Re: As a consumer...

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on August 28, 2002 at 18:51:21:

In reply to: As a consumer... posted by Natasha Papousek on August 28, 2002 at 18:20:43:

: I am interested in a reliable stain as well a fine texture. I have a
: Fred, but I'd rather not use it. However, reliability is most
: important. I have wasted money on henna that didn't's not
: just money, it was a waste of time...and once of my client's time and
: money...

I try to list the source of every powder I use on the webpage where I
display the picture so people can see how the stains compare.
Evaluating stain reliably is difficult because one stain comes up
differently on each of 10 different people!

If I can think of a way of measuring lawsone content, that would be
very helpful! The grit/grunge test is simple and empirical. If
nothing else, it shows that the henna showing up on import shop
shelves is pathetically inferior to what the best internet suppliers
are carrying. The other thing it shows is that a jewelers loupe is a
helluva tool in assuring sift quality control! If I were selling, I'd
test loupe every bundle coming in and going out!

Last summer, I did a "dot test" on my hand of several different
powders, and that showed me a lot! And, we tried a stain comparison
test at Serious 2000, but the person in charge of sorting and posting
the results never finished the job after all the work we did
collecting and applying. It takes a fair commitment of time and
resources to do a multi-souce stain test, but I'm game, and I'll make
certain the results are sorted and posted myself. We have some
Serious Henna Conferences coming up next year. I can make a
commitment to test a number of powders impartially on several people
at once, if people are willing to supply them.


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