Kimia and recipes

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Posted by Paul Cerra on May 21, 2002 at 15:20:59:

In reply to: Need a no-fail recipe- lots of questions.- Kimia- Women of color- pregnancy posted by Erika on May 21, 2002 at 14:46:05:

: Should I NOT terp the Kimia if I want to keep it red?

Erika, if you look down through the recent posts, you can see a pic I
posted (it's under the thread "sharing some work - inline pic") of
some work I did with terped Kimia. It seems that terping the Kimia
caused her to darken so quickly that the reds were almost
nonexistent. The finished stain has a wonderful burgundy/reddish-
brown appearance, but it's certainly not the cherry reds and black
cherries that Kimia seems to be known for. My pic doesn't show a
finished stain, but the colors you'll see are fairly representative
of the final result.

I recently started using henna myself, so I know how you feel when
you say you "don't want to waste" your henna powders. I "wasted" a
couple hundred grams early on before I got things under control. The
best advice I can give you is what was given to me early on: find the
method(s) that work for *you*, and then stick with it. In your case,
the only specific suggestion I could give you is to use less henna
powder while you are getting your recipe down. 50g is a lot of henna
if you are just doing work on family and friends. I've been mixing up
10g batches lately, and that yields me a small, easy-to-hold cone
with enough paste for up to a dozen designs. You could cut that 50g
into 5 batches, make each with a different "recipe" that you keep
track of, and then decide which one works best for you. Whatever you
decide to do, good luck!

Oh... in my admittedly limited experience, I have noticed no
difference between using lime juice or lemon juice. In fact, I've
started using bottled grocery-store brand lemon juice because 1) it's
cheaper and 2) it's plenty acidic and 3) it doesn't need to be
strained. I've tried heating it up or even boiling it on the stove
with whole cloves, but I noticed no difference in stain compared to
just adding it straight, either at room temp or cold from the fridge.
At this point, my recipe consists of nothing more than henna powder,
bottled lemon juice, a pinch of sugar, and tea tree oil, and I'm
getting excellent stains. Of course, Cajeput does have a great
reputation, and I'm sure I'll try some eventually.



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