Whether you celebrate the Festival of Lights or not, Deepavali henna is something that transcends all races. We can’t say no to getting our palms (or even bodies) decked out in gorgeous floral designs that leave a reddish-brown hue on our skin. Why not step out from traditional, subtle designs and go bold with unique henna designs this year? From snake motifs and grandiose back designs to using white henna and experimenting with Jagua ink designs, there’s just so much of henna art out there to explore. So, organise a henna party and book the featured henna artistes in Singapore for a unique stain this year!
White henna art
1. White floral design
Opt white for your Deepavali henna this year! White henna might not be derived from the henna plant but the cosmetic-grade body art is safe for your skin and definitely unique. We love the elegant white henna design above. Floral patterns adorn the back of the palm and fingertips, accented with tiny diamond rhinestones.
2. White veil design
We couldn’t leave this gorgeous veil henna design out of our list! This Deepavali henna design might even serve as inspiration for your bridal henna or even Halloween — if you’re planning to dress as bridezilla! Tiny jewels add a lovely sparkle to the design. Tie the henna design with French manicure for a clean, put-together look.
Pro tip: White henna is easy to remove — use makeup remover or oil to rub off the design. You can also create your own white henna masterpiece with white henna cones online!
Reptile henna design
3. Snake design
Reptile henna designs may not be as common or popular as floral Deepavali henna designs, but these do hold symbolic meanings. For instance, this unique snake henna design represents seekers of enlightenment. If your new year’s resolution is to look for greater peace of mind, then this henna design might just be the one for you. Take note that the snake henna design (pictured above) utilises Jagua ink — natural ink made from the extract of the Jagua fruit. Jagua ink designs closely resemble permanent tattoos more than henna designs as they have a black-bluish stain. This gives it a more modern, gothic vibe and is a safe alternative to traditional henna.
Body henna designs
4. Back henna design
Henna is usually drawn on hands but why not get a unique Deepavali henna design done on your back for a change? This head-turning piece of art features layers of floral and lattice patterns with an intricate arch-like drop design surrounded by chains and hanging dots. Show off your big and bold henna design in a low-back top for however long the stain lasts!
5. Mandala arm design
Fancy a henna design on your arm? Mandala henna designs are popular because of their visually appealing circular shape. The mandala shape represents the universe in Hindu and Buddhist cultures and is a symbolic henna design to adorn your body with. Consider this henna design if you prefer to sport a more subtle design without the obvious ones on the back of your hands!
6. Vines and birds design
You don’t have to be an Indian bride to adorn your feet in henna! This spunky design features vines stretching across the feet with birds perched on them. A simple chain design above the ankles and intricate detailing on the toes bring the whole look together. We think this is a fun Deepavali henna design for all you free-spirited souls!
Two hands, different designs
7. Lattice, paisley + arch design
Torn between two Deepavali henna designs? Get them both — one on each hand! The designs pictured above will be especially flattering for those with long, slender hands. Choose a paisley henna design interlaced with lattice on the right hand. For the left, a simple arch design centering around the wrists and intricate detailing on the fingers will be just nice to tie the design together and elongate your hands.
8. Chain design
This henna design may look simple at first glance but its elaborate details will leave you in awe. We love the mandala design on the left hand that makes use of the entire outer palm space. But what caught our attention was the chain designs that feature on the right hand and just below the left wrist. It’s almost as if you were wearing chain ring jewellery! Be sure to show off this unique henna design on your ‘gram once done!
Traditional henna designs with a modern twist
9. Bold lotus design
Deepavali henna designs can be bold and yet pretty at the same time! Channel strong woman vibes with this all-encompassing lotus design. Lotus represents virtues like creativity, femininity and sensuality. Enjoy a double dose of those virtues with this henna design that features two lotus flowers whose petals are beautifully accentuated with light henna strokes.
10. Vine tendrils design
Focus on leaves and vines in your Deepavali henna design this year! This unique henna design features vine-like tendrils trailing down from the index and small fingers to the edges of the outer palm while leaving the centre bare. Vines also symbolise longevity and perseverance so you know that it’s an auspicious design to adorn.
Pro tip: Get the same henna design on the palm of your hands — you’ll realise that henna designs on the palm of your hands tend to come out better than those on the back of your hands.
Get your Deepavali henna art on!
We hope you’ve some ideas on the Deepavali henna designs to try this year. Want to DIY these unique designs for yourself? Grab yourself henna cones and get creative! Henna stains generally will last for about a week or more (shorter for white henna) but if you want them to last longer and for the stain to appear darker, follow these easy tricks. After the henna has been applied and after it dries, apply a few drops of medicated oil — like axe oil all over the design. Alternatively, you can also apply a mixture of sugar and lime. Avoid scrubbing or washing your hands too often or else the design will wear off faster.
With Deepavali round the corner, it’s time to pay a visit to some of the best Indian restaurants in Singapore for a dose of yummy north and south Indian dishes. Are you a biryani fan? Check out our picks of the best biryani spots in Singapore for lip-smacking lamb, chicken and mutton options for a biryani party!