Posted by shaon on June 7, 2002 at 16:16:54:
Don't worry about being so traditional about what you use to apply
the henna. Since I was a kid, my mom used to use toothpicks to do
henna.... did that ever take long :)... but we didn't have anything
better to apply with. My mom was telling me that when they were
kids they would just get fresh henna leaves, make it into a rough
paste and use their fingers to set designs on their hands.
Then when we moved to Toronto, I saw some Indian henna artists using
cones... so much better then toothpicks I thought. And now that
I've discovered j-bottles many people (who use henna in their
tradition) say that the j-bottles look better then cones. Anyway...
don't worry about breaking any rules... since there wasn't one set
really. The henna applicator has evolved... although I prefer cones.
My mother works at an Indian saree store on weekends and their store
carries premade henna from India in cones that look like the mylar
gift wrap. So... if they can do it... I suppose we can too ;-)
oh... it's so nice to talk to a fellow Canadian henna artist. I
haven't found many "natural" henna artists here.
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