How to Prepare and Apply Body Art Henna

How to Prepare Body Art Henna

  1. Take 2 Tbsp (approx. 1 ounce) of Body art henna and place in a metal mixing bowl.
  2. Add 1 tsp of sugar and mix well.
  3. Warm about ¼ cup of lemon juice and slowly add it to your henna powder. Mix well until it is the consistency of play dough/ mashed potatoes.
  4. Cover your bowl and let it sit for 4-12 hours.
  5. Add 1-1.5 tsp of essential oil. This will help to achieve a darker stain on the skin.  The best essential oils for body art henna include Tea Tree, Lavender, Geranium, Ravensara & Eucalyptus.  Cover and let sit for another 8-12 hours.
  6. Test your henna paste periodically by placing a bit of paste onto your palm and let it sit for 1 minute. Remove paste by washing it off.  Check to see if you have a bright pumpkin orange stain indicating that it is ready to use.
  7. Add more lemon juice (not warmed up) a little at a time and mix well. Do this until it is the consistency of toothpaste. 
  8. Your henna paste is now ready for use!


How to Apply Body Art Henna

  1. Apply henna with a cone or bottle onto clean skin and allow it to dry.
  2. Once dry, swab or dab with a lemon-sugar mix. (To prepare the lemon-sugar mix: Warm ¼ cup of lemon juice and add 3 tsp of sugar. Mix well.)
  3. Once dry, wrap you design in toilet paper, cloth or use a sealant.
  4. Allow it to stay on the skin for 4-6 hours or overnight for best results.
  5. Remove with olive oil or just scrape it off.
  6. Avoid contact with water for 8-24 hours to ensure a beautiful stain.