Re: Need a no-fail recipe- lots of questions.- Kimia- Women of color- pregnancy

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Posted by Maureen on May 21, 2002 at 15:38:00:

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:

Hi Erika,

I will address a few of your questions. Other people will share
their experiences too, I am sure.

Kimia responds best to a pretty basic recipe. What I have always
used successfully is Kimia, lemon juice (concentrate), sugar and
cajeput. I can mix it all at once or mix the Kimia, lemon & sugar
first and add the cajeput 12 hours later. It has not seemed to make
a difference. So lately I have been mixing it all at once.

Kimia, for me, likes to be sealed, tissued, plastic wrapped and kept
warm and on for about 8 hours.But, you will get an excellent stain in
far fewer hours.

I would avoid an elaborate mixture for application on someone who is
pregnant. The more basic your mixture, the less likely you are to
have something in the mixture that will create problems. You are far
wiser to be cautious. You will probably be quite safe with lavender
in your mix. But I would skip the brew and anything else other than
your henna powder, lemon and sugar.

When you add a terp to your henna paste you should skip the carrier
oil. A carrier oil adds nothing to the quality of your stain or
paste. Again, you don't want to add anything that could create a
problem or is unnecessary.

Women of Color stain excellently. You don't have to do anything
special. Because your friend is pregnant, it is possible that she
has put some oils on her stomach. You will want to make sure she
does not do that the day you are applying the henna. The oils and
lotions will interfere with the staining capacity of the henna paste.

With the choices of powders you have, I would probably recommend
Tazii for the belly. Kimia will stain wonderfully for you on the
belly. You will get more of the brown range from Kimia on body parts
other than the palms and feet where the reds come through the best
for you. I would save Kimia for the occasions where she shines and
dazzles. Tazii may well be the powder that will give you the best
contrast on the belly. Any of the henna powders you have will do
just fine. I am suggesting Tazii because I am imagining the color
contrasts and thinking it will give you what I believe you are
looking for right now.



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