- How to Mix Henna Powder Instructions
- Practice Makes Perfect!
- Super Simple Beachcombers Henna Recipe – 1 Step Henna Recipe
- The Easy-Peasy Jody Method
- How To Store Henna
- More About Essential Oils in Henna Paste
- How to use henna
How to Mix Henna Powder Instructions
Learn how to make henna paste on your own for great staining, easy-to-work with mehndi paste. When making henna paste, one hundred grams of henna powder will easily yield 75-200 henna tattoos depending on the size of the designs you create. It’s common for experienced henna artists to get over 300 designs from 100 grams of henna.
If you are new to henna, do not mix the entire bag at once. Only mix 1/4 or 1/3 of your henna at a time, so you can play with your henna recipe to find what works best for you.
Practice Makes Perfect!
Henna is like cooking. It can take some time to get it perfect, yet you still get to have some fun getting to your perfect henna mix. Relax and have fun with your henna!
Below are a couple of different henna recipes for mixing henna, but they all have the same ingredients. In order to create the best possible henna mix for you, it helps to understand why you add these specific ingredients, so let’s start there!
- Quality Henna Powder
For henna to be used on the skin, you must use fresh high-quality body art quality henna (BAQ). Never use hair henna and never use random henna powder that you find a grocery store. Hair henna is a lower quality henna powder and often has metallic slats or chemicals added to it (even if it claims to be all natural). Random henna powder from a questionable source is rarely stored properly and therefore not fresh. You can be confident when you buy from us! We KNOW henna!
- Lemon Juice (bottled is fine)
Obviously, you need some sort of liquid to make your henna powder into a paste. Lemon juice is a great acidic liquid that allows the lawsone dye molecules to be released from the henna in a slow controlled fashion. A nice slow controlled dye release leads to a stable henna paste that doesn’t demise too quickly.
If you use something other than lemon juice, the dye release time can be drastically different. Water or tea will release dye MUCH quicker, potentially leading to a less stable paste.
Adding sugar to your henna powder is optional. Sugar makes the henna stay wet against the skin longer, stick to the skin better, and makes the henna more flexible thus helping you achieve a darker stain. This can eliminate the need for a sealer. It also helps give your henna a great consistency. You may find you like more or less sugar with different brands of henna. This is not absolutely needed (especially in more humid climates), so feel free to try mixing your henna without sugar.
- Lavender & Tea Tree Essential Oils
Both lavender and tea tree oils have monoterpene alcohols which will help release more of the lawsone dye in henna resulting in a darker stain. Adding these oils also adds a lovely scent to your henna and helps preserve your henna paste. Essential oils are very potent and strong. Use the minimum amount of oil you need to create a good mix. Never add more than 1 ounce (30 mL) of oil per 100 grams of henna. ***More about essential oils are further down this page.***
Super Simple Beachcombers Henna Recipe – 1 Step Henna Recipe
New to henna? USE THIS! This single step recipe keeps mixing henna simple and easy because you add all the ingredients at once. This recipe can be used for any henna, but is the best option for short dye release hennas (less than 24 hours). This is the recipe I personally use.
- 100 grams quality henna powder
- Lemon Juice (1 1/4 -1 1/2 cups or so)
- Sugar (none or up to 2 Tablespoons – more in dry climates)
- Equal Parts Lavender & Tea Tree Oils (1/3-1oz)
If getting really dark color is important or you are doing henna on others for money, use 1 oz of oil per 100 grams of henna. For a hobbyist, less oil is fine.
- Put henna and sugar into a bowl and mix lemon juice and essential oils into the powder/sugar until you reach a thick mashed potato consistency. I use a glass mixing bowl as it cleans up easily and doesn’t stain or retain scent.
- Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the wrap down on top of the henna until it touches.
- Set aside to await dye release. Dye release time vary according to the type of henna you use and the temperature. The warmer it is, the quicker your dye release. Colder temperatures require longer time.
- ORa Rajasthani: generally 6-16 hours
- Jamila Henna: generally 24-36 hours
- General Henna: generally 4-24 hours
- Check for dye release every 4-6 hours. Place a dot of henna on the heel of your hand and wait 5 minutes then wipe it away. If you have a nice orange stain, you have achieved dye release.
- Once dye release has been verified, add more lemon juice to reach the consistency that you personally like. You are looking for something along the lines of stirred yogurt, between thick cake batter and brownie batter, or thicker than honey. Ideally, the henna should ribbon off your spoon forming peaks that very slowly melt or slump.
