Wrapping henna is traditional in many countries, especially the cooler mountainous areas of Morocco, though they use gauze rather than paper tissue. Brides' wrapped hands and feet are then covered with embroidered textiles especially made for the purpose, handed down through generations in a family.
When your henna paste is totally dry (but not cracking off), seal it. I use New-Skin Liquid Bandage Spray from Med-Tech for the purpose. Stuff tissue between your fingers, and in the palm of your hand. You'll need LOTS of the most absorbent tissue you've got in the house to keep your perspiration sopped up.
Start wrapping more tissue around your hand like a mummy. Be very generous with the tissue!
Wrap over that with a loose old sock, or with plastic wrap. If you are cold, and have a difficult time getting good henna stains, this will trap your heat, sweat, and henna in for the night and make them go to work!
Tape the wrap down with packing tape so your hand is stabilized and won't wiggle around and dislodge the henna. Yes, it looks preposterous. Tell people you caught a computer virus, and you're about to break out in a dark red paisley rash.
This henna was done with a simple henna/lemon mix, a light seal, and a wrap. Wrapped stains can be intense! If you want to work with just henna and lemon, wraps will give you a great stain. If you generally can't get a good stain any other way ..... try wrapping!
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