NEW Henna Tattoo Tips & Ticks There
is always something new to be learned about
the art of henna! New information can
get lost on a site this big, so I thought
I'd keep a running log of new tips and
tricks for you.
Some tips will be from my personal
experiences with henna, but some tips will
come from your fellow henna artists out
there. If you would like to send a
henna tip or henna pictures,
just send me an email. Feel free
to include a picture of yourself or a link
to your website.
(Mylar) Triangles for Rolling Henna Cones
You asked...we answered! I'm happy to
offer yet another product brought about by
Finding the perfect cellophane is tough.
Trying to cut it perfectly without getting
dirt, hair, and other contaminates on it is
REALLY tough! I understand because I
have always hated rolling my own cones
because of this.
Now you can get perfectly cut triangles,
that are the perfect thickness, super-cheap
from us! We offer two sizes of
sure to check out all of the Bajidoo henna
videos. She has some wonderful henna
design videos along with how-to henna
How to Roll Henna Cones
Place the cellophane
triangle printed side down and
long edge facing you.
Place a finger on the
edge of the long side of the triangle in
With your free hand
pick up a corner (right or left) and
twist it towards the finger that you
have placed in the middle of the long
side of the triangle.
Continue to twist
creating a cone.
Once you have the
cone, hold it with two fingers inside
You can twist the
cone to adjust its shape.
The key to a good
cone is a super pointy tip.
Take a small piece of
tape and carefully tape the loose
cellophane edge about an inch or so from
the pointy tip. Use the Scotch
brand red plaid transparent tape.
The frosted-style tape (green plaid)
will not hold up to freezing or the
essential oils used in henna.
I've been noticing some people with
questions about henna dye release on some of
the henna groups that I follow so I thought
I'd address that here as well.
Every type of henna has a different dye
It can take anywhere from 4-48 hours (or
longer) for dye release depending on the
the temperature, and what is mixed with your
The warmer the
temperature, the quicker the dye release.
If itís colder, it will take longer to
achieve dye release.
The more acidic the liquid mixed with the
henna the slower the dye release (and
demise). The less acidic the liquid,
the quicker your dye release. The
times below are based on using lemon juice
to mix your henna.
Jamila Henna: generally has full dye
release in 24-48 hours (no straining needed) Rajasthani Organic: generally has
full dye release in 6-24 hours General Henna: generally most
hennaís release dye in 4-24 hours
Note: Generally, the longer the henna
takes to release full dye, the more stable
the henna and the longer it will take the
henna paste to start losing itís dyeing
This is one of the reasons Jamila henna is
so very stable and has such longevity.
Ways to check for dye release:
a. When the top of the henna has
a nice brown skin with the fresh green henna
under the surface, your dye has been
released. Double check these results with
one of the below methods.
b. Place a paper towel on top of the
plastic wrap. When there is a nice
orange stain on the paper towel, you have
c. Place a small dot of henna on the
palm of your hand. Leave it for a few
minutes and wipe it off.
If there is a nice orange stain, you have
This is the MOST reliable dye release test!
You will need to experiment with your
specific situation to find the optimum dye
release time for you henna. Don't get
too crazy about it. It's generally
hard to over-release your henna dye, though
it can be done. Most problems with dye
release are because the henna was not left
out long enough, and the dye is not fully
Have some fun and relax! You'll get
Organic Henna Power
3.2% Dye content!
WOW! Really, 3.2% lawsone content.
Even higher than Jamila henna powder!
OK, let's talk about this new Rajasthani
henna. It's leaving spectacular color!
I mean really, really, really good
The picture below is on difficult-to-stain
me. The henna was left on for 3 hours
with no sealer and no additional heat.
The picture was taken only 13 hours after
paste removal. Seriously!
2011 Organic Raj henna is a stringy henna.
This means it's great for draping lines that
is common in Moroccan style henna. If
you are used to Jamila henna, it will take a
little getting used to.
It is 100 mesh sifted, so not as perfect as
Jamila, but still excellent.
Full dye release is obtained, generally, in
12-24 hours. The quicker dye release
means the henna paste is not quite as stable
as Jamila henna, but it still holds up
GREAT flipping stuff!
Get the best of both worlds by mixing half
Rajisthani paste and half Jamila paste.
You'll get that fantastic Jamila smoothness,
texture, workability, and stability and the
darker stain color of the Raj henna!
Did you know we now offer henna design
eBooks? Our eBooks are in standard PDF
format and are designed to printed out on
normal 8.5 x 11 paper. This is great
for henna artists because you can print out
multiple copies for your festival books.
This eBook is specially designed to help you
learn the vocabulary of henna tattoo designs
by breaking down designs into the basic
elements of henna design. A variety of
complete designs using these henna elements
from easy basic designs to moderate level
Great for individual use along with some
good festival style pages as well.
This eBook is specially designed to be used
for events such as fundraisers or festivals,
with the beginning henna artist in mind. The
henna designs in this design book are quick
and easy to create It's packed full of
information to help the henna newbie through
their first couple of events.
Designs range from super easy to moderate.
Nothing too complicated!
Variety Pack Henna Design eBook
This eBook has a little bit
of everything! Most of these henna designs
are of a moderate or intermediate skill
level, so with some practice even a henna
beginner can learn all of these.
Modern interpretations of henna designs and
henna styles are featured. Each page is very
different from the pages around it to give
you a massive variety of different henna
styles done in fresh modern ways to spark
your imagination. You will find both
higher-end festival pieces along with great
henna party pieces.
This eBook focuses on more
skilled and intricate henna designs. You
know, the kind that will cramp your hands
until you are practiced! Designs range from
moderate to challenging henna styles. A
variety of styles are represented including
lacey Indian style wedding henna, bold
Arabic floral henna, geometric African
henna, and modern fusion henna. Some of
these pieces look more difficult than they
really are to henna, so try them all!
Keep your eye out for more eBooks to come!
Jamila Henna 2011 Body Art Super Sift
Though we've had the 2011 Jamila henna since
the first week of July, I still feel as if
it is brand new! I am still so excited
about the Jamila henna crop this year.
The Lawsone content
(dye content) weighs in at
2.64%! Let me put this in
perspective for you. Most average
henna is 1.7-2.3% dye content.
