Just some thoughts...
Posted by Maureen on July 18, 2002 at 05:19:26:
Just a few things that come to mind. I only use 15 to 20 drops of
terps in two heaping table spoons of henna powder. Once I got very
heavy handed and spilled more in my powder...then followed pretty
similar procedure as you. Only difference is I sat mine on the TV.
I found that the additional heat that worked well with the 15 to 20
drops of the cajeput I use, seemed a bit much with the additional
amount of terp added. My paste seemed to have overshoot peak before
I used it. However, I did not end up with no stain...just a lighter
stain that had the fastest demise I had ever experienced. The fact
that you got NO stain is particularly peculiar.
I would suggest mixing up another batch of the paste without terps.
Divide it into threes. Add a small 15 to 20 drops to one batch. Add
the same amount as usual to the second batch. Add no terps to the
third batch. Follow your same procedure and check out your results
again. If you get stains from the batch with no terps and less terp,
you will know that the amount of terps plus the heat plus the amount
of time sitting overshoots peak. You would just want to use less
terp or eliminate the additional heat source. If you have no stains
with any of them, something has happened to your henna powder.
My back up plan is Navaid's Natural henna paste in the tubes. It has
never failed me. If using it on body parts other than the palms, I
add a terp to it. Just squeeze it out of the tube, add the terp, let
sit about 4 to 6 hours, put into an applicator bottle and use. I
have also used it on hard to stain body parts without terps with no
problem. I am just in the habit of the terps now and so use cajeput
most of the time.
Sorry to hear about your experience. That is a bit horrifying to
have occur. But don't lose your confidence because of a fluke. This
happens with henna and can happen to anybody. People are usually
only too glad to give you a chance to redeem your henna paste with
them. I am sure that you can arrange some way to henna them again.
What you want to do is have a way to always test your paste prior to
going to the event. I do a small dot test on my finger with the
paste I am taking the day before. If I get a decent stain in a few
hours, I know my paste is going to be fine. I put the paste in the
refrigerator and am ready to go. The next morning the test dot is
usually quite dark. I use this test dot to let people know what
color there stain can become. If I get no stain I have to go to my
back up plan. What I have found, is that because of that little test
dot thing, I can use the paste with total confidence that if any
people get no stains, that there is something else going on...like
not good aftercare or body chemistry.
Hope some of this is helpful. I am sure more help will be offered by
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