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« on: August 08, 2010 12:53:34 PM »

So years ago I fell in love with henna and started to do my own. With quite a bit of practice I got to be pretty good. It's been a while since I've done it, but with all the lovely henna designs on our Bath and Beauty board I thought I'd give it another go.

In this tutorial I will show you how to mix up your own paste and apply it.

The first step is to procure your henna. In this tut I'm going to show you how to mix up your own from powder, but it can also be bought pre-mixed in a variety of forms. My favorite pre-mixed form to get comes in a metal tube (sort of like an ointment might) with a screw on plastic tip. However, I've only seen this once and made the mistake of only buying one tube. The most common way you'll find henna paste is in a cone.

Why do I mix mine from powder? There are two reasons. First, I find it easier to get. This box I bought at The House of Spice in Kensington Market, Toronto. I have also found it in health food stores. The second reason is then I know what's in it. The powder itself should be pure ground henna leaves.

Note: Do not use hair dye henna on your skin. Also avoid anything claiming to be black henna. They quite often mix in some nasty chemicals which are not good for your skin.

To start you'll need your powder and a lemon or two. My lemons were big, so I only needed one.



Take two heaping tablespoons of powder and put it in a container or bowl. If your henna powder contains sticks or lumps you will need to sift it first. We want a nice fine powder, like baby powder. To sift simply stretch a nylon over your bowl and sift one spoonful at a time through.

Your powder should look like this. (That's right, it's green. Also sorry for the out of focus pic.)



Next, squeeze in your lemon juice. Avoid getting any pips in there. Remember we're going to want a nice smooth paste at the end. It's not a bad idea to put the juice through a strainer. (I never do.) Mix it up, adding enough juice so you have the consistency of instant mashed potatoes.



Now let it set overnight covered loosely. At this point I like to brew up some nice strong tea by putting 2-3 tea bags in my tea pot and filling half way with hot water, then just letting it sit overnight. We'll need this for the next step. You can also use coffee or espresso in place of tea.

The next morning/day you'll find your paste has darkened. Grab it and your tea or coffee. You can also use water in this step.



Stir in a little of your chosen liquid at a time, mixing well. We're going for a smooth paste slightly thinner than tooth paste. If you take a big glop of it on a spoon, it should fall off in 10-15 seconds.



Now let it sit again for a few hours. (Isn't this waiting getting annoying. It's not 100% necessary, but it helps give your henna a darker, richer colour.)

There are several ways to apply henna. I usually go for what seems to be the most common, which is using a cone. This works sort of like an piping bag. In fact you can use a small, disposable one if you have one handy. The key is to have a very fine tip.

Other ways to apply henna include using a tooth pick or fine brush. This may be easier if you're not used to a cone or piping bag. You can also tape off designs with masking tape, applying the henna over the whole surface, and removing to tape. The parts covered by the tape will remain skin coloured. This is usually used on the bottoms of feet to get a mover geometric sort of design.

To make a cone you'll need some sort of tape. Here I'm using masking tape cause it was handy. You can use almost anything. You'll also need something to make the cone with. For this you can use one half of a freezer bag, waxed paper, or freezer paper. You need something that is somewhat waterproof. I'm actually using a page from a paper palette. It's pretty much just freezer paper, about 8"x10".



Roll your paper into a long narrow cone and secure it with the tape.



Make sure you have a teeny tiny point. You can make a small one bigger, but you can't make a big one smaller.



Secure with loads of tape. Make sure every seam is covered or you henna will seep out. This is my finished cone beside a chop stick for size reference. I've cut off the top bit to make it shorter.



Fill with henna paste. Make sure to leave room to fold down the top.



Fold down the top and secure with loads more tape. (You can't use too much tape here. It will try to seep out everywhere.)



Now we need to get this cone going. This can be tricky. Squeeze and massage down your cone until the henna starts coming out the tip. You may need to cut your tip bigger, but be careful not to make it too big. Just snip a tiny bit at a time. I like to use a pin to help getting things going. Stick it in the hole and sort of stir it around. This helps slightly widen the hole and break up any lumps that might be clogging it. If the henna doesn't seem to be coming out just keep trying to work the henna down into the tip. Do this over paper towel because it will all of a sudden squirt out everywhere. You may also find small leaks in your cone, just tape over them with lots of tape. (Tape is good.)

