Must Read: How To Apply Henna At Home Without Any Hassle
Even though it may seem intricate and difficult, you can easily learn how to apply henna at home. Read on to know more.
The use of henna as a form of body art has been existence for centuries. In fact, people from Egypt, South East Asia, Africa and India use henna as a temporary tattoo for religious ceremonies, weddings or just for adornment. Even though it may seem intricate and difficult, you can easily learn how to apply henna at home.
We give you a simple step-by-step process that is sure you turn you into a pro.
As you know henna (the paste) is made from crushed leaves of the henna plant. It has the lawsone pigment that lends it the orange/brown stain. And this is usually available as a powder in the market. So your first step is to buy this packet.
The other things you’d need are:
- White eyeliner (optional)
- Plastic cone
- Safety pin
- Water and lemon
- Design of your choice
To prepare the henna mixture. For this, you need three tablespoons of henna powder, one tablespoon of lemon juice and four tablespoons of water.
Add the lemon juice and water to the powder and make a thick paste. It should be of the consistency of a pancake batter- nor too runny, nor too thick.
This mixture is natural so you can store it in the fridge in case you made more than needed.
Select any design you would like to replicate. You can do this by drawing it over your hands using the white eyeliner. This will act as the blueprint of your masterpiece.
Using the pencil, simply draw the design over your hands. You can be as creative as you like and add your own spin to it.
Now that you have a basic design ready, it’s time to prepare the cone. Using a spoon, add the henna mixture to a tilted plastic bag (just as is used for icing a cake). Make sure it is sealed properly so none of the mixture runs out.
Prick the tip of the cone big enough for the mixture to flow our seamlessly and in the desired thickness.
Now get comfortable with its use. Try your hand at a few designs on tissue paper so you know how to manoeuvre it properly.
Once you feel confident enough, start drawing over the design you drew on your hand with the white eyeliner. Gentle squeeze the cone and release the henna mixture over the design. Go slow and take your time.
You’ll notice the some parts won’t perfectly match the eyeliner and that’s fine. Just eyeball the design and draw as close to it as you can.
Be sure to not touch the wet henna or scrub it off as it will stain.
Once you have finished the design, let it dry till it cracks. However, if you want to keep it on for longer you can prepare a mixture of lemon water and sugar and apply it on the henna design with a cotton swab to keep it on for longer.
When you are happy with the amount you’ve given it to dry and it starts cracking, simply rub your hands together and flick it off. You can also peel it off or even wash it with water,
However, if you want the colour to stay for longer, avoid placing your hands in the water almost immediately after you scrub off henna. Constant placement of hands in the water can cause the design to fade faster.
- Henna has an earthy fragrance so if you’re not really a fan of that smell you might want to stay clear of henna tattoos altogether.
- Some people might be allergic to the chemical added in the powders available in the market. So make sure you do a small patch test before you apply it on your hands.
- Don’t purchase black henna. Always opt for green and natural henna because the former contains p-paraphenylenediamine (PPD) which is a transdermal toxin. So stay away from that as it can burn your skin and leave a permanent scar.
- Henna shows up in different colours on various parts of the body. So for instance, at the back of your hands it could be lighter orange or brown, while on the palms it could be dark maroon or dark brown.
- The longer you leave it to dry, the darker the colour will get.
We hope that you found this step-by-step method on how to apply henna at home useful and will give it shot yourself.
Let us know how your designs turned out and share a photograph in our Comments section below.
Take a look at this video for some simple design inspiration.