Serious henna woes...still...


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Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 14, 2002 at 16:25:49:

For some time I have been whining here that I just don't get the
results I used to, but it's still happening.

Last weekend (Sun night) I hennaed my palm, steamed it many times,
wrapped it, and left it on overnight - at least 12 hours. I waited a
good 16-20 hours before getting it wet, and the color was like peanut
butter. Interestingly, Sunday afternoon I hennaed Constance, Kenzi's
henna assistant, and she got unusually dark results on her hand - same
batch of henna. The parts I did not go over are barely visible.

Yesterday at a very worthless flea market, Kenzi and I played with
10-minute tests. Her test on me came out this same
orangy-peanut-butter color. My test on her was barely visible.

I went over the design on my hand, and today those parts are the same
exact color as the ten-minute test!
My foot, with Kenzi's batch, is also forgettably stained - sort of a
pale brick, but I took a shower when I got home last night - i had to.

We are both using Maison Kenzi henna, she used Lavendar, Ravensara,
and Tea Tree and I used Cajeput and Cardamom, and I put in more terps
than I normally do, about 1 tsp and 3/4 tsp, respectively.

What on earth can be happening? I know I am in the midst of hormonal
weirdness but this is still freaky. Also I am worrying about henna
lot after all teh PPD that's everywhere, people being skeptical that
henna actually works, and some really bad public events, where we have
zero business (Kenzi assures me henna is getting more well-known here)

Can it be that I just don't stain well? I have never had a good stain
on my upper arm, chest, or belly, but even way back when I was a
fanatical bike racer I got OK stains on my palm,
*IF* I left it on overnight and didn't get it wet for at least 24
hours. Now, even doing that doesn't get the kind of stain I want, and
terps don't seem to make that much of a difference. The one I did
last Sunday night I went to martial arts on Monday and sweated heavily
before washing it off. I am reasonably fit and have excellent
circulation and warm skin. I have even been drinking more coffee, if
that helps.

Should I spend the money to get other (pricier) henna? Stop using
terps? try on other people besides myself?

I don't want to have to give up. I enjoy henna, even when there is no
money in it. I want to focus on benefits because at least I will have
a better time helping a good cause than just sitting somewhere waiting
for clients who don't come, but I feel I can't guarantee my product,
even though the same henna can stain well, just not on me.

help?!?

 


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