Re: Moroccan henna...


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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on May 24, 2002 at 01:58:27:

In reply to: Re: Moroccan henna... posted by Lateefa on May 23, 2002 at 23:43:46:

This pic shows the greenish black characteristic of alkaline nuked henna.

I used household strength ammonia for about 10 minutes (fairly weak,
just used for washing floors and stuff)and that does the job.
Actually, the first time I did this was accidental. I was mopping the
floor in my office with household ammonia, barefoot, and my hennaed
feet changed from henna color to black.

I like knowing how to do it, because I like knowing everything I
possibly can about the history and traditions of henna, and this is a
bonifide traditional technique.

As henna was applied in the hamam, and similar alkaline pastes were
used there for depilitation .... I'm guessing that the combination of
fresh henna, steambath, and alkaline paste may be the source of those
gonzo black hennaes in 16th century Persia.

 


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