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Posted by Kree Arvanitas on July 19, 2001 at 20:53:59:

In reply to: People who dont tan? posted by mark on July 19, 2001 at 08:32:29:

I think anyone who has henna'd people regularly runs into this
problem - the mystery is in the body chemistry of the individual.
The more alkaline the body chemistry, the paler the stain; the more
acidic, the darker. It has NOTHING whatsoever to do with melanin
(pigmentation) - some dark skinned people stain well, occasionally
others don't.
I notice a distinct difference in the quality of the stain on myself
depending on where I am in my monthly cycle. Others don't. When
comparing notes with others, some people have the opposite effect
(darker B4 period; ligher B4 period; darker midcycle; lighter
Short of carrying around a test stick (and how would one use it!) I
don't think its possible to tell.
Hope this helps.


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