Aftercare example

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Posted by Kenzi on April 11, 2001 at 16:47:32:

In a discussion about lemon-sugar and aftercare farther down the page,
I offered to post my aftercare sheet. This is what I hand out to
clients (and now I am going to staple to it a little baggie containing
a lemon-sugar soaked cotton ball). Feel free to copy it, edit it, use
it as your own. Most of what is in here are tips that I picked up
from people here anyway. Here it is:

"After-care instructions

To ensure that your henna design comes out dark and lasts a long time,
just remember your M.A.T.H.:

- keep the paste moist by wrapping it up well; this traps your body
heat and moisture
- at night, wear a sock, glove or ace bandage over it

- the lemon juice in the paste will contribute acidity; the
lemon-sugar mixture also helps...keep dabbing it on occasionally
before you wrap

- keep the henna in contact with your skin as long as possible, about
6-12 hours; sleeping with the henna paste on is best
- you will be rewarded for your patience!

- while the paste is on, keep the area warm by wrapping it up well
- for designs on the stomach or back, put a heating pad over the area

The day after:
- steam the area for 5-10 min. over a sink or basin filled with
boiling water - this loosens the paste so you can scrape it off with
your fingernails or a blunt knife (do not use water to remove, try
rubbing it off with oil)
- do not get the design wet for 1 day after applying it - rub a
little oil over the area before showering and donít scrub the area or


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