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Henna or mehndi, the modern way

Although the rich history of henna or mehndi is peculiar and quite specific to the Middle-eastern and South Asian countries, it could be a modern take to temporary tattoos.

Traditionally, brides would spend hours a few nights before there weddings to create beautiful designs with the paste and wait for the henna itself to dry. Designs were usually, though not always, drawn over the front and back portions of the hands and feet. The richer the color, the greater the joy and happiness from the marriage ... or so the sayings go. Rich colors were usually identified as dark shades of oranges to rich reds and browns.

While the use of henna and mehndi is becoming increasingly outdated and modern day Middle-eastern and South Asian brides may chose to opt out of the tradition, the art persists and can be updated to work in more usual settings in the hectic, informal world of today.Instead of elaborate designs that may take more hours than one has to spare, designs could be simpler. Further more, locations are not limited to hands and feet. Shoulders, neck and the back are other possible areas for these mehndi designs. Designs can also be further enhanced by changing the colors available as well as adding tiny gem stones and or glitter. These little "henna or mehndi tattoos" may be the perfect addition to the summer when bare skin needs a little playing up and ornamenting.

As with any art form, the styles are continuously updated to better fit the times. While the heavy details of this henna or mehndi may not be quite as noted today, it is still an elaborate work of design and artistry to continue forward with for the 21st century.

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