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Posted by Alissa on May 12, 2002 at 14:56:05:

In reply to: Results from latest batch of henna (Alissa's Recipe!) posted by Jenna on May 12, 2002 at 13:42:31:

Great to hear you're getting good results! Keep experimenting, what
works best for one artist may just be a creative springboard for the
next one to improve on.

Are you refridgerating your paste in between uses? Some folks do and
some don't. I do, and will usually get good paste for about 4-5 days
after mixing. After that, I might use older paste on myself, for
doodling or for fun, or save it for using on my hair.

I played a lot last summer with terp recipes, how long to leave paste
on with different recipes, how it effected the design's life, whether
to seal or not to seal -- so many variables. I favor using paste
terped with cajeput, left to cure overnight at room temp, and then
left to cure another 24 hours or so in the fridge. If I'm planning a
weekend event, I mix my paste on Thursday night. By Saturday it's at
what I feel is the peak staining power -- a great stain, a fast dye
release, and a long lasting design.

rock on henna gurl


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