The Only Henna Recipe You'll Ever Need
You may have seen a lot of different recipes on the web and be confused on which one to use. You may also have seen a lot of "cheap" henna powders. Which powder is best, and what do you mix it with?
Lemon juice? Mahalabiya oil? Cloves steeped in Black Tea by the light of the Full Moon? Camel urine? Freshly fallen snow melted over a wood stove by virgins?
Heck, just throw it all in there and say three Hail Marys. Something's gotta give.
I bet you have bought henna powder from eBay or Amazon or your local Indian grocer, followed one of these random and complicated recipes from the internet and hoped for the best. Maybe you spent hours creating a beautiful design and then the stain turned out a faint pumpkin orange. How disappointing is that! I am sure you are wondering what the "secret ingredient" is, and yes, I am going to share that with you, for free.
Would you be relieved to know that you don't need to be camped out under a grumpy camel, or scouring Amazon for the best deals?
Ok, I know you're getting impatient to learn about the secret ingredients and get started making a killer henna mix. Lucky for you, we have developed this recipe with simplicity and safety in mind. But even better, with this recipe you can use the henna within just a couple hours after mixing. So no waiting overnight wondering if it is going to work, or if you've left it too long and killed it.
Ready for the big secret?
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Ok, we're almost there, but first I have some bad news. You knew it was coming because you were nodding along while reading this.
That "cheap henna" you have in your cupboard, throw it out. Do it now. I'll still be here when you come back.
There is no way around this, and no amount of "secret ingredients" that can save a stale or poor-quality henna powder. Oops, did I just give away the secret ingredient? Yes I did. The secret is, there is no secret!!! It's just that you’ll absolutely need to start with high-quality, fresh henna. Time to put those past experiments to the side, and grab the basics in the links in the recipe, then keep reading for mixing instructions!
Ingredients for 20 cones of fresh henna
- 100 grams fresh Henna Powder - We use Organic Rajasthani-grown henna or Jamila Henna for superior results. The stuff you get at the Indian market, health food store, Amazon or eBay may not be Body Art Quality, or it may be stale or contain chemicals or other additives. Does the price seem too good to be true? Then it probably is...
- 30ml pure, undiluted, steam-distilled Essential Oil. Certain oils have natural compounds in them which help the henna get darker. Cajeput, Tea Tree, Lavender, Frankincense, and Cardamom are a few good ones.
- Distilled/purified water or rain water, room temperature
- 2 and 1/2 Tablespoons Sugar, Molasses, or other sweetener (this helps the henna stick better)
- There is no 5. That's it! Easy peasy.
Step 1 – Mix your dry ingredients together in a bowl or mixer
Step 2 – Add water and mix until a very thick paste is formed. It will be a bit lumpy at this point. We are going to thin the henna out later.
Step 3 – Cover with some plastic wrap to let the mixture absorb the liquid. Eat some ice cream or check your email for 15 minutes or so.
Step 4 – Add more water to thin the mixture a bit, and add your essential oils. Mix well. Cover again and let sit again. Do we really need another picture? No. Go check your email for or stalk your ex on Facebook for an hour or so.
Step 5 – Mix your paste until all the lumps are gone. It should be kind of sticky and snotty. MMMmmmmmm.
Step 6 – Prepare your cones and put the henna paste in a pointy baggy such as a cake decorating bag or carrot bag
Step 7 – Fill your cones about 1/2 – 2/3 of the way full and tape shut
100 grams of henna yields about 20 small cones of henna! Wow! If you don’t plan to use your henna on the same day, freeze the remaining cones and take them out as needed.
Henna all ready to go! Now, if you didn't order your supplies yet, what are you waiting for? Now that you know it's not rocket science, stop making excuses, and get some good stuff!
We hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Let us know what you think of our recipe!