Re: General Newbie Questions

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Posted by Lauren on July 11, 2002 at 16:18:27:

In reply to: General Newbie Questions posted by Raven on July 11, 2002 at 05:07:20:

Hi and welcome!

: 1. I purchased some premixed henna in a tube (no special colors
: regular henna), and I wanted to know the easiest way to apply the
: stuff.

If it comes in a tube, it will usually have a screw-on plastic tip
which should work fine for you. On the other hand, commercial premix
tends to be be old and dead by the time it gets to anyone in the US.
You're going to get much better results if you buy premix directly
from an artist or buy powder, also from an artist, and mix it

A cake decorating tube would be excessively difficult for me
: so I dont want to do it that way.

They're not as hard as you might think, especially if you put an
icing tip inside the bag.

Im thinking a seringe may be the
: same... but Im not positive because its smaller and you can be more
: perscise.

I'd like to see someone who had started out using a syringe. They
seem really difficult to many of us (except of course Nick the Boy
Wonder) but it's probably just a matter of practice.

I wanted to do it freehand (with a paintbrush) because Im
: an artist and that would likely be the most comfortable, but Im
: concerned with how smoothly it will go on. Is it really thick? Is
: it hard to paint on?

I used a paintbrucsh for a while with decent results. You do want to
make sure that you get the paste laid on evenly, which is a challenge
with a paintbrush. Also make sure it's painted n thick enough so
you can't see the skin underneath.

: 2. How long does it last (generally speaking)?

Depends on the quality of the henna, the recipe used, where you put
it, aftercare, and your skin chemistry. Henna should be fresh to be
of any use. If you use oil in your paste, it won't last as long but
you don't have to go through a lot of bother at first, either.
Aftercare- keep it dry for the first few hours, preferably 12-24 and
rub olive oil or Body Butter into if before and after getting it wet
thereafter. Where to apply- hands and feet are way better than
anyplace else. Skin chemistry- are you stressed or relaxed, what's
your diet like, what time of the month is it, and lots of other
That said, an average is 1-5 weeks.

: 3. Is there anything I should absolutely do or not do while
: the henna or even aftercare?

Keep the area warm while the paste is on and dry after it's off.



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