How to Use Henna
Applying Henna is an Art and is not as easy as just drawing on the skin with a magic marker. To help you obtain good results we have prepared this help sheet. Please read carefully and follow directions precisely. If you do not achieve the desired results the first time do not give up! Practice, practice practice... Have fun and GOOD LUCK! Click here to see the henna bible, a book with all the information you will need to go into the henna business, learn how to draw, find out about licensing your henna business and much more...
How to Apply Tattoo Paste
Put on Latex Gloves. Before opening tube shake & massage vigorously so contents blend together 1-2 minutes. Attach the supplied white dispenser tip snip the end and squeeze contents of tube into the Jacquard applicator bottle or applicator bottle of your choice. Fill the applicator bottle 3/4 of the way, do not over fill. To start simply draw the design on the skin as if you were decorating a cake or applying “puffy paint.” Put the Henna Tattoo paste on very thick..... It takes a good amount of paste to dye the skin. If the Henna is very thick you can add a few drops of rubbing alcohol (not water). Mix this well using a toothpick then shake the bottle. When you apply henna to the skin it should be thin enough to spread ever so slightly but not too thin or it will run into the cracks of the skin. If your Henna is to thick it will clog the bottle and will not absorb into the skin once applied but rather lay on top of the skin which results in blotchy tattoos or poorly stained tattoos.
After applying the tattoo design, the paste will take approximately 15-30 minutes to dry to the touch. You should leave the paste on at least 30 minutes and may leave it on longer if you choose. Leaving the paste on longer helps produces a longer lasting stain! When completely dry, the Paste will not appear as raised (puffy) but will now have a dry crusty look and feel. Their are two ways to remove the colored Henna paste. You may CAREFULLY PICK the dry Henna off, preferably over a trash can so that you do not get the dry paste on yourself, clothing, or under your fingernails. Be careful not to get the dry paste on the ground as it will stain. You can also wash the paste off under running water it takes a few minutes to get all the paste off, however you must let the water do the work since if you rub the paste under water it may smear. So again, let the water do the work. Lightly pat the area dry. WHAT WILL REMAIN IS A BEAUTIFUL TATTOO STAIN!
To Maintain Your Tattoo
The Henna Tattoo will last from several days to two weeks. The Tattoo begins to fade slowly as your skin dries out and flakes away (exfoliates.) For a longer Tattoo life, keep your skin moisturized with and lotion or oil. Do not scrub your Tattoo! Chlorine is your tattoos enemy so when swimming or bathing use Vaseline or Chap stick to protect your tattoo from drying out. So remember to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize...Enjoy!
- The harder you squeeze the Applicator bottle the thicker your line will be.
- If paste is too thick to flow freely add a drop or two of Isopropyl Rubbing Alcohol.
- Use a pin to unclog metal applicator tip and keep the pin in the tip when not in use.
- If paste is too thin open tube and discard a small amount of liquid dye (drain off) If paste is still too thin, place in refrigerator overnight.
- Shake Applicator Bottle between use to keep contents blended together.
- Don't let the metal tip touch the skin...This will produce light spots and an uneven looking design.
- Do not move the paste around once you apply it to the skin leave it alone.
- To keep your Tattoo alive, you can keep touching it up as it begins to fade.
- Shelf life of Paste is approximately 1 to 2 years...You may refrigerate to extend shelf life of paste.
- Keep cap on the tube and bottle when not in use so the paste will not dry up.