I’ve been fascinated with henna tattoos for a while. I love the organic designs and intricacy that is associated with henna tattoos. As the summer fades out, I decided to finally expand my experiences and do it for myself.
What You’ll Need:
- Henna powder (4g)
- Eucalyptus oil (1ml)
- Lemon juice
- Applicator bottle with small tip/piping bag
- Straight pin
- Wooden mixing stick
- Cotton balls
- Vegetable oil
(or you can just purchase a henna kit)
What To Do:
- Mix the henna powder with a little bit of water using the wooden mixing stick in the applicator bottle
- Add the eucalyptus oil to the mixture and mix it for 5 minutes.
- Let the mixture sit for 45 minutes.
- While waiting, thoroughly wash and exfoliate the skin you are going to be applying the paste to.
- Separately, mix sugar and lemon juice and heat to a boil until everything is mixed together and set aside for later.
- Stir the henna mixture before use and add a little bit more water if the paste is too thick to squeeze out of the applicator bottle. Use the pin to unclog the tip if necessary.
- Use toothpicks for thinning lines and creating intricate designs. Use Qtips for wiping away mistakes. Leave henna to dry for 10 to 15 minutes on skin when finished designing.
- Lightly apply the sugar and lemon juice solution to design with a cotton ball. This will allow the henna to last longer and become darker. You can stop applying the solution when the design becomes black and glazed. Be careful not to apply too much.
- Leave henna on skin for as long as you can. Three hours will usually result in a dark color, but 12 to 15 hours will yield longest lasting, darkest stain.
- Remove the henna with vegetable oil and a cotton ball.
Things To Keep In Mind:
- Avoid wetting the area for a day.
- For best results, use henna paste within 24 hours.
- Test the henna on your skin before you do something elaborate to make sure you don’t have any allergic sensitivities.
- Henna stains so be careful when using it to not let it touch anything you don’t want it to.
- Wrap the henna in paper towel and tape if you leave it on over night so it doesn’t stain bedding.
- The stain will last anywhere from 7-12 days depending on lifestyle factors. The design will disappear as the skin begins to exfoliate.
- Henna can appear orange, reddish brown, russet, light brown, dark brown, crimson red, and burgundy depending on the type of henna, natural skin pigmentation, and length of setting time.
- sketch it out first to get an idea of what you want to do
- start simply and then add details
- begin at the finger tips
- play with geometric shapes like circles and triangles
- use nature for inspiration: leaves, vines, flowers, stars, the sun, the moon
- use organic lines that swirl and curve around your fingers and wrist
- mandalas – you can never go wrong with mandalas
Send me pictures of your henna designs on Twitter and Instagram using #gmlhenna