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Why is My Mehndi so Light?

Getting Light or Uneven Mehndi Color

If you excitedly unwrap your mehndi design only to find the color lacking, don’t lose hope. With a few adjustments, you can enrich that orange-red staining and get gorgeous, vibrant results.

Common Causes

There are a few key reasons why mehndi can turn out faint:

  • Old or poor quality henna powder
  • Not leaving paste on skin long enough
  • Using too little paste for the design
  • Chemical residue on skin blocking lawsone molecules

Troubleshooting Tips

  • Choose fresh, high-quality henna powder
  • Let paste sit at least 4-6 hours before removing
  • Apply a thick enough layer to thoroughly stain top skin layer
  • Exfoliate and remove lotions prior to apply mehndi

Enriching Existing Mehndi

If your current mehndi is fading or too light, make a sugar lemon juice solution. Gently dab it on with cotton rounds and wrap in plastic overnight. The extra acidity reoxidizes lawsone molecules for richer color.

With some small adjustments to materials, application and aftercare, your next mehndi design will turn out vibrant, lush and gorgeous.

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