Henna Art 

 
 

Using Henna Resource Ideas

  • The Natural Henna Body Art Bottle 
  • Hair Color Formula Mixtures
  • Improving Henna Coloring
  • Basic Henna Application Tips
  • Extra Henna Application Tips
  • Application Tips In Brief

 


Mehndi Natural Henna Body Art Bottle

Very convenient and ready to use 1fl. oz. bottle of henna. The plastic tip allows the artist to draw evenly. The quantity of henna is enough to draw 25 average size tattoos. Professionally mixed using our unique recipe includes: fine henna powder, lemon juice, & Eucalyptus Oil. Henna tattoos last 2 weeks on average.

 

 


 


Hair Color Powder Formula Ideas

 

 

In mixing henna for use on hair, there are many options. 
  • Cinnamon, for enhancing brown tones and leaving your hair smelling like spice cake.
  • Coffee, for darkening & neutralizing gray.
  • Black tea, for deepening the color.
  • Jojoba, Walnut, Olive, Amla oil for conditioning.
  • Rosemary oil for conditioning and stimulating hair growth.
  • Beet juice, for dark purple and reds.
  • Red wine for red tones.
  • Cloves for dark reds & spice cake hair.
  • Chamomile & Turmenic for golden highlights (with neutral henna only)

 


 

How to improve Henna colouring

The original henna powder can be mixed with other natural substances which can enhance henna's natural colouring. Substances that have been used are; lemon juice, tea leaves/bags, natural oils such as eucalyptus oil, and certain spices. Re-application of henna will also produce a more richer and lasting stain. Henna should be soaked for at least two hours prior to application for best results. Henna should be left on for as long as possible to bring out its rich colour, as a minimum, at least one hour.


 


 

Basic Henna Application tips

- Traditionally a stick is used to apply mehndi and now many use an application tube- we suggest a toothpick as the best tool!
- Apply enough mendhi so that there is some depth to your lines, your mix should be as described above, and not just a thin application
- It is recommended that you have a henna design or picture available while you are applying the mendhi so that you have a pattern to follow
- Let your design dry for 1/2 hour to 45 minutes without stressing the area too much with bending or use (i.e. if you applied it to your hand do not make a fist...)
- At this time mix a small amount of lemon juice and sugar and apply to the area with a cotton ball to set
- Let stand as long as you can - some people will leave it overnight for the best effect!


 


 

Extra Henna Application tips

Before Henna application ensure surface is clean and dry, free of oils, lotions. Henna will stain, therefore care should be taken that clothing etc are covered/out of the way. After application, surface maybe wrapped in cotton rag if need be. Protect surface from harsh detergents, soaps, chlorine etc. Here are some extra tips for henna application some of which may be used and some that may need not be used.

Once the paste is applied to your skin treat the area gently as it is fragile and has a tendency to flake off. To prevent the paste from drying out and flaking off apply a solution of 3 parts lemon juice and 1 part sugar with a cotton swab. Apply this solution as often as you like or whenever the paste appears dry. This creates a protective glaze and helps to retain the moisture in the paste as well as act as an adhesive between the skin and paste.

The Wrap

Carefully wrap the area in tissue securing it firmly with tape then wrap this with plastic wrap. Yes, you will look like a mummy but this is a sure fire way to keep the paste in tact and prevent staining of carpet, bedding and clothing. The wrap keeps the area warm and creates slight perspiration on the skin to remoisten the paste. Remember to keep the body warm by sitting near a fire or holding a heating pad to the area, heat makes a better stain.

Relax

Leave the paste on your skin for as long as possible. The longer the paste is in contact with your body the more dye is able to saturate into the skin. 6-12 hours will leave a nice, deep stain, but, the longer the better. I find itís best to just wrap up and sleep with the paste on. Be careful not to shift the wrappings, this will dislodge the paste and smear the design.

Steam

If you want an extra dark stain, just before you are ready to remove the paste hold the area over steam for 20 minutes and then cut off the wraps. A steam producing humidifier works well or hold the area over a pot of boiling water or tea kettle.

Scrape

Now you are ready to remove the paste. Scrape it off using the side of an iron knife, the iron helps to oxidize the henna. If this makes you nervous use the side of a spoon or a credit card. To remove any stubborn residue use a natural oil (olive oil works well), do not use water, it can ruin the stain.

Watch

Watch your new mehndi change from yellow-orange to a deeper reddish-brown (depending on your skin) over the next 48 hours. The dye will oxidize, becoming darker and richer in color. You should avoid contact with water as much as possible during this period.

The Rub

Rub your mehndi with natural oil before bathing or swimming to protect it from water and give it a quick rub of natural oil in the mornings. These simple steps protect your design and help it to look its best. Avoid excess rubbing of the area. Keep in mind that frequent washing, soaps, petroleum products (sunscreen and baby oil), and the rubbing of clothing and shoes on the design will cause it to fade more quickly. Shaving removes layers of skin so you may want to shave around your mehndi

 


 


Tips in Brief

 

When applying on hair, mix henna powder with hair oil if you need conditioning but not color.
Mix similar amount of lemon juice and sugar (e.g. 1 spoon ea. of juice and sugar) and apply it on the henna designs on the skin to get better color.
When Henna is dry, try peeling it with the help of plastic or butter knife instead of washing it. The color will be deeper
Avoid contact with water or wetness for an hour or more to get better coloring

 



 

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