PLEASE FOLLOW MIXING DIRECTIONS CAREFULLY.
Henna is a very sensitive medium to work. And most of all you need a fresh henna powder. The henna needs to be treated in such a way that optimum color will result. Henna is absorbent and reflective of the energies in the environment. The best henna color and design work will come from a concentrated joyful place.
Henna paste takes about a half hour mixing time
and then, though the color may be ready to go, if it sits a couple hours you may find it draws better.
Once applied to the skin, no matter how dark the henna can be, if the environment is not warm, then a lighter color will result. Henna needs and traditionally has developed in its botanically native warmer climates: Morocco, Egypt, India for example. Heat is aSo winter regions who are host to mehndi seasonally, can carefully use fire places, to warm the body with inner heat, and hairdryers to heat from the outside- as year-round solutions.
There are several options to learning mehndi yourself. What they all have in common is the need for patience, time to learn and a kind judge of results.
At our location in Huntington NY you can buy a kit to mix the henna paste yourself, or buy our best selling pre-made henna paste.
here is our on-line store for supplies:
And possibly, it might take you years to master henna paste mixing. Its not as easy as you think!
So follow the directions, we try to make it easy.
We recommend using our fresh crop henna powder. If you have gotten any pre-packaged henna, in powder form, chances are it is intended for hair not the skin. Hair henna is the older courser leaves and stems. Our Mehndi henna powder is a finer mix, from the younger leaves. It is green. It has a high lawson content.
Allergies: It is best not to inhale the powder, and ultimately to test your skin for any allergic reactions. I have applied my hand mixed henna paste to 19 years of people and this has produced three cases of slightly irritated redness around the henna. The customers announced their sensitive skin condition before hand, and washed the henna off.
Preparing henna in a process that depends on your conscious application of concentration. Be aware of your happiness. Be heartfelt. It effects the color entirely. It effects those to be adorned with the henna paste. It effects the dance of the design. Gather the following ingredients:
Our kit has the following ingredients:
50g henna powder(approx 1 cup of henna)Pre-Measure as the package may not be labeled.
boiled, but slightly cooled, water
(do not add all of this to the powder)
1T White sugar
Basic rules for batching
1. You will need to sift the powder as it may be lumpy from being vacuum packed, so just use a kitchen household colander to sift.
Having a fine henna powder is mandatory for your sanity while drawing out of the tube.
These are the basic proportions:
1/2 cup powder(approx 100ml)
1 3/4 cup boiled, but slightly cooled, liquid.
You will need to add water slowly and carefully. The henna absorbs it slowly. And do not add to much, you still need to add oil. Better on the thick side at first and then add a teaspoon at a time til creamy.
1-Mix henna and add water til smooth like yogurt consistency . Then add sugar.
Keep it on the dryer side as you still have oil to add. You can mix more water, as it always settles after it sits.
You can always put a tablespoon of henna aside to avoid runny henna.
2 -Let it sit, 10 minutes, and then add 2 Teaspoons of the cajeput oil. Whisk it up, and if you need, add more water until you see the henna becoming fluid and yogurt like.
Let the henna bowl sit another 10 minutes, then whisk again to check its a solid yogurt consistency. Adjust here with additional teaspoons of water if necessary. You will see the top layer turns darker green- it means it is activated and ready.
Transfer the henna paste into the plastic ziploc bag.
Now the henna has become active and
peak color will occur over the next 24 to 48 hours.
Then place in refrigeration to slow activity. Avoid exposure to air and light.
Freezing the henna will preserve the henna for months.
Alternative Henna mixing techniques:
I find the recipe above described works great and is simple, reliable. However, there are lots of ideas floating around about how to mix henna. Some of it developed from where people lived- what was available in their culture...people will claim that hot black tea and lemon are essential. One man who grew up in India spoke of his memory of his mothers kitchen where the pot of henna soup that would be sitting at a simmer on the stove for hours. All ingredients such as henna leaf, lemon, tamarind, coffee, fenugreek seed, clove would be boiled and then strained.
Another technique suggests making a clay out the henna by adding lemon juice and letting it sit over night. The coffee/tea mixture and mordant are added the following morning.
Before beginning let it be known: there are no exact recipes for henna. And there are many ways to batch henna. The one I suggest is easy and effective.
The Henna Cone
Our kit comes with pre-made cones, so ship this part and go to filling the cone. But if you should need more heres how:
Altough there are different ways to apply henna besides the plastic homemade cone, I have found the plastic cone to be the best and always available applicator for me. Its disposable and clean every time. A brush, stick, syringe or jaquard craft bottle are all alternative possibilities. Plastic pastry bags and mehndi application bags from India with plastic tips are also ready for purchase.
