Henna Recipe for Body Art
One of the most popular questions we get is “how do you get dark henna?” and ”how do you mix your henna paste?”. Today we will share a simple photographic tutorial on how to make that perfect paste. With this recipe you can use the henna a few hours after mixing.
First of all you’ll need to start with a couple of specialty ingredients as well as some household ingredients.
- The first is fresh henna powder. We use an Organic Rajasthani-grown henna in our mix. The stuff you get at the Indian market or the health food store may not be Body Art Quality, or it may be stale.
- The second specialty ingredient is pure Essential Oil. Certain oils have compounds in them which help the henna get darker.
- Distilled water or rain water, room temperature
- Sugar, Honey, Molasses, or other sweetener (this helps the henna stick better)
In this recipe we will be using 100 grams of henna (one packet), water to consistency, a tablespoon of sugar, and 30ml of essential oil.
Henna supplies for making henna paste
Step 1 – Mix your dry ingredients together
Henna and sugar ready to be mixed
Step 2 – Add water and mix until a very thick paste is formed. It will be a bit lumpy at this point. We are going to thin the henna out later.
It’s a bit lumpy and dry, but that’s ok!
Step 3 – Cover with some plastic wrap to let the mixture absorb the liquid. Eat some ice cream or check your email for 15 minutes or so.
Cover and let sit.
Step 4 – Add more water to thin the mixture a bit, and add your essential oils. Mix well. Cover again and let sit again. Do we really need another picture? No. Go check your email for or stalk your ex on Facebook for an hour or so.
Step 5 – Mix your paste until all the lumps are gone. It should be kind of sticky and snotty. MMMmmmmmm.
Step 6 – Prepare your cones and put the henna paste in a pointy baggy such as a cake decorating bag or carrot bag
Henna ready to be coned
Step 7 – Fill your cones about 1/2 – 2/3 of the way full and tape shut
Filling cones the easy way!
100 grams of henna yields about 20 small cones of henna! Wow! If you don’t plan to use your henna on the same day, freeze the remaining cones and take them out as needed.
Henna all ready to go!
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let us know what you think of our recipe!
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