Re: Not angry...insistent of and persistent with...

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Posted by Kenzi on May 29, 2002 at 15:21:42:

In reply to: Not angry...insistent of and persistent with... posted by Maureen on May 28, 2002 at 23:53:11:

: once called henna stains on people of color a different "genre."
: questioned that at first and considered it more just a different
: aesthetic. But she is correct. And it appears that a lot of henna

This is really the key here. Whether you call it a different color, a
different genre, a different aesthetic, whatever, the operative word
here is "different". I am glad to see you acknowledge this
difference. We must inform all clients, regardless of skin color,
of these difference so they know what to expect. Our clients are
smart, for the most part, and understand the issue of contrast.
My clients will often hold up their body part they want hennaed to
the stain on my skin and try to visualize how it will look on their
skin. This is a natural reaction and a healthy one. They don't
want to be disappointed because they were led to believe that
they will get the same degree of contrast.

A client from Sunday came back Monday to show me the color of
her stain. I had hennaed her wrist and the back of her hand and
the wrist was half as dark as the back of her hand. She could
clearly see the difference between the colors on her own skin
and make her own judgement about how she wants to be
hennaed in the future. She can choose to have her hands done
in order to achieve a certain color, or she can choose other body
parts and achieve a lighter color. She was also able to see the
difference between the stain on the back of her hand and the
stain on the back of my hand. I don't think seeing that is going to
push her over to the black henna camp, it's just one more piece
of information for her to use in the future.

: to your post another point of view because it is imperative to me
: that people of color who come across this particular page, and
: who will have people of color with darker hued skin as
customers, get
: the message that people of darker hue have the same choices
: placement as anyone else desiring henna designs.

I don't think anything any of us has said here implies that people
with darker skin DON'T have a choice as to where they get
henna! We all have free choice, no one is tying people up and
making them henna their hands or feet! ;-)


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