White henna is a body paint, cosmetic adhesive, an adhesive glitter powder, a water based gel or a tattoo paint which has been specifically adapted for henna body art. It can be applied with a cone, and sealed with glitter or gilding powder. Red henna leaves red or brown tints or stains on a person’s skin, hair or nails. But white henna does not. Most commonly, it is made up of face paint or body paint that usually washes off within a few hours. You can also choose a waterproof body paint that can stay on your skin for as many as 7 days or go for a non-waterproof one that lasts between 1 to 3 days. Here we answer some of the basic questions or queries that might crop up in your mind when you hear about white henna. We then go on to giving you ideas on designs. Read on 🙂
1. How to use white henna?
- Apply white henna to skin as you would apply henna
- When the sticky paste becomes firm, apply gilding powder or glitter generously on the white henna
- The powder and glitter will stick to the white henna paste and seal it
- Brush away the excess powder or glitter
- The paste will no longer be sticky
- It will stay on the skin from three to ten days
2. How long will white henna last?
It can resist water and can be peeled off after a week . If you use a water-based gel, then it can get washed off with water easily. Tattoo paints also last longer, for about a week to ten days and can be removed by rubbing alcohol.
3. How to make white henna paste at home?
To make white-henna-gilding-paste, you’ll need very hard hold hair gel. You can additionally mix it with a little glue. Add white mica powder. Loose or crushed eye shadow will work fine if you don’t have access to pure mica powder. You can also add very fine body-safe or cosmetic-grade glitter if you’d like. Put it in a henna cone and use it. It can be easily scrubbed off unlike henna! Remember not to use any bleaching agent or acrylic paints to make white henna.
4. What’s the difference between white henna and henna?
Henna is a paste made from a henna leaves that stains the skin. This stain generally has good color 5-10 day but can last upto 1 to 3 weeks. Henna can not be washed off. White henna, on the other hand, is just a surface application of body paint that wears away in 1-5 days. White henna body art will not actually stain the skin like real henna. It contains no actual henna at all. Its is called white henna because the designs are often henna-like.
5. Is white henna safe?
White henna is safe as long it is not made of any bleaching agent or acrylic paints. However, do a patch test on the elbow in case your skin is particularly sensitive.
Now that we have answered most of your queries, let’s explore some white henna design ideas :
1. White Bridal Henna
According to Hindu tradition, the mehendi ceremony is is held on the eve of the marriage ceremony or few days before the marriage. The bride’s hands and feet are adorned with mehendi or henna. Try out the traditional motifs of peacocks, paisleys and flowers in white henna for your wedding ceremonies, this season. It will add a twist to the ceremony, if you wish to sway beyond the usual. remember, white henna looks amazing with mint shades or blush shades of your bridal outfits.
2. White Henna for Hands
Mehndi is one thing that all Indian women adore because of how beautiful the mehandi design looks when we are adorned with it. We are usually quite accustomed to seeing lavish and intricate designs during weddings. But there are also some very simple designs that look equally beautiful and can be done for any kind of occasion. These designs require very less time. For white henna designs, you can either opt for a simple design or an intricate design. We recommend simple because simple can be beautiful and sometimes less can be more. To go minimalist, opt for delicate designs that are elegant and beautiful. Here is a very beautiful yet very simple designs for the hands. The design is mainly done on the fingers. It is apt if you are attending an engagement ceremony or the sangeet of a friend’s friend!
3. White Henna For Feet
Recently there has been a new trend of increased use of glitter and stones. Using glitter and stones looks great with white henna and when done on the feet, the results are simply awesome. Glitters and stones give you ample choice and you can easily settle for any colour of your choice! Glitter can be brushed over the white henna and the beads & stones can be placed according to the design. The colours used can be chosen according to your outfit. If you are a contemporary bride who is not shy to experiment, you can opt for this one.
4. Mix of Henna and White Henna
We women generally use mehndi for festive occasions, such as weddings, religious events and traditional ceremonies like Karva-Chauth or Diwali. Mehndi or Henna is a very important part of Indian customs and traditions and we Indians give a lot of emphasis is given on customs and rituals. In Indian weddings, the bride flaunts lovely mehndi designs on the hands and the feet. They say the darker the Mehndi color the more your husband loves you. If you’re a mix of a superstitious geek and a fun experimenter, then you can mix both henna and white henna on the D-Day so that neither do you miss out on the traditions nor on your experimental moods!
We hope we have managed to clear your doubts regarding white henna and we hope you love the designs we have compiled for you. Do try it out at the next wedding you attend!