To make a cone you will need:
heavy plastic sheeting(such as freezer bags)
2" plastic packaging tape
p.s. you can buy a jaquard craft bottle instead.
1. Cut 7"-10" squares out of plastic freezer bags.
2. Roll corner inside to create cone shape.
3. Wrap corner around cone.
3. Adjust cone until the point is closed, tape flap.
When rolling a cone it needs to be closed as tight as possible at the tip. You can then determine your application point once it is filled with henna. Simply trim a small tip off with scissors. Progressively trim more if necessary. Creating at least several cones at a sitting is a good idea.
Filling the Cone:
(1) To fill the mehndi cone, first make a half inch cut in the corner of the henna filled zip lock bag.
(2) Fill the mehndi cone with approximately one tablespoon of henna, or about half the henna cone. Avoid over filling.
(3) Fold over each side of the cone,
and then over the middle.
Be sure to fold the plastic tightly against the mehndi in the tube.
Tape down as shown to seal .
Nothing compares to having a new, well made henna cone. A fresh ready to go cone, a snip of the scissors to create a fine tip and it's as good as a box of rubies. Candy for the connoisseur. And when the henna is actually flowing smoothly out of the cone, and the design leads you to where it needs to go, well this is mehndi freedom. However, there are moments that require much patience and continued effort to get it right, so do not despair: trial and error are the rule here.
Basics for applications:
The thicker the skin, the deeper the henna and the longer it remains.
Skin is thickest at the sole of the foot and the palm.
Henna comes out very deep and dark on these areas.
The fingertips and toes have thick skin, and as you move away from these the color begins to lighten.
The skin is very thin about the neck and face and henna comes out light if at all .
Another factor effecting color is the skin type of the individual. Some people have sun damage on their out arms and back of neck. This prevents the henna from attaining dark color.
Skin type plays a big role, as some folks have skin that takes henna better than others as some people have skin that is more acidic than others.
So skin color doesn't matter.
Everyone is a different color!
The most successful areas to apply henna on any skin type or color is palms, soles, finger and toes.
Placement of the design and personal care effects the longevity. Keep warm while wearing henna paste. Drink hot tea on a cool day while being adorned with henna to raise body temperature for darker color. Play inspiring music for design flow. Practice applying henna onto paper before actually starting on the skin. Trace over sketches on paper to start to feel the flow of henna
Applying Henna to the skin
1 Wash/scrub areas to be adorned with soap and warm water, or wipe with light lemon juice.
2 Visualize and sketch on paper first, a design you wish to draw already on the skin.
3. Draw first on the paper with the henna cone, practice and warm up is key for all arts.
4. to hold the cone, place end of it into your palm, resting the front of it against your middle finger, until it rests comfortable. Squeeze the tube from behind. Apply henna as slowly as it comes out of the tube.
Try to keep the henna paste line on the skin, and the cone just above it.
5 If you are unhappy with any portion of your design, remove it with water immediately.
6 Fine touch ups can be done with a toothpick or Q-tip.
Time to relax...
Let the henna dry on your skin. This can take 5-10 minutes.
Heat is a catalyst for the henna color process, so be warm. Sit in a heated room or a hot summers day. Try a hair dryer to warm the henna so it dries faster on cold days.
Apply a coat of Lemon sugar to help it stay on longer and get a deeper stain.
1 T Lemon Juice- fresh or bottle
1 t sugar
Mix and apply with cotton ball over dried henna.
Wear it: some people let it flake off as soon as it dries.
Others prefer using lemon sugar to wear it for hours.
The lemon helps the henna get darker and the sugar acts as a natural glue and moisture barrier. It gives the henna more of a chance to do its thing.
Sleep in it! Yes- do henna at night...it gets deep and dark from the
moisture and heat the body puts out while sleeping. Sleep in it!
Wrap it in tissue or put a sock over it!
Removing the crust:
Wash off dried henna paste with lemon juice. See the color get enhanced before your very eyes.
Goes from orange to dark brown, takes a full 48 hours to change colors.
Preserving your design:
Moisturize before bathing, and on a daily basis.
Use coconut oil, cocoa butter, shea butter, olive oil, anything natural that can create moisture barrier.
To remove old stain:
Simply scrub off the fading design. It takes about a week for the henna to start to grow out, and it doesn't remove right away.
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