
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13. In order to extend the life of the painting, do not rub the picture with a washcloth and do not use alcohol-containing products. It's still good to hold your hands over the fire, just a little without fanaticism and subsequent burns. 14.The remaining mixture can be stored in the freezer for up to three months. Creative success in the discovery of your new talents!


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