Re: Wimpy thumbs!!! :(

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Posted by Willowhawk on July 6, 2002 at 18:51:03:

In reply to: Wimpy thumbs!!! :( posted by Veronica on July 6, 2002 at 09:14:34:

: Do I just have week thumbs or is there some trick or tip to soften
: the bottle a little? The bottles I got from Castle Art Imports so
: know they are good and appropriate for henna use.

You could have weak muscles in that's one of those places
that you don't realize until it's too late.
I tend to hold the bottle in a way that the 1st knuckle of my thumb
and the 1st knuckle of my index finger put the pressure on the bottle.

: It also seems that the more henna that is used the harder you
: have to squeez to get the henna out because they bottle isn't full
: and adding that extra help with pressure. I don't want to feel as
: I just wasted my money. Help!

Other's have advised 'keep your bottle full' which is very true. But
another hint is to keep your bottle stored w/ the tip down so the
paste stays near the tip.
There was mention of 'burping' the bottle as it was being filled, and
I do that as well as tap the bottle on the counter to get the paste
to settle and remove air. When the bottle is full and have been
using it for a bit, I will tap the tipped end on the table {or
something that I don't mind having little o's in} to move the paste
closer to the tip.
Although the emptier the bottle gets the more I have to do it and the
better chance for air 'blobs' to happen. But you can use almost all
of the paste this way and it's a bit easier on the hand.

Just experiment a bit more. It's strange to switch from
one 'applicator' to another...the little tricks you are used to don't
really work as well anymore.
Justine Willowhawk


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