Punked-out henna

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Posted by Jenna on June 17, 2002 at 23:18:20:

In reply to: yup posted by Alissa on June 17, 2002 at 12:17:54:

Interesting! I wonder if excessive lemon juice in the paste when
first mixing it would cause the henna to "punk out" as well. That
might be what went wrong with my last batch of henna, which was
admittedly runny, and didn't take such a good stain. I'll have to
experiment with that!


: Henna will "punk out" in excessive heat. Heat causes the dye to
: release from the henna. Lots of heat will just "cook" a paste,
: causing the dye to release very quickly, and then the paste goes
: dead. This is why refrigerating paste makes it last for 2 weeks,
: room temp paste for only 2-3 days.
: My guess is that you might have killed your paste. Black and hard
: not a good sign. It might still be usable as hair henna if you
: your hair, just add some water to reliquify it.


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