Arins Guide on Using Ready-Made (pre-mixed) Henna Paste Tubes.
Henna paste tubes are a temporary method to create beautiful henna designs on skin, which are also known as temporary henna tattoos. These tubes are convenient and easy to use as the paste has already been mixed. It takes away the hassle of starting from scratch and mixing your own paste from the henna powder. There is a variety of ready mixed henna tubes available on the market, each brand promising to be a darker colour than the others. It is totally dependable on the individual as to how dark the colour appears on oneself. Things to take into consideration are: the area you apply, your body temperature, how long you leave the paste on your skin, and aftercare.
A few things you need to be aware of:
- For all new henna users, or those trying a different brand, a patch test is STRONGLY ADVISED.
- If using henna for the first time, do a small design in the form of a patch test, on your inner wrist or upper arm, & wait 24-48 hours.
- If skin reaction occurs when/after doing patch test, stop using & wash off immediately. Also, not recommended for people with sensitive skin.
- Henna tubes should not be used by children under 10 without adult supervision.
- Most henna paste tube designs will last roughly 10-14 days, again depending on the individual, where applied, & how much contact you have with water. Depending how much contact you have with water, & where your design is applied, some parts will fade quicker than the rest of the design.
- Henna paste tubes are usually pre-mixed with, natural henna powder, sugar, and lemon. (some people also use black tea, without the teabag!) The paste applied from the tube is a very dark green, almost black with a hint of burnt orange if black tea has been used. It is never black, if it is black then some form of ink has been used & you should not risk using such a paste.
- Most ready mixed henna paste tubes also contain either: 'eucalyptus/clove/tea-tree/lavender/camphor' oils, usually to enhance the colour of that particular brand of henna paste. Again, a patch test is HIGHLY recommended for this reason, to check if you are sensitive to any of these oils. Many people are unaware of this & usually think it's the paste they're allergic to when it could be the oil.
- These tubes if stored correctly can be stored for a long time. Storage at room temperature is fine. There is no need to store in the fridge although some people prefer to do this, or freeze it.
Applying Method & Tips:
- Shake the tube before use. Open cap, remove plastic top & screw on supplied nozzle. Most nozzles will already be pierced, for a finer intricate design, so there is no need to cut the tip unless you want to apply henna thickly.
- Make sure the skin area you intend on applying the paste on, is clean, dry & grease-free from lotions, oils, etc.
- Draw your henna design & allow it to dry completely. This can take from 20-45mins, depending on the brand used, & how thick or thin the paste is applied, thinner intricate designs will dry quicker than thicker, 'coloured-in' designs.
- Once dried, you can either wash it off, or let it flake off. Many people say washing it off loses the colour. Personal experience, based on different methods tried, it makes no difference, I prefer to wash it off, then apply baby oil. (this usually enhances the colour.) As previously mentioned how dark the colour stains is dependant on the individual and where it is applied. A cold temperature person can leave the paste on all night, yet the colour will not be any darker as opposed to leaving it on for a few hours. A warm temperature person can leave the paste on for 30 mins and the colour will stain deeper. Most henna, will reach it's full colour within 24 hours, so what you see when washed off will not necessarily be the end result.
- Many people apply vicks vapour rub to enhance the colour, as it contains eucalyptus/camphor oils. You can apply either vicks or baby oil if you wish. Others prefer to make a mixture of lemon juice & sugar and dab this on the paste with cotton wool, as it dries, thus keeping it moist to extract maximum colour from the henna paste. You can experiment & see what works best with you.
- Once you have finished using the tube, unscrew nozzle, replace cap. Wash nozzle in warm soapy water & dry. Store away until next time.
Please note, this guide is written based on my own personal experience & what works for me. It is not intended to replace the instructions supplied with any brand of henna paste tube. Most of the above are just tips you may or may not wish to use.