Re: What exactly are terps doing?

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Posted by Kenzi on August 8, 2002 at 17:26:27:

In reply to: Re: What exactly are terps doing? posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 8, 2002 at 16:40:42:

I'm glad we are discussing this subject as i have been thinking a
lot about it.

Would you say that the process of terping is, essentially, as
follows: mix the powder with an acid to release the dye, then terp
to make the lawsone more available (or make it oxidize more
fully), and wait a little for this process to maximize? I mean,
would you say that this is why it is best to wait after mixing and
before terping?

I am struggling to explain this to clients when they ask how to get
the most from terping. I mix, wait 24 hours, terp and wait another
24 hours before using (with the paste good for 3-5 days after the
initial mix), and yet Nick, for example, using the same henna,
mixes, waits 8 hours, terps and uses a few hours after that (and
for him the paste is dead 24 hours after the initial mixing).

Certainly everyone has to experiment to find what works best for
them. Can we say, at least, that the paste should be terped
ONLY after dye release has been achieved? And then, that the
paste is at its peak once the terps have further released the dye?
If this is the case, that at least gives a framework within which to
experiment with optimum timing.


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