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Henna, Mehendi, Mehndi Links of artists and beauticians catering to Indians, NRIs and others >> Beauty >> Henna and Mehndi ...

Mehndi (Henna) Artists can be found across the US, Canada and North America. If you are aware of a Mehndi Artist that is not listed, please send us a note and we will be glad to add it to our database. Please continue to support and keep the listings free by visiting our advertisers and sponsors including businesses that advertise Travel Insurance, Visitor Insurance and Phone Cards. If you are looking for Indian/Asian beauticians in the US, please visit our Beauty section or our ayurveda section.

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Articles: What is Mehndi?

Mehndi is the traditional art of adorning the hands and feet with a paste made from the finely ground leaves of the henna plant. The term refers to the powder and paste, and the design on the skin, as well as the party or ceremony. Henna is a small shrub called hawsonia inermis, and is also know as Henne, Al-Khanna, Al-henna, Jamaica Mignonette, Mendee, Egyptian Privet, and Smooth Lawsonia. Henna grows in hot climates and is found in India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Persia, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and other North African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries. The leaves, flowers, and twigs are ground into a fine powder, then mixed with hot water. Various shades are obtainable by mixing with the leaves of other plants, such as indigo. Tea, coffee, cloves, tamarind, lemon, sugar, and various oils are also used to enhance the colour and longevity of design.

There is much speculation as to the first origin of the use of henna. What is known for sure is that henna has been used as a cosmetic, as well as for its supposed healing properties for at least 5000 years. Centuries of migration and cultural interaction has made it difficult to determine with absolute certainty where the tradition began. Some scholars claim that the earliest documentations of henna use are found in ancient Indian texts and images, indicating that mehndi as an art-form may have originated in ancient India. Others, however, state that the use of henna was taken to India by the Moguls in the 12th Century C.E., centuries after use in the Middle East and North Africa. Still others insist that the tradition of mehndi originated in North Africa and the Middle Eastern countries during ancient times. Henna use has also been documented in ancient Egypt, where it is known to have been used to stain the fingers and toes of the Pharaohs prior to mummification. It is also possible that the similar use of henna for skin decoration in these regions arose independently and perhaps simultaneously, and this could account for the difficulty in pinpointing an exact birthplace of mehndi art.

Mehndi (or mehendi or mehandi or mylanji) is the application of henna (Urdu: ???) as a temporary form of skin decoration, most popular in the south Asia, middle east and north Africa as well as expatriate communities from these areas. It is typically employed for special occasions, particularly weddings. Read the rest

Articles: History of Mehndi

Egypt - 5000 thousand years ago the egyptains were already dying the Hair and Fingernails of their dead with Henna.
India - In the 12th century Mehndi (indian word for Henna) was introduced to India by the Mogulmonrachie. In the beginning Mehndi was only used by the rich and ruling families. Soon also the simple volk found pleasure in it. As more people were using Mehndi, the recepies and patterns became more refined.
Persia- In persian art from the 13th and 14th century, women and dancers where displayed whose hands have been decorated with Mehndi. Arabian countries also like to use Mehndi for it's cooling properties.
Islam- The Moslems use Mehndi since the beginning of the Islam. It is said, that the Prophet Mohammed colored his beard and hair with Mehndi. Mehndi is still being used for dekorative bodyart.

Mehndi as a Wedding art

On oriental weddings, Mehndi is a must. The evening before the wedding, the Mehndi is applied. All girlfriends and female familiemembers of the bride, get together and celebrate. Traditional songs are sung to give the Bride good luck.In a few Religions the Mehndi ceremony is verly ritualised. In on religions for instance the Mehndi application can only start after the mother in law has applied the first mark on the hand of the bride. It is belivied that, the intesity of the Mehndi reflects the love of the bridegroom for the bride. Traditionally the name of the bridegroom is worked into the Mehndi pattern of the bride.

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