SUPPLIES: 1. 'Real' lemon juice 2. Fresh Henna Powder 3. Tea Tree Oil 4.Metal bowl or glass but NO PLASTIC 5.Plastic wrap 6. Henna cone 7.Honey 8.Tape Always use fresh henna powder.
Mixology of Henna Paste . Use only fresh lemon juice or bottled Real Lemon juice. Another alternative is to use a strong black tea that's been strained and room temp. Slowly add liquid to henna paste.
Henna Mehndi Tips: There are many types of essential oils to use to enhance the dye release in the henna powder. Tea tree and lavender oil, cajeput, clove, eucalyptus oil are popular also.
Add liquid and mix into mashed potatoes consistency. Be careful not to add to much liquid, and mix out as many lumps as possible. Scrap sides of bowl and now we are ready to let the henna cure.
Cover with plastic wrap,then foil and let the henna cure in a warm place for 24 hours. If you have made a half batch, you may cut your cure time to 12 hours. The natural dye in the henna can release.
Henna has a natural dye release once you add your preferred liquid. Here you can see Red coloured pools of tannin on the top of your paste after a few hours. Once fully cured a dark film develops.
Now after half cured ( the first 12 hours) mix then add your essential oils, mix again, recover for another 12 hours. Keep the henna in a warm place to cure. Keep cool until use. .
The tannin dye release . Now add a half teaspoon of honey and a dropper of rose oil to your henna and mix. Have your henna cones ready to add your paste . Keep cool until use & 3 months freezer life .
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Example of before and after photos of Henna Mehndi. Henna used here is by Menna from the Sudan. Tip: keep henna on as long a possible . Your design will darken in 24 to 48 hrs after removal.
- Henna powder
- Real lemon juice
- Essential oil
- Henna cone
Wash D.C., Luxor Egypt, India