Hey guys! It’s been a year since I uploaded my last henna tutorial and I thought that it’s been a very long time, so I made a new one for you guys!
This time I talked more about the process of the drawing, so it’s a little more step by step. I managed to have roosters crowing in my video again haha, if you listen carefully you will hear them.
Please like and share the video and let me know what you think. I have a lot of respect for people who make instructional videos as it requires a lot of effort and planning, it’s not as easy as it looks! I recorded voice overs loads of times, and most times there were background noises from the roosters and chickens (I don’t live on a farm by the way but one might think so), the rain, my family, a buzzing kite, loud music from election campaigns and much more. I think I’ll work on my next video on a secluded island.
I do hope you will benefit from this! Below I have the before and after photos and a drawing that you guys can use for reference.
The henna application (paste)
Let the henna dry first before separating your fingers, keep this on for a minimum of four hours, before washing your hands, if the henna flakes, you can peel it off or you can apply a lemon-syrup mixture which includes mixing a little bit of water in small container with a few drops of lemon juice and sugar, add enough sugar so that the mixture is thick. Then dip a cotton swab into the mixture and dab it onto the area that has henna, this mixture acts like a glue and a colour intensifier as the acid from the lemon releases more pigment (stain) from the henna. I explained more about henna on my last tutorial.
Without the paste
The colour get’s its darkest two days after the application, this stain lasts for up to five – seven days on your hand.
Here is the drawing I designed and used for reference. As I mentioned in the video, you can take parts from the design to use, use your eye to figure out what designs would work best within the space. For practice you can try drawing your own designs on paper first before you apply henna on your hands and trace over the design with henna to help with flow and handling the henna cone.
You can purchase a variety of henna cones with various brands online, this one I used specifically is from Navsari in India, and the brand is called Shehnaz mehndi, it’s chemical free and doesn’t have that strong odour like most henna cones do, and the colour is just as nice you can try this link on amazon if you are interested. I did purchase mines directly from India, so I can’t give a review of what the ones from online are like.