Re: New Henna User


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Posted by Maureen on June 4, 2002 at 06:51:47:

In reply to: New Henna User posted by Sharon on June 3, 2002 at 19:23:27:

Hi Sharon,

Actually, a good starter kit will be the one that has in it the
things that you "need" to get started doing henna designs or the one
that has in it the things that you "want" to get started doing henna
designs.

If you have a recipe that you like, a source of designs, understand
somethings about the process and procedures for making your henna
paste (or have a source for that information), have your tools
(applicator bottles, tips, cones, carrot bags etc.), you then will
pretty much just need to select a henna powder that does what you
want. If you are starting from scratch, sometimes a kit that has the
tools and supplies that you need/want already in it is helpful.

If you are sure or have a good idea that this is something that you
will like to do then it is probably a good idea to seek out the
things you will need individually. It may save you money and you
will be motivated to spend the time to necessary to seek them out.

If you are not sure and just want to try out applying the henna paste
and creating a design, then a "quality" premix may be all you need to
make that decision. If you decide that you really like the aspect of
creating the designs and applying the paste, then I would suggest
getting some excellent quality henna powder and learning to make your
own paste. Learning how to make your own henna paste just gives you
so much more control over your resulting stains than purchasing a
premix.

My recipe is very basic. Henna powder, sugar, lemon and cajeput. I
recommend starting with the most basic recipe and procedure before
moving towards the complex. That would be your henna powder, lemon
and sugar, sealant, wrapped design, warmth and time. Once you
understand how each of these effect your paste and the outcome of
your stain, the addition of a terp (cajeput, ravensara, tea tree,
eucalyptus globius) will offer possibilities for darker stains.

Maureen

 


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