Mehandi has been associated with fortitude and as a symbol of positive energies since the time being. Although it has a significant place in the Indian culture, it is now known globally by the name ‘henna’ and is a fashion hit. In a way, it was there even before tattoos. In India, Mehandi is applied by many young and mature women on several occasions besides weddings, like Diwali, Teej or Rakhi, etc. Not just by girls, children like it just the same. The celebratory feel that it gives when applied to the hands and legs is incomparable. In fact, the aroma of the freshly made paste of Mehandi is a cherishable aspect of it. With the time, many improvements and advancements have been made in this field, and whereas it was something exclusive for girls, the guys of today do not shy away from it either.
As for its origin, the Mehandi is derived from the dried leaves of the henna plant which is powdered and mixed with water to obtain a paste. The best way to derive the powder is by drying it outside under the sun. Even though water is quite enough, some people add lemon, or essential oils to give it a paste form. Although in today’s time, the instant henna powder is available, people usually tend to soak the paste overnight for a better infusion of all the products. Many people apply it on hair as well, or it is filled in plastic cones to be applied on the hand or legs. The origin of the word ‘Mehandi’ is from a Sanskrit word, ‘Mendhika’, which is used for the henna plant itself.
Mehandi has been used by many and not only by women these days. The list includes men as well as cancer patients who use henna to decorate their scalps to go through hard times in their lives. This naturally driven paste is anything but harmful and used by men and women alike on their hair. The leafy green paste dye your hair brown or a tinge of red. On the skin, the color is usually brown or black which fades away to lighter shades with time. With the advancement in the henna industry, shades like golden and white are also employed by many. Besides fashion uses, it has a significant place in the Hindu tradition. It is not only a somewhat permanent aspect for brides, but it is also associated with ‘Solah Shringar’ or the sixteen adornments. Interestingly, Prophet Mohammed has been an advocate of the henna by promoting its use. You would be shocked to know that it is mentioned in the Holy Quran!
For the brides, applying henna is one of the key aspects such that a whole day is dedicated to the application of it in Indian weddings. This day occurs a day before the wedding and is considered a symbol of health and prosperity for both the bride and groom as they open this new chapter in life. Getting hands and feet laden with auspicious henna is something all women do despite their age. So down below, we have listed out some special henna designs for your whole hand, which includes your arms too. Right from the most traditional designs to the recent ones, we got you covered!
These circles in the middle of the palm have a lot of relevance as it signifies a sense of completeness. Furthermore, it is such an energetic design and proves to be calming to the eyes. Quite minimalistic in the middle, I like how it has been balanced by the intricate designs on the fingers. The bracelet pattern is yet another smart approach to complete the look.
I love how the flowers have been connected with each other making it look like a mesh. They are connected by leaves and the spaces between them are filled by dotted flower patterns. Quite vibrant for a wedding, right?
Everyone try to fill as much part of their hands and legs as they can in a Mehandi ceremony. It is an indispensable part of the bride and groom. However, if you are not into getting your whole hand-inked such that not even a little space is left, this design would suit your requirements perfectly. Besides being minimalistic, this design is an emblem of sophistication and grace. This tradition is kind of imperative and it definitely must not be missed out.
Arabic Mehandi style suits well on both the back and front side of the hand. This design is beautiful and the symmetry it beholds is pleasing. You can even get the same pattern on the back of your hand. These intricate and detailed Arabic designs look pretty amazing and are quite in trend.
A circular chakra is an auspicious symbol for the bride to be on her D-day. It represents the universe and the concept of being ‘whole’. This is also known as the ‘Mandala Design’ and must be incorporated into the Mehandi design for the bride. In case, you are not someone who likes a detailed pattern but want to keep it minimal, this design is perfect for you. This design is pretty simple and still maintains the traditional relevance.
This person has made use of bold designs which does not only look great but also helps to cover the space on the hand. The principle design here is that of peacock and hearts which look quite effortless and elegant.
Mandala With Groom’s Motif
This design is quite simple and comprises of chakra in the middle with the groom’s motif in the middle. This design is simple but still holds a lot of significance for the bride. I like the floral pattern that has been used on the fingers. It looks complicated but in reality, is quite easy. You can add a bride’s motif on the other hand to complete the look!
