Bride-to-be shocks family when she reveals bridal mehndi gone terribly wrong: ‘I would cry’

A bride accidentally ruined her mehndi, or henna, design after falling asleep with latex gloves on — and now, the shocking wedding fail is going viral on TikTok.

Neha Jaswal (@nehaj2790) gained over 6.8 million views, 434,000 likes, 11,000 saves, 3,200 shares and 1,400 comments after she uploaded the bride’s henna disaster to her account.

Now, much like the bride who “ruined her smile” by getting Botox injections right before her wedding, this bride-to-be’s wedding boo-boo is serving as a cautionary tale to TikTokers everywhere.

“PSA: Do not sleep with latex gloves on”

In the video — captioned “Reactions to my sister’s bridal mendhi [sic]” — Jaswal starts with the family members’ reactions to the henna design gone wrong, before finally revealing the bride’s hands at the end.

Once the hands are revealed, Jaswal writes in the video, “PSA: do not sleep with latex gloves on.”

Since latex gloves are tight and don’t breathe, like cotton or linen would, the design was ruined.

“LATEX GLOVES???? OHHH MY,” commented

“I’ve never seen this happen before LOL who the hell puts latex gloves on,” wrote @global.snooze.

“Nooooo you should have put surgical tape on it. My pattern did not budge, the tape keeps the pattern in place,” commented @spoo0ookie.

“I would cry…” wrote @c.alissaneils.

In a follow-up video, Jaswal let the henna artist (cousin of the bride) tell her side of the story.

“I do not know what demon took over this girl to make her wear latex gloves,” the henna artist says in the video. “Proper care instructions were given, and despite this, she still chose to wear the gloves.”

According to the artist, the bride and bridal party simply “rolled with it,” as henna lasts for “days to weeks” to remove.

“Even with all that happening, that did not stop her from looking absolutely gorgeous on her wedding day. … Thanks to everyone for laughing with us.”

What is a bridal mehndi?

According to Brides, a bridal mehndi is a henna design that Muslim and Hindu brides wear on their hands and feet. For thousands of years, mehndi has been used as a form of body art to bless and beautify brides.

Mehndi is a dye made from Lawsonia inermis, the henna plant, which is known for its cooling properties. “The cooling provides relief from stress, fever and headaches, so it’s said to calm the bride’s nerves when applied to their hands and feet,” Brides reports.

Mehndi is typically applied during a mehndi party, which is attended by the bride’s closest friends and family members, and is held the day before the wedding. The application process can take anywhere from two to six hours.

“In the Hindu tradition, mehndi is part of the Solah Shringar, or sixteen bridal adornments, which is a ritual for the beautification of the bride from head to toe at the time of their wedding,” Brides explains.

“Traditionally, it’s said that the darker the stain of the mehndi, the more love the bride will receive from their partner and in-laws.”

How to take care of a mehndi design

Bridal henna artist Manasi says that mehndi designs can be protected during sleep with toilet paper and a sock, nylon stocking, cling wrap or plastic bag.

Before going to sleep, after the henna has dried and begun cracking, Manasi advises brides to:

  • Take the toilet paper roll and start wrapping the henna design. Wrap it a couple of times.

  • Make sure all the henna design is covered in toilet paper.

  • Now wear the sock/stocking over it. If using cling-wrap or a plastic bag, wrap it, covering the bundled-up design.

For those looking to deepen the color of their henna stains but want to retain use of their hands, the Henna Page recommends wearing lightweight cotton gloves — something breathable and flexible, unlike latex gloves.

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