Henna Kit Series, Henna Paste

Henna Kit Series: Mixing the Henna Paste

How to mix the henna paste

This episode in the Henna Kit Series will tell you all about how to mix the henna paste using the ingredients you received in your Kingdom Henna henna kit. Video at the bottom for an even closer look!

We are going to cover the first 4 instructions from the Henna Kit Instructions booklet you received in your kit.

1. Add the henna powder to the bowl

Add the henna powder mixture into a small non-plastic bowl (the bag contains a mix of 20g henna powder and 1 1/2 tsp sugar).

This is a pretty simple instruction, just make sure you use a non-plastic bowl. The essential oils we are adding to the paste can degrade plastic. This means you might get some of those degraded plastic chemicals in your resulting henna paste, like BPA and others. Use a small ceramic, stainless steel, or glass bowl.

Want to know why this mix contains sugar? Go read the first episode in this series about the Henna Kit Contents!

2. Add the essential oil

Add the entire bottle of essential oil.

Straight forward. Just dump it in!

3. Add water

Add water a little bit at a time and stir until consistency is thick but smooth.

You will be hard pressed to get an exact amount of water from any henna artist who is mixing their own henna paste. Each artist prefers a different consistency. But this initial addition of water is not meant to get the paste to its final consistency, this will just get all the paste mixed together, cohesive, and ready to sit for a while. Catch the video below to get an idea of what it’s supposed to look like after this water is mixed in.

Don’t fret the lumps! They will even out after the paste has sat for a while.

4. Cover with plastic wrap and wait

Cover with plastic wrap and let sit in a warm place for 4-6 hours.

Cover your mixed henna paste with plastic wrap and let it sit in a warm place for 4-6 hours. ¬†This is called “waiting for dye release”. The dye that is inside the henna plant is released due to the chemical reaction between it and the water and the essential oil. And it needs time to be able to do it!

When it’s summer I usually put my paste outside for a while. In the winter, I place it near our radiator. Henna likes to be at about 85 degrees while waiting for the dye to be released. Feel free to use a thermometer.

Video of How to Mix the Henna Paste

 


Kingdom Henna is located in Boise, ID and offers all natural henna tattoos for every occasion.