This is my mess trying to get my henna going.


Once your henna is flowing you can start designing. Practicing on paper first is a good idea, or just use somewhere on your body people won't really see. It also tends to be easier to design on someone else, but that might not be a good idea until you get the hang of it. If you get henna where you don't want it, wash it off immediately. It starts to stain within a few minutes.

The darkness and colour of your design will show up differently depending on your skin type. For me designs only show well on my hands (palms in particular) and feet. Any where else and I only get a faint stain that does not last. It's also a good idea to give your skin a good scrub with soapy water before applying henna the help the design stain well.

Keep the paste on your skin for as long as possible to get the best colouring. Some people like to re-wet the paste as it's drying with lemon juice. Just dab a little juice on the drying paste with paper towel or cotton ball. The paste will naturally dry and crumble off, but some will stay stuck to you. For best results do not use water to remove these stuck bits. Water is your henna design's worst enemy. Instead use oil, any type will do. (Literally. I've used corn oil.) The colour may/should darken over the first couple of days.

Here's one I did on my hand with the paste still on.



And here it is with the paste removed.



For design inspirations there are various books and websites. Or just go for it and see what happens. Getting used to the cone can be tricky, but with a little practice anyone can do it. I usually use a pin to help with smaller details.

To extend the life of your design avoid washing it. When it's shower time, cover your design in a thin layer of oil to protect it if possible. Vaseline works well for this, but even just some body lotion will work. If your design is on your hand like mine, you probably shouldn't avoid washing it. Hand washing is important people.

To store your cone stick you pin in the end to stop it clogging and keep in the refrigerator. (Keeping it in the fridge may not be totally necessary, but you don't want to risk your henna going bad. It is made with plant material.)

Have fun with you henna!!

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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2010 01:15:54 PM »

Thanks for this.  I'm off to a Hindu wedding next week & am really looking forward to the Mehndi party!  Whenever I've had this done before I've gone to bed with socks over my hands (romantic!) & then rubbed my hands together in the morning to remove the dried paste.

Great tip for covering with oil, will try this to get the colour to last.
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2010 02:50:59 PM »

I've never done this before, but I think I would use a decorator frosting bag instead of a paper cone. You still cut the tips off and they are more flexible. Not to mention that haven't run across a leaky one yet!

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« Reply #3 on: August 08, 2010 04:21:11 PM »

excellent tutorial!  I have not done any mendhi in ages and this is inspiring. I have also use extra strong espresso coffee to get a really rich brown colour since it never takes on me as deeply as my hub.( I am extremely impatient though  Roll Eyes) Thanks for the reminder of some easy good fun!
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« Reply #4 on: August 08, 2010 05:36:43 PM »

I love this tutorial - I've been using the henna cones for years and always wanted to make my own but didn't really want to order from online - I'm in Kensington Market all the time, so knowing where to go now is just great Smiley

A little tip: It's heat that makes henna darker. This is why it will show up darker on the palms of your hands and your feet - I have seen various ways to try and heat up the henna while you're letting it dry - anywhere from a kettle to being in front of a fire - though it takes a lot of patience - lol
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So, you don't physically remove the paste?
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2010 02:38:29 PM »

So, you don't physically remove the paste?

Most of it dries and crumbles off on it's own. If you're in a hurry you can scrape it off. Some little bits will always stick though. The best way to remove these is to use some sort of oil. (Olive works well, but I've even used corn oil. You could use baby oil too.) Just sort of rub it on there and rub off the bits with a cloth or paper towel. You can use water, but you may not get as dark of a design.
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« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2010 04:59:17 PM »

Oh Mehandi... How many memories you bring back!  Thank you so much Spicy Taco!  Now I want to find some Henna!
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2010 09:00:25 PM »

Your tutorial is very nicely done, makes it clear and easy to understand the whole process. I wish this would have been around when I was first learning henna! As for cones, I really enjoy making them out of mylar-it is strong and freezes well when I am making large batches.
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2010 01:27:26 AM »

Thanks so much! As soon as I read this a few days back I went straight to ebay and ordered some powder, and its arrived, so spending my afternoon hennaing all over myself and redying my hair (not with the henna) so i'm fresh and decorated for my trip away Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2010 01:39:34 AM »

Your post inspired me to use henna for the first time in years. I followed your recipe, and here's what I got:

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Awesome Spiffy. That's gorgeous.
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« Reply #13 on: August 15, 2010 12:20:54 PM »

This is the tutorial I made for the Craftster Challenge. Thought I'd share it over here.

