How to Remove Henna Paste

How to Remove Henna Paste

Now that your henna artist has applied your splendid mehndi designs, how do you remove the henna paste? Here is how you can remove henna paste:

1. Allow Henna to Fully Dry

Before you attempt removing the paste, make sure it is dry or you will damage the intricate patterns. Generally this process takes between 8-24 hours. During your sleep, wrap the designs in towels or paper towel. Avoid plastic as your sweat will not allow the drawings to dry and might even damage the designs.

If you follow this step, your mehndi designs should be crisp and in perfect shape in when it’s time to remove the paste.

2. Apply Oil Onto The Designs

The first step is to apply oil onto your skin. You can use olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, essential oils.

Here is a very effective recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of essential oils
  • 3/4 teaspoons fructose
  • 1/4 cup Stringy RajAfter you applied a generous amount onto your designs, wait for 10 minutes to soak in.

3. Use a Paper Towel

After you apply oil onto the mehendi design, rub off the henna paste with a paper towel. If you you don’t have a paper towel, you can use a regular towel but you might stain it.

4. Use Your Fingers

When the paste is dry, simply use your fingers to remove the thick henna layers.

5. Use Your Fingernails

Fingernails are also very effective in getting rid of the excess mehndi paste.

6. Spoon

A spoon will help you get rid of excess henna material. Please make sure you protect your skin and take your time!

7. Use a Dull Knife

A dull knife is another amazing tool that helps you scrape the excess henna.

8. Use a Metal Fork Handle

If you have handy a fork instead of the above, that works as well.

9. Use a Breathable Bandage or Medical Film

By using a medical film to protect the henna designs, you also make your life easier when you remove the paste. The BREATHABLE medical film (bandage) adheres to the skin and when you peel it off it will remove the paste as well.

10. Do NOT Use Water

Please make sure you don’t use water to remove henna! The chlorine will damage the stain.

11. A Henna Sealant Helps Protect the Designs

If you use a lemon sugar henna sealant you will protect the designs and remove the paste easier.

Here is a great recipe to make the perfect henna sealant:

  • 1/2 cup of natural Lemon Juice (squeezed or bottled)
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar

Dissolve sugar and spray onto the design with a mister.


Removing mehndi paste is a time consuming process. Please do not rush as you might risk damaging the design or worse, irritating your skin.