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Mehendi Lagake Rakhna – Be It the Regular Red or the Funky White

Will Indian women ditch their 50 shades of red, for this new henna trend?

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Women
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White henna is all the rage. (Photo:<a href="https://www.tumblr.com/search/white+henna#"> Tumblr</a>)

It is believed that the darker the colour of the mehendi, the more the bride will be loved by her husband and in-laws.

But what happens if you digress to white mehendi?

Many brown girls – including yours truly – are smitten by the white henna trend. And why ever not? Take a look at these beautiful photographs below:

Mehendi is big not just in India but all across the subcontinent. In fact, even large parts of Arabic nations swear by it; it is said that Prophet Mohammad himself used to apply it to his beard and administer it to those who were unwell.

An Indian bride wearing red mehendi. (Photo: iStock)
An Indian bride wearing red mehendi. (Photo: iStock)

In India, mehendi signifies fertility, and is a good omen on important occasions like weddings, Karva Chauth, etc.

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But mehendi, or mendhika, comes from dried henna leaf, in only one colour: red.

White henna, on the other hand, is white body paint, made from acrylic based pigments – and comes in a cone.

From India, it is being exported all over the world in droves: appropriated as it is by the ‘bohemian types’ – even making a special appearance at the Coachella music festival every year!

White mehendi, quite the regular at Coachella music festival every year. (Photo: <a href="http://katerinafrattas.tumblr.com/">Katerina Frattas</a>)
White mehendi, quite the regular at Coachella music festival every year. (Photo: Katerina Frattas)

But Indian women still seem to be going for their 50 shades of red.

Dark red henna, guaranteeing husband’s love since eternity. (Photo: iStock)
Dark red henna, guaranteeing husband’s love since eternity. (Photo: iStock)

The white mehendi trend doesn’t seem to have caught the fancy of too many Indian women though.

We’re guessing they’d rather not risk the sasuraal waala pyaar.

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