You will need
- Henna for body, glass Cup, wooden spatula, ground coffee, black tea, lemon, eucalyptus essential oil or lavender, sugar, toothpicks, cotton swabs, syringe package, olive oil.
It is easiest to use a ready to paint henna in special tubes. These tubes are sold in specialty stores and on the Internet. But it is better to use freshly made pasta.
Henna for body painting is different from the henna that dye their hair. It is prepared from the upper leaves of a shrub of Lawsonite, provides vivid color and smaller. Make sure you are using henna for body painting. You'll need 40-50 grams of henna. Sift the henna powder through a fine sieve 2-3 times, it should have the consistency of powder. Henna cannot be prepared in a metal pot, so keep the powder in a glass or ceramic bowl.
Boil 0.5 liters of water, add 2 teaspoons of ground coffee or black tea. Cook the broth on a slow fire or water bath for about an hour. Don't forget to stir constantly. Then strain the broth through several layers of cheesecloth.
Pour hot broth in small portions in a Cup of henna powder. Thoroughly pound and mix wooden or glass spatula to avoid lumps. And do not pour all the broth, you can get too runny paste. This paste will not stick on the skin and spoil the figure drips and stains.
In the finished pasta add a teaspoon of juice of lemon or lime, teaspoon of sugar and a few drops of lavender essential oil or eucalyptus. You should get a plastic, homogeneous mass with the consistency of toothpaste.
Cover the container of paste with plastic wrap and leave in a warm place for 6 hours. During this time of powder released active dye.
Now, prepare the skin for the application of the pattern. Better to do hair removal on those areas where you are going to make a drawing. The fact that the small hairs are colored more intensively than the skin and the paint stays on the hair for much longer. Also the skin should be washed thoroughly with soap and water, and areas with rougher skin to treat scrub. After showering do not apply any moisturizer on the body, the skin must be absolutely clean.
The paste is applied on skin by brush, wooden sticks or syringe package. If you have a special syringe to apply the paint, make it from the usual tight plastic bag. Roll pack bag, seal with tape at the seams, complete the pasta by two-thirds. The top edge of the package and also fold, seal with tape. You should get a small cone. At the bottom of the cone, pierce the hole with a needle. Practice to apply paint on a white sheet of paper to understand, with some effort to squeeze out the paste on the skin.
Apply on the skin picture of the future pattern. This can be done with a pencil for permanent makeup. Also there is a special paper stencils with holes. Lightly oil place the olive oil, it will make the color of the picture brighter and give the paste to quickly dry up.
Apply paste from the package on the circuit pattern or arbitrarily. Squeeze the henna evenly, smoothly, if a hole of the pack huddled lump of henna or air - clean it with a needle. If you accidentally mess up the drawing - scratch off the paste with a damp swab, toothpick or cotton Bud, and repeat again. From time to time moisten the pattern with a solution of lemon juice with sugar. Gently moisten a wet cotton swab, but be careful not to lubricate the finished picture.
Blot it. To Supplement the drying effect of infrared radiation, lamp Minin bulb blue color or a Hairdryer. The longer you keep the paste on your skin, the brighter the picture. After 5-6 hours, remove the brush remains of the paste from the skin. Wipe the skin with almond or olive oil, it adds depth to the color of the picture.
Make sure you are not allergic to henna. Dilute a small amount of henna powder and apply a DAB in the crook of the elbow or under the knee. If within half an hour no skin reactions of redness, itching and / or swelling - you can prepare henna for a picture.
After applying the henna is often not recommended to take a hot bath or shower. Active sports contribute to increased sweating and also reduce the duration of the picture, it becomes darker and lighter. Before swimming in sea or pool apply a pattern waterproof sunscreen, it will help keep its brightness and protect against the effects of chlorine and sea salt.