Paste removal and after

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Posted by Lauren on February 17, 2002 at 23:48:04:

How come rinsing the paste off with water hinders and sometimes stops
the color development in henna stains? In a couple of my books, it
says to rinse, but in my experience this is a bad idea. Is water pH
a factor? Is it removing the henna residue, in effect a very thin
paste coating? I'd think that applying oil would remove any residue
as well, but that doesn't seem to affect the stain much in the short
When should I first apply oil? Should I wait until the stain has
developed so as to not affect exposure to air in the case of terped
stains, or should I put it on right away to protect it from the
start? I'm actually not using straight oil anymore; I'm using Body
Butter which has lot of great aftercare ingredients but mostly
because it smells so good. I have my own blend on my site, mixed
with cardamom oil, which right now is just about my favorite scent.
I assume that applying a terp oil after the henna as opposed to IN it
would have no real effect, right?
I also tell people not to use commercial moisturizers or sunscreen on
their designs, but here again although I've seen the effect, I'm not
sure what causes it. Other than anything scrubby or anything with
alpha-hydroxy, what specific chemicals should I tell people to look
out for?


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