Re: Too light henna!

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Posted by Lauren on July 15, 2002 at 15:35:54:

In reply to: Too light henna! posted by Ashley on July 14, 2002 at 16:33:57:

: I had purchased henna powder from an Indian grocery store in my
: (how convenient! and cheap too!)

Lucky you! Most of the store-bought henna I've found was totally
: It showed up a very dark, beautiful orange/brown/maroon color on my
: fingers and part of my hand, but most of the design on my hand and
: entire wrist showed up MUCH lighter! Do you have any suggestions?
: Did I do anything wrong?

Sounds like you did it right. Traditional henna mixes stain best on
callused, non-oily skin, which means that your palm and soles are the
best place, and the face is the worst place to put it. You wwrist is
less callused than your palm, which is why you get the color
One way to even out the color is by using essential oils in your
paste containing the chemical compound terpene. Cardamom, cajeput,
tea tree, some kinds of eucalyptus, clove, frankincense, lavendar,
and a few others are all great in henna. I did some tests a while
back and I found that using 3ml per 50 grams of paste works best, or
15ml or half an ounce to 100 grams of powder. With these, you mix up
the paste as usual, wait for the dye to release, then mix in the oil
and wait another 24-36 hours to apply. At this point, you should get
a more consistent color everywhere, including places that traditional
mix is wimpy like tummy and back. The upside is that you apply, let
dry, and rub off the paste instead of doing the wrap and 12-hour
thing. Another upside is that the fade is much cleaner- you go from
dark to barely there in a couple days, as opposed to the orange-
sherbet phase that with traditional mixes can last weeks. Tea treee
tends to have a less attractive fade than others. The downside is
the color lasts 1-3 weeks instead of 4-5, but that's not much of a
downside when you want to always have a fresh new design. Also, the
oiled paste can be frozen for several months with no loss of color.
CCJ is the one who really pioneered our knowledge of the terp thing.
Check out her info at
and if you want the oils, I sell cajeput, cardamom, and eucalyptus
(the good kind for henna) at the link below. Several other people on
the Forum also sell oils, and so far as I know, all of us have good


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