Re: Runny henna?
Posted by Lauren on August 16, 2002 at 13:06:04:
have to work with, the more specific an answer you'll get.
The first thing that struck me were the proportions. You used
tablespoons of everything, not teaspoons? There's your first
problem. In my mix, for 100 grams of henna, I use 15ml, or 3/4 of a
tablspoon of oil, and one teaspoon of sugar. For 40 grams of henna
powder, you way overdosed it. The sugar is there to keep the
moisture in longer. I overdid it on the sugar once and mine just
never dried. It got sort of thick-slimy. Ewww. The amount you need
will also depend on the relative humidity. It's been like soup here
in CT lately so I'd need very little. I've never had a problem
adding too much oil but I understand that can make your paste too
slippery to stick to skin. Also, most people let the paste develop
color before adding the oils.
For 40 grams of powder, I would add half a teaspoon of sugar and
enough lemon juice (with or without cloves) to get everything wet,
then seal the container and let it sit unfridged overnight. In the
morning, add enough more juice until it's almost wet enough and stir
until most of it is smooth. Then add one and a half teaspoons
essential oil and mix well. Seal again and let it sit a further 12-
24 hours before use to let the oil work its mojo.
Remember, oiled paste needs to breathe for best color, so don't seal
it, just keep it warm and you should do fine.
After all this, you should get a good consistency. If you still
don't get good color, it's your powder's fault and you should try
another, fresher kind.
Let us know how your next batch turns out!
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