Re: My first Paid Party- many thanks to all of you!

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Posted by Maureen on May 26, 2002 at 19:43:04:

In reply to: My first Paid Party- many thanks to all of you! posted by Erika on May 26, 2002 at 19:06:30:

Hi Erika,

BIG smile on my face for your success.

Your coffee colored stain will proceed to a darker stain yet. And
with Kimia...yep, leave out the tea. The new Kimia is initially
giving a brown stain that will turn a deep dark raspberry red. I do
recommend reserving your Kimia for people who want their palms and
feet done. That is where she shines and does her thing the best.
The tea may also impact the range of colors of some of the other
powders as well. You might just want to try using them will lemon,
sugar, terp and the powder to see their natural color. You really
don't have to add anything to these powders to push them but your
terp because of the places you will henna.

One unfortunate thing about doing parties is that you don't get to
see the resulting stains usually...:-( The refund you offered is
very good as a business strategy. But because some of the people you
henna'd may have gone home and showered...sat in a hot tub...washed
dishes etc., their reports about their henna stains are not always a
good measure of the job you did or the henna paste. The best measure
is the stain you put on yourself with good aftercare. That is how
you know your paste is effective.

Yeah, the shower thing can do your stain in. Some people say they
wash their henna paste off...That kills my stains. I don't know if
it is the water here or what. But I don't put the henna'd part in
water for 24 hours if I can get away with it.

A good aftercare sheet with instructions for how to care for the
henna designs is always a good idea and necessary. Even if you tell
people at a party how to care for their designs, you will be lucky if
one person remembers what you said. And even when remembering, some
people still won't do it. So always cover yourself by having some
after care instructions written down to hand out when you have
completed the design on anyone. The more people you do, the more you
will learn the importance of that aftercare sheet.

Typically, when someone hosts a party, it is pretty much on them to
get people to participate in the activities he or she has arranged
for them. I don't think a refund or repeat performance is necessary
if the party participants done chose to be designed. Anymore than if
I hire a DJ for a party who plays good music, but only a few or none
of my guess get up to dance. Sometimes there is too much going
on...or people just don't feel like it. If you were hired to get
people interested in henna and couldn't, then you didn't do what you
were hired to do. But if you were hired to henna party guests, then
it sounds to me like you did exactly what you were hired to do. Even
if only one person had wanted a henna still would have
done what you were hired to do. One suggestion to keep your role
clear is to inform the hostess when contracting for the event, to
make sure the guest know you are available to them and to have some
method devised to steer them to you. That lets the host/hostess know
this is their role in the henna part of their event and it works well
at small or large events for the host/hostess to know up from what
assistance you will need from them. Having said all of that, there
was nothing wrong with your offer. A generous spirit and willingness
to keep your customer happy will always serve you well.

Congratulations!!! And, I hope you get a lot of referrals.



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