Snappy comebacks to clients who want to teach you henna

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Posted by Kenzi on August 23, 2002 at 15:24:57:

I briefly mentioned, in a response to Alissa, about someone
coming to my booth and telling me how to do henna. I get this at
least once every event. It is usually a woman from a
henna-using country (I won't name names of countries, but there
is a trend centered around 2-3 countries of a particular region)
and she watches me working for a few minutes and then pipes
in with something like "you know that if you wash that off right
away it will come out darker" (that was the latest), "you have to
mix the henna with lemon juice to get a dark stain" etc. etc.

I am usually open to new information, love to hear the
experiences of women from henna-using countries, always
willing to hear new techniques, methods, recipes etc., but am
amazed that these women come up to someone who is
obviously a professional artist and tell her the basics of henna
as if they think the artist overlooked these basic facts! What is
going on in their heads? Is this racism or just arrogance or

Some days I just let it flow over me and ignore it, but other days it
makes me angry. Does anyone else have to deal with this? And
if so, can you recommend any snappy comebacks? I need a
range from lightly amusing (when I am not angry but want to
make a point) to subtly cutting (when I am angry, but I need to
make my point while maintaining my composure).


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