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A Beginner's Guide to Mehndi, Indian Wedding Henna

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You've probably seen people come home from Indian weddings with mehndi designs (or henna tattoos, as they're commonly called). But do you know what really goes into the process? As a Weddings Week special, we dive into the world of henna art —when, why, and how its done— in the video above.