So years ago I fell in love with henna and started to do my own. With quite a bit of practice I got to be pretty good. It's been a while since I've done it, but with all the lovely henna designs on our Bath and Beauty board I thought I'd give it another go.

In this tutorial I will show you how to mix up your own paste and apply it.

The first step is to procure your henna. In this tut I'm going to show you how to mix up your own from powder, but it can also be bought pre-mixed in a variety of forms. My favorite pre-mixed form to get comes in a metal tube (sort of like an ointment might) with a screw on plastic tip. However, I've only seen this once and made the mistake of only buying one tube. The most common way you'll find henna paste is in a cone.

Why do I mix mine from powder? There are two reasons. First, I find it easier to get. This box I bought at The House of Spice in Kensington Market, Toronto. I have also found it in health food stores. The second reason is then I know what's in it. The powder itself should be pure ground henna leaves.

Note: Do not use hair dye henna on your skin. Also avoid anything claiming to be black henna. They quite often mix in some nasty chemicals which are not good for your skin.

To start you'll need your powder and a lemon or two. My lemons were big, so I only needed one.



Take two heaping tablespoons of powder and put it in a container or bowl. If your henna powder contains sticks or lumps you will need to sift it first. We want a nice fine powder, like baby powder. To sift simply stretch a nylon over your bowl and sift one spoonful at a time through.

Your powder should look like this. (That's right, it's green. Also sorry for the out of focus pic.)



Next, squeeze in your lemon juice. Avoid getting any pips in there. Remember we're going to want a nice smooth paste at the end. It's not a bad idea to put the juice through a strainer. (I never do.) Mix it up, adding enough juice so you have the consistency of instant mashed potatoes.



Now let it set overnight covered loosely. At this point I like to brew up some nice strong tea by putting 2-3 tea bags in my tea pot and filling half way with hot water, then just letting it sit overnight. We'll need this for the next step. You can also use coffee or espresso in place of tea.

The next morning/day you'll find your paste has darkened. Grab it and your tea or coffee. You can also use water in this step.



Stir in a little of your chosen liquid at a time, mixing well. We're going for a smooth paste slightly thinner than tooth paste. If you take a big glop of it on a spoon, it should fall off in 10-15 seconds.



Now let it sit again for a few hours. (Isn't this waiting getting annoying. It's not 100% necessary, but it helps give your henna a darker, richer colour.)

There are several ways to apply henna. I usually go for what seems to be the most common, which is using a cone. This works sort of like an piping bag. In fact you can use a small, disposable one if you have one handy. The key is to have a very fine tip.

Other ways to apply henna include using a tooth pick or fine brush. This may be easier if you're not used to a cone or piping bag. You can also tape off designs with masking tape, applying the henna over the whole surface, and removing to tape. The parts covered by the tape will remain skin coloured. This is usually used on the bottoms of feet to get a mover geometric sort of design.

To make a cone you'll need some sort of tape. Here I'm using masking tape cause it was handy. You can use almost anything. You'll also need something to make the cone with. For this you can use one half of a freezer bag, waxed paper, or freezer paper. You need something that is somewhat waterproof. I'm actually using a page from a paper palette. It's pretty much just freezer paper, about 8"x10".



Roll your paper into a long narrow cone and secure it with the tape.



Make sure you have a teeny tiny point. You can make a small one bigger, but you can't make a big one smaller.



Secure with loads of tape. Make sure every seam is covered or you henna will seep out. This is my finished cone beside a chop stick for size reference. I've cut off the top bit to make it shorter.



Fill with henna paste. Make sure to leave room to fold down the top.



Fold down the top and secure with loads more tape. (You can't use too much tape here. It will try to seep out everywhere.)



Now we need to get this cone going. This can be tricky. Squeeze and massage down your cone until the henna starts coming out the tip. You may need to cut your tip bigger, but be careful not to make it too big. Just snip a tiny bit at a time. I like to use a pin to help getting things going. Stick it in the hole and sort of stir it around. This helps slightly widen the hole and break up any lumps that might be clogging it. If the henna doesn't seem to be coming out just keep trying to work the henna down into the tip. Do this over paper towel because it will all of a sudden squirt out everywhere. You may also find small leaks in your cone, just tape over them with lots of tape. (Tape is good.)