It is one of the most important moments in the wedding ceremonies and it is a great idea indeed, to capture these lovely moments unusually, that is, in your Mehandi design. I like how one hand each is dedicated to the bride and the groom solely and the patterns in the background are purely traditional.
This design is quite unusual and can be applied for any traditional occasion and festival. The design incorporates many tribal motifs like earthen pots, swings, birds, lotus, stick figurines, and other bold patterns.
This design is pretty wedding themed with a picture of the couple on one hand and the auspicious coconut in a Kalash on the other. This design also incorporates the name of the groom and you can take it a step further by inscribing the wedding date as well. The patterns on the background are pretty traditional and we can easily infer that the bride prefers it the traditional way.
The best part about this design is the leaf engraving on the tip of the fingers. These engravings go well with the floral design in the center. I like the way how one of the hands also has a dove along with the flowers.
The first thing that comes to your mind as soon as you look at this design is its neatness. I guess the empty spaces work their magic. Although the design comprises of the most traditional patterns of a mandala, paisley, dot work, net-work, pearl drops, etc, the pattern looks quite contemporary.
This design screams feminine. I love that the person has asked for all the things she loves in her Mehandi design. The hanging Jhumkis look extremely pretty with those flowery motifs. The meshwork and the leaf patterns further enhance the look!
Minimalistic Bride and Groom
This design is extremely minimalistic. The focus of this design is solely on the bride and groom. I love how the wrist of the groom has an elephant and that of the bride has her Doli. This pattern is very significant for the couple.
The precision and symmetry of this design are remarkable. It looks extremely satisfying to look at this design. The patterns that form the design is a mix of tradition and modern. It is perfectly balanced and does not look too crowded because of the ample space provided.
Traditional Mehandi Pattern
This design is quite traditional in its approach. It is perfect for your D- day. It has all the major elements that a Mehandi design is expected to have, that is, paisley, flowers, leaves, dot work, and the meshwork.
For the Mother of the Bride
While everyone gets their hands painted with Mehandi, this design is specially crafted for the bride’s mother. The whole hand is covered with floral design and the wrist is the place for the designation holder.
The girls imagine their wedding day nothing less than a fairy tale comes to life. Hence, it is only fair to have a fairy tale Mehandi for themselves, isn’t it? It has the castle and the picture of the prince and princess right in the middle of the palm. I like how each hand is assigned to the bride and the groom where their names have also been written.
This is a simple Paisley design for beginners. If you want to have a Mehandi design just for the sake of it, make sure it is worth it!
As we have mentioned several times before, the importance of the Mandala in a traditional Mehandi design is insurmountable. You can get the mandala design on your backhand just as easily as you like to get on your palm.
The ring style pattern is pretty simple and looks quite elegant. I love how it is made by just using tiny dots and leaves.
This is a pretty basic design. The vine has been made in an Arabic pattern and honestly, it involves just a few curves and rings to achieve this whole effect.
When Fingers Are Focused On
The center of the palm is a simple mandala design, while the patterns on the fingers are much focused on detailed designs.
This design looks extremely easy. It comprises of a mandala in the middle of your palm and the rest of the hand is mainly done with mesh pattern and net design.
This design is pretty contemporary and quite chic in style. It has nothing to do with any festivities or tradition and you can wear it just like a tattoo. It looks extremely gorgeous and girly.
This Mehandi design looks as if it a lacy glove, doesn’t it? You do not require an occasion to get this one.
The diagonal patterns on the back of the hand look quite different from the usual Arabic style. You do not need to get your front hand done for this one. The lines on the fingers look super simple but complement the middle pattern extremely well.
You must ditch the whole hand and go in for a single finger henna pattern. You can flaunt it with your western outfit and this easy design will complete your effortless look!
This design is quite minimal but looks like an extended piece of your ring!
This rose design inside a circle looks very chic and can be flaunted just like a tattoo.
Contemporary Vine Pattern
This trail of leaves flowing from your index finger to your wrist looks very pleasing and elegant.
This design can complete the need for any jewelry on your hands or your wrist. The pearl look makes the design quite feminine.
