Re: Two MORE questions........

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Posted by Lauren on August 19, 2002 at 15:20:02:

In reply to: Two MORE questions........ posted by Jamie on August 18, 2002 at 22:48:45:

: I'm not getting my kit anymore. I'm ordering from Castle Art &
: instead. I was reading Reverend Bunny's page and she highly
: reccomenned them so I thought I'd try them.

Castle Art is excellent stuff at fair prices with terrific service!

Turns out I did more
: research and found that I really didn't need anything in my kit
: except the actual henna.

That's the way with most kits. I'm trying to pare mine down so it
has only the essentials and costs less. It's easy to go from 'This
would be nice" to "This is necessary".

Anyhoo, I think I'm going to get 100 grams
: of henna powder, and one or two dozen of the carrot bags. Two
: questions though:

You might consider a couple things before you buy the carrot bags.
First, they do take a while to learn to work with. Obviously from
CCJ's page, that time pays off, but there is a learning curve. I
recommend trying rolled mylar or cellophane cones. They're easier to
use and you get a really fine, controlled line with no hand stress.
If you do decide to go with the carrot bags,
has them for less than half the price.

: 1. Now that I'm not going to be receiving directions (like I would
: the kit), any suggestions or specific things I should keep in mind
: while making my paste?

I put up my instructions on my website (linked below). So does Kenzi
and CCJ. We're all slightly different but we all get great results.
Take a look at all of them and go from there.
My big thing is keeping the paste sealed away from air while the dye
develops. I ruined more henna sitting it out...

: 2. About how long do you think 100 grams will last (I'm guessing
: quite a while since it's just for me)?

The nice thing about henna paste is that it freezes well. If you're
using oil in your paste, it freezes even better. 100 grams powder
needs 15ml or half an ounce of oil, which conveniently enough is how
most oils are bought. Oiled paste will freeze for at least three
months- maybe longer, but we have proof of three. You can mix up the
whole batch at once, portion it out into your applicator bags, and
just pull one bag out whenever you get the urge. You can also freeze
the powder for well over a year unmixed in an airtight container.
Congratulations on taking the mixing-your-own plunge right away- it
feels terrific to use something you made yourself. Let us know how
it turns out!


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