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Britain's Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex Sophia Wessex wed 15 years ago at Windsor Castle and in celebration of their big day, the countess indulged in a little henna staining, courtesy of henna practitioner Humaira Rehrel, as an anniversary treat to herself. This led your Get The Look glam squad to wax nostalgic on the Bollywood-style weddings we've attended in the past. These elaborate and astonishingly intricate, reddish-brown Mehendi or henna stains, which are a staple at Hindu and Muslim weddings, are symbolic of health and good luck -- two elements any newly-wed couple would be grateful for. Recently introduced to the very focused and dedicated Rock-based Mark 'Draughtsman' Samuels, we join the henna practitioner to observe him hard at work as we set out to inspire you, our dear readers, for the summer, and have Samuels share some tips for a great henna experience.
- The longer you keep the paste on, undisturbed, the better the staining power.
- Do not expose the henna'd area to water for the first 24 hours after application.
- Keep the area protected and sealed, for example, using a sock or cling wrap.
- Do not be alarmed if the henna stain appears muted at first, it will darken within the initial 24-hour period after application.
- Always opt for the traditional reddish-brown henna over the more modern black henna, as the latter is usually mixed with a coal-tar hair dye which contains the chemical p-phenylenediamine or PPD, which may cause dangerous skin reactions.
Mark 'Draughtsman' Samuels