new to trying henna

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Posted by Karin on July 29, 2002 at 21:41:58:

I am right now reading previous posts on the board, but I thought
maybe you could help a 'newbie' - I love the look of the henna
tattoos, but there is nothing in my area to get one
done 'professionally'.
I did find some natural/100% pure henna powder at the local 'natural
foods' store. I found a recipe online that was started with the
liquid being a **strong** coffee mixed with the powder and a few
drops of oil. I tried applying it with a tiny cake decorating tip.
Although I liked the simple design I did, it was very 'chunky'
looking (lines too big). How do you decide the texture/consistency
of the henna before you apply it? How tiny does the tip need to be?
Smaller than a tiny cake decorating tip? (It is a #3). Also, the
lines began to 'bleed' into the fine lines in my hand. It dried and
started cracking/flaking off within half an hour. I decided then
since I can try again, to wash it off and was surprised at how easily
it washed off. I read that keeping it on longer results in a darker
tat, but how do you keep it on longer if it's cracking and flaking
off? Thanks in advance, I hope all my questions are not *too*
elementary :o)


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