ART OF MEHNDI
Views On Brews
Every henna artist professional or amateur has their favourite recipes. Some of the ingredients are universal and some a little less common.
Below are some of the most common ingredients used and what affect if any they have on the henna colour.
Tea and Coffee - These are the most popular ingredients to add to the henna brew however they don't do all that much unless you add them hot ... which makes the reaction move on a bit faster ...if you have a spiced tea or coffee ... spiced with clove and cardamon ... now THOSE actually add terpines and good stuff! They DO make a difference!
Tamarind - Just sour and sticky and a good substitute for lemon juice.
Cloves - These contain gallotannins and terps, but can be a skin irritant.
Black Pepper - Loaded with monoterpines.
Sugar - makes the paste cling to the skin better, and draws water out of the atmosphere, so the paste stays damp and cracks less. Some people think it also helps the paste texture.
Professional henna artists recipes
Here is a selection of artists willing to share their brew mixes. If you are an artist and wish to be included please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on the artists name to see their recipes