Re: Can y'all give me a cheat sheet?
Posted by Maureen on May 23, 2002 at 06:10:12:
I pretty much would just ditto Kenzi's suggestions. You might try
adding your sugar initially to make sure it is good and dissolved in
your paste prior to straining. That won't effect the stain at all
though. You can use both cajeput and euc. Depending on the euc you
are using though, if it is not serving as an effective terp, you
might just want to skip it and work with the cajeput. I started with
cajeput as my choice of terps and nothing has made me want to change
to anything else. But I have tried the eucalyptus (globius) that
Lauren sells and it is a very good euc to use as a terp...if you feel
strongly about using a euc oil. Other than that, I think you have a
good recipe and process going for yourself.
You might try a test on yourself with each of your batches of paste
to know for sure what the resulting stain is probably going to look
like with good aftercare and all. Sometimes seeing a stain the day
after application doesn't give you a good indication of how deep and
dark the stain will ultimately become. So if you have a test spot on
your own hand or same body part as you henna your customers, you will
have a better indication of what the paste is capable of doing. I
have had stains with certain powders be much much darker on the 4th
and 5th day than they were on the second day. And then again with
some powders you will know that on the second day, that is the
deepest and darkest the stain is going to get. Your own spot tests
will provide you with your best clues.
And giving your paste more time to develop is really critical.
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