Anything over 2.5% lawsone is considered
excellent quality henna.
Gone is the holographic packaging.
Instead we have a slightly larger box
(though the henna is still vacuum sealed
in Mylar bags) and is marked on the
bottom of the box with the crop and dye
design above was on difficult-to-stain me!
The paste was on for 3 hours, with no
sealer, no wrap, and no additional heat!
Can you spell AWESOME!
Are you in a henna rut? Seem to be
doing the same design over and over?
It's a whole new year, let's get out of that
Challenge yourself to do your henna
Always do flowers? Practice henna
designs without a single flower. Can't
seem to master the perfect paisley. Do
only paisleys until you get it right.
you don't already have a henna notebook, get
one. Any grouping of paper will do, a
notebook, a folder of paper, whatever.
Start filling it as designs strike you or as
something inspires you.
Print out some of our
blank henna hand templates and draw out
some henna designs. Get crazy here!
If you don't like it you can toss it out.
This is a wonderful way to try something new
with no commitment. If you like it
commit the design to skin with some henna!
The point is to try something new!
Stretch your creativity!
I just finished a
beginning henna workshop and what a GREAT
class! I had an amazing group of women!
Two of the women in class are regular henna
customers of mine and allowed me to
demonstrate an important fact about henna
color. Two days before I gave both
Stacy and Shannon henna tattoos. Stacy
didn't put any lotion on that day so I
hennaed her without cleaning the area first.
I used witch hazel to clean Shanon's skin
since she had lotion.
Stacy's henna was brilliantly dark and
lovely. Shannon's was rather
lack-luster. The exact same henna, the
exact same day, and both designs done on the
foot and ankle area.
I constantly tout that henna takes best on
clean dry skin. A quick cleaning can't
remove all lotion since lotion seeps into
the skin cells, but it's better than
nothing. Clean open cells allow a
better bond with henna. Think of your
skin cells as a glass. If part of the
glass is filled with lotion (or water or
anything else), not as much henna can fit in
For the best possible henna tattoo stain,
you need clean dry skin!
Another thing brought up was how the henna
tattoo stain on my hand was so dark.
The full answer to that is here
Henna Tattoos - Extra Dark Color, but
though my henna was very dark, it wasn't
going to be a long lasting stain. I
only left my henna on for less than 2 hours,
just long enough to do the design and finish
a movie I was watching.
Henna paste still on the
Henna stain just after paste removal (paste
on less than 2 hours).
Henna stain the next morning.
Henna tattoo stain 3 days after paste
Though I still got nice dark color from my
henna, it started fading MUCH quicker than
normal. By the 4th or 5th day the
henna was starting to fade. Granted I
was also in the process of installing
drywall in our house and was mudding and
sanding the drywall. This meant plenty
of hand scrubbing throughout the day.
Typically I can expect at least a
week of nice deep color from my henna.
Henna stain 7 days old after poor care
and not leaving the paste on the skin
The lesson from this? Take good care
of your henna for a lasting stain.
Leave it on for 4 hours or more
and avoid any type of exfoliation.
Consider this your October henna reminder!
How to Get the Darkest
seems to want super dark color from their
henna tattoos. I want to help you
achieve this, but keep in mind henna isn't
all about color. It's about connecting
(with others or just yourself) and
contributing to a positive energy within and
around us. Henna can be as powerful as
you let it!
Back to dark color henna!
There are many many factors that contribute
to the color you ultimately get from your
henna, we're going to address most of them.
One hundred grams of henna powder will yield
75-150 henna tattoos depending on the size
of the designs you create. If you are
new to henna, I suggest mixing smaller
batches (25-30 grams), so you can play with
your henna recipe to find what works best
Mix approximately equal parts henna and
lemon juice (bottled lemon juice, such
as RealLemon). For 100 grams of
henna, you will use 1-1.75 cups of lemon
total in your recipe. For the
first step do not mix all the lemon
juice. You are looking for a
really thick texture like thick mashed
potatoes. The henna should be too
thick to use, as weíll be adding more
liquid later to our mix.
Why? The acid in the lemon juice releases the dye in
the henna (lawsone).
Apply plastic wrap over henna and press
down so that the wrap touches henna
paste to remove as much air as possible.
Set aside in a warm area to await dye
Time for dye release:
It takes different amounts of time for
different types of henna to release dye.
It can take anywhere from 4-48 hours (or
longer) for dye release depending on the
henna and the temperature. The
warmer the temperature, the quicker the
dye release. If itís colder, it
will take longer to achieve dye release.
Jamila Henna: generally has full
dye release in 24-48 hours (no straining
needed) Rajasthani Organic: generally has
full dye release in 6-24 hours General Henna: generally
most hennaís release dye in 4-24 hours
Note: Generally, the longer the
henna takes to release full dye, the
more stable the henna and the longer it
will take the henna paste to start
losing itís dyeing abilities.
Ways to check for dye release:
a. When the top of the henna
has a nice brown skin with the fresh
green henna under the surface, your dye
has been released. Double check these
results with one of the below methods.
b. Place a paper towel on top of
the plastic wrap. When there is a
nice orange stain on the paper towel,
you have dye release.
c. Place a small dot of henna on
the palm of your hand. Leave it
for a few minutes and wipe it off.
If there is a nice orange stain, you
have dye release.
Mix table sugar into the paste in a
ratio of about 1 part sugar to 4, 5, or
6 parts henna paste. This is
optional. You can mix your henna
without sugar, but I find it is best
with sugar. Different brands of
henna may require more or less sugar.
Why? The sugar makes the henna stay wet against the
skin longer and stick to the skin
better, thus helping you achieve a
darker stain. It also helps give
your henna a great consistency.
You may find you like more or less sugar
with different brands of henna. This is
not absolutely needed, so feel free to
try mixing your henna without sugar if
Mix essential oils into the paste (equal
amounts tea tree and lavender). If
you are mixing 100 grams of henna you
can use anywhere from half of each
bottle to all the oil provided. If
you are not using our oils, 1/3 - 1
ounce (60-150 drops) of oil will work
well for 100 grams of henna.
