Runny henna?

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Posted by Angie on August 16, 2002 at 11:24:14:

Thank you all for this wonderful forum! Thank goodness! I was
hoping someone could answer a few questions for me...
I made my first batch of henna. I simmered about 1/2 cp. of lemon
juice with three tbsp. of cloves for an hour, then added that to
about 40 grams of sifted henna powder with a few tbsp. of sugar.
The paste came out a bit thick, so I added a bit of cold lemon juice
til it was a litle drippy; like yogurt. The temp outside was about
90 degrees, and I covered the cup with saran wrap and let sit for
about six hours. After hat, I added a couple tbsp. of tea tree and
lavender oils, and let sit for about 24 hours. I've read the the
color should begin to turn brown, and this stayed pretty greenish
till the last. Is it supposed to turn brown? When I went to apply
it ( I used a fabric painting tool...a squishy bottle with a plastic
tip ), the design was hard to draw and the lines became very runny!
I've read that it *should* start to dull and dry out in about an
hour...this didn't even begin to lose it's shine after three hours!!
zi kept mine on ( I finally dabbed on a little lemon sugar after
five hours...although, the design was still shiny and tacky-
feeling! ) I was afraid to wrap it for bed, it really was still so
smearable after all that time. I scraped off the goo and washed it
gently with warm water...I have absolutely no stain whatsoever.
What the heck did I do wrong?!? I'm sorry this was so long...:(


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