Re: Henna aftercare question: Does vegetable oil protect your design during bathing?

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Posted by Maureen on June 17, 2002 at 05:13:15:

In reply to: Henna aftercare question: Does vegetable oil protect your design during bathing? posted by Jenna on June 16, 2002 at 22:43:50:

Hi Jenna,

Protecting the stain from water during the first 24 hours is
critical. If you are using a henna powder that has a gradual
progression in stain development, that stain may need to be protected
even a bit longer. I apply a light vegetable oil to my stain
immediately upon paste removal if I am going to steam it. Depending
upon where the design is located, there are a number of ways to
protect it. That is the purpose applying the vegetable oil during
bathing. While I prefer bathing to showers anytime, I tend to switch
to a shower when sporting a new stain and recommend that to people.
A stain on the hands can be protected well with those plastic gloves
that food prep workers and housekeepers wear. A stain on the upper
arm or thigh can get some protection from tightly wrapped and tucked
plastic wrap. I have even put one of those thin freezer bags on my
feet during a shower to protect a design there. The main thing is to
make effort to not expose the stain to water. As Theodora said,
after you stain has developed, all of those precautions do not appear
to be necessary. And patting the stain dry rather is better for the
stain than rubbing it dry. Of course, there eventually comes a time
in the stain development that nothing you do seem to effect it.

So, if you have included some suggestions in your aftercare
instructions for how to take care of the henna stain during that
first 24 hours...and included not washing the stain or getting it in
contact with water...for the best possible outcome, you have not
overlooked anything. The vegetable oil suggestion is just one more
suoption you can offer for how to do this.

In the aftercare instructions, I tend to stear away from very
specific suggestions like applying vegetable oil or vasoline, etc. I
tend to just include that they should protect the stain from exposure
and submersion into water for at least 24 hours. Then leave it up to
people to determine how to best do that. If asked specific
questions, I might suggest the shower rather than the bath...patting
dry rather than rubbing...rubber gloves as ways to look at protecting
the design. It is often more effective to let people know "that" the
stain needs to be protected and "why" the stain needs to be protected
rather than real specific instruction of "how" to protect it. General
guidelines rather than instructions so specific as to suggest
products to use, can save you from the "I followed your advice and
covered my design with product X before showering, but look, product
x didn't work and now my stain/design is ruined" sort of feedback.

Take care.



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