hennablog Rotating Header Image

Basic Mehndi Mix

A mixing guide for beginners, by a beginner.



  • 15 grams (about 2 tablespoons) quality henna (order online from Mehandi.com or Henna Tribe suppliers)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sugar, brown sugar, honey, or molasses
  • 2 drops tea tree or cajeput essential oil
  • 1 drop of any other essential oil that smells good (I like geranium)
  • Lemon juice

Dissolve your sugar into 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Add the mix to your henna,  and add more lemon juice until you have a thick paste. Mix well. Let sit for 2  hours in a warm spot. Add essential oils. Mix well. Add more lemon juice if needed  to reach desired consistency (comparable to that of toothpaste). Let sit 4 to 8  hours in a warm spot, or overnight. When you have dye release*, load into one or  more cones (cone materials are cheap — learn to roll one here or here) or jaquard bottles and apply. Seal your design and refrigerate the leftovers.

*Dye release has occurred when:

  • A small dot of henna left on your palm for ten minutes leaves a bright orange  stain on removal
  • The top layer of your mixed henna turns a dark brownish green, while the insides  remain bright green
  • If you mix your henna in a thin plastic sandwich baggie and set it out on a paper  towel, you will know you have dye release when you lift the baggie and see a  faint orange stain on the paper towel


  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 6+ tablespoons sugar, brown sugar, honey, or molasses

Mix well. Apply using cotton balls, Q-tips or a paintbrush.

Method one: Apply over dry design and layer with squares of toilet paper  thoroughly wetted with sealant. Let dry. Wrap with an Ace bandage or old sock  and leave on overnight. Peel off, and gently remove any remaining stickies with  vegetable oil, or water if necessary.

Method two: Once dry, seal entire design. Let sealant dry. Dust with baby powder or talcum. Leave on 6 to 8 hours, or wrap lightly with an  Ace bandage or old sock and leave on overnight. Pick off the henna goobers in  the morning, and remove any remaining bits gently with vegetable oil, or water if  necessary.


  • 3 tablespoons Elmer’s glue
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Glitter, if desired

Mix well. Apply over dry design using two Q-tips held together, or paint on with a  paintbrush. Don’t coat too thickly. Dries clear and hard. Peel off in 6 to 8 hours,  or cover loosely with a sock or Ace bandage and leave on overnight. Peel off in  the morning. Avoid washing — chlorine makes the design fade faster.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *