Re Pregnancy & Misc Other Things...

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Posted by Kree @ Gilded Lilies on May 21, 2002 at 22:20:44:

In reply to: Re: Re Pregnancy posted by Kenzi on May 21, 2002 at 21:36:24:

My understanding is that an extensive henna application can cause the
body temperature to drop, which can trigger premature labor. (I'm
sure we've all noticed how cold our extremities can get while being
henna'd) I go out of my way to make sure any pregnant person I henna
keeps really warm.

I copied a website years ago (somewhere in my messy office) that also
had an account of henna being used as an aid to abortion in West
Africa. I wonder also about taboos - sometimes taboos cover up
practical reasons for not doing things. For some reason humans think
it is better to shame or scare someone into not doing something when
a simple explanation might do just as well.

There is another issue which henna artists should be aware of - and
that's being sued. Working for attorneys like I do, I'm sure the
thought has crossed your mind - what the heck would I do if someone
sued me for damage allegedly caused by my henna visit? Whether your
actions caused it or not, going to court over someone's miscarriage
is not my idea of fun.

Also- I just wanted to comment that I agree totally with your
assessment re henna on darker skinned people. No matter how dark the
henna gets, on ebony skin henna is just not going to look the same. I
understand that in some countries like Senegal and Mali people use
henna totally differently - not elaborate tiny designs, but thicker
bolder, simpler designs that make the burgundy/black skin look like
watered silk in the sunlight - but definitely not visible from a
distance. I think it is also more common in East & West African
countries to adulterate the henna with things that will make it
appear blacker.
I encourage customers with really dark skin to do their palms.
Medium to medium dark skins I tend to use larger tips and do thicker
versions of whatever designs they choose - just so there is more
coverage and more contrast.

Finally! - Najib gave me a stack of photos last night from Sirius NY.
I am going to get them scanned and posted asap. Some great pix of
you with the arabic letters on your arm, Nicks beautiful henna hands,
a pic of Lauren looking proudly like Ms.Queen Bee slathered with
henna and some nice pix of Catherine applying harquus.



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