Re: freeze...thaw...freeze...thaw..oh my

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Posted by Maureen on August 15, 2002 at 08:55:12:

In reply to: freeze...thaw...freeze...thaw..oh my posted by Beth Mieure on August 15, 2002 at 02:15:51:

Hi Beth,

If your powder reacts anything like Kimia does, the additives will
certainly effect the reds. I find that even terps when added to
Kimia will shoot the stains toward browns. Coffee, cloves, tea and
any of the things people typically used to get the stains to darken
in the pre-terp era seemed...if they did anything at all with stain push the color tones to deeper browns rather than
reds. So, you might want to try the henna powder you
have "neat"...with just the henna powder, lemon juice, sugar and with
the aid of heat and time to see what you get. You might also find
the reds to occur more on the hands, sides and soles of the foot
rather than on other body parts. And the other body parts tend to
need the terps so I wouldn't look for the range of reds there since
the terps alone may push towards the browns. Also, just as a bit of
caution, when you are using your paste for designs on other people,
you might want to avoid things that some people may have a
sensitivity to like clove, walnut or any nut powders or oils.
Especially if you are going to do a variety of people with the paste,
which could increase the possibility of someone with a sensitivity to
one of the ingredients getting a design. The other option would be
to make sure people know what is in the paste so they can let you
know if they have a sensitivity ot some ingredient.

I have had the same sort of separation you described happen to paste
I put in the refrigerator and freezer...usually to use later on my
hair. Haven't figured out what causes it. But I certainly have
noticed the separation when it thawed out. I think it was Maxx who
suggested in a post about this separation thingy about a month ago,
that it may have to do with the different temperatures at which some
of the ingredients freeze and thaw that might cause them to unthaw in
different timeframes and therefore cause the separation. Sounded
good to me at the time.

When you stirred it back up, how was the consistency of your henna
paste then?



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