Where to Get Mehndi/Heena Body Art Done in Nairobi 

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: November 11, 2020  

Is it really Diwali if the ladies don’t get decorated in Heena Mehndi? Mehndi is a form of body art and temporary skin decoration originating in ancient India, in which decorative designs are created on a person’s body, using a paste, created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant.

Mehndi has been around for well over five thousand years and is thought to be a symbol of health, sensuality, and luck. 

While its roots are traced in India and the Arab world, it has traveled across the world and has become a popular form of body art decoration around Kenya especially in Nairobi & Mombasa.

What to expect when using Henna:

  • Henna paste should typically be applied via this plastic cone or with a paint brush.
  • Leave the henna on for 15-20 minutes while the mud dries and begins to crack.
  • Once the mud begins to crack, apply a mixture of lemon juice and white sugar over the design to re-moisten the henna mud so that the stain will be darker. You will adjust this step as desired.
  • Wrap the painted area with tissue or plastic with some medical tape. This step helps to lock in the body heat which nurtures a darker color on the skin.
  • You’ll wear the wrap for 2-5 hours or over-night. (Note: This is not the traditional method, but, it does create a longer lasting design)
  • After the wrap is removed, wash and remove the remaining mud from your skin.
  • Note: The color of the henna will be pale orange in color at first, but will darken over the next 24-72 hours.
  • You can expect your new henna design to last up to three weeks depending on the quality of paste you purchased.

Where to get Henna/ Mehndi in Nairobi


*Image: Pinterest


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