Why? Both lavender and tea tree oils have monoterpene
alcohols which will help release more of
the lawsone dye in your henna resulting
in a darker stain. Adding oils
also adds a lovely scent to your henna
and helps with the texture of your
Mix henna completely. Add additional
lemon juice if your henna needs to be
thinned. Add more henna powder if
you need your henna paste thicker.
You are going for a texture of anywhere
between yogurt and honey, depending on
your personal taste.
Place plastic wrap on henna again, and
set aside for 2-24 hours to allow more
dye to release. With Jamila you
can get away with another 24 hours of
dye release but with other brands keep a
very close eye on the henna.
Why? Any henna, including
Jamila, is able to be used after your
oils have been added if full dye release
had already been achieved. The
reason we wait again is to allow the
oils to pull more dye out of the henna
molecules. Generally 4 hours is
about perfect, but itís pretty flexible.
Strain the henna,
if needed. Generally all henna
except Jamila henna will need to be
strained to avoid clogs. Place the
henna in a carrot bag or sandwich baggie
with the tip cut so that you can
transfer the henna to applicator bottles
NOTE: The colder it is in your
house, the longer it takes to release
the henna dye. The warmer your
house, the quicker the dye release.
I fill individual cones with henna and
freeze them so I always have fresh henna
available. One hundred grams of
henna powder will create 10-12 standard
size large cones (up to 24 small cones).
What Part of the Body You Henna
Henna takes best on the palms of the hands
and the soles of the feet. The further
away from the feet and hands you get, the
lighter the stain. The thinner the
skin, the few layers of skin cells there are
for the henna to stain.
That's ok, you can still do henna on the
back or even the face, just know that it
will be lighter and not last as long.
The Skin Itself
Henna takes best to clean dry skin.
Lotions, sunblock, or even water will be a
barrier between the henna and the skin.
Self tanner can be exceptionally difficult
for henna to bond with. The more base
(opposite of acidic) your skin is the darker
your henna stain.
4. How Long You
Leave the Moist Henna in Contact with the
The longer you leave the wet henna paste in
contact with the skin, the darker and longer
lasting the color. Ideally I like to
see people shoot for 4-6 hours.
Overnight is even better!
Use a sealer such as a
lemon sugar sealer.
This will help you develop a nice crust on
top of the henna while keeping the underside
(that's in contact with your skin) of the
How Warm You are with the Paste on the Skin
The warmer your skin the darker your henna
stain. I have low blood pressure and
I'm always cold. It's much harder for
me to get good henna color than it is for
most people. Don't crank your air
conditioning, and try to keep your body
temperature up. Sit in the sun, have a
glass of wine or hot tea, wrap up in a
blanket if you are like me, lol!
The best thing you can do to keep the henna
area warm is to
seal and wrap your
henna design. Dab on a lemon sugar
solution to the henna as soon as it's dry
enough to touch. Wrap the design in
plenty of toilet paper to absorb sweat and
then wrap Saran Wrap around the toilet
paper. This can yield crazy-good
How You Remove the Henna Paste
use water to remove the henna from your
skin. Either gently scrape it off with
your fingers or a spatula or use a little
olive oil or mehndi oil to remove the henna
paste. Avoid water on the henna for
the rest of the day if possible.
7. How Well
You Care For the Henna Tattoo
Henna is a permanent stain. It doesn't
fade away, your skin cells exfoliate off.
Anything you do to avoid exfoliating the
skin where your henna is will help your
henna last longer. Avoid water,
cleaners, and anything else that may
exfoliate the skin as much as possible
(within good hygiene limits).
BTW, remember your henna will start off
light, but will come up to full color over a
couple of days. Be patient!
Wet henna paste still on skin.
The longer you leave the moist henna in
contact with your skin the better and longer
lasting your color. Keep the skin warm
in that area to draw out as much dye in the
henna as possible.
Henna stain the morning after paste removal.
Henna starts off light (sometimes REALLY
light) but cures in your skin over a couple
of days to come up to full color.
Henna stain 36 hours after henna paste
Remember, henna is a permanent stain.
It's doesn't fade away, your skin cells
exfoliate off. ANYTHING you do that is
exfoliating (swimming, facial cleaners,
cleaning chemicals, rubbing clothing or
shoes, will fade your henna design.
I've had some folks interested in rolling
their own Mylar cones for applying henna
The lovely and talented Brenda of Bajidoo
has this wonderful video of rolling Mylar
henna cones that I'd like to share with you.
How to Roll a Mylar Henna
Cone by Bajidoo
Be sure to check out all of
the Bajidoo henna videos. She has some
wonderful henna design videos along with
how-to henna videos.
So you have your henna, but now you don't
know what designs to henna? No
problem! Henna is all about building
your henna vocabulary so that you can
free-hand henna easily, straight from your
heart (or head as the case may be).
It helps to start by imitating different
designs you encounter.
You can find design ideas everywhere!
Gallery section of this website has
HUNDREDS of henna design pictures!
Copy away! Get inspired!
FaceBook Page has a ton of henna
design pictures too. While on
FaceBook make friends with other henna
Purchase henna design
books. Currently we stock the
Beachcombers henna design book, but
there are others out there. Look
around and find them.
Check out Google
Images for ideas. Looking for a
butterfly? Google butterfly
and take a look at the images.
You'll get a ton of ideas this way!
Get inspired by
everyday items around you.
Jewelry, bedding, clothing, candle
holders...you get the idea.
* Keep in mind if you are using another
artist's work you need to give them
credit. If you want to post,
print, or otherwise publish work from
another henna artist, you need to get
permission from that henna artist.
With some practice you
will find that you start pairing henna
elements on your own. Before long you
will have developed your own unique henna
Remember to take pictures of your work when
you can. You'll be able to see how
much better you are getting and you'll
remember different designs you've done in
Building your henna vocabulary is a huge
help if you like to do one-of-a-kind henna
or if you like to connect with the energies
Preventing Henna Clogs
in Applicator Bottles and Tips
There are a number of things you can do to
avoid the dreaded clogged henna applicator
Staining Henna Paste
Staining your henna is the biggest thing you
can do to prevent clumps and henna debris
from clogging your applicator tips.
Here are instructions for
how to strain your henna.
Straining is done after your henna is
completely mixed and dye release has
occurred. It's the last thing you do
before putting your henna in applicators.
