How to Make Henna Paste at Home!!




Introduction: How to Make Henna Paste at Home!!

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1/4 cup (25g) Henna powder

2 teaspoons (8g) sugar

2 teaspoons (8ml) essential oil

distilled water or lemon juice

Gather the ingredients listed above.

I'm using Jamila henna powder in this guide. You can use a blend of jamila and rajastani henna powders 50:50.

I use the same sugar which is in my cupboard for cooking and putting in my cup of tea, no fancy fructose or sucrose!

I'm using lavender essential oil in this guide, you can use tea tree essential oil, cajeput essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil.

You can you either lemon/lime juice or distilled water. lemon juice will take 24 hours for the dye release, whereas distilled water would take 2-6 hours.

Henna powders and essential oils can be bought from

Step 1: Measure the Henna..

Use a disposable container or a container which you no longer use. measure out 1/4 of henna powder and put in to the container.

Step 2: Add Sugar and Oils..

Add 2 teaspoons of sugar in to container. sugar helps the henna to stick on to your skin and not crumble off from your skin as soon as it dries.

Add 2 teaspoons of essential oil of your choice. essential oil helps to release the dye from the henna.

Step 3: Mixing..

Mix with distilled water or lemon juice. use one or the other, not a combination.

Mix by hand or with an electric mixer until all the lumps are out and the paste is smooth.

Step 4: Consistency..

Henna paste consistency: when you pour the henna, the henna tendrils stay on the surface of the paste without melting back in. that is the perfect consistency for henna.

Step 5: Leave for Dye Release..

cover it with saran wrap or a plastic bag and leave it in a warm place for dye release, 24 hours if lemon juice is used, 2-6 hours if distilled water is used.

Henna likes to be warm, not hot. 75-85 Fahrenheit (23-30 Celsius) is the preferred temperature for henna paste.

Step 6: Paste Test..

After 24 hours give it a good mix. and you have to test it to see if it has released dye and if it stains the skin well.

To see if the paste is ready, you have to do a 5 minutes spot test. apply a little henna on your palm and leave it for 5 minutes.

after 5 minutes on the skin when you wipe the paste off you should be left with a lovely bright pumpkin orange stain .. If it's a pale color, it's likely not ready! I always do my spot test on my palm or inner fingers or the bottom of my foot.

Step 7: Strain and Cone..

your henna paste is ready for straining and coning. i will put up another instructable on how to strain henna and how to put them in to cones.

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    wow so easy to make this henna paste. I like this instructables. I will add this in my favouriates.

    Hello. Quiet impressed with your work. Just a question. There used to be traditional red indian henna which I don't find anymore. Any idea how that is made?

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    Hi, thank you. I'm not sure which type of henna you are referring to, tradition indian henna is made by grounding henna leaves or using henna powder. you should have a look at the Mr.antonirajs' i'able for the grounded henna paste. Or follow this I'able to make it out of henna powder. i hope this was helpful. if you have any other questions please feel free to ask :)

    sabu.dawdy, Red Indian Henna is made from leaves of henna tree (Botanical name : Lawsonia inermis). You can see my instructable here on how to make Red henna from henna tree leaves

    congratulations to you too.. you are an amazing henna artist and your hands/palms are beautiful :)

    Congratulations to you as well! This is an interesting instructable. Thanks for sharing and hope to see how to put them into cones.


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    Wonderful tutorial! Congrats on making a finalist, you should be really proud;)

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    Thank you momoluv, congratulations to you too. fingers crossed it they announce the winners :)


    3 years ago

    Marvelous instructable and beautiful art, but it is much easier to strain the henna powder before mixing - much less waste and quicker :-)

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    Thank you..I'm a henna artist, It's best to strain the henna paste after mixing than straining the powder, sometimes henna paste will have large chunks when the paste is not mixed properly, so i recommend straining it after making the paste xx

    That is a beautiful design! ;)