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How to store henna paste

When mixing 100 grams of henna, you usually will have more than you can use all at once, so it’s important to find a way to store it.  If you are a busy working henna artist, and you can use that much in a week, it would be fine to store it in the refrigerator.  If not, you can easily store it in the freezer. Freezing cones allows you to thaw just the right amount you’ll need for each appointment or design. 

Ideally, you should cone your henna first, put the cones in freezer bags, write the date on the outside and store them in the freezer.  Its best to only freeze your henna once.  You can re-freeze once thawed, but the consistency of the paste will change slightly, and may be more difficult to work with. Once henna is thawed, you can then store it in the refrigerator for a few days and still have the same quality stain.  If you use bottles to apply henna, the similarly sized individual thawed henna cones are the perfect way to fill your bottles. 

 

When you are ready to thaw your henna cone, the best way to do it is body heat.  Hold it in your hand, put it in the crook of your arm or some other warm place on your body and you should be ready to go in about 5 minutes. You do NOT want to microwave your cone, use hot water to defrost or place it on a heater or hot surface.  This may cook your henna and cause the stain to be poor. 

It’s best not to store your fresh paste in the carrot bags typically used to fill cones, because you will have to thaw the whole bag, cone it all, and use all the cones right away.  If you refreeze the cones, you risk having a consistency change in your paste. Thus, it is recommended that you store your paste in standard size cones.