We only offer body art quality henna (BAQ) with absolutely no additives. All of our henna powders are safe for both skin and hair use. Below are some of the henna varieties we offer, though not everything is necessarily available at any given time. ORa henna and Jamila henna are our standard hennas and are normally always available. If they are occasionally out of stock, they are normally back in stock within 30 days.
Henna is a crop, and as such, availability and quality can differ based on the specific crop year. We are constantly sampling and testing different types of henna, and offer the best available options.
BAQ henna is harvested once a year. Pakistani henna (Jamila) is generally available near the end of summer, and Indian henna is generally available in the late fall. Properly stored, unopened powder henna can last 3 years or more. If you find a crop year you really like, buy extra!
Below is information on our current henna powders.
ORa Henna (Organic Rajasthani Henna)
2020 Crop *The Current Henna in all our Kits*
Our house brand henna powder, ORa is a spectacular power and is my personal recommendation for both beginners and professionals. It's my personal favorite and the henna I use on my clients.
6-24 Hour Dye Release with Lemon Juice
Dark Staining Henna
Extra High Lawsone Content (2.84)
Stringy texture with a touch of grit
Excellent Stickiness (to the skin)
Slow blooming stain (day 3 and 4 are the darkest color)
Late Fall/Early Winter Harvest Henna
USDA Certified Organic by Ecocert Certification # ORG/TC/1902/000461
If it were my choice, everyone would mix their own henna from our fresh powder. The best possible color can be obtained from mixing your own paste, and you can control the texture for your personal preferences. I understand mixing your own henna is not practical for everyone, so we have worked hard to bring you a quality ready made henna paste.
Our ready made henna paste is made especially for us and express shipped to us frozen. As soon as it arrives to us, it’s checked for quality and stored in our in-house freezers. We put serious effort into offering a ready-to-use henna paste that is as fresh as possible, while still containing all natural ingredients and absolutely NO harmful chemicals.
If you are doing henna as a one-time thing or as a hobby ready made henna is fine. If you a professional artist or looking for the absolute best color, you should mix your own fresh henna from our professional grade henna powders.
Beachcombers' Henna Paste Ingredients
Pure Henna Powder
Tea Tree Oil and Clove Bud Oil
Xantam Gum (sugar)
Henna paste must be stored frozen.
Consider one of our henna kits that contain BOTH paste and powder, so you can try them both out.
Looking to add some bling to your henna? Add glitter! Glitter is inexpensive and easy to use, just poof our body-safe loose glitter on wet henna paste.
Not all glitter is created equal. There are two basic types of glitter; cosmetic glitter (body safe glitter) and craft glitter.
Craft glitter should NEVER be used on the body or near the eyes. Craft glitter is cheap but it is made of metal, generally larger, and has sharp edges (triangle or rectangle shaped). This type of glitter can cause very serious eye injury.
Cosmetic grade glitter or body safe glitter, is made of polyester, is smaller (size .008 or smaller), and is hexagonal in shape. Protect your clients and only use cosmetic grade glitter when applying glitter anywhere on the body.
All of our glitters are body safe cosmetic grade.
Why use glitter?
Encourages clients to keep henna paste on longer
Makes it less likely someone will forget about their henna and smudge it
Draws attention to your booth or table
Sets you apart from other henna artists
Adds sparkling HAPPY to wet henna paste!
If you are doing henna at a festival where you have competition, you NEED glitter!
Henna can be applied many different ways including with a cone, a syringe, a stick, or applicator bottles. whatever you choose is simply personal preference. For a new henna artist applicator bottles are the most popular because they are so easy to handle and use.
ORa Moroccan Tips
Make note, the one-ounce bottles are the softest made, but because of that softness, the threads are more flexible and therefore not as tight. This can cause leaking if the henna is not the correct consistency. If you are new, I suggest the half-ounce bottles.
Precise and reliable
Tips are polished on the INSIDE as well as the outside
Five tip sizes available (gauges 20, 19, 18, 16,14)
As with every craft, there are all kinds of tools available to make doing henna easier and more convenient for you.
Empty Henna Cones
Mylar, cellophane, and other plastic cones have a variety of uses including applying henna, storing paste, and getting paste into other applicators such as henna bottles. We have a variety of different empty henna cones to shop so you can find what is right for you.
Huge size is specifically for filling cones and bottles
Transfer paper is great for doing complicated or symmetrical designs such as Celtic knots. Anything you can't free hand, can be done with transfer paper to get perfect results.
This is the same transfer paper that is used in tattoo shops. You trace any design you want, creating a transfer. Apply the transfer to your skin and henna over it. The first time you wash, the transfer lines go away and you are left with a henna tattoo that is perfectly done!
We make our own transfer paper activator using distilled water, rubbing alcohol, and glycerin so that it doesn't interfere with getting a good henna stain. Do not use deodorant, as it can effect your henna stain.
This is a great sealer that you don't have to make yourself. Perfect for large areas or outdoor events. In addition to being a great sealer for henna, spray bandage sealer is a wonderful way to help protect your henna stain when swimming.
You can find spray bandage sealer in the First Aid isle of your local pharmacy, but it's generally a VERY small can and about $12. We've sourced this generic brand option that gives you more than double to product for a much lower price.
Straining henna paste is optional, but I strain every henna batch I make, even, the king-of-sift Jamila henna. Straining will remove any bits in your henna that will clog your applicator, such as dry henna bits, super small stems, or bits of lemon. The key to straining your henna is to use a quality nylon without reinforced toes.
Since most women now-a-days do not have extra nylons laying about, I created this kit so you can get everything you need to make straining easy without a trip to the department store for expensive panty hose. Instructions for straining henna paste are here.