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Stir the henna and lemon juice until they are completely mixed together and no lumps of dry powder remain. The paste will be thick at this point, similar to mashed potatoes.
When using any type of dye a second ingredient is needed to create the chemical reaction to release the dye molecule. Henna requires an acid to bring out the dye molecule contained within its leaves. Lemon juice is the perfect companion as it is very acidic, readily available, and perfectly safe. It is not recommended to use water to mix your paste. Some recipes call for many ingredients in the mixture such as coffee, tea, tamarind, and spices. None of these extra ingredients will make much of a difference in the staining power of your paste. You’ll get a fabulous stain with just lemon juice and high quality essential oils.
Cover the henna paste with a piece of plastic wrap to protect it from air and let it sit in a warm place, 85° Fahrenheit, overnight or for 12 hours.