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Posted by Angie on August 23, 2002 at 13:36:35:

Hello again! I have a few more questions, please...I'm not sure
which part of the process I'm screwing up.
I made a batch of henna last Monday night; I simmered 1/2 cp. of
lemon juice with 3 tbsp. of cloves for thirty minutes, on the lowest
setting, uncovered...I checked on it, stirred it, and the damn stuff
evaporated. I tried again, for fifteen minutes. Strained it, added
a few teaspoons of the mixture to three tbsps. of henna. When it
was all moistened in the porcelain bowl ( with a wooden spoon ) I
had a little dough ball of henna, so I added some more until it was
like mashed potatoes...not drippy at all, and a little too thick
still...covered it with saran wrap, and put the whole thing in a
freezer bag, blew in it to push out the oxygen ( right? )and put
that whole thing in an airtight tupperware container. My apartment
stays about 74 degrees, so I let it sit for twenty-four hours, took
it back out and added about 10 drops of tea tree oil and five of the
lavendar ( for scent), mixed it up and covered again. Left that for
another 24 hours...the texture was all right when I did my designs,
but seemed to dry really quickly ( we added lemon sugar to keep it
moist after the designs started to lose their shine ). I left my
henna on for about four hours on my hands and feet...steamed them,
used the blow dryer...NO STAIN! ( well...sort of. It's the faintest
orange. Kind of looks like when your hands and feet get cold and
blotchy. Excuse me while I go cry now ) Is it me, or is it the
henna I'm using? I'd name the brand, but I've yet to hear it's name
on any of the henna sites I've seen, so I don't know what good that
would do. It's not overbright, like I've read some dyed hennaes can
look...but I would like to know, is it the method or timing that I'm
screwing up? Is it sitting too long, or not long enough? Should I
just shut up and order Jamila? Actually, I'm going to
anyway...>sigh<. I don't want to waste it when it comes, if it's
the timing or something I'M doing that's responsible for the weak
stain. I'm just full of questions, and confused!!! Thanks,


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