This kind of design for your fingers look quite fashionable and trendy. You can club it with some great bracelets to complete the look!
For this design, you need to have some floral designs at a distance from each other and cover the spaces with any patterns of lines that are desired. You can fill the spaces further with tiny dots to complete the look. You can either fill in the fingertips with henna or make some similar design as the palm.
These curled vine designs are not just pretty simple but look extremely neat and elegant in the Arabic style.
These flower designs are not the basic ones. Shading effects and strokes have been utilized to give it a realistic touch. This design is nothing like the traditional design pattern.
The particular thing about this design is that all the fingers except for the thumb and the index are done with beautiful leavy mesh design. On the other hand, the thumb and index fingers have a bold flower motif that complements the whole look and prevents it from being monotonous. The design is very neat and looks pretty symmetrical.
Perfect Symmetrical Chakra Design
The chakra or mandala is symbolic of symmetry and if you love your design to be symmetrical too, this one is apt for you. The design is perfectly coordinated and the intricacy of it makes it look elegant. The wrist and fingers have a linear pattern that makes it inspired by tribal designs. The mandala in the middle is designed out of a flower.
This Arabic Mehandi design is quite unusual as it is gothic, yet pretty modern. It looks pretty coordinated and in great symmetry even with bold lines and design patterns. With bold designs like this, it is important to leave appropriate spaces to make it stand out. Overall, this pattern is stunning as well as elegant.
Intricate Mehandi Designs
This design is similar to the one which is above. However, the difference is that this design has many intricate patterns as compared to the bold lines above. The design is made up of mesh, flowers, leaves, and dots which are painted in such an elegant manner that this design stands out pretty well. Designs like these are a great replacement option for jewelry making it fit for those long festivities or celebrations. The appropriate spaces that have been left in between give the design a neat look, as well as, marks itself as something contemporary. It also allows for all the different designs to stand out and show separately.
I like how the wearer has kept the theme so natural and stuck to flowers and leaves even in her nail art. In fact, having a matching nail art enhances the whole theme of the henna design. The design is so symmetrical that it needs a professional hand to be done. The spacing is pretty apt as it allows for the design to stand out well. This pattern can be selected by a bride who is looking for something far from the usual. The most appealing thing is the use of both bold and intricate patterns to give it a different look. It is a simple yet stunning design for the modern bride.
Contemporary Henna Designs
This one is one of the best henna designs on this blog. The design with roses is pretty feminine and gives the Mehandi design a royal touch. The intricacy and precision of this design are commendable. There are no complicated patterns that have been used in the design, yet it looks stupendously attractive. The vines are not in a linear pattern but are circular, which makes it look different from the rest of the backhand designs.
This design is an example of the most simple Arabic Mehandi design that you can make. All the floral patterns are inscribed inside the single trail that is moving towards the index finger. You can have the simplest of the designs on the back of your hand if your front design is quite heavy.
The mandala on the back of the hand is quite unusual as you can usually see it on the palm. Although since it is quite a popular Mehandi design, it can be utilized in different ways. The design on the wrist is inspired by the bracelet and with this design on your hand, I am sure you won’t be needing any jewelry.
This design is made from bold patterns yet surprisingly it looks very frail. The delicacy of flowers is enhanced with minimal detailing effect. It is a usual Arabic design otherwise.
This is a fusion design as Indian patterns like the peacock are fused with the Arabic style. Indian patterns are incorporated in the Arabic style. Peacock is considered to be auspicious especially for events like weddings. The intricate patterns are quite appreciable.
This design is a bit different because it seems as if the spaces are filled with criss-cross patterns. It resembles a net. The rest of the design is the basic floral design. I like how the design has been applied on the index finger too while the other fingers are left bare.
Attractive Unusual Design
This design looks very simple but is a classic example of Bohemian and tribal designs. All the designs on the fingers are different from each other. The overall look is very delicate.
The central pattern is made up of a trail of leaves that begins from the ring finger and ends on the index finger. The remaining two fingers and the thumb are beautifully decorated with chequered design. The pattern also consists of a half sun design that looks pretty ornamental.
