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Types of Mehndi
[Culture-September 2008]

There are many different types of mehndi, based on different cultural backgrounds. The most famous ones are Indian, Arabic, and African. These designs are particularly easy to distinguish from others. Lately, glitter mehndi along with the addition of bindis and rhinestones is also popular.

Indian mehndi
The most famous design for Indian mehndi is a big dot or figure in the middle of the palm or back of the hand. The finger tips are colored completely. This style was made famous by Aishwarya Rai in Devdas as well as Rani Mukherjee in Paheli.

Indian mehndiĀ  can also be very detailed and intricate. It is also time consuming and the designs, especially for brides, can be exhausting to complete. Indian mehndi is known for it’s details and fine fill-ins.


Arbi (Arabic) mehndi

This style tends to be less detailed and intricate. It’s still very beautiful and popular lately. Instead of having fill-ins it is just colored in boldly. Arbi designs don’t necessarily cover your hands or feet all the way. They tend to be “kula kula” which means open or flowing. Many popular Arbi designs are vines and leaves with beautiful flowers.

African mehndi
This style is mainly bold. No fine lines or fill-in are used but it’s still extremely different from Arbi mehndi. These designs consist of geometric shapes and figures, as well as many lines and dots. It is very simple, but very pretty.

[photo credits: luxskinspa.com, grahini.com, culturalwedding.com]

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3 Responses to “Types of Mehndi”

  1. SaQeenah Says:

    very interested in learning to mix and apply henna, very beautiful art.

  2. Saahi Says:

    WOW dude, that was simply awesome. GO AISHWARYA RAI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Sarah Says:

    Hi there,

    Just wondering if anyone knows if there is a paper-magazine published about mehndi designs? I’d love to subscribe….

    Thanks in advance…

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