The Jamila story, continued

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on July 30, 2002 at 22:03:24:

Thanks to the lovely and talented Willowhawk, I now have some very
fresh Jamila (and Castle arts, which I'm saving).
After Kenzi and I tried some we bought in a shop in her neighborhood
which was grainy and stale, and after the talk about freezing henna, I
decided to mix up the "new" Jamila as well as some "old" stuff from
back when Jamila was all the rage- two or three years ago? I forget.
It's been sitting boxed in my fridge and despite all the moving I've
done (my apt in Seattle-my ex's place in Seattle-Manhattan-Brooklyn) I
have tried to keep it cool.
Last night I mixed up a bunch of Willowhawk's Jamila. It had that
consistency I still remember from years ago: silky smooth, like
cornstarch or talcum powder, and smelled divine.
I decided to open the old box, and the color was not much different
from the new stuff - nothing special, kinda khaki, but still silky to
the touch.
This afternoon, in weather that seems like it hasn't gone below 90 and
is killer humid (really, people are not meant to live in such a
climate!) I checked out both batches. They both had a blackish
coating on the top - dye had released.
In a few minutes I'll add some tea tree, but I mixed in a bit more
lemonjuice to bring them to consistency, and dabbed a bit on my hand.
The fresh stuff gave an amazing brilliant orange in less than two
minutes. A five minute test of both it and the two-year-old,
refrigerated Jamila do show a difference, but the old Jamila still
shows a respectably bright orange - duller, but there.
Now that whatever problems I've had seem to be abating I am eager to
do some side-by-side tests of different hennaes before the big event
of my sister's wedding in a couple of weeks.
But I thought I'd share my findings on refigerated Jamila - I bet
freezing would have kept it even fresher.




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