Re: Left over Henna?Help???
Posted by Maureen on May 18, 2002 at 11:25:38:
How long your henna paste will stain effectively depends to some
degree on the particular henna powder...is it terped...weather
conditions and a few other variables. The best way to determine this
is to experiment with your paste and determine how many days after it
has been mixed does it give you peak performance and which days does
this occur. You will notice a curve...dyes not released or releasing
stage...then dyes released fully stage...then demise stage. The
middle stage is the one you will feel safe using on customers.
Knowing this timing helps you to plan out your henna experience.
People report 3 to 5 days peak. But then there will be an exception
to that that you may or may not experience with your henna powder.
Keeping your paste in the refrigerator slows the demise. I have
actually left paste out and got great stains after 7 days. There are
a lot of factors that will contribute to stain release and stain
demise. So since you control your environment, you will know best
the time frame you paste is in a certain stage...and under what
Everyone mixes up too much paste sometimes. It is good to know how
to refresh it or what uses you can make of it. Adding more terps
will prolong the life of paste that is in demise. Paste that is in
demise to the point that it only creates light stains is good for
those two tone designs. And also to practice with as you describe
wishing to do.
The runniness or thinness of your paste can be cause by a number of
reasons when it is older. Sometimes it has separated in a way that
mixing it with fresh henna powder is kind of like throwing good money
after bad. Sometimes the thin stuff is on the top and some very
thick paste is at the bottom. Try stirring it and applying. If you
get lots of clogs and lumps...it has done that separating thing that
is best set aside for and used for hair if you do that. If not it is
trash time. At other times, and I have had this happen when my paste
is just sitting for dye release, the oil tends to separate into a
little puddle or there is condensation. At that point in the game I
just stir up the paste really well and it is fine.
Hope this helps. Take care.
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