Karwa Chauth is only a day away, which means you have to ensure that you’re ready and set with all the necessary preparations today itself. And by that we don’t just mean your outfit and accessories. By now, we’re certain you’ve already got your traditional salwar kameez, juttis and dangling earrings ready for the festival tomorrow. But aren’t you missing out on something? We’re referring to mehndi or henna, which is traditionally applied over the palms and hands, and sometimes stretches over the forearms as well. Reserved for special occasions like weddings or festivals, mehndi is an integral part of a married woman’s look on Karwa Chauth. The reasons why mehndi or henna is applied on the occasion of Karwa Chauth are numerous. Besides henna’s cooling properties and belief to bring good fortune, it is also said that the darker the mehndi design, the deeper a husband’s love for his wife. Now which wife wouldn’t want that!
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Even if you’ve applied mehndi multiple times before for family functions or friend’s weddings, you will know that the difficulty lies in increasing its dark appearance. Beliefs aside, dark mehndi looks absolutely lovely on the hands when paired with Indian wear and also contrasts magnificently on the skin too. The good thing is, it isn’t an impossible task. One can, in fact, make mehndi appear darker with the right tips and tricks. Fortunately for you, we’ve got 7 of those up our sleeves, all of which you can do by yourself at home, no professional help necessary. However, even with the right home remedies to make mehndi look darker, there’s one tip to start you off on the right foot. Henna is what adheres the colour to the skin so the longer it stays on your hands, the higher your chances of increasing its darkness. Else, you’ll be left with a light brown shade which will darken only a tad and leave you disappointed.
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