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Mesmara Henna comes in a powdered form, and you must mix this with water before you can apply it to your hair. Mix ½ cup (50 g) of henna with ¼ cup (59 ml) of warm water. Stir to combine. Stir in more water by the tablespoon (15 ml) as necessary, until the Mesmara henna paste becomes the consistency of mashed potatoes.
Once you’ve mixed the powder and water, cover the bowl and let it develop at room temperature for about 4 -12 hours.
Before applying Mesmara Henna, you’ll want to start with clean hair. In the shower or bath, wash your hair with your regular shampoo or Mesmara Reetha and Mesmara Shikakai Powders to remove dirt, oil, and styling products.
Do not condition your hair, as the oils in the conditioner can prevent the henna from penetrating your roots properly
If you have long hair, gather it up and tie it back so it’s out of your face and off your shoulders and neck. For short hair, put on a headband to keep your hair out of your face.
With your fingers, apply some Mesmara coconut oil to your hairline, including your forehead, neck, and ears. The oil will create a barrier between the henna and your skin, so this will prevent stains around your hairline.
Let your hair down and comb it with a wide-toothed comb. This will remove tangles and knots without making your hair frizzy. Part your hair in the centre, and let your hair fall evenly to either side of your head. You don’t have to section off your hair, because you’ll be dyeing it in layers.
Starting with the top most layer of hair, grab a thin 2-inch-wide (5-cm-wide) section of hair from the middle back of your head. Comb this section away from the rest of your hair.
With a large tint brush or your fingers, apply 1 to 2 teaspoons (2 to 4 g) of Mesmara Henna to the roots of your hair. Spread the henna toward the tips, adding more paste if necessary.
Henna paste doesn’t spread as easily as conventional dye, so it’s important to ensure that your hair is fully saturated from root to tip.
When you’ve fully covered the first section of hair, twist it a few times and then wrap it into a bun on top of your head. The henna paste is quite sticky, so the coil of hair will just sit there. You can pin it in place if you like.
Work in small sections, like before. Work toward the front of your head, applying henna to the hair on both sides of the part. Continue working in thin 2-inch (5-cm) sections to ensure proper coverage. When you’ve dyed the topmost layer of hair, repeat the same process with the layer below until all your hair has been dyed.
Keep twisting and wrapping each section of hair around the original bun.
When every section of hair has been covered and twisted into the bun, go around your hairline and add more paste to areas where the henna looks sparse or more coverage is needed. Pay particular attention to the hairline line and roots.
Henna generally takes between two and four hours to set. The longer you leave it on, the deeper and more vibrant the colour will be. You can encourage colour development by keeping the henna warm. Wrapping your hair in plastic will help keep the henna warm and moist, and this will allow it to set.
You can leave the henna on for as long as six hours if you want to achieve maximum vibrancy
Mesmara Henna takes about 48 hours to develop fully.
To get more darker shades you can add Mesmara Indigo Powder in desire.