Body art designs can be absolutely lovely, but many people hesitate to create them because they feel they can't draw. Henna has been used for centuries by people for body art and/or hair. Using a 100% natural product is the best way to go, and always brings memorable times with its use. This recipe is best used for body art. For use in hair, please read our article on How to Use Henna and Indigo to Dye Your Hair.
- Fresh body art quality henna powder that is finely sifted.
- Bottled lemon juice.
- 100% pure essential oils, such as cajeput, or tea tree or lavender (also known as terps).
- Sugar, preferably dextrose or fructose.
- Measuring the henna powder. Take 2 tbsp of henna powder (about 25 grams of henna), and put it into a bowl. Add 1 tsp of sugar of your choice, and mix well.
- Adding the lemon juice. Heat some lemon juice (about 1/4 cup) on the stove or in your microwave, and add it slowly to your henna powder. Mix well until it is the consistency of play dough. Cover your bowl and let it sit for 2-3 hours.
- Adding essential oil. Then add 1-1.5 tsp of "terps" (essential oil). Cover again and let it sit for another 8-12 hours. Please make sure to read the article on how to choose the right henna powder for body art as it explains how different henna powders have different sitting periods to achieve proper dye release.
- Testing the paste. Test your henna paste periodically by placing a bit of paste onto your palm and let it sit for 1 minute. Remove the paste by washing off, and see if you have a bright pumpkin orange stain indicating that it is ready to use.
- Second round of lemon juice. Add more lemon juice (not warmed up) a little at a time and mix well. Do this until you have it to the consistency of toothpaste.
- Straining your henna paste makes it extra smooth. You can do this by taking a large cup and placing a carrot bag inside, and then putting a cheap nylon stocking inside that. You then pour the henna paste into the stocking's opening and pull the stocking through the carrot bag. That way, the henna paste is forced to come through the nylon stocking into the carrot bag. It will be extremely smooth and you won't have any clogs in your fine tips or cones. What is also good about this method is that, once the henna paste is in the carrot bag, you can easily use that to fill all your applicators up.
- Please do read our aftercare article on taking care of your henna design, to ensure best results.
You can learn great design skills which will help you with every kind of art - including creating body art designs - by taking online classes in art.