Re: first time henna user

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Posted by Maureen on August 26, 2002 at 04:24:12:

In reply to: first time henna user posted by K on August 26, 2002 at 00:30:40:

Hi K,

Yep, instructions are helpful...LOL!!! Do check out Catherine's
website for lots and lots and lots of helpful information.

Just to help you out with the immediate question you had about
sealing the paste. After you put the design on your skin with the
paste you will want to seal it with the lemon/sugar sealant. That
means that you have to mix up some lemon and sugar into a thick syrup
like consistency. Not too much lemon juice...just enough to dissolve
the sugar and create the syrup. Then apply the lemon/sugar mixture
on top of the paste that makes up the design. You will want to make
sure your paste is just about dry. Also don't apply too much. Just
a little goes a long way. I use a q-tip to apply the sealant. Some
people use a cotton ball and there are other ways to apply it. Just
choose what works for you to get the sealant on top of the paste
without taking the paste off as you apply the sealant. The purpose
of the sealant is to keep the paste moist long enough on your skin
for the paste to stain your skin. You may want to apply the
sealant...let it dry...apply again...let it dry. If you want you can
then wrap the area with the paste with tissue and then plastic wrap.
That keeps the area of the design moist longer and keeps the heat in
which helps with the staining.

Getting a kit without directions and that does not provide you with
information concerning what you are using can be a bit tricky. You
could probably sort your way through if you have enough experience
working with henna and the various things used in the recipes and
procedrues. If you are new to it all, it must feel a bit like
someone giving you a tool box and a build your own house kit. Yeah,
like I can do that!!!

Learning to make your own paste and knowing exactly what you have in
it and why is the best way to go if you are really interested in
henna/mehndi. There are kits that provide you with the basics and
also the recipes and directions you will need to get started.
Fortunately, a lot of what one needs is found in most homes. But you
will still need excellent and fresh henna powder...a terp, if you
choose to use one...a means to apply the paste...and a good set of
recipes and instructions.

People have different recipes they use but there are some
commonalities among them. After reviewing Catherine's site, you
might want also to look through some of the other websites of people
here and get some ideas about how they make their pastes and the
procedures and processes that work best for them.

You might even want to try out the paste you made up and experiment
with the lemon/sugar sealant to see how it works for you.

Take care.



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