You can also sift your henna powder, which
is done before you mix the powder into a
paste. I HATE sifting henna, and if
you are going to strain your henna paste,
there is no need to sift the henna powder.
Use Jamila Henna
When I use standard henna powder I always
strain my henna. When I use Jamila
henna powder I strain about half the time.
The Jamila henna is so fine and well sifted
that straining isn't required. I still
do it sometimes because straining makes it so easy
to get into my carrot bag and lets me feel
like I'm doing all I can do, lol!
Honestly, I don't see any difference when I
do strain it, so don't feel you must strain
Moroccan Applicator Tips
polished stainless steel
ORa Moroccan applicator
tips helps prevent clogs as well.
Unlike Jaq tips and standard Moroccan tips
(the ones with the plastic base), they are
polished on the inside. Makes
your henna flow beautifully...like butta!
Avoid Letting Henna
Dry In Bottles
Don't allow any henna to dry up in your
applicator bottles or your tips. ANY
dried henna in either tips or bottle will
definitely give you problems with clogging.
If you do let henna dry in your tips or
bottles, clean them COMPLETELY.
There are some things you can do when mixing
your henna to help prevent henna clogs.
Add sugar and/or oil to your henna.
When you add sugar or oil, watch closely
what happens to the texture of your henna.
You will see the henna smooth before your
Try mixing your henna a little looser or
thinner than normal. The thicker your
more likely you are to get clogs.
Be sure it's still a usable consistency that
you enjoy working with.
Use Larger Size
Henna Applicator Tips
Finally, you can use a larger applicator tip
and still get fine lines. If you use a
larger tip, you can control the thickness of
your line by adjusting the speed that you
draw the line. The faster you go the
thinner the line! Try it!
So there ya go! Jody's anti-clog
tricks for today!
Top 5 Henna For
I've been doing quite a bit of feel-good
charity henna lately. For the
Christmas holiday we did "Henna for Food" as
part of a local food drive. Since the
disaster in Haiti, I've done 2 "Henna for
Haiti" events and included henna gift
certificates in silent auctions. It's
a great way to earn money for charity events
and has the added bonus of directing
positive energy into the world!
I want to encourage more henna artists to
donate their time and art for good causes,
so I'm sharing some tips to make your event
Spell Out Your
If you require 5 food items to be
donated to the food drive for each henna
tattoo, be clear about that. Will
you accept money instead? What
constitutes food items?
Decide if you want random donations, a
specific amount to be donated (I found
is a great donation amount), or if you
want to charge as you normally do and
donate the proceeds.
Be clear on how much of the
donation goes to the cause.
I typically donate 100% of all money to
the cause, but you can donate a
percentage or you can hold back enough
to cover your expenses. Do what is
comfortable for you.
Let customers know what to
Unless you want to do
bridal henna for $10, let people know
what they can expect fro their donation. Say a small
or medium sized design or a selection of
specific designs from your henna book.
This is for a good cause!
This is the positive energy that henna is all
Henna for a cause!
It's good for the cause, it's good for you,
it's good for the world we inhabit!
10/1/09What Kind of Henna Applicator
Bottle is Right for Me?
applicator bottles are normally the easiest
way to apply henna, especially for someone
new. Beachcombers offers a fantastic
selection of soft squeeze bottles and
applicator tips that are interchangeable.
We have our soft squeeze bottles specially
made for us in both 1/2 ounce and 1 ounce
bottle sizes, so they are soft and can be
used with either Moroccan tips or Jaq
tips (both tips require a coupler to work
with the bottles).
Henna Instructional Design CD
eBook Brenda of Bajidoo art has a wonderful
new henna book out, "Henna Self Taught"!
It can be found online from $22-$35.
Lucky for us, Brenda has also made it
available on CD as an e book for much much
less and it includes much more!
The CD book takes
intricate-looking henna designs and breaks
them down into easy how-to's making it easy
for even the novice to create a impressive
henna tattoo in just a few minutes.
book takes a no nonsense step by step
approach to henna design, with loads of
photos along the way. The reader is taken
from curiosity straight to the "doing
phase." The tattoo process is segmented into
a few simple steps and "viola!" A beautiful
professional looking henna tattoo is the
Complete Self Taught eBook
2 Henna How-To Videos
Henna Design Gallery
Brenda's Online Portfolio
It's perfect for someone new
to henna, but it's also useful for more
experienced henna artists.
Advice For Henna
Newbies New to henna? Get started here!
Advice for henna newbies!
Welcome to the world of mehndi otherwise
know as henna temporary tattoos! Henna
is a wonderful thing, and I bet you have
some questions. I want to make your
transition from henna beginner to henna
artist easy. This site has about
everything you need to know
Henna is infused with positive healing
energies and, if you allow yourself to
connect with those energies, you will feel a
distinct uplift in your mood when you are
working with henna
or when you have henna on
I find many people new to henna get
overwhelmed with the possibilities.
Henna is like cooking. You always
continue to learn and improve. It can
be easy or it can be complicated depending
on what you are looking to accomplish.
You can make a great cake from a box mix
easily right? You can take that same
cake mix and make some adjustments to suit
your personal tastes and get an even better
tasting cake. It's also possible to
make a spectacular tiered wedding cake from
scratch. No matter which cake you
make, they are all still CAKE and thus still
The key with henna is to not be afraid to
try new things! Relax and have fun
Follow these reading suggestions to give
yourself a good foundation.
6/17/09 Summer Time Henna...
Summer time means henna at the beach and on
vacation. Fun stuff!
This a reminder about henna safety.
Henna is not black! Black "henna"
is dangerous and illegal. Even so, I
see people doing black "henna" at the beach
every single year.
Protect yourself. If you want a henna
tattoo, ask the henna artist the following
What color will my henna tattoo be and how
long will it last?
If the answer is black and more than 3 days, the henna contains
PPD. Do NOT allow that henna to be applied to you or
someone you care about.
May I see a list of ingredients in your
Check for any chemicals or any other ingredients that you may
trigger an allergy. Mixing henna is not a secret.
Any good henna artist will be willing to tell you what is in
their henna paste.
How long will the henna need to stay on my
Natural henna needs time to produce good color. If the
answer is less than a couple of hours, there is likely something
else mixed in with their henna.
Have fun this summer, get plenty
of henna, but do it safely!
