Re: Well that answeres my dye release woes!

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Posted by Maureen on June 28, 2002 at 05:34:34:

In reply to: Well that answeres my dye release woes! posted by corvus7corax on June 22, 2002 at 16:17:30:

That green dye thing is rather interesting. A friend gave me some
henna powders that she had bought from the "local store" and asked me
to tell her what I thought about them. She is just learning to mix
her own paste and trying to learn to apply it successfully to create
her own designs. I gave her some of my powders to play with and she
was surprised at the range of colors and the strong difference in the
smells. Anyway, when I mixed the powders she gave me to test, the
first thing I notice the next day after they had sat for dye release
was the various degrees of green spots in them. One was just so full
of green spots that one would have thought it was full of green
beads. One had very very few green spots. It made me wonder why
they had bothered to add dye at all if this was all they were going
to put in it. The one with the most dye, created a paste that was
still a deep deep green even after the henna dye that was released
was stirred in really well. After total dye release three days
later, the paste remained green. The paste of the one with the least
green dye added was brown at the peak of dye release. Neither was
anything to desire without a terp. Both were fairly decent on the
palm with a terp.

I think that sooooooo many people have been convinced that the "best"
and freshest henna powder is dark green, that manufacturers are
giving folks what they have asked for. The more people who can
recognize that the color of the henna powder is not the indicator to
look for to assess freshness and therefore, reject these powders that
are dyed, the more quickly the manufacturers will recognize they are
wasting both time and money by adding it.

One thing I have learned from seeking out and selling the assortment
of henna powders that I have available, is that henna powder that is
fresh and excellent comes in a variety of colors from green through
khaki to brown. They have a smell that is in common...but each
smells a bit differently from the next. I have found some brown ones
to be quite pungent in smell and some of the other brown ones to have
less pungency. Each are fresh and stain excellent. But,
notwithstanding the difference in the smell and the degree to which
the smell fills your nose...I have found smell to still be the most
accurate indicator of freshness next to making the paste and seeing
what stain it produces for you.

And those henna powders I was given to test that each had dye in
them. One smelled just like fresh Jamila but was the most green
henna powder of the bunch. One had no smell at all and was nearly as
green as the one that smelled like Jamila. Guess which one left no



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