Re: How long for Kimia to darken?

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Posted by Maureen on June 14, 2002 at 05:28:48:

In reply to: How long for Kimia to darken? posted by Monica Tittle on June 14, 2002 at 01:53:53:

Hi Monica,

You really need to let Kimia take you through its entire process for
you to determine what it will do for you. There are two sorts of
stains I get with Kimia at paste removal. A bright neon red/orange
stain. That is the one that goes cherry and then progresses to a
black cherry. Then there is a deep tan color at stain removal that
progresses to a deep dark raspberry color and stays that way until
demise. Kimia is a henna powder that, as it has been stated over and
over again, requires the individual to work with it to get their red
stains. You will have to determine what needs to happen with your
recipe or process to get the reds to occur for you. The reds will
occur on your palms, soles and sides of feet...don't look for them on
the back of your hand.

Typically, I would mix a henna paste on Monday...24 hours later
(Tuesday) I may add my terp.. 12 to 24 hours later (Wednesday), I
would use the paste. That is a henna paste with a terp added. With
no terp added, I would begin to spot test it on Wednesday to see if
the dye is sufficiently released. Now, as you know, Kimia is slower
to release its dyes sufficient to get the red stains...even with a
terp...So Wednesday seems to be a bit soon to me for you to have done
your design.

Kimia is not a henna powder that is slow to release its dye. It
actually has a very fast dye release. Mix a bit up and test spot
your finger in about an hour. You will have a quite a respectable
stain. It won't go red though. The reds require time for the paste
to sit and the dyes to release sufficiently prior to application and
for the paste to be on the skin kept warm and wrapped. Timing is

It is really important to learn from the henna powder...not just
Kimia...but any henna powder, exactly what is required for it to
provide you with its most excellent resulting stains. If you are
working with a henna powder that releases its dyes fast and is at
peak performance in 24 hours, you have to use it at its peak. If you
wait five days, you will probably get no stains. If a henna powder
releases its dyes slowly, if you use it before the dye has released
sufficiently, you will probably get no or light stains. The henna
powder will not conform to our needs...we must conform to its needs.

When using any henna powder for the first time, it is a good idea to
play around with it to find out what it needs and requires of you.
Test spotting is always a good way to learn what the dye release
curve is. Without doing that, you are pretty much making guesses and
your results can be hit or miss. And you don't want them to miss
when you have spent a lot of time creating a design. test,
spot test, spot tests, to know when your paste is ready.

I spot test every time I mix my paste, even though I am very familiar
with the henna powders and their timing. But there are other factors
that can impact how the paste develops. So to be sure, I put a spot
of the paste on my finger...wrap it and see what I have a bit later.
Other people have other things they use as indicators that their
paste is ready. The only indicator that the paste is ready that I
have found that works cross henna powders, is the test spot. OK...I
have said that enough. But it is what really prevents
disappointments in the morning.

When you have a good paste with Kimia and the dye release is at peak
staining capacity, your stain will change dramatically in color the
first day...then it will change more.

So, some things to remember about Kimia. Kimia is extremely fast
staining. It will provide "a" stain within the first hour. But that
stain is not going to go red. It is going to go to the brown range.
A very bright neon red/orange stain at paste removal is the one that
is going to go cherry on me. This appears to be the color at paste
removal that others have gotten as well with stains that remain in
the bright red range for them. The deep tan stain at paste removal,
is the one that is going to go raspberry on me. Others getting the
same stain at paste removal have gotten other darker reds in the
range of black berry and dark red/burgundy. Kimia stains go through
an array of color changes over a series of days and then become very
dark like a a black cherry and dark black raspberry color,

The constants appear to be timing and temperature. Some of the other
variables have produced different outcomes with different people.
Some wrap. Some don't. Some terp. Some don't. Some steam. Some
don't. I believe those variable have to do with the individual and
the environment.

Miss Kimia ain't easy...but her stains are beautiful when she graces



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