Posted by Anne Beltestad on August 29, 2002 at 01:19:19:
whole bunch of criteria? we could have fineness, grit, and freshness
scales of 1-5 or anything else we felt like. I know I have often been
curious how people can claim "redder" or "browner" results, or any
particular color, with certain powders.
We could all try the same batch, say 10 or 15 hennaes, look at the
consistency first (though i'd have to get a loupe or magnifier)
examine the grittiness, then do some stain tests, on ourselves and
hopefully other people.
This would allow all of us to learn more about what makes really good
henna, see some of the variations of chemistry, recipe, timing, and
also allow for a nice community-building project. Of course, school
is just starting up for me and I'm absolutely NUTS, but it would be
nice to have to find the time to play with henna.
: : 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 stain...it'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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