- Once your consistency is perfect, strain the henna (optional). Put your henna in individual cones and freeze until you are ready to use.
The Easy-Peasy Jody Method
This is essentially the same Super Simple recipe from above, but in a more conversational tone. It’s easy to over-think things and stress about the details. “Following” me while I mix henna may help!
I am quite casual about mixing my henna, yet I get great consistent color EVERY time. In the past I would stress and freak out over every detail! I’d even wake up in the middle of the night to check on my dye release. Once I finally let go of that craziness, I started getting amazing results from my henna.
I don’t measure the lemon juice and I don’t worry too much about timing. I normally use ORa Rajasthani henna with equal amounts lavender and tea tree oils. I can’t express how much I love our ORa henna! It’s so easy to get great color with it! When we are occasionally out of ORa, I generally use Jamila, which is a lovely henna that is the first professional grade henna I had ever used.
Here is a step by step guide to how I actually mix my henna…
In the morning before heading to work, I mix ORa henna, lemon juice, a little bit of sugar and equal parts lavender and tea tree oil all together to a consistency of thick mash potatoes. For 100 grams of ORa, I use 30mL (1 oz or 2 Tablespoons), and a tablespoon of sugar (here in Orlando FL we are humid, so I don’t need much). In much of the rest of the country 2 Tablespoons is likely a good ratio for you.
I use a glass mixing bowl because it’s easy to clean, doesn’t stain, and doesn’t retain the scent of the essential oils.
I press plastic wrap down on the henna, and place the bowl in the cabinet under my kitchen island.
When I get home from work, I tweak the texture of my henna by adding more lemon juice. As I add the lemon juice (a little at at time), I use a hand beater and beat my paste. If you beat the heck out of your henna paste, it came tame a bit of the “string.” It’s not absolutely needed, but it’s an option you can use.
Once it’s the perfect texture (thicker than pancake batter but not as thick as brownie batter), I strain the henna and cone it up. This means I put the paste in individual henna cones that I roll from our pre-cut cello triangles.
I place the cones in a Ziplock bag with a piece of paper that has the date and the ingredients of the mix and put them in the freezer.
Make note…if I’m mixing Jamila henna, the time table is a bit different. I’ll stretch this out to be at least a full 24 hours and up to 48 hours. Jamila is very forgiving about time. I once forgot about my henna in the cabinet for 3 days and still got awesome results.
In the past, I’ve mixed equal parts Jamila and ORa henna. Though I prefer using all ORa henna like the recipe above, if you like your henna less stringy this is a good option for you. Since both hennas have drastically different dye release times, I mix them separately and then mix them together just before I strain the henna. This melds the pastes perfectly together.
How To Store Henna
Henna is perishable and must be stored properly to leave good color.
- Henna Powder Storage
Unopened henna powder can be stored in any cool dry place for 3-5 years. For long term storage, put it in the freezer.
Once you open henna powder, expose as little henna as possible to the air and wrap it tightly for storing. Again, store in a cool dry place or the freezer. Be absolutely sure that no condensation can get into the henna powder.
- Henna Paste
If using henna paste within a few days, storing the paste in the refrigerator is fine. Anything longer than a few days should be stored in the freezer to keep it fresh. It only takes about 15 minutes to thaw a henna cone. Do not leave henna out at room temperature longer than necessary.
Henna can be unpredictable. I have used henna that was left in the fridge for over 3 weeks and got great color, however I’ve used henna that was in the fridge for only 4 days and got terrible color. Much of this is due to where the henna is in it’s dye release process. There is no way to see where exactly the henna is in this process, so be diligent with storing henna paste.
Old henna is great for practicing henna designs, but never use old henna on paying clients or when you want a good henna stain.
More About Essential Oils in Henna Paste
Are essential oils needed to mix henna? Technically, no, they aren’t, but if you want great henna stains, the right essential oils are necessary.
Essential oils (EOs) can make henna stains substantially darker, but only the right EOs will help your henna paste. Essential oils need monoterpene alcohols to create darker henna stains. These terpenes are hydrocarbon solvents and that is what releases more of the dye in henna. Safe terpenes include terpineol, geraniol, cineol, cedrol, and linalool, but not all oils containing these are skin safe for henna.
