moroccan henna goodness

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Posted by Lauren on July 30, 2001 at 16:35:28:

In reply to: A test for Kenzi posted by Natasha Papousek on July 29, 2001 at 19:25:58:

I love the Moroccan stuff! I've gotten a decent stain from a bottle
I found left in my car in June for 2 weeks. Not that I recommend
this, but it can happen. I think the oil may have killed it in your
case. Mine only had a bit of eucalyptus in it.

Lisa-Kenzi, where is your henna grown? Wouldn't it be funny if we
got ours from the same fields! Henna artists- making the world
smaller and prettier, one hand at a time.

: I just thought I would test to see if the overnight wait for the
: henna-lemon juice mix was necessary. So I made up 2 batches of
: Kenzi's henna (which is obviously a new crop since it's so
: stringy!). The same recipe for both: 1 tbl henna, 2tsp lemon
: 1/2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp tea tree oil, 1/2 tsp marjoram, 1/2 tsp
: rosemary.
: Batch #1 was all mixed together, strained and put into a cone.
: #2 was done in stages: lemon juice and henna first, then a 12-hour
: rest, then adding the rest of the ingredients, straining and
: in a cone.
: I waited for 2 days before I tested the batches, since my terped up
: henna batches usually take about 48 hours to mature. Then I did my
: finger test. I did a dab of one batch on one finger, and a dab of
: the other on the other finger. Both mixtures were very oily -- and
: in the future, I'm going to add less EO. Then I waited about 10
: minutes for the paste to dry, rinsed it off...and...Batch #1
: gloriously with a bright orange that has now darkened to a light
: freckle brown. Batch #2 didn't stain at all!
: Now, in my experience with Jamila and CA henna, the overnight wait
: essential. But it seems with this crop of henna from Kenzi, the
: overnight wait is useless. I think it's just very active henna
: (which it usually has been -- I've never needed the overnight wait
: for Kenzi's henna, just a few hours is usually enough rest time)
: So, there you go. Different techniques for different hennas. Just
: to add confusion...


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