Different Henna Styles

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2 min readJan 3, 2021


Indian Style Henna by @hennabydivya on Instagram

As you may know, Henna is widely used across the world over many different countries and cultures. These different countries and cultures all have different henna styles. So what are the differences exactly?

Indian Mehndi

Let’s start with Indian mehndi. As you can see on the picture above, this style includes a lot of different elements, from flowers to swirls and vines. Almost every individual henna element can be used for this style. Indian Mehndi also often depicts images like the bride and groom of a traditional Indian wedding, jhumka’s, which are a style of Indian earrings, or even peacocks.

Arabian Henna

Arabic “gulf” style Henna by @fanah_magicalhands on Instagram

Arabic henna is very similar to Indian mehndi, as they both heavily use flowers and vines. The difference is that Arabic henna uses thicker lines and leaves. When the paste is applied, the leaves often look like half a dome on top of the skin, since the past is applied much thicker.

Fessia Henna

Fessia henna style by @hennayaessia on Instagram

Fessia henna is a henna style originating from Morocco. This style consists of straight lines combined with simple, short vines to create a neat and symmetrical design.

What is your favorite style out of these three? And which one would you like to explore next? Let me know in the comments!



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