Re: Alkaline aftertreatments?????????
Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 19, 2002 at 13:15:20:
: What would you suggest?
Honestly, I can't recommend ANY of them, but they ARE part of henna
history and traditions. They can make a stunning difference, IF you
can actually stand to use them. (And, if you have tough, calloused skin).
The dye in henna is acidic, and if you apply an alkaline right after
removing the henna, you can nuke the color very dark, very quickly.
Two traditionally used are stale camel urine and bat urine, both
extremely high in natural ammonia. Slaked lime, in one form or
another, such as chuna or high lime content cement, may be slathered
on and left, heated ... and that will zap the color to black (greenish
black) ..... I've used household ammonia to blacken my palms and feet
as shown in the page linked below. Though this is done traditionally
in North Africa and other countries, do remember that those women work
very hard and have far tougher hands and feet than we do! This
frequently does NOT work on suburban western women who have soft
hands, and it's NOT GOOD FOR THE SKIN! Steeeeeeeeenky too.
It's worth knowing and understanding for the sake of understanding the
chemistry of henna and appreciating the traditions. It's also better
left alone. Link below to some I did a few years back
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