Don’t worry about these technical names. Below is a list of oils that work well and are safe for the skin. Yes, there are a few others that are moderately helpful, but these are high-performance mehndi oils that are very safe and reasonably priced. Cooking oils and random essential oils will NOT work.
- Tea Tree
- Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia)
It’s also important to use oils from a quality source to be sure you are getting something pure and high quality that will help your henna rather than hurt it. Within these oils, the terpenes can vary by region and distillery method. Choose oils that are specifically sourced to be for henna.
Our oils are sourced and tested to be safe, and they work well to get the best possible color from henna.
Oils also have a life span and can become less potent over time. Our oils are never more than one month old. If you are storing your oils for more than a few months, they should be stored in the refrigerator.
Are there additional reasons to add essential mehndi oils to henna powder?
Yes! Essential oils add scent to henna paste and help preserve paste. Essential oils thin henna paste and create a smooth silky paste. A paste that smells good is always a plus! Essential oils also act as a preservative to keep the paste from paste-demise too quickly. Henna paste with essential oils will last about four times longer than henna paste without essential oils.
How much oil do I mix into henna powder?
Great question! Use the least amount of oils you need to get good color.
Essential oils are the most expensive part of your henna paste, so using the least amount you need saves you money. Essential oils are also VERY powerful and are the ingredient in your henna paste that is most likely to cause a reaction. Having the mildest possible henna mix is best for your customers.
Most of our kits come with the minimum amount of oil to get good henna color (10 mL per 100 grams). You can triple the essential oils to get even darker henna stains.
Generally you need 10-30 mL (1/3-1 ounce) of oil per 100 grams of henna powder. Do not use more than 30mL (1 ounce) of oil per 100 grams of henna powder. The better the henna powder the less oil you need to get great color.
If you are a professional henna artist and are charging people for henna, or if dark color is really important to you, use 1 ounce (30 mL) of oil for every 100 grams of henna.
If you bought a kit, you don’t have to worry about measurements, just keep the ratio of henna to oil.
- If you mix the entire bag of henna, add ALL the essential oils from the kit.
- If you mix half a bag of henna, add half of each bottle of oil.
- If you mix a quarter of the bag of henna, add a quarter of each bottle of oil.
- …and so on! Easy peasy!
Here is a chart that will be useful if you prefer a more precise measurement…
|Henna||Min Oil||Max Oil|
|100g||10 mL||2 tea||30 mL||2 Tbsp|
|50g||5 mL||1 tea||15 mL||1 Tbsp|
|20g||2 mL||1/2 tea||6 mL||1 1/4 tea|
What oils do you personally use in your henna paste?
I use equal amounts of tea tree and lavender oil and I use 30 mL of oil per 100 grams of henna. The smell is positively divine and I get superb color. I use ORa henna powder, lemon juice, a bit of sugar, and tea tree/lavender oil in my henna paste.
You can buy a henna refill kit here that includes 100 grams of ORa henna powder, 15 mL EACH of lavender and tea tree oils, and 25 cello triangles so you can roll your own henna cones.
Here is the most amazing hair treatment I use for my hair regularly. I have chocolate brown soft curls. Henna is something I use to use since my school days. I have been using brands like nupur and coronation but, they on usage made my scalp extremely dry, my hair rough and frizzy like crazy. After 5 years, now I got the perfect powder for my hair. This is completely homemade chemical free natural and better than any henna out there. Let’s see the procedure. Shall we?
- Fresh Mehendi Leaves.
That’s all. I know some think it’s difficult to get but try and ask your maids. You will be pleasantly surprised
- Get the leaves from the plant. Make sure you don’t have small twigs in them.
- Dry them under sun till they are crisp like chips.
- Powder them in a mixer. Use the larger jar first you get to make powders and then the smallest jar. This way you will get the finest powder. Otherwise it will be a bit fibery when water is added.
- Store it in a dry air tight container. No water should come in contact with this.
- Tada.. You are done!
You can add amla, hibiscus, methi or any other natural ingredient in powder forms only. It will add to the nutrients. I use hibiscus leaves. Dry them and add. Even the powder of dried flowers can be used. Curry leaves also make a great addition.
