How To Prepare Henna At Home:Henna Paste and Mehendi Cone

Mehendi -Design
Mehendi -Design

What is Henna (Mehandi)?

The tradition of applying Henna (mehandi) is an old one and has been used to dye the hair, skin, and fingernails. The paste made from the dried and crushed leaves of the henna plant is used to achieve the body art. The henna paste leaves a red-brown stain that becomes darker the longer it is kept in place. The paste is applied on the skin along a pattern, after it has 'rested' for at least six hours. The stain will be orangish when the paste is removed. But it will get darken over the next several days to a red-brown color. Most henna stain is absorbed by the soles of the feet and palms of the hands that have the thickest layers of skin. The stain produced in these areas will be the darkest and last the longest.

Henna and India

In Indian culture, Now Mehandi Ceremony is an indispensable part of marriages, pregnancies and every other joyous occasion, irrespective of traditions or caste. Women sit down with a Mehandi artist and enjoy the wonderful royal experience of Henna decoration. This is often enjoyed by the friends and relatives who gather around. There are many designs available in different categories like Arabic, Pakistani and Rajasthani Mehndi. The aroma of Mehandi oil and Henna itself is intoxicating; and young girls or married women ornate their hands and feet for good luck, purity and joy!

In short, it can be used instead of wearing ornaments. These designs can be made even more attractive by using glittering items on them. If we have some creativity we can our self prepare and modify it. Now a day, the Henna powder is available in market in different names such as mehandi, henna etc. So there is no need of roaming about in search of its leaves. Even the readymade cones are available which is ready for applying. This cone can be prepared at home itself.

How To Make Henna At Home:Henna Paste and Mehendi Cone

Boil the following ingredients in a sauce pan:

  • 2 tea bags
  • 2 tsp of coffee
  • 1 tsp of ground clove
  • 10-15 whole cloves
  • ¾ pint of water
  • 2 tsp of tamarind paste

After boiling for a few minutes let simmer for an hour. Then pour it through a strainer. Allow it to cool down.

Take the fresh sifted henna in a small bowl and add a few drops of eucalyptus oil. Then add the saucepan mix into it until it becomes a bit clumpy. Let it sit overnight. It will be ready to be used in the morning.

If you cant make Henna from Home then try to purchase Henna cones from E bay or Amazon

How To Make Henna Paste & Fill Henna Cone

10 Basic tips while preparing Henna

  1. The henna should be very fresh as it provides you with a better, darker and long lasting stain. You can preserve it in the freezer for up to a year.
  2. It’s very important to sift the henna so you won't get tiny fibers clogging your cone.
  3. Let the mix sit overnight covered with a plastic wrap.
  4. By looking at the surface of the mix you can say if it is done. It will have a brown appearance and there will be brown liquid in places. You can also let it sit in a zip lock with a paper towel under it and when it’s done it will stain the towel.
  5. Design can be applied with a number of things like a cone, carrot bag, syringes, jacquard bottles etc.
  6. Use a toothpick to fix the small boo-boo’s while you do the designing.
  7. Depending on how fast the henna dries you can choose to let it dry and flake off on its own or apply lemon and sugar mix on it to keep it moist. You can reapply when it starts to dry.
  8. In order to stay on and get a beautiful dark stain, wrap it with tissue or gauze. It keeps the skin moist and warm and also avoids mehandi crumb in your bed. Don’t wrap it too tightly as it may dislodge the henna.
  9. Allow the henna to stay on the skin for a minimum of 4-6 hours.
  10. While taking off the henna you can steam it up to help loosen the henna, scrape it off or use a little eucalyptus or olive oil to wipe it off. Do not let it wet for at least 12 hours.

Making the Henna Cones
Making the Henna Cones

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Process of Making the Henna Cones

  • Well sifted henna is used to make the traditional henna decorations. For applying fine and intricate decorations, a cone made of a piece of plastic cut out of a freezer bag is used.
  • Cut a square out of a plastic freezer bag. Deposit a tablespoon of henna paste on the centre of the plastic square.
  • Fold this freezer bag into the shape of a cone.
  • Roll the tip of the cone until the hole at the tip of the cone is about the diameter of a sewing needle.
  • Wrap the plastic around the sides of the cone around smoothly and neatly.
  • Fold the top of the cone a tape it. Secure the sides and tip with tape. Make sure that you wrap tape around the tip of the cone to hold its shape.
  • In order to let the henna paste flow smoothly, use a tapestry needle that can be used to clear the tip of the cone.

How to get dark Color Henna?

Apply mehandi to clean skin that is free of any oils or lotions. The mehndi is sealed with a sugar solution once it gets dried. The stickiness of the sugar keeps mehandi, well, stuck to your skin. Traditionally 8 hours or overnight is recommended for making mehandi darker. If the colour of the henna is not too dark, then apply a little tiger balm over it then automatically the colour increases. Avoid using water to remove the mehandi and you will see your design getting darker as it oxidizes throughout the day. The henna darkens as it is exposed to oxygen. The color remains as such for about 15 days.

How to Make a Henna Cones in Home

How to Remove Henna Stain

Though henna is generally is not removable, it does not stain the skin as permanently as a tattoo. Being patient and waiting for it to fade naturally is the only way to remove henna stain. But there are ways to speed up the process. Some of these methods are mentioned below.

  • Mix olive oil and salt. This like any other exfoliant works to remove the top layers of the skin.
  • Soak the stained area in hot water for long periods of time or have a long and hot shower.
  • Spending time in the sun fades the stain. But this method can be unhealthy especially for those having fair skin.
  • Rubbing hair conditioner on the henna stain hastens the fading of the stain and is also gentle on the skin.
  • Gently rub cotton soaked in hydrogen peroxide over the henna stain. The colour will start fading eventually.
  • Chlorinated water dries out the skin and speeds up the fading process. Hence going swimming is advisable.
  • Massaging olive oil on the stained area is the gentlest method.

Some Indian brides believe that the darker the stain of the henna, the greater would be the love of her husband and mother in law for her. The traditional natural henna is always safe for the skin. This paste will look dark green, khaki, or greenish brown in colour. Some henna artists apply black henna, which is dangerous for the skin as it contains paraphenylenediamine (PPD). The original henna will leave an orange stain that will darken to red brown or dark brown. If henna containing PPD is applied to the skin it can cause blisters, open sores, and scarring. Fresh henna never smells like kerosene or hair dye. So it’s best to consult a reputable artist who will tell every thing about the ingredients and also talk you through the process of caring for your design.

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Chaas 23 months ago

I told my grdhomatner how you helped. She said, "bake them a cake!"

Billy 23 months ago

India is the biggest ctnuory where mehndi is used by women and girls all over the ctnuory. Mehndi is a hindi word used to describe the beauty treatment with the henna leaves which is crushed to make henna powder or mehndi powder, which on application leaves behind its stains in the skin. Mehndi is ancient India’s tradition which Indians are following till date. The henna plant is grown in the rural part of India and is sold by mehndi manufacturing companies like Prakash Mehndi, etc. all over the India. Arabic mehndi designs are also popular in India. The mehndi designs are made on both the sides of hands and on foot too. Though some people prefer simple mehndi designs for hands.

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