Posted by Anne Beltestad on May 28, 2002 at 21:08:42:
In reply to: Re: Less than ideal conditions (long post and a question) posted by Natasha Papousek on May 28, 2002 at 20:44:06:Baby wipes work well for the inevitable sunscreen/body oil/hand lotion
problem of festivals. Just make sure to remember to ask - I often forget.
As for the hand vs. torso, check out my post earlier about the Dance
Africa festival. When I told people that henna on my chest looked
like a sunburn then was gone after a day, and pointed out that on my
pale skin the contrast would be good (as well as that I stain very
well on hands and feet) they were willing to believe me. It just
depends on the crowd. Silly teenyboppers aren't necessarily going to
listen, but it's your responsibility to warn them, as you did. No
refund is necessary or should even be expected if you told them it
might not stain. Kree also has a good fail-safe part of her rant,
which is that the stain "depends on your own skin chemistry." I have
incorporated this, and use it.
I haven't done much wrapping "in the field" - I guess it's just more
stuff I don't want to haul, and my own initial experiments with wraps
made me sweat and made the henna smear. But Lisa and I did so this
weekend and it seemed good, though we had a very limited supply of
wrap materials and once one person saw it more people felt they needed
Again, education is key. Explaining that if people expect henna to
act like a temp tattoo they will be disappointed, but if they let me
do it in a traditional way, and follow the instructions, they will be
rewarded, seems to help.
The point is you can do what you can do, and they have to meet you
halfway. This is what distinguishes the skilled professional henna
artist, whose work makes onlookers go "ooooh!" from the McMehndi style
slinger, or the newcomer who hasn't practiced enough for free.
Just do your best, educate, and try to help them see henna's own beauty.
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