This is my mess trying to get my henna going.


Once your henna is flowing you can start designing. Practicing on paper first is a good idea, or just use somewhere on your body people won't really see. It also tends to be easier to design on someone else, but that might not be a good idea until you get the hang of it. If you get henna where you don't want it, wash it off immediately. It starts to stain within a few minutes.

The darkness and colour of your design will show up differently depending on your skin type. For me designs only show well on my hands (palms in particular) and feet. Any where else and I only get a faint stain that does not last. It's also a good idea to give your skin a good scrub with soapy water before applying henna the help the design stain well.

Keep the paste on your skin for as long as possible to get the best colouring. Some people like to re-wet the paste as it's drying with lemon juice. Just dab a little juice on the drying paste with paper towel or cotton ball. The paste will naturally dry and crumble off, but some will stay stuck to you. For best results do not use water to remove these stuck bits. Water is your henna design's worst enemy. Instead use oil, any type will do. (Literally. I've used corn oil.) The colour may/should darken over the first couple of days.

Here's one I did on my hand with the paste still on.



And here it is with the paste removed.



For design inspirations there are various books and websites. Or just go for it and see what happens. Getting used to the cone can be tricky, but with a little practice anyone can do it. I usually use a pin to help with smaller details.

To extend the life of your design avoid washing it. When it's shower time, cover your design in a thin layer of oil to protect it if possible. Vaseline works well for this, but even just some body lotion will work. If your design is on your hand like mine, you probably shouldn't avoid washing it. Hand washing is important people.

To store your cone stick you pin in the end to stop it clogging and keep in the refrigerator. (Keeping it in the fridge may not be totally necessary, but you don't want to risk your henna going bad. It is made with plant material.)

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« Reply #14 on: August 15, 2010 12:41:07 PM »

Thank you so much for this tutorial! I bought some henna powder a few months ago, but have been too afraid to use it, this tutorial was really helpful! I think I might try it this weekend while i go on vacation! (:
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« Reply #15 on: August 15, 2010 02:34:07 PM »

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« Reply #16 on: August 15, 2010 08:26:54 PM »

Thanks for the cool tute. I've always wanted to try henna.
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« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2010 04:31:09 PM »

Wow, your design looks amazing! Who knew that it was so easy? Not me Tongue
I've always loved Henna ever since I got some done at Canada's Wonderland for a bunch of money. Its nice to know that I can actually do it myself Smiley Thanks so much for this wonderful tute!
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thank you for sharing this with us, it's a good idea to use lemon juice, this fixes the color
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does anyone know where to get good henna online?   i'm in japan...no kinsington market Sad  i'm really inspired now...i had henna once before in a kit and loved it, but the kit was kinda expensive.  i've always wanted to get a tat, but have a phobia so this would be a great alternative too Smiley   i know there's good henna and there's not so good henna(the kind that's been sitting around for a while and doesn't work as well) and since i'm completely new to this need some pointers.
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« Reply #20 on: August 27, 2010 05:14:34 PM »

does anyone know where to get good henna online?   i'm in japan...no kinsington market Sad  i'm really inspired now...i had henna once before in a kit and loved it, but the kit was kinda expensive.  i've always wanted to get a tat, but have a phobia so this would be a great alternative too Smiley   i know there's good henna and there's not so good henna(the kind that's been sitting around for a while and doesn't work as well) and since i'm completely new to this need some pointers.

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Once you get hooked on henna it is so much fun.
There are some ways to make sure you are using safe , natural henna so that you get the best results for yourself and anyone else you are applying henna to.

Buy the best henna , and either mix it yourself or buy from a reputable seller. Never purchase premade cones or tubes from a foreign country and they may contain cheap additives to make the paste darker like kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid or chemical dye that can cause rash, blisters, scars and life long allergies to these ingredients.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hennacaravan/2980330436/in/set-72157604300744280/
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henna
lemon juice
sugar
cajeput essential oil or lavender oil
But using this recipe and following the instructions I get dark, long lasting , safe henna. http://www.hennacaravan.com/how/how.html
mix 20 grams of pure , natural henna powder with 1/4 cup lemon juice stir well 
cover and let sit in a warm (80 degrees) place for 12 hours.
add  1.5  teaspoons sugar and  1.5  teaspoons of cajeput or lavender oil and stir well.
cover and let sit for 12 hours in warm (80 degree) place. after the time is up stir well and add lemon juice if needed to thin the paste. fill your applicator and start having fun.
THis recipe is simple, easy and works for me every time.
http://www.hennacaravan.com/pix_hands/hand2010_hwtmk.jpg
have fun with henna and don't forget to add glitter for sparkles
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Once you get hooked on henna it is so much fun.
There are some ways to make sure you are using safe , natural henna so that you get the best results for yourself and anyone else you are applying henna to.

