Re: "how to" henna

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 29, 2002 at 23:10:08:

In reply to: Re: "how to" henna posted by Karin on July 29, 2002 at 22:35:21:

: Thanks for the links - do you think the best way to try it for a
: first time would be to buy some 'premixed' stuff (I saw some on
: another site that was in a tube kinda like toothpaste, but smaller).

Nearly everyone here first started with a tube of pre-mix ... but I
don't think that's the best way to start, just the most common. You
can do far better on the first try with some body art quality henna
from one of the suppliers I list on my website, a bottle of lemon
juice, and a little tea tree oil. You may first see a passionate kiss
on TV ... but doing if for yourself is more satisfying, and not all
that difficult to arrange.

: I think you are right about the henna I got as being hair quality -
: is there a difference other than texture? I mean, is the other
: ground finer?

Body art quality henna tends to be from the topmost leaves (new growth
has higher lawsone content, as well as those other tannins and
thingies that are chemically fragile and give us those lucious colors
that we prefer to pumpkin orange) in the best plants in iron bearing
soil ... and preferably from the summer harvest. Hair henna can be
any old leaf from any old harvest. I could make a comparison with
marijuana bud and other parts of the plant suitable only for rope ...
but gosh, no one knows anything about that, so such a comparison would
be of no use.

: Can I use this for testing until I get something
: else?

You can ... but get yourself 100 g of something excellent as soon as
you can. Good henna is as different from trash henna as live music is
to an am car radio.

:I need to sift it through something very fine to do so?
You can sift it through cotton gauze ... that cleans it up.

: I am full of questions!

Most everyone was when they came first to the forum. Nice learning
curvc here though!


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