Mehndi application tools
At present, cones and jacquard containers are the most commonly used tools for applying henna paste on hands and legs. A henna cone is usually made with a rolling plastic film providing a small hole at the tip. The advantage of using a cone is that you can obtain fine lines and give shady effects. Getting used to making mehndi designs with cones is much simpler than using Jacquard bottles, which may exhaust your palms.
A single henna cone can be used to complete up to 10 hands for less-detailed designs and for intricate designs a cone can decorate two hands. Using a mehndi cone is simple but you need to get acquainted to it. You can hold the cone in different styles. You can use it like a cake-decorating pipe or simply like a pen. As we have more acquaintance with pen, using a pen style would give us easy flow. When you draw the design, you must give enough pressure to the cone so that the henna paste comes out without any difficulty.
You also get readymade mehndi cones today and they offer an easy application. But these readymade cones lack consistent flow and thus professional designers keep away from readymade pastes because it is difficult to determine the substances included. In olden days henna paste is made from directly crushing the henna leaves and you may also note some ungrounded leaves in between the paste. This kind of henna paste is often applied with bare hands, which stains the applier’s hands too. You cannot make intricate designs using this kind of paste.
Thirdly, you have an easier but more wasteful approach of applying mehndi, which is using a stencil that is hand-shaped. You have to just stick the stencil over the palm and smear the henna paste evenly over the stencil. This method is useful for people who do not have much knowledge about henna designing but more henna paste is wasted in this method when compared to other two methods. Its drawback is that sometimes it may not stick properly over the palms and move away from the place.
Miscellaneous Mehndi tools
Some people use their own convenient tool to apply mehndi design like syringes, cake decorating pipes, bottle with needle tips and paintbrushes. Though these methods might serve the purpose only the cones bring about perfect designs. Even the jacquard bottles bring about consistency and definition in lines very well and hold good quantity of henna paste but they are rarely available. When making mehndi designs on hands, professional designers use toothpicks and needles to straighten the lines or pick out mehndi smudges. You can use safety pins to free the hole in the cone.
Implementing Mehndi application
If you are a novice in making a mehndi design, you need to try out the simple flower motifs, leaves and vines that are easy to draw. You can take the guidance buying a mehndi book or through online videos. You can initially just copy the designs from the Internet sites or mehndi book and expand your creativity once you master the art. If you are not well versant with making curves, you can draw the design over the hands and simply drag the mehndi cone over the lines and curves of the drawing. You can make your own plastic cones at home using stiff and flexible plastic films that are available in fancy shops.
Buy quality henna powder
Now that you know about the application tools, the next step talks about how to buy the henna powder that offers a uniform and fine design. Each designer has her own preferences for making the henna paste. You need to identify a good quality henna powder. The old henna powder usually gives out a subtle green color and does not look as bright as the new henna powder sold at shops. Some manufacturers add artificial green color to make the henna powder look bright green in color. Though they might transfer a dark stain they might cause damage to the skin. So beware in selecting the henna powder. Do not buy black henna or henna that is produced for treating hair.