Re: Your henna may have been dyed green.

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Posted by Maureen on August 16, 2002 at 22:17:44:

In reply to: Your henna may have been dyed green. posted by Faery Ring on August 16, 2002 at 18:28:23:

Hi Angie,

If you are going to make a paste just to use for yourself (which is
where I would start) you won't need nearly as much henna powder as 40
grams. I recommend two heaping tablespoons of henna powder at most.
You can even get away with two heaping teaspoons of henna powder and
fill the little bottle you described. But if you want to make some
henna paste to use a couple of times, or for really large designs, do
the 2 heaping tablespoons.

This is the quantity I use and recommend to start with: 2 heaping
tablespoons of henna powder, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, 15 to 20 drops of
your terp and enough lemon juice to get the consistency you desire.
With a great henna powder, you will get great stain results and
sufficient paste.

The stickiness sounds like waaaaaaaay too much sugar. The runnyness
sounds like a combination of waaaaaaaaaaaaaaa to much sugar and
waaaaaaaaaay too much oil. You can be fugal with your oil and
sugar. You don't want to use any more than it takes for the oils and
sugar to do the job you want them to do. You want the sugar to help
the paste adhere to your skin. You want the oils to help to nuke the
color of the stain. Too much will mess up your paste or just plain
waste your money.

The lemon sugar sealant helps to remoisten your paste and keep it in
place. Some people don't wrap with a terp. I do and experience much
deep colors in stains for the designs because of the heat and
prolonged moisture the paste gets when wrapped. The wrapping
provides a nice warm, moist and cozy environment that my henna
powders love and reward with great color.

It is possible to both add your terp in initially with your henna
powder, sugar and lemon. Or you can add the henna powder sugar and
lemon...Let sit...Then add the terp...And let sit again. For most
henna powders, I look at an initial 24 hour sitting time to check for
dye release. Then another 24 hour (especially when terp is added as
a second step) and check for dye release. Most henna powders will be
ready to use then.

So, I would recommend that you look at your proportions and your
timing. Tweaking those should get you the results you desire.

Take care.



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