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Divine Henna ‘Easy Henna Mix’

It’s important to note that every brand of henna as well as every years harvest of henna,  will need a differing amount of water (or whichever liquid you chose to give consistency) to achieve your preferred consistency. Therefore the recipe below may be used with any henna powder however the water component will need to be adjusted to your requirements.

 

Ingredients

  • 50g henna powder
  • water to your preferred consistency, with our powder we are using somewhere between 120 and 130 ml
  • 18g dextrose, sugar may be used instead
  • 14 ml cajaput, tea tree essential oil or Lavender (for pregnancy)

Equipment

  • ceramic, glass or metal
  • teaspoon and tablespoon or spatula
  • plastic wrap
  • NOT ESSENTIAL but sooo useful, an accurate electronic scale

 

Instructions

  1. Into a bowl place 50 grams of Divine Henna powder as well as the sugar or dextrose.

 

  1. Add water and mix through until you reach a sticky but still firm consistency.

 

  1. Cover the henna mix with plastic and leave in a warm, dark place for 6 to 24 hours.

 

  1. This period is called dye release.

    The Henna paste needs a certain amount of warmth for dye release to take place. If conditions are cooler this process will take longer. A thin film of orange coloured oil on top of your paste is a good sign that the mix is ready for the next stage, but best practice is to test the dye by daubing a bit of henna on your palm, leave for two minutes, and then remove. Start doing this after the paste has been sitting for 6 hours if the weather is warm, 12 hours if cool. A bright orange spot is evidence your henna is ready for the next stage. If the stain is pale leave it sit for longer testing every couple of hours.

 

  1. Add 14ml of your Essential oil and stir in mix until smooth.

 

  1. Now add enough water until you get a smooth consistency, thicker than yogurt but smoother than tooth paste. Achieving your desired consistency takes some practice so be patient, do small batches if need be, experiment and keep notes!!.

 

  1. Add the paste to the applicator cones and your henna is ready to apply!

 

Note: Freeze your henna when not in use. Fresh henna will lose its dying power after 2 days outside of refrigeration.

Enjoy!

 

Instructional video mix your own Henna Paste 

Below is an instructional clip from our ‘early days’. You will note a few of our ingredients (like lemon juice instead of water) have changed over the years. The above recipe is now our preferred mix.

If you want an easier method try our ‘Divine Brew Kit’ which has a unique, fool proof mixing technique as well as precise ingredient measures to insure the perfect consistency every time.




 

Getting the Paste into the Applicator Device.

An easy method to pour your batch of henna paste into your henna applicator without making a big mess.

Pour your henna paste into a zip lock bag and push it into one corner of the bag.

Pour your henna paste into a zip lock bag and push it into one corner of the bag.

Grip the bag above the paste while snipping off the corner of the bag. Don't make the cut too large or you won't be able to control the pouring of the paste.

Grip the bag above the paste while snipping off the corner of the bag. Don’t make the cut too large or you won’t be able to control the pouring of the paste.

Hold the bag of paste in the right and the applicator device in the left hand. Pour until half way or just over half full. If using applicator cones make sure you do not overfill or it is hard to seal the cone.

Hold the bag of paste in the right hand and the applicator device in the left hand. If using applicator cones make sure you do not overfill it or it is hard to seal the cone.