Ahhhh...Sping time! Spring break
vacationers and henna! Now is the time
that we can start really showing off some
Many people are introduced to henna the
first time now and get hooked, of course!
These new henna artists often start with
pre-mixed henna, but them decide to move to
mixing their own henna to achieve more
control and darker longer lasting stains.
I am never one to waste henna, so if you are
at that point, DON'T toss your pre-mixed
henna! You can improve your premixed
henna paste with a couple of easy steps...
Tips for helping
(applicator required: empty cones,
Squeeze your pre-mixed henna paste into
a small bowl. Add sugar in a ratio of
approximately 4 or 5 parts henna to 1
part table sugar. Add some lemon juice
if it's a bit thick, but not enough to
make the paste too thin. As an option
you can also add a drop or two of henna
oil, lavender oil, or tea tree oil.
Mix WELL. Mix REALLY WELL.
Allow the henna sit for 1-3 hours in a
warm location away from sunlight.
Transfer the henna paste to your chosen
applicator and you are ready to go!
This is a great transition
from using pre-mixed henna to mixing your
own henna from henna powder. It gives
you a clear idea of what kind of texture and
thickness you are looking for.
Henna Mixing Video!
Yeaaaaa!!!! One of our local Orlando
henna artists, Brenda of Bajidoo Art,
has created a FANTASTIC "how to mix henna"
OK, OK, this is not a henna tip or a mehndi
trick! I really wanted to share this
I was delighted to have fellow Orlando henna
artist, Ena, of
The Henna Studio, at Beachcombers Bazaar
today to apply some henna to a client.
It was a lovely medallion on the left foot.
That's not what I wanted to share with you.
I have henna on my right hand! That's
correct, I have henna on the hand that I use
to create henna. We henna artists
always seem to end up with a naked hand,
unless you are lucky enough to be
thrilled me with a quick Valentine henna
design! I admit, she had something
similar on her hand, and I thought it was
lovely so I asked for that particular
It seems we'll be seeing quite a bit more of
Beachcombers Bazaar, as I've asked her
to be available for henna by appointment on
Saturdays, starting in March. Here's to more Orlando henna!
01/09/09 How to Make
for Henna Tattoos Making Gilding
Paste to accent your henna tattoos is easy!
Simply mix extra hard hold hair gel with
loose colored powders (mineral pigments or
Any kind of loose powdered mineral pigments
or eye shadows.
If you'd like extra sparkle, you can mix in
additional glitter. Be sure to use
ultra fine cosmetic grade glitter so that it
is safe for the eyes.
Hard Hold Gel Base
For the gel base of the gilding paste,
choose a super hard hold hair gel.
The harder hold the better. You want
to select a gel that can hold up a crazy
spiked Mohawk hairstyle and is hard to wash
out. Water resistant gels will be the
best. To test if the gel will be hard
hold enough, hold the bottle upside down.
Ideally, you want to see little or no
movement of the bubbles inside the gel.
I've heard of people using medical glue, and
mixtures of hair gel and Elmer's glue as
well, so feel free to experiment with
different gel bases.
Depending on the gel you use, your gilding
paste can last anywhere from 1-4 days,
though soap and water will remove it at any
time you wish. The brand of hair gel
will also determine drying time. I
have found that the longer it takes to dry,
the longer the gilding paste will stay on
Applying Gliding Gel
You can apply gliding paste with a brush,
fill a mylar cone henna-style, or use
henna applicator bottles to apply your
gilding gel. The thicker the gel goes
on the longer it will take to dry, but you
can speed up drying time with a hair dryer.
Gliding paste can be used with henna while
the paste is still on the skin or after the
henna paste is removed and the henna tattoo
stain remains. Of course, it can also
be used alone without any henna at all!
Gliding paste is fun and easy...give it a
Now Offering Jamila
Body Art Quality Henna Powder
right, due to popular request, we now carry
Jamila body art henna powder!
Jamila henna powder is the preferred henna
of professional henna artists and we've been
getting requests for it. You know us...we
are all about requests! I can't accommodate
every request, but I do what I can.
We currently have the latest
body art quality Jamila henna (the
highest available quality) Summer Crop 2008
in 100 gram packages. As always, we store
our henna properly cooled and protected from
moisture and heat, so that you get the
freshest possible henna for mehndi body art.
Comparing our standard henna powder and
the Jamila henna powder...
Jamila Henna Powder
Jamila powder henna is the preferred henna
for professional mehndi artists. It leaves
great color and is packaged properly from
the manufacturer giving it a very long shelf
life (summer 2008 crop has an expiration
date of May 2011). It is also the finest
sifted powder available. For the most part,
you won't need to sift or strain your henna
if you are using Jamila henna powder.
As with all our henna products, Jamila henna
is all natural with no added chemicals.
Jamila henna powder is well suited to
professional henna artists that use a larger
amount of henna. It is vacuum sealed in an
opaque mylar 100 gram bag inside the box.
It's not as convenient as the small 20 gram
bags our standard henna comes packaged in. I
also find that the henna dye takes more time
to release with the Jamila powder henna, and
Jamila henna seems more sensitive to
temperature variances. I suggest letting the
henna sit overnight after mixing and if it's
cold (less than 70 degrees in your house),
let it sit at least 24 hours or use the
warming technique below.
Jamila henna is well suited to the more
advanced henna mixes and can yield some
amazingly dark color. The pictures you
see on the web of henna that is nearly
black...those likely used Jamila henna, an
advanced henna recipe mix, and used a wrap
and sealer to get super dark mehndi color.
Henna Applicator Bottles and Applicator Tips
Your henna applicator bottles and tips can
last for a long time with proper care,
especially the stainless steel tips.
Care is the same for Jaq bottles & tips and
Moroccan bottles & tips.
Avoid allowing henna to dry in your
applicator tips. If you can't clean
your tips right away, put them in a cup of
clean water until you can clean them
Heat a small pot of
water on the stove until it is hot, but
you can still touch the water with your
While the water is
warming, squeeze out any excess henna
from your bottles and rinse the plastic
squeeze bottles completely.
Place your applicator
tips in the water (and the squeeze
bottles if rinsing them did not remove
all the henna) in the hot water and
allow to soak for about 10 minutes or
Remove your tips
(one-at-a-time) from the pot of hot
water and hold them under running water
while using a straight pin to clean any
bit of henna on the inside of the tips.
