Re: Serious henna woes...still...

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 14, 2002 at 16:57:12:

In reply to: Serious henna woes...still... posted by Anne Beltestad on July 14, 2002 at 16:25:49:

Lets have a think about the microchemistry of your skin.

Something in your skin is preventing the lawsones from landing and
getting happy. If you got a good stain on Constance, you're not
intrinsically short of lawsones. They're there, they're just not
working on you.

Are your extremities chronically chilly?
What soaps are you using that might be leaving a chemical residue
that's interferring with the stain?
Are you using a body oil or hair preparation that might be tanking
your henna because of the residue left on your hands?
Antibacterial stuff? Medications?
Cooking oil? Stress? Hormonal freekiness?
Failed to wave a dead chicken over it?
Need to leave a bigger beer offering out for Freya?

When I henna at Sirius and Starwood (gotta pack and get out of here
shortly) I'm always amazed at the range of stains I get on different
people, with precisely the same paste and water supply and daily
temperature. People have different skin and get different results.

Of course, this does bring up the problem of just exactly how well
suited is henna to be a western-style money machine, a marketable
novelty to be consumed? If it's a marketable product in the western
world, there are expectations of "guaranteed results". In the
indigenous traditions ...... the variability of the results was part
of the folkloric mix.


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