Buy the best henna , and either mix it yourself or buy from a reputable seller. Never purchase premade cones or tubes from a foreign country and they may contain cheap additives to make the paste darker like kerosene, gasoline, lighter fluid or chemical dye that can cause rash, blisters, scars and life long allergies to these ingredients.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hennacaravan/2980330436/in/set-72157604300744280/
I use the KISS recipe:
henna
lemon juice
sugar
cajeput essential oil or lavender oil
But using this recipe and following the instructions I get dark, long lasting , safe henna. http://www.hennacaravan.com/how/how.html
mix 20 grams of pure , natural henna powder with 1/4 cup lemon juice stir well 
cover and let sit in a warm (80 degrees) place for 12 hours.
add  1.5  teaspoons sugar and  1.5  teaspoons of cajeput or lavender oil and stir well.
cover and let sit for 12 hours in warm (80 degree) place. after the time is up stir well and add lemon juice if needed to thin the paste. fill your applicator and start having fun.
THis recipe is simple, easy and works for me every time.
http://www.hennacaravan.com/pix_hands/hand2010_hwtmk.jpg
have fun with henna and don't forget to add glitter for sparkles
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« Reply #23 on: September 01, 2010 11:16:33 AM »

Thanks for the tut! I've been trying to work up the courage to try henna for quite a while. I have a question - I've read some other tutorials, and they didn't mention tea - is that just to make it darker? Do you use regular black tea? I've also read that you can (should?) add certain essential oils, but your recipe looks much simpler, and it turned out well!
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« Reply #24 on: September 01, 2010 02:44:23 PM »

There are definitely more things you can add to the mix. Clove oil and eucalyptus oil are two common ones. The clove oil darkens the colour and the eucalyptus helps to open the pours so the colour takes better. (The eucalyptus oil can also be rubbed onto the skin prior to application.) I like to keep it simple though.

The tea helps to darken it, but also gives it a little more of a red hue I think. I just use regular black tea. 
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« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2010 12:35:49 PM »

Great tutorial....I think part of the fun is mixing up your own henna, personally. Cheesy

I learned so much from this site too, it has an incredible amount of information.  Also has reputable vendors for ordering henna, and free downloads of patterns and design "how-to".  Also covers hair dyeing, indigo and harquu work, etc.
http://www.hennapage.com/

I like to dab a cottonball of rosewater on my designs after they start to set too... Oh, here's another tip:   If you are planning on doing henna, exfoliating is a good idea, but don't use any lotion on your skin the day that you are applying henna.  Just apply to plain, clean skin.  Lotion tends to block the absorption of the stain and the design doesn't seem to last as long.
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« Reply #26 on: September 15, 2010 08:43:49 PM »

Great tutorial! One question, how do you remove the henna tatoo? Do you have to wait for it to fade?
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« Reply #27 on: September 16, 2010 02:37:50 PM »

Great tutorial! One question, how do you remove the henna tatoo? Do you have to wait for it to fade?

Yup, you just have to wait. I read somewhere that you could remove a henna tatoo with sunscreen, but it doesn't work. (At least not when I tried.)
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« Reply #28 on: December 22, 2010 12:54:19 AM »

Great tute!
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« Reply #29 on: January 16, 2011 07:59:01 PM »

Awesome and thorough tutorial. Thank you!
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« Reply #30 on: January 18, 2011 10:35:00 AM »

Great tips! I have done henna many times to myself, but always with the pre mixed stuff! I could never get the stuff I mixed to be as dark, but now I know why, I never let it sit overnight! Hmm, I think I have a tube in the fridge of pre mixed right now.I have been feeling seriously blah, and sick. I bet a little henna would make me feel better Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: February 12, 2011 03:11:19 PM »

Looks so awesome! I will try also to learn. Thanks
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