Dot this with each tip until it is
completely clean and you can see all the
way through the tip and water runs
freely through the tip.
Let air dry
completely before putting away. Do
not put your tips or bottles away wet.
Henna Energy by Mariko
Mariko Adams is a professional henna artist
right here in Orlando. She is one of
the best henna artists I've ever encountered
and has wonderful understanding of the art
Sometimes you will find your henna is not as
dark as another time you used the same henna
(especially this time of the year when the
temperature starts dropping). Mariko
had some wonderful thoughts in this.
"I ask myself some questions if I am not
getting the henna color I am used to
- When I was mixing the henna, did I put my
positive energy intention good enough? (I
also put energy stone on the henna while
setting 12 hours)
- Am I using my henna for the right
purpose-which is right feeling? right time?
Henna is absolutely the energy from the
person I do henna on. I believe henna art
is energy from of person's inner beauty.
I feel I am chanting while doing henna with
person and bring their energy through the
henna design. When I do henna I really
try not to think anything. When I think or
talk henna design stops and hard to draw.
When I'm doing henna I totally feel person's
energy and if that person is nervous I feel
nervous and if that person is happy I feel
great also. With many people it takes about
5 minutes to feel comfortable while drawing
design and after that the design just flows
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful
henna energy in this world!!!
Love&Peace always, Mariko"
I feel she is absolutely right.
Positive energy is an important henna
component. My own attitude seems to
have a direct connection with how my henna
stain turns out. I also find henna is
a great way to make you feel better when you
are feeling down.
Lose yourself in a henna design and not only
does it make you feel better while doing the
henna, but you have a beautiful lasting
talisman of luck and protection.
Henna & Temperature
This time of year I start getting emails
from henna artists that are not getting as
good of color as they typically do.
Henna can be picky about temperature and
winter is a different set of challenges than
In summer, we have to
be careful that we don't "cook" our henna.
We have to keep it out of sunlight and not
let it get too warm. When mixing henna
powder in the summer, dye release is often
much quicker (often a just a few hours will
yield good dye release). Keep in mind
if you have your air cranked (even to less
than 75 degrees or so) it will take your
henna longer to release the dye. This
also means that the henna paste can lose
it's dying abilities quickly, so you need to
keep your ready-to-use henna cool.
the winter (even here in Florida) we have to
be more patient with our henna. The
same henna that would obtain full dye
release in a few hours can take a full day
or more in a cooler environment. I
find that if my house is less than 70
degrees I need to let my henna powder mix
sit 24 hours or more. I do this in
stages. I mix my powder with my liquid
(lemon, tea mix, or whatever I am using that
day) and let it sit overnight. The
next day, either in the morning or before
work, I add sugar, essential oils, and any
additional liquid if needed. I let
that sit again overnight and the next day, I
put the henna in applicators and cones for
freezing. Sometimes I don't freeze the
cones until the next day.
I am always
cold, so I have to work extra hard to get a
good stain in the winter. I get all my
supplies together along with a candle,
blanket, and cup of hot tea or glass of
wine. I do my henna while I am
all wrapped up in my blanket and seal it
with lemon sugar. When my hands (or
feet) get cold, I hold them over the candle.
This winter, keep temperature in mind
while mixing and applying your henna.
Remember, body temperature is nearly 99
degrees. Even 70 degrees is a
significant difference in temperature.
Michael, of Clearwater Florida, is a henna
artist that was having trouble with color
and emailed for help. I wanted to post
his follow-up email because it has a great
idea for helping your henna when the
temperature starts dropping.
Just wanted to give
you some quick feedback. I tried your
suggestion with leaving my henna out
longer. In fact, I thought of an easy
trick that might help others in the
I have this thing called a "ThermiPaq"...
basically it's a sand bag that you use
for sore muscles and you can heat in the
microwave or put in the freezer. I
heated mine up for about 1.5 minutes and
put that in the bottom of a cooler. I
then covered it with a small towel and
then laid my bottles of henna on top.
This way, the henna was gently heated
overnight even though the house was
I did that for 2 nights and the henna
started turning a dark green/brownish
color. I tried it after that and it
works wonderfully now. Just wanted to
let you know that my problem definitely
was the cold temperature in the house
and needing to keep the henna warmed up
Thank you, Michael, for sharing a tip
that will help many-a-cold-henna-artist
through the tough winter season!
Just be careful that you don't use so
much heat that you "cook" your henna!
Henna Storage Ever wonder how the heck to keep you
henna and accessories when it's not being
For henna accessories such as applicator
bottles, pins, glitter, and the like, I use
a fishing tackle box. The dividers
make perfect little compartments to store my
applicator tips and bottles.
For mixed henna paste, I simply use a small
Corning Ware container with a lid to store
premixed paste in the refrigerator.
When I freeze henna, I first put the henna
in empty applicator cones, so that I can
thaw only as much henna as I need at a time.
I apply a label to the cone with the date
and ingredients, then tape over the label.
I wrap the cones in a paper towel and put
them in a Ziploc freezer bag.
When I need to bring henna out for an event,
I simply grab my tackle box and a soft lunch
box where I place my henna paste. The
lunch box leaves plenty of space for a
couple of wash cloths and a bottle of witch
hazel for cleaning skin. It has a flat
outside pocket where I keep my aftercare
Kayla did her very
first henna design using powder henna and on
the back (one of the most difficult places
to stain)! It turned out beautifully!
She used Beachcombers powder henna and used
the Tea Henna Mix Jr henna
Kayla has been chosen as the current Henna
Design Of the Moment winner, as well.
Great work, Kayla!
Don't get too caught up in getting your
henna perfect, especially if you are new to
henna. Henna is like cooking.
Two people can make the same recipe, but
have different results.
Relax when you are mixing henna and don't
worry about getting anything exact. My
Great-Grandmother (from Italy) takes four
days to make her marinara sauce. I
take about an hour, lol! My sauce
isn't as good as her sauce, but it's still
delicious and much less stressful on a
Tuesday night. Your henna mix doesn't
have to be an intense-hard-core mixture
every time you mix henna. Try some
super easy mixes sometimes. You can
get decent color by mixing your henna powder
with lemon juice and letting it sit for 4-6
The Beachcombers Favorite henna recipe is
always a consistent easy recipe for great
The same goes for drawing your actual
design. If things aren't going well,
wipe it off with water and start again.
