Re: Moroccan henna...
Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on May 23, 2002 at 21:54:14:
yes, the results are greenish black. This is the "henna stone" thing.
Limestone, ammonia, high lime cement ... The technique works because
henna is acidic, and the paste is alkaline, and the paste, applied to
just-removed henna will percipitate the dye to black, green-black, or
near black ... and are several ways to do this but all of them are
very hard on the skin because they are caustic. I don't mind doing
this to myself, but it's not a nice thing to do to strangers or clients.
I got an email from a woman who let her children get their hands done
this way in Morocco, and the children were weeping from the pain. The
high-alkaline caustic techniques are NOT for tender skin!
There are safer ways to get your henna very dark! Steam, heat, and
terps do the job with greater kindness ... and smell better!
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