hope that it will work for you.
2 to 3 tablespoons of henna in a bowl. Henna might stain
your bowl so you may prefer using a bowl that you aren't
really attached to eating your salad or cereal out of.
1 to 1 ½ cups of water.
2 teabags in the boiled water and let them steep there
for about 5 minutes.
4 to 6 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice to
the henna powder and mix it well. The mixture should
look more like cookie dough than cake mix.
the hot tea to the henna and lemon juice mixture slowly
so that is doesn't lump (like your aunt Edna's Thanksgiving
gravy -- no thanks Edna)
mixture should have approximately the consistency of
icing when it comes out of a decorating tube.
the mixture over and let it sit for about 5 hours.
Hands and feet are the most common areas that people
apply henna to since the dryest areas soak up and hold
the colour the best-- but you can apply it to any area
of your body that you want to. You can plan a design
out on your own or you can buy stencils for this purpose.
Be warned though that you can't 'erase' it easily if
you make a booboo -- although since it isn't permanent,
you can start over again when it fades (no harm done).
You can use q-tips, cones that are specifically made
for this purpose, or you can get plastic squeeze bottles
and use them for the application of the henna. Once
again, it is your preference and once you've tried it
a few different ways, you'll know what your 'style'
is. If you want the henna to last for awhile, you will
need to keep it on for as long as possible. Try for
atleast seven hours. That may sound like a long time
but it really isn't. After enough time has passed, you
can take the henna off using your fingers to pick it
off or gently rub it off with an implement that you
are comfortable with (ie., a piece of cardboard, a popsicle
stick etc). Try not to use soap on the hennaed parts
for atleast a day (two is better) and be gentle with
it. You can gently rinse it with water if you like but
don't rub it -- it'll stay with you much longer that
way. If you look after it, it can last for a week or
two although people have told me that their designs
have lasted longer than that (3 to 4 weeks). How long
the design will stay, depends on what body part the
design is on and how often you wash the area. Some people
have the kind of skin and heat level that works best
with henna while others don't -- that is a reality of
this art form. Look after it though, and it will stay
longer than if you wash it with harsh soap and use chlorinated
water on it.
Mix up some paste or buy it and have a blast trying
out all sorts of designs. Have a henna party and invite
a bunch of your best pals over. If you feel that you
need more information on the subject, there are a huge
number of resources out there. Use your search engine
on the internet or the yellow pages in the phone book
to get in contact with people that can help you. Don't
be discouraged if you try it and it doesn't work out
though -- just keep at it, be glad that it is only temporary
and don't settle for mediocrity -- be great!