You would be surprised at how nice a design
will look once the henna paste is removed
and the color has come up.
My point is, get in there and start doing
some henna! Remember the worst
that can happen is your color doesn't get as
dark as it could get, or you end up with a
not-so-hot design. So what? Try
it again! Have FUN!
I am LOVING this new henna mix so I want
to share it with you! I'm going to use
a sample timeline to give you a realistic
idea of the timeframe. There is
plenty of room for changing the
instructions. They don't need to be followed
to the letter.
Jody's Fabulous 4
Day Tea Henna Mix!
This one is a bit complicated and long to
make, but I'm getting some amazing color
Monday - Make lemon tea mixture
On the stove I heat lemon juice (about 2 or
3 cups, but the amount will vary greatly
depending on the tea you use),
loose Indian Black tea
(about 3 or 4 heaping table spoons, but
whole black cloves,
and one cinnamon
stick. Feel free to toss in whatever
other ingredients you want to try out.
I like to try something a little different
each time I mix my henna.
I heat that to a low simmer for about 1/2
hour, then I reduce the heat to low so it's
hot but not bubbling at all. I leave
it like that for another couple of hours
then remove it from the burner and leave to
sit overnight. If it cooks down too much
during the heating process, add more lemon
juice or water at any time.
Tuesday - First step of mixing henna
I strain the tea mixture (I actually use the
same nylon that I use for straining my
henna). I typically start with two 20 gram
packages of henna which will make about 4
cones. Mix in the tea mixture just like you
always do, keeping the paste thicker than
you need. Apply plastic wrap over the henna
so that the wrap is actually touching the
henna and put the henna inside a kitchen
cabinet (or any dark place that doesn't get
too hot or too cold).
Take any left over tea mix and freeze it in
an ice cube tray to make it easier to make
your next henna mix. Once my lemon tea mix
is frozen, I put the cubes in a ziplock bag
labeled with the date and ingredients of
that particular mix.
Wednesday - Adding oils/sugar
Stir your henna mix and add sugar (2 or 3
teaspoons). Add your oil. I've been loving
tea tree and lavender lately. I
typically use about 10 or more drops of oil
for 2 bags (40 grams) of henna powder.
Add additional lemon juice if you need to
further thin the henna. Put plastic wrap
back on henna and put it back inside a
kitchen cabinet (or any dark place that
doesn't get too hot or too cold).
Thursday - Ready to use
Strain your henna, add it to an applicator,
and you are ready to go! I use the
carrot bag from straining the henna paste to
put the henna in cones to freeze. Two
20 gram bags of henna will make about 4
henna cones. I label the henna cones
with the date and ingredients before
freezing. It takes about 2 hours for one
cone to thaw.
Keep any unused henna refrigerated for up to a week.
For longer storage put it in an airtight
container and freeze it.
Monday - Make the same lemon tea mixture
from the above 4 Day Tea recipe (use
whatever you want, it doesn't have to be
those exact ingredients). Simmer the tea for
an hour or so (add more liquid when needed)
and set aside to cool. Once cool, strain the
tea and mix your henna, just like the
Tuesday instructions above.
Tuesday - Use the Wednesday instructions
above and add your sugar and oils. If you do
this in the morning, you can use the henna
in the evening, otherwise let it sit until
Keep any unused henna refrigerated for up to a week.
For longer storage put it in an airtight
container and freeze it.
Hope these new henna
mixes do well for you! Email me with
your mixes and I'll post them!
have recommended adding tea tree and
lavender oil to your henna mix for a long
time. I've been hearing from customers
that they have a tough time finding high
quality oils and when they do, they often
have to pay high shipping costs.
Alright, you got it! I've found a
great supplier of high quality Australian
tea tree oil and a very high quality French
lavender oil and am offering it to you!
Now you can get your
essential oils for henna when you get
your Beachcombers! henna powder and you can
add it to any order for no additional
Each bottle is 5 mL and is dark glass, so
they will store well for up to three years.
Five mL is about 60 drops of oil. Each
20 gram bag of henna needs about 2-5 drops
of oil, but you can add more or less
depending on your tastes. The oil is
100% pure uncut, so a little goes a long
BTW, we are also offering a new
Henna Straining Kit so that you can
strain your henna. We found that
people were having issues getting all the
different components of the kit without
spending excessive money so we put a kit
together for you. It contains nylon
stockings, extra strong carrot bags, a
spatula, and instructions of course.
I hope offering these oils and the straining
kit is a convenience for you! Continue
to let us know what your needs are and we'll
stock what we can.
You may have heard me mention that henna
is a natural sun block in the past.
Well, here is proof!
If you look closely at the foot on the left,
you can see the reverse of the henna pattern
that was on the skin before a couple of days
vacationing at the beach. The henna
stain was barely visible when the wearer
went on vacation to the beach. The
henna was done by Courtney, and she was kind
enough to send pictures of the ultra cool
Last week we went to a eCommerce
Business Summit in New Orleans, LA.
Aside from the fact that the summit itself
was a wealth of information, allowing us to
continue to improve your shopping experience
with Beachcombers Bazaar, I also did some
drove from Orlando FL to New Orleans in an
old Miata with no air conditioning.
This means my henna was in a hot car
for more than 10 hours! I
always tell people to put their henna in a
cooler when doing henna outdoors to keep it
fresh, but I purposely did not do that with
my henna. I never dreamed that the
henna would still leave color after that
kind of abuse, so I was pleasantly surprised
to find that after 10 hours of driving in
the trunk of a car in Florida, and another
24 hours of sitting in a hotel room, the
henna still left color! It wasn't
color, but it was color.
< The picture to the left is of the henna
the day after it was done. The color
changed from orange to a darker brown the
next day, but I don't have pictures of that
day. The skin was not cleaned before I
did the henna, but I was able to use a lemon
sugar sealer. Certainly NOT the best
conditions to do henna, lol!
The heat did cause the henna to separate,
and luckily I had a toothpick long enough to
properly mix the henna in the applicator
I was reminded of how important it is to
completely clean applicator bottle tips.
