these tests mean a lot to someone like me

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Posted by Alissa on August 28, 2002 at 15:32:48:

In reply to: Nobody likes a pop quiz posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 28, 2002 at 03:36:53:

First, let me say yes -- staining power is always the first
consideration when I chose a henna powder. I could care less about
who adds dye, it's just a side interest. But my nexzt big
consideration is how much trouble I have go through to get good
staining henna that won't CLOG.

I can't emphasize enough what a clogged jac bottle does to my mood
while trying to work. I've had jac bottles EXPLODE from squeezing too
hard while trying to force a clog through. Talk about an unholy, and
embarrassing mess. Even little clogs piss me off to no extent.
They're time consuming and frsutrating, whether working for yourself
or on others.

Yes, I chose the jac bottle, knowing it has a likelihood of clogging,
because otherwise it is the ideal tool for many of the situations in
which i'm hennaeing. With the right paste, the jac bottle works like
a dream. Without it, well....

The ideal henna paste for the Jac bottle is therefore one with less
likelihood to have grit, and clog. The only no-fail i've every found
is jamila. To various degrees, even with dry sifting AND wet
straining the same batch, I still get clogs, and clogs make me crazy.
That's my opinion on what I wish to use for myself, and my clients.

However, I don't view that as the distributors' fault. The henna
source, the original supplier, is the one who will have to answer for
their product. With product information comes an increase or decrease
in product demand. If there's a run on Jamila right now it may be
because everyone else is sick of grit and poking clogs too.
Distributors order more jamila or whatever b/c more is being sold,
and then low and behold other peple want the good ole american $ and
they decide to do what jamila did and clean up what they box and sell

Don't tell me there's no way to get absolutely clean henna, because
one supplier did figure out how. If the success of one brand leads to
other middle eastern suppliers cleaning up their henna too, then that
means even better henna for the distrubotrs here in the U.S. or
wherever. If distributors tell their suppliers that cleaner henna is
the only thing smart consumers want for body art henna, then guess
what we are all likely to see more and more of? The money for the
henna supplier necessitates it then.

Some distributors already realize this, and have taken steps to
improve what they provide. Kudos to them! They have shown themselves
truly concerned in providing quaility henna and not just making a
buck, like some less scrupulous henna dealers out there. My hat is
off to them, and all they do to try to provide people like lil ole me
with yum yum henna.

Maybe these tests could be run a year from now, to compare batches
like suggested. I firmly believe every batch of jamila is different,
but they found a way to get it clog free every year anyhow. Next
year's batch of other powders will be different too I'm sure, and
with emphasis on the suppliers to provide better henna, maybe we will
see a steady improvemnt of the powders that are marketed elsewhere.


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