possible component of some of the powders......
Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on June 22, 2002 at 06:43:53:
In reply to: Sifting powder and paste.. FRESH HENNA!! YAY!! posted by Diana ( a not so often lurker) on June 22, 2002 at 01:47:29:Iīve seen many hennaes that even when sifted seemed to have a clay-
grit something to them that prevented functioning for nice line
work. Anne picked up one in NYC, and Sam tried one from Egypt.
These are typically henna for hair, and though you put them through
the very best Fred-o-matic, when you go to stir them up, you can
hear the spoon gritting against the teacup.
The person Iīm presently visiting for research, and I think it might
be lime, (as in calcium hydroxide), added to the henna to make a
browner stain. Otherwise, itīs just plain dirt added to increase
the selling weight. Sam and I saw grains of sand in the henna.
When I get home finally īll get out the microscope tied to the
computer and start looking at these powders. I can get a screen shot
of whatīs under the lens and that might tell us a lot about exactly
what suppliers are dumping into the henna!
Anyway, if you canīt get a good line no matter now much you sift and
adjust the henna to a lovely yoghurt consistancy ........ chuck it
and try a powder from a reputable supplier.
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