How To Use?:
Mix the powder around 4 spoons in an iron tava. Use curd or tea decoction only. Leave it over night. Add 2 egg whites in morning and apply all over dry and already shampooed hair and even on the roots. Cover yourself in a shower cap and let it work for 2 hours. It should not get dry. Rinse only with warm water. Dry yourself naturally and apply oil for an overnight colour sealing technique. Use pure oils only if possible. Castor oil works the best and after that almond oil works great too. Coconut oil or any other can be used. Wash in the morning with a good shampoo and condition your hair. Dry naturally.
The 4 spoons come for medium length and thick hair. I have just above chest line length hair and quite thick too. The henna swells after coming in contact with the water in tea or curd so it suffices. Curd if used gives a deep reddish brown tinge where as tea gives dark brown with slight red notes. Brown haired people can use teal for a shiny mahogany hair. Black haired can use with curd to give natural highlights to their hair. Concentrate on ends and the lengths than the roots for a natural gradient colour effect. My scalp is lighter so it looks honey brown and my ends mahogany brown.
Ingredient Wise Benefits:
Henna colours your hair, conditions, gives immense shine (refer to my clicks). It has healing properties and even heals any bumps or wounds on the scalp due to itching, dandruff and excessive scratching. We used to use it on fungal wounds, injuries for a scar less antibacterial treatment. It will help heal wounds without scars.
Curd is a very good anti dandruff treatment. The lactic acid will not only remove dead cells from you scalp, also smoothens your hair and locks the colour. It is a very good oil regulating agent for oily scalp.
Egg white is one of the best known anti frizz treatments for curly frizzy hair. The extreme protein content in it strengthens hair form roots to tips. It even seals splits.
Tea decoction works as a colour enhancer, anti oxidant, shining serum, smoothens and helps in damage
repair very well. I use tea instead of curd.
The iron form tava not only enhances the colour but also is extremely good for hair health. (You will notice a black substance in the morning after you mix it. Don’t worry it’s the iron seeping out because of the tea decoction working on the tava. It is very very good for the colour. Don’t ignore it)
My hair looks reddish coppery brown because of the direct sunlight but its deep mahogany actually.
Staying powder: The market henna as I have observed over years and I am sure many would have noticed, you can see your shampoo lather and water turning orangish every time you wash it. My henna stayed for a month solid without fading. I did notice a bit of colour the very next day but that was the residual powder left on my scalp not the colour loss from hair. Since I colour once every month, I noticed that the colour only got enhanced deeper and didn’t lose any.
Chemical Problems: Market henna uses food colours to give the colour where as natural henna is all natural. These food colours even cause skin cancer on prolonged usage and can even damage our nerve cells. (Not to scare you but please be sure to use it unless you don’t have any other alternative).
Other Side Effects: Over 5 years, my hair became extremely frizzy; dandruff which wasn’t in my history became a daily nuisance; redness and bumps all over my hair for excessive itching and scratching. I used lot of homemade treatments and commercial market ones but all of them got neutralized with the henna I used. As soon as I switched, my dandruff was gone in just 5 washes, hair recovered from damage and frizz with the help of tea and olive oil. My wounds are gone and scalp is clean as ever.
Benefits: Obviously homemade has more benefits in regard with nutrient content, softening, shiny, replenished hair recovering from damage. My splits have gone completely and I have not seen any since 5 months. I used to envy straight hair but now, I love my gorgeous curls to death. Thank you mama! It was her of course who helped me.
I hope you find this useful and any more doubts please feel free to ask. Also there is another homemade treatment for henna coloured hair which I will be doing soon. Stay tuned girls!
Henna is a wonderful hair color for those who want to cover gray or desire a non-fading hair color. Henna is ideal for those who have chemical sensitivities or very sensitive skin or skin ailments. It protects the hair from sun damage and damage from styling with hot irons and blow dryers. Henna, also called Mehandi, nourishes the hair from root to tip, filling in damages, smoothing out hair strands, and thickening it. With the right conditioning oils, hair is softer and more manageable after henna treatments. Supplies included, the initial cost is $20 to $30. BUT, the repeated cost is $1 to $2 per month!
Double this recipe for hair longer than shoulder length – this one is sufficient for hair an inch to 12 inches long.
- ½ cup Henna Powder (or mix as pictured)
- ½ cup hot water (or coffee, tea, etc.)
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice or Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon (optional for color and scent)
- 1 teaspoon ground or fresh ginger (optional for scent)
- 5 drops Vatika Hair oil (or coconut, sunflower, olive, almond, etc.)
