Henna woes...

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 8, 2002 at 20:37:11:

Hi folks,

Ok, I am having the same problem I have been for about a year. Henna
just isn't staining well on me consistently. Sometimes, if I
lemonsugar really well, steam, wrap, and avoid water like a rabid dog
for 24-36 hours, I can get black-cherry on the palm, and dark brick on
the back of my hand. This happened at Sirius for the first time in
over six months.
Last night I did all those things, and now, 19 hours later, the lovely
design I did on my palm is about the color of peanut better, though
I know there are a million factors involved, including the fact that
it's been hotter than hell and humid here and my henna was mixed up on
the 3rd or 4th. I've been doing this long enough to know that it's
always changing, that my own stress and chemistry greatly affect the
stain, blah blah blah.
But, if I can't consistently get a good stain on myself, how can I
guarantee this to clients? How can I guarantee, especially given that
I am getting a lot of questions about henna on medium-to-dark skin
tones, people who are skeptical that it will stain them, and PPD
artists everywhere?
We are trying to promote/encourage henna here in NYC but if I can't
guarantee my product, it's hard to have the neccessary enthusiasm to
assure people that what they just spent money for WILL get darker but
they have to wait. I know it's a matter of confidence, and I don't
feel confident that i can give people what they want. This doesn't
apply for those who know and love henna, but they are few and far between.
anyone had this feeling? Concerned your henna is not working, even
though you know you're doing everything right?


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