I thought I may be able to get away with
using a straight pin to clean my
stainless steel applicator tips without
water, but I started getting clogs as the
fresh henna mixed with the dried henna that
was clinging to the inside of the tips.
I used hot water from the hotel tap and a
straight pin to properly clean my henna tips
and the clogs stopped.
Vitamin E Oil
Courtney (Orlando henna artist) has been
using Vitamin E Oil
to keep her henna design moisturized.
We have likely learned by now that henna
likes nice dry skin to develop color, but
once your tattoo is set, if you don't keep
the henna tattoo moisturized, the skin cells
exfoliate quicker, thus fading your tattoo.
I always encourage people to keep a henna
notebook. I use mine to...
Keep detailed notes on
every batch of henna I make. You'd
be surprised how quickly you forget
exactly what was in that last batch of
henna that left really great color.
Write down new henna mix
ingredients you'd like to try out.
Doodle henna designs and
try out new designs. My henna
notebook is my little brainstorm
want a specific design hennaed on them.
I let them draw it out in my henna
notebook. I'll also pre-draw out a
design for a customer if they are a
little unsure of what they want.
This gets them excited about their henna
I found some great
notebooks for henna at Michael's Crafts
for only $.50
in their clearance section! They are
8.5" x 5.25", spiral bound, and have a great
paisley floral design. The notebooks
are lined so it can help when drawing out a
symmetrical design for the first time.
They also had matching note cards and Post
Tea Tree Oil & Lavender Oil
These are my two favorite terping oils for
henna and I suggest them often.
Apparently they are not always easy to find,
so we've decided to start stocking them for
you! Keep your eyes out for us to add
high quality tea tree and lavender oils to
our site. If you have not already
signed up for the
Preferred Clients list, I encourage you
to do so, in order to get an email when they
From Beachcombers! Henna Workshop
First, thank you all for coming to the
workshop! It was a great success and I
had more fun that I thought possible while
"teaching", lol! I promised to create
this follow-up info so that you'd have
access to some of the things that came up in
class, so here it is.
Courtney showed us a fantastic product to use for
wrapping your henna, a self-adhesive elastic
bandage called SureFlexx. It's
a great way to wrap your henna without
looking like your broke something, lol!
It comes in a great selection of colors and
is found at feed stores. Apparently it
is used for horses. I found some
online sources for it,
ValleyVet. I have not ordered from
them, I just did a Google search to find
Courtney found a local supplier
here in Orlando that sells SureFlexx for
$2.25 each or if you buy 4 or more rolls the
price is then $2.00 each.
When using this to wrap your
henna design, seal your henna, wrap with
tissue/bathroom paper, wrap with plastic
wrap, and then cover with SureFlexx.
Oils When using oils in your henna mix, be sure
you are using pure aromatherapy grade oils.
some oils are pretty harsh so be sure to
test new oils before applying them in large
quantities or on others. Cinnamon,
clove, and black pepper are examples of
harsh oils. Lavender and tea tree are
I get my henna oils from Leaves and Roots
on the East side on Orlando on Colonial Dr.
They have a huge selection and have a great
website if you know what you are looking
Leaves and Roots
9434 E. Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32817
Phone: (407) 823-8840
Store Hours: Monday to Friday - 10:00am to
Saturday 11 am to 5 pm Closed Sunday and
Nikki mentioned Sun's Eye Oils as a potential source
for essential oils. You can visit
their website at SunsEyeStore.com
or they can be bought locally at
Avalon located on Hillcrest at Mills
or Spiral Circle
located on Thornton near Colonial.
[Gliding Powder for Gilding Paste
We briefly talked about decorating your
glitter paste and gilding paste.
I talked about using eye shadows and theater
powder make-up to make your own gilding
paste. You just mix the powder
with hair glue or very thick hard hold hair
gel. The gel should be thick enough
that when turned upside down a slow bubble
will work itself back up. It should
not be "pourable" gel.
Susan makes the very best gilding
powder (Eyegasams) I've found and at a much
better price than theater makeup. Each
pot of powder is only $7.50 each! She
is working on getting a website up soon,
but you can
contact her via email here. If you
dance at the YOU Center with Lacey,
Susan always brings her powders
to class so you can arrange to purchase them
If you are interested in loose glitter
to sprinkle over your henna, I've found that
extra fine scrap booking glitter work really
well. Don't use craft glitter that is
made of metal because if it gets in your eye
it can actually cut your eye.
The scrap book brand
Stampendous has non-metal glitter.
I've bought this brand at Michaels Craft
Store in the past, but the last time I was
there I didn't see it. I've emailed
the company to ask where else we can get
I used the glitter paste yesterday and got a
little overzealous with it!
It started to run and bleed the henna
pattern. Boo Hoo! So, keep in mind that a
dab will do ya and then use a skewer
or toothpick to push it around. Be careful
not to get it too close to the henna and
remember it will spread to fill in the holes
To save your neck...
If doing an ankle design or the side of a
foot, flip a small trash bin up-side down
and have them prop their foot on that. It
brings your work surface to eye-level when
sitting on the ground and will help with
Instead of drawing stick figures or smiley
faces at your next boring business meeting,
doodle out some henna designs! Practice the
basic shapes (bumps, clovers, waves, etc.)
repetitively on paper until you can easily
draw them in a pattern. This will help with
size control, symmetry and placement when
Be on the look out...
If you are in need of design inspiration,
look all around you! You'd be surprised at
how many designs you can find in ordinary
items we see everyday. Look at your
calendar, magazines, the shape of a vase or
even the pattern in a bed spread. There is
inspiration all around and things may start
looking a little different when you start
looking for it. Now that you know just how
simple henna designs can come together,
start searching for anything that can be
combined with the basic shapes to make
beautiful works of art!
No photographic memory here...
Be sure to keep a journal of your design
ideas as well as recipes. Sketch, doodle,
take photos or simply describe in words what
you see, what you have used in the past,
what works or not, what clients like or
dislike or what you want to try next. Refer
to this information when making your own
designs or elaborating on the good
'ole standards. It's really fun to look back
through the pages as your henna skills
improve to see just how far you've come!
Have fun, make mistakes, learn from them and
let the creative juices flow!