- 1 Terry Towel Turbin ($1 and reusable)
- 1 disposable Plastic Shower Cap
- 1 pair of disposable latex or vinyl gloves
- 1 wide elastic hair band (reusable)
- A glass bowl ($1 and reusable)
- A pan, tea kettle, or coffee maker
- A wooden or plastic spoon resistant to heat
- A zippered sandwich bag
- A pair of scissors
- A towel that can get stained
- A kitchen timer
- A comb
- A brush
- A drinking glass
- Jaw clips if hair is long
- Start with hair that has been freshly washed within the last 12 hours, and preferably with a clarifying shampoo. I use my trusty Dr. Bronner’s Magic Liquid soap straight up and rinse with apple cider vinegar.
- Measure out henna into the glass bowl about 3 times its size.
- Heat water using a tea kettle or sauce pan. If using coffee or tea (see tips below), make tea or coffee like you normally do. I simply run water through used coffee grounds. (Herbal teas will add scent!) Make a little more water than you need in case the paste is too dry and you need more.
- Add the hot water (or tea or coffee) to the henna and add the remaining ingredients. Stir gently until smooth and creamy and only slightly thicker than ketchup. Smash big lumps of dry powder against the side of bowl until none remain.
- Line the drinking glass with the sandwich or zippered sandwich bag and turn the bag over the rim to keep it in place. Fill this glass with the henna paste, pressing out air bubbles as you go. Squeeze product into one corner and seal off bag. Snip that corner to provide a squeezable tube.
- Put on the gloves. Standing over a protected surface, ideal linoleum or a towel, part hair at the back and begin applying at the roots. Keep parting hair and applying at the roots, the same way you would do a chemical treatment.
- Once henna is covering the scalp, add more and work it through the hair, wadding the hair up to the scalp and keeping it moist. Work quickly before the henna begins to dry.
- Cover hair all the way to the outer hair line using the plastic shower cap (in a pinch, I use a grocery or vegetable bag). Press out all air bubbles to keep hair moist.
- Place the hair band around hair to cover and further seal the edges of the hairline and shower cap.
- Wrap hair in a towel or terry shower turban to help keep it warm, which opens the hair shaft and helps the hair hold more color.
- Set the timer for at least three hours. I have let it set up to 6 hours. The hair color was stronger and deeper, but not darker or brighter.
- Rinse hair out with warm water in the shower using the comb to gently comb out the paste. DO NOT WASH THE HAIR! The henna will strip all hair products from the hair and clean it fully.
- Feel free to use your own hair conditioner and use it as directed. Be warned though, chemical commercial hair conditioners will strip hair of moisture and color in the long run and does dull the henna color through its use of parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, and other chemicals. I only follow this up with a hot oil treatment, where I apply Vatika to my dry hair after the henna and leave it wrapped in a bandana for 72 hours.
- WAIT a minimum of 48 hours before washing hair with shampoo or applying products.
- Commercial shampoos, conditioners, and hair products will dull hair color. Even when using chemical colors or henna use natural hair products or home made ones void of sodium laurel sulfate and other chemicals or switch to a shampoo made for colored hair.
- Lemon juice and vinegar will brighten hair color; for instance, a deep red henna will look more pink and burgundy with the use of acids like lemon or vinegar.
- Coffee, tea, and cinnamon will darken the color; deep red henna will turn out more of a deep auburn red.
- Herbal teas will have varying effects on hair color, and scent outcomes and are best experimented with caution.
- Essential oils will also change the hair color effects. When I added lavender oil, the hair color almost didn’t stick right. But washing it with oil-based shampoo with essential oils like Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap has no effects.
- Keep hair brighter longer and prevent it oxidizing to a darker color by regularly rinsing with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. This will also keep hair more manageable, silky, and tangle-free.
- Replacing the hot water with hot beet juice will add pinker undertones, and using hot carrot juice will add copper undertones
Hair Care Tips
- Add gingili oil to promote hair growth and reduce hair fall-out of hair falling out is an issue. Make an oil out of henna and gingili oil by boiling henna powder in ginili oil and then straining it after it cools. Use this oil treatment on the scalp two to three times per week for several months.
- Reduce hair loss and dandruff by mixing 2 cups henna powder with 1 cup amla powder, 2 teaspoons hibiscus powder, 2 tablespoons methi (fenugreek) powder, and 1 tablespoon orange-peel powder. Bring them to a low simmer in about 4 cups of your favorite hair conditioner. Allow to cool and then strain.
