Henna on People of *very dark* Color

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 25, 2002 at 00:57:46:

Jogendra Saksena, in his book, "Arts of Rajasthan, Henna and Floor
Decorations" , wrote that henna looks messy and bad on dark skinned
women. Hmmmmm. I think he was looking through his caste goggles.

This is a henna I did on the darkest woman I've met in ages, a
delightful orchestra conductor in the Boston area. Sweet lady,
brilliant wit, much talent ... I met her at Pennsic. She'd asked
every henna artist she could find whether they could henna her, and
they'd all shaken their heads that they didn't know "if it would
work". She's working on her SCA personna, of Abysinnians who settled
in Gujerat about the 12th century. Daveed Korup, bless his heart,
said "If you want henna, go to Catherine." I spent a delightful
afternoon with her, hennaed her free, and would have hennaed every
part of her except I kept having other clients come in.

Just in case anyone's still wondering, YES, you can henna people of
color. Looks like it to me, anyway. This is terped Jamila, just
treat'em and street'em. No special care nohow, though on a 100F (37 C)
day. This is the most recent lot of Jamila, sample supplied by
Theodora of Mehndi Muse.


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