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How to Apply Henna

The duration of the stain and the depth of color depend on the area of body chosen and length of time the paste remains on your skin. Henna will produce the best stains on hands and feet, wrists and ankles, while designs on upper arms, chest and back will last the shortest amount of time. Mehndi generally lasts 7 to 10 days.
clean the skin before henna

Scrub skin with soap and warm water to exfoliate then rub area with alcohol to remove any lotion or natural body oils.

If the skin has any sunscreen or lotions on it the henna won't soak in evenly.

You may want to practice drawing some simple shapes and patterns on a paper towel before you move to the skin.

The henna begins to stain immediately so if you make a mistake wipe it off right away. If you are uncomfortable applying henna freehand, draw a design on your skin using a waterbased marker or pen then trace over it with henna. This will help you to apply the henna more quickly and with fewer mistakes.

make henna

Slowly apply even lines of paste by gently squeezing the applicator bottle or mylar cone. Rest the weight of your hand on your little finger to help maintain a steady line. Your line of henna should be smooth and have a consistent width for the most attractive results. The applicator tip should not touch the skin but should be held just above the skin so the line of paste lays down in a nice round line like a rope.

Fresh henna paste is only good for a few days once mixed, however, if you freeze the paste it can last for several months. Wrap the left over henna paste tightly and keep in the freezer until you are ready to use it on another day. Just pull it out of the freezer and let it defrost for an hour at room temperature, you are now ready for another application.

Please remember that only natural red-brown henna is safe for your skin. Black henna may have chemicals added that can blister and scar the skin as well as cause long term damage to your body.

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