- Reduce dandruff by adding henna powder and lemon to the dye paste or add henna, fenugreek (methi), and lemon directly to your hair conditioner.
- Dabur – Vatika hair oil (under $3 for a few ounces and one bottle lasts me about 5 years) also conditions hair and reduces hair loss. It contains amala, coconut, lemon, and henna oils and is extremely nourishing to both hair and scalp. Use this for deep conditioning hair treatments or to add to your own shampoo or conditioner for its beneficial effects.
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How to use henna
Lush Henna is a natural, organic hair dye that works like a varnish over your natural hair colour to coat every strand in glorious colour. Using a herbal hair dye like henna has multiple benefits: every shade is completely unique to you; emerging roots look subtle compared to synthetic dye alternatives; and your hair gains an additional protective layer, boosting condition and shine. What’s more, it’s a fun activity for a night in at home and with these instructions it’s easy to apply too.
Which shade will you choose?
If you choose Rouge, you might want to pop the fire brigade on speed dial; fiery red henna and brightening fresh organic lemon juice creates smoking hot reds and dazzling shine.
Indigo herb and ground coffee mingle with red henna in Brun for above the shoulder smoulder of rich, chocolate colours.
Marron mixes dark coffee with fresh, organic lemon juice to evoke autumnal warmth in all seasons with shining, chestnut shades.
In Noir, indigo herb takes centre stage for gloss in deep, dark midnight shades. A touch of red henna promotes shine (but won’t bring out any red tones).
How to henna:
Get your caca together!
You will need:
- Rubber gloves
- Bain-marie or a heatproof bowl in a saucepan
- Stirring spoon
- Newspapers on the floor
- Clips to section your hair
- Dark coloured towels and clothing
- Cling film/shower cap (optional). Protective balm, like Ultrabland or Ultrabalm.
- Colouring brush to apply henna (or just use gloved hands)
To make sure you are completely happy with the results, always complete a strand test (this is particularly important if you have chemically treated your hair in any way). The colour will continue to develop for up to 24 hours after application.
Add boiling water to a small amount of henna in a heatproof bowl and use rubber gloves to apply to a section of hair about half an inch wide. Leave for up to three hours, shampoo and rinse out. If you are satisfied with the colour after 24 hours, apply the henna to the rest of the hair.
ps.) If over 40% of your hair is grey, remember to include some in your strand test. After using henna, grey hairs sparkle brighter than dark ones, so expect vibrant results.
How to use:
(It’s as easy as 1,2,3,4)
- Smooth a protective balm like Ultrabalm around the hairline – or beard line – to ensure your skin is not accidentally tinted.
- Break your henna block into chunks and place into a bain-marie or heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Cover the henna with boiling water and stir until the mixture resembles melted chocolate. The hotter the henna, the better the results.
- Wearing some rubber gloves, apply the henna evenly to clean, dry hair. For best results, work from the roots to the tips, starting from the back of the hair and moving towards the front. During the application, ensure the henna stays comfortably hot in a bain-marie or saucepan.
- Leave on for up to three hours before rinsing off your henna with shampoo. The colour will continue to develop for up to 24 hours (and up to 48 hours if you’re using Brun or Noir).
There is no way to make henna without henna powder. Below there are some substitutes of henna without henna powder actually then it’s not called henna it’s just a substitute of henna that looks like henna.
- Mix the hot water and cornstarch
Pour 1/4-cup hot water in a bowl, and add 1/4-cup cornstarch. Use a whisk to mix and dissolve the cornstarch in the water.
- Add the drink mix
Pour two packets of powdered drink mix, such as Kool-Aid, into the cornstarch and hot water. Stir vigorously to eliminate clumps. Use any color of drink mix, or combine different colors.
- Use turmeric
If you don’t have cornstarch or powdered drink mix, use turmeric. Pour powdered turmeric into a shallow dish, and wet a cotton ball or cotton swab with water. Stir the cotton ball or cotton swab around in the turmeric until it turns yellow. As needed, dip the cotton ball or swab in more water.
- Apply the henna replacement
These henna substitutes work well for henna tattoos. Clean the skin thoroughly prior to applying the henna replacement. Use a loafed sponge to exfoliate and remove dead skin. Soak up the henna replacement with a cotton swab or fine-tipped paint brush, and apply to the skin to create the desired tattoo pattern.
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