Re: Naive questions- good questions

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Posted by Erika on August 1, 2002 at 19:54:07:

In reply to: Naive questions posted by Mika on August 1, 2002 at 19:21:03:

: 1. What does 'Terped' mean?
Terped means you've added essential oils that contain something (I
think it's called terpinol? forgive my rusty brain) The oils help
the henna powder produce a darker stain. Oils that are commonly
used: cajuput, lavender, geranium, tea tree, clove...I add these
oils usually 24 hours after mixing the henna paste, and then try to
use the paste within 24 hours of adding the oils. If I can't use it
in that time period, I put it in the fridge and it still stains well
enough for another week or so. This all depends on the type of
henna powder you're using, recipe, and room temperature. Henna's
greatest lesson to me is that nobody can hand you a fool proof
recipe on a platter. She is fickle and only experimentation will
teach you what you need to know.

: 2. What is the best way to store unused mixed henna?
In the fridge or freezer. It should last about a week in the fridge
(at least that's been my experience.) Frozen henna lasts longer,
but I haven't tried it yet.

: 3. What is the best way to store unused unmixed henna?
I wrap my plastic bags in aluminum foil, then put those inside
another ziplock bag and store it in the freezer.

: 4. Would you charge full price for a touch up job?
That depends on your pricing system and what you feel comfortable
with. A lot of people will charge $1 per minute.

: 5. Is cool air or warm air better to be in to get the best effect
: henna?
Warm air is best. Henna doesn't stain too well in cool temperatures.

: 6. Will putting oil or balm on a henna tattoo before going in a
: pool help keep the stain?
I've heard of putting on vaseline or lip balm, though I haven't
tried myself. I know that several of the kind people on this site
sell balms for this purpose.


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