Henna: Step by Step

We have made the exotic and exquisite art of henna painting very accessible. With a little practice, anyone can make stunning henna tattoos.

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Make your own henna paste

You can buy henna paste cones easily, including from our webshop; if you are beginning to learn, this would be a good way to start. However, it is best to buy good-quality natural henna powder and freshly make the paste yourself.

Materials required:

  • Natural henna powder
  • Sifting box (or you can make one with an old stocking and a plastic container)
  • Bowl (or container)
  • Spoon
  • Lemon juice
  • Sugar (honey or jaggery are even better)
  • Plastic bag or wrap

7 easy steps:

  1. Sift the henna to make sure there are no large particles or lumps.
  2. Add about 1 teaspoon of sugar to the bowl.
  3. Add about 100g of henna powder to the bowl. Mix it well.
  4. Add a little lemon juice (almost drop-by-srop) and keep mixing. Keep stirring and adding juice till you have added about 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.
  5. Keep stirring and add water till you have the consistency a little thinner than mashed potatoes. Exact amount of water will differ for different types and even batches of henna powder.
  6. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap or bag, and let it rest till it starts becoming brownish. It will usually take 4-12 hours depending on temperature. The hotter the day is, the faster will the henna paste be ready. At about 30-degrees Celcius, it should take about 4 hours.
  7. Your henna paste is ready to use!

For more henna tips and techniques join one of our henna courses.


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