Re: What exactly are terps doing?
Posted by Maureen on August 8, 2002 at 18:19:46:
with mixing in the terps initially with the henna powder, lemon juice
and sugar (waiting another 12 to 24 hours to use), and also with
mixing the henna powder, lemon juice and sugar and waiting the 24
hours to add in the cajeput (waiting another 12 to 24 hours to use).
For the henna powders I played with in this way, I saw no difference
in the stains. Off the top of my head, I can't remember which henna
powders they were because I wasn't trying to see if there would be a
difference outcome because of the different henna powders. I was
just trying to see if there would be a noticeable difference in the
coloring of the stain and there was none. I also didn't pay any
attention to the longevity of the stain or the manner in which demise
I didn't try this with henna powders that I know like to sit longer
to produce a certain kind of stain. I tried this with henna powders
that I had experienced liked to release their stains rather quickly.
One was the Malimba Moroccan I am pretty sure. But the name of the
other henna powder I would just be guessing at.
So along with all of those other variables that can come into play,
the particular henna powder also seems to be a factor to consider
when determining if you should add the terp only after the henna
powder and lemon juice (or other acidic substance) has been mixed and
sits for 24 hours...or if you can mix the henna powder, acid and terp
at one time. Seems like there are henna powders like the Moroccan
that just gives up the dyes easier and faster than other henna
On a slightly different note...but coming to mind because of thinking
about the different ways different henna powders do their thing. I
have henna powders that do the color dance...they can change colors
for up to 5 days before settling in and remaining one color until
demise. Then there are other henna powders (one I carry and others I
have tested) that at paste removal is the orange that we expect, and
then within a 24 hours reaches its peak stain (which is excellent)
and remains that same color throughout...until demise begins to break
it up. So I have been puzzling about the whole oxidation process and
why some henna powders seem to oxidize gradually while others appear
to oxidize rapidly. Anyone with any thoughts about this?
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