The name henna comes from the Arabic word hinna. Henna has been used since antiquity to dye fingernails, hair, and skin. Young women used to adorn themselves with henna designs since the late Bronze Age in the east Mediterranean.
It is always better to use natural henna for the body art because the FDA warns about the hidden dangers of the chemical henna that can cause burns and blisters and it can leave your skin scarred for life.
Chemical henna is the general term we use for products that are made with henna but are mixed with toxic chemicals such as gasoline or PPD. Be warned that PPD could cause rashes and blisters to organ failure and death.
Simple henna preparation is effortless, and you can prepare it in a jiffy. You could purchase henna powder at any Indian and Middle Eastern grocery stores and also through online retailers or try this henna premium kit.
When choosing the simple henna powder, you must see whether it is fresh, pure and natural and finely sifted. If you want to prepare henna at home and need some guidelines watch this video. Familiarize yourself about the mixing of henna and the preparation of the cones.
Simple Henna Designs
Simple Floral and Jewelry Tattoo Design (Variation 1)
Simple Henna Method:
Simple Henna: Draw a double layered line on your wrist and decorate it with dots. Draw three flowers starting from the center of your hand till the bottom of the middle finger and join them through dots.
Join these flowers to the lines you’ve drawn on the wrist and decorate with dots. Draw a single flower each on the other four fingers.
Simple Henna Floral and Jewelry Tattoo Design (Variation 2)
Tutorial: Beauty Enhance
Simple Henna Method:
Simple henna: Draw a flower between the pinky finger and ring finger. Draw crisscross lines and flowers on your index finger and join it to the main flower design using three curved lines. Decorate these lines with dots.
Draw V-shaped lines and enhance it with dots on the other fingers. Repeat the same pattern that you’ve drawn on your index finger,onto your pinky finger. Shade the inner petals of the main flower and draw three tear drops to complete the design.
Simple Henna: Easy Mehndi Round Design
Tutorial: Jigna Mehta, Mehandi Artist
Keep a dot at the center of your palm and draw a circle around it. Draw small mountains over the circle. Repeat the process to get two rows of small mountains. Above them draw concentric circles. Put elongated close-knit mountains over these concentric circles.
Repeat the concentric circles to enhance the effect. Complete the pattern with S-shaped lines in between the concentric circles.
Simple Henna Floral
– Arabic Fusion Style
Keep a henna dot an inch below your wrist. Draw a circle and small petals on it.
Draw 1 cm heart shaped petals over it. Thicken the heart shaped petals. Draw three small lines in the center of the petals.
Repeat the same pattern over the wrist. Draw the flower a couple of centimeters bigger than the earlier one. Darken the petals.
Now repeat the flower on the center of your palm. Nicely thicken all the petals for all the flowers.
You can draw leaves near the flowers and amplify the effect with dots and curved lines.
Fill the gap between the flowers with artistic lines. Draw a small flower of the above pattern in the middle of your index finger. Decorate it with leaves.
On the top of the middle finger, draw half of the flower pattern and decorate with leaves and dots. Repeat the same half flower pattern on your ring finger, thumb, and pinky finger and decorate it with leaves.
Stylish Mehandi Design For Beginners (variation 1)
Draw concentric circles on your wrist with the henna cone. Thicken the alternate circles and keep a center dot. Draw heart shaped petals with spacing between them.
Draw two more layers of petals and thicken the alternate ones. Draw peacock feathers and leaves on the sides to make it more attractive.
On the palm draw a flower outline and some leaves and decorate the leaves with small concentric circles and dots.
Keep the cone as sharp as possible and draw intricate straight lines and alternate small and large dots over the lines.
Thicken the flower outline and draw more leaves near it. Decorate your hands with horizontal lines, curved lines and dots as you see in the video.
Alternate lines, dots and small close knit mountains on your index finger. Repeat the same pattern for all of your fingers. Draw small leaves on the sides of your palm.
Stylish Gulf Eid Mehandi Design (Variation 2)
Draw an artistic curve starting from your index finger to your thumb as seen in the video.
Repeat the design from your wrist pointing downward. Thicken the curve and draw close-knit petals all over it.
Draw circles over these petals. Draw flowers over these circles. Place dots on the other side of the curve.
Draw a small U on your pinky finger. Draw small petals over it. Above these petals draw circles to enhance the effect. Draw a circle over the petals and complete the design with small mountains to enhance the effect.
Repeat the same pattern for all the fingers. The resulting pattern is quite stunning.
Beautiful Foot Mehndi Design (Variation 1)
Gently draw a slender line on the side of your feet. Thicken it and add a second layer to it.
On the upper side draw small close knit mountains. On the lower side of the line keep thick dots.
Draw flowers over the close knit mountains. The first layer should be small petals and the second layer must be larger petals. Draw the flowers as if they are overlapping each other.
Keep small dots at the center of the flowers. Gently shade the flower petals. Draw a leaf on the side of your big toe. Shade half of the leaf and you must keep dots on the other half. Repeat the pattern for your other leg.
Beautiful Anklet Mehandi Design(Variation 2)
Draw three tear drops at one-inch intervals. Repeat the tear drop pattern inside the first one to form layers. Thicken the henna at the center.