The design on the back of the hand is focused on the middle finger from where the design extends towards the rest of the hand. The beautiful flower pattern connects the finger design with that on the wrist. The neatness is superb.
The wrist band designs have grown in popularity because it is quite ornamental. In this design, the wrist pattern is done with an elegant leafy trail. It is surrounded by different patterns on both sides.
This design is different because the middle part of the hand is not decorated but all the surrounding areas are. The fingers and wrist are beautifully decorated with mesh, floral patterns, and leaves.
The design here is full of pretty flowers. Three fingers, except the middle one and the thumb, is fully covered with the floral patterns. This is an Arabic design that has been reversed. The design, instead of starting from the index finger to the wrist, starts from the last two fingers.
The group of four central flowers is the main attraction of this design. It is a basic Arabic pattern done with the use of flowers, mesh, dot work, and leaves. It looks pretty elegant and trendy.
This is not an Arabic pattern but is a bit similar to it. All the fingers are decorated with the henna pattern until the knuckles. The center of the hand is kept bare and the wrist is decorated with pretty basic floral designs. The wearer has decided to go with a simple and elegant design that looks quite modern.
Feminine Touch of Delicacy
All the fingers have different patterns. The design is pretty subtle otherwise, with just the use of flowers and a trail of leaves to cover the back of the hand.
Symmetrical Arabic Design
This design looks very beautiful and can be applied on various occasions. The meshwork on the fingers is pretty decent and done with extreme intricacy. The design on both hands is pretty identical.
The dominant pattern is the circle one. The circles are arranged in a vine form to have the style of the Arabic Mehandi design. While the circles represent flowers, the can also be seen as a sun that represents a new beginning.
This is one magnificent design that represents a beautiful peacock that has spread its feathers on the whole hand. It is a unique creation that might not be as easy as it looks. The intricate work is flawless and since peacock is considered to be auspicious, it is generously used in a Mehandi design.
The simple Arabic design has a rather unusual finger design. The top of the fingers is decorated with a spiral pattern that looks amazing.
This design looks straight up from a designer dress. It is beautified with bold flower and leaf patterns. The design is beautifully portrayed as resting in nature’s bounty.
This design only covers a single finger beautifully. It is again composed of traditional patterns using flowers and leaves.
When you first look at this design, you can notice a lot of bold patterns that make many different geometric designs. The center of the hand has a rangoli pattern that has pretty traditional vibes to it. The fingers are covered with rhombus-shaped designs that are supplemented with bold dot work.
It looks as if the design is inspired by a rakhi pattern. It has huge flowers right in the middle of the pattern. The central design is then connected to the finger pattern with a dotted trail that resembles a chain. Overall, the whole pattern is pretty ornamental.
Getting an Arabic design is not compulsory. You can have simple circular patterns or a mandala design on the back of your hand. It is quite traditional as well as not too complicated either.
It seems as if the girls have been wearing the Mehandi as a glove. The whole pattern is not only beautiful, but the smooth curves and edges make it resemble a glove. The beautiful rose looks pretty glamorous and majestic. The overall design is pretty royal. It is not traditional and can be worn with gowns or any casual occasion.
This design would be loved by anyone who is into minimalism. Even though the design covers almost all of the hands, it is a simple one. The design consists of a bold flower and leaf pattern that has been outlined with a darker color. It is far from a traditional design so you can wear it on any occasion apart from weddings. It is a design for the beginner and probably with a little practice, you can ace it yourself!
This design is very unusual and we haven’t seen anything quite like it throughout the list. The design is not traditional and would suit probably any occasion apart from a wedding. It can be a bride’s choice too provided that her look is a bit contemporary. The design is bold and it gels well with a lighter shade of the nail paint. The design that stretches beyond the wrist is spectacular to look at! The bold outline of the cuticles is something that makes it a bit different from the rest on the list.
This list consists of Mehandi designs for all occasions whether it is bridal or non-bridal. These are some effortless designs that would make you a center of attraction in any event. The designs are simple but a little precision is required at many places to make it stand out.
For the brides too, these designs would look ravishing and would seem like an extension of their trousseau. However, you have to be pretty selective of the patterns and themes that would match your look.