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Posted by Maureen on June 23, 2002 at 05:21:18:

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:


The nice thing about having an assortment of henna powders that you
use is that it allows you to select which henna powder is best suited
to do the job you are wanting it to do. Just like we look at a
variety of different tip sizes, selecting between an applicator
bottle, cone, carrot bag or syringe to determine which works best for
us to accomplish a specific job...the same can be said for henna

Just as it is frustrating to work with a paste made from a more
coarse natured henna powder to get very tiny fine lines, it is
equally frustrating to work with paste made from a more talc like
henna powder to make more bold designs when covering larger shapes
and spaces is required. There are often ways you can work with the
paste to try to "make" it work. Just like you can try to "make" a
hammer beat a screw into place. Sometimes it will actually work.
But it is not the most efficient and productive use of the tools.

I prefer to reserve the henna powder that produces the really stringy
paste for the fine line designs. They work perfectly for those
because they are more suited for that purpose. Then I reserve the
henna powder that produces the less stringy and more robust bodied
pastes for producing the designs more suited for their use like the
Native American, African, Arabic type designs that have more solid
spaces throughout the designs.

A coarse natured powder does not mean one with clay, sand or anything
other than things that are part of the henna plant. These henna
powders have most often not been machine processed.

I think the elimination of such henna powders simply because they are
not the most suited for fine line designs would be to lose out on
benefiting from what they do excellently. I have seen some beautiful
colors from henna powders that would be overlooked because they are
not talc like. Or are talc like but the paste becomes more robust
and full bodied.

Of course, if I find a lot of sand and grit and clay in the powder, I
wouldn't want to use it either. But if that is not the case, then
such a henna powder is an opportunity to explore other possibilities.



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