Draw small close knit mountains on the outermost layer of the tear drop. Keep thick dots over the mountains. Connect the three teardrops with semicircular lines. Draw about four lines between each tear drop.
Place big dots over these lines. Draw concentric circles at the end of the tear drop. Draw close-knit petals. Keep dots over these petals. Finish off each teardrop with three dots.
Connect these circles again with semicircular lines and keep dots over them. Place three dots at the head of the tear drop. Repeat on the other side of the leg.
Jewelry Inspired Henna Design(Variation 1)
Tutorial: Mehandi Artist Hira
Draw a curved line from your pinky finger to your ring finger and another line from pinky finger to the middle finger.
Draw flowers in between these two curved lines. Continue the pattern to the top of the middle finger. Cover the remaining space between the lines with concentric circles all the way up to the middle finger.
Draw two curved lines from your wrist to your thumb. Thicken the lines. Repeat the same pattern of flowers and concentric circles inside the lines.
Join these two designs by a series of curved lines, say up to 5 lines. Keep dots over these lines so they appear like jewels.
Add three more lines and decorate them with dots. Draw lines from ½ cm away from your nails in all your fingers. Dab the space in between the nails and the line with, henna. Take care not to exceed these limits.
Jewelry Inspired Henna Design (Variation 2)
Tutorial: Mehandi Artist Hira
Draw a curved double layered line from your pinky finger to the thumb. Again draw a curved double layered line on your wrist as shown in the video.
On your ring finger draw two double layered lines on the mid-section and fill it with flowers. On your middle finger repeat the above pattern on the mid-section of your finger.
Repeat the above pattern on the index finger and this time draw the design at the lower section of the index finger. When you place your hand down, the pattern is seen in a diagonal form.
Starting from your pinky finger cover the entire space between the two curved lines with beautiful flowers. Draw concentric circles and above it draw close-knit petals followed by dots. Cover the entire space with this pattern till you reach the nail bed of your thumb.
Draw small bristles on the outer side of the curved line near your wrist. Join the main design to those accessories on your fingers using straight lines. Decorate these lines with dots. Draw the small bristles on all the curved lines to enhance the effect.
Cute Butterfly Henna Design
Tutorial: Latest Mehandi Designs
Draw a butterfly design at the dorsal side of your hand. You can practice the design a couple of times on a sheet of paper before you draw the henna design.
Decorate the wings of the butterfly using elongated circles and thicken it wherever necessary.
Draw the antennae and a series of small dots to complete the design. On the index finger draw half a flower with heart shaped petals. Decorate the petals. Complete the design with artistic leaves near the wrist. This design is suitable for kids.
New Peacock design
You can practice this design on paper before the henna application. Draw the peacock design as shown in the video. Thicken the head and the beak.
Decorate the body with concentric circles followed by close-knit petals. Enlarge the petals when you’re halfway through the design. After three layers again revert to small close knit petals.
Draw teardrops inside the large petals. Thicken the outline and draw concentric circles at the end followed by close-knit petals.
Draw tear drops on the outer surface of the petals and a single-petaled flower. Continue with close-knit petals and then concentric circles. Draw an artistic crest over the peacock’s head.
Draw tear drops on the outer surface of its neck. Complete the train or the tail of the peacock with single-petaled flowers and close-knit petals.
Temple Henna Design
Tutorial: Henna by Shehzlan
Draw the line at the center of your index finger and draw small mountains. Above it draw concentric circles and a tear drop.
Repeat the same pattern on the lower portion of the finger. On the base of the index finger draw a double layered line followed by close-knit petals. Above it draw concentric circles and close-knit petals as you see in the video.
You must draw three flowers of the above pattern two on the bottom, and one above to create the temple effect. Draw artistic leaves and three flowers of the above pattern in the center of the dorsal side of your hand.
Decorate the leaves with dots. On your ring finger draw a double layered line, followed by close-knit petals and concentric circles on both the sides. Complete the design with three teardrops on the above and lower sides of your ring finger.
Valentine’s Day Henna Design
Draw mountains on your index finger. From your wrist draw mountains diagonally and join them to the index finger.
Thicken the mountains. Now draw heart shaped petals on each mountain, the result is a heart shaped design.
Thicken the outer layer of the hearts. Draw a double layered line on your wrist and draw some hearts on both the sides of the line.
Draw a double layered line on the other fingers that resembles a ring and draw hearts on both sides to complete the design.
Henna powder is perishable. The dried and powdered leaves degrade with exposure to light, air and heat. If you keep the powder in porous packaging, it will last for only three months.
Store the henna powder in an airtight container and keep it in the freezer. In this way, it can last for a year and give you dark, rich dye. The fresher the powder the better the staining power of the lawsone.
After you apply henna, allow the henna to dry for 6-8 hours to get the rich dark color. When the mehndi or henna dries and begins to chip off allow it to fall naturally. Do not wash your hands with soap and water. It may lead to discoloration. Avoid any contact with water for at least 12 hours.
Henna powder will last for three weeks and fade through natural exfoliation of the skin. Try the above designs and share your thoughts in the comments section below.