Your henna may have been dyed green.

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Posted by Faery Ring on August 16, 2002 at 18:28:23:

In reply to: Runny henna? posted by Angie on August 16, 2002 at 11:24:14:

Did you notice an odd blue-green color? Many henna powders have been
dyed green to make it appear fresher. I find that it obscures the
color change of the henna paste. I have found that un-dyed henna
paste will turn a little darker and browner as it sits and brew.

Also donít thin out the paste until the last minute and after you add
the essential oils. Maybe itís just me but the henna paste always
gets thinner as I let it sit. I used to mix it just to the
consistency that I would like but it would become too runny after I
let it sit and brew.

As for it not drying for 3 hours it may have been the sugar. One big
factor I used to overlook is not keeping the paste away from oxygen
as it releases the dye. I used to just let my plastic bag full of
henna just sit in a plastic tub on top of a white paper towel or
facial tissue. Oxygen can permeate the plastic bag and spoil the
henna paste even before it has completed the dye release. Once I
started putting the bag of paste inside an airtight jar my stains
improved significantly. Oh by the way you should consider trying the
facial tissue trick. It will tell you if there is any dye release at
all before you spend a lot of time putting on a great design and find
out that the paste is useless.


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