Posted by Maureen on August 23, 2002 at 14:23:10:
Only a couple of things come to mind when I read what you have done.
Most of it sounds right on target. For three tablespoons of henna
powder though, you might want to add a bit more than 15 drops of
terps. You might want to go up to a 25 drop combination of the tea
tree and lavender. In a room that is 74 degrees, I might set my
paste on the tv or someplace for a bit more heat. Adding a bit of
sugar in your paste will help it to remain moist longer and also to
adhere to the skin better. Also, you might want to try wrapping your
design after sealing it and letting it remain on your body for longer
than 4 hours. Sometimes 4 hours will do it...especially in really
hot and humid weather. But sometimes the wrapping and keeping the
paste on the skin longer will make quite a difference.
Of course no amount of tweaking will help dead henna powder. It
takes a fresh and excellent henna powder to reward you with the
stains you desire after you have done all of the right things. Bad
powder can just waste your efforts, time and money.
Jamilla is a nice little henna powder and a nice one to try when
fresh. I know because I carry it too. But, be sure to give yourself
the opportunity to experience a range of excellent and fresh henna
powders so you can see the ranges that they offer...and the various
gifts each brings. The main thing you want to look for is freshness,
a consistency that is compatible with how you work and what you want
to do...and stain color variation. The freshness issue is absolutely
not debatable. Issues of consistency and the color have to do with
your desires and preference. My advice is always to give yourself
the opportunity to test a lot of henna powders to know what they can
offer you, prior to settling in on any one for life.
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