What is the best way to apply henna paste?
The answer is..
There is no right or wrong when it comes to applying henna. From choosing your tool or the way you hold it, whatever makes you happy and works for your art is the way to go.
There are different advantages for each method so I will point them out-
Bottle Applicator: You can buy henna already made inside of a bottle with a fine tip. Super easy to get going, however you have to keep in mind that if you mix your own paste to go into the bottle applicator, your paste needs to be thinner (more runny in consistency) in order for it to come out at ease.
At some point you will have to shake the bottle so the remaining f the paste will come off the sides and closer to the tip so you can squeeze it out. You may start feeling your hands cramp if you have to do it for a long period of time. the resistance of the plastic bottle (even if its super soft) is going to make your hand tired. After you are done using the bottles you will have to wash them and that process can stain your hands so make sure to use gloves.
Cone applicator: My favorite, are great for your arm. They not as hard to squeeze because the cellophane is super thin and soft. You can purchase the cellophane in triangle shape already cut to size and roll them to your favorite length and width. Learning to roll them shut and tight takes a bit of practice so make sure you have extra sheets when you get going.
Some artists choose to roll the cone open around a super fine pin so the size of the opening of the tip stays consistent. This is the kind of precision that an advance henna artist will notice much more than the beginners.
The best part about the cone is that once you are done using them you can just dispose of the cellophane so there is no clean up to do 🙂
Whatever you do, make sure that you enjoy the process! Henna is an art of love, and its been here for so many years we are just lucky to come by it and love it too.. It will be here long after we are gone. Enjoy the journey! <3