Getting different shades naturally

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Posted by Maya on August 30, 2002 at 14:58:06:

I am NOT a henna artist, but, amoung other things, I am an herbalist.
You can get different colors naturally by infusing different herbs
with your henna. Do not add the dry herb to the dry henna or pre-made
henna paste, but add the "water" you get when you steep an herb in
*almost* boling water. The longer you let it steep the darker
the "water" will get. The darker your "water" is the more the color
will change. You can also "resteep" (my word) by taking out the old
herb and adding fresh. Use an herb bag (chesse cloth), a tea ball
(not good for REALLY powered herbs), or pre-made tea bags. You will
want to cut the amount of lemon juice down so the paste is not to
liquid. The herbs I have played with all have astringent quailities
so cutting the lemon juice has not seemed to change the way the stain
All you really have to remember is whatever color the water is will
tinge the henna that color. i.e. chamomile will give a yellowish cast.

Also peppermint, wintergreen, and or spearmint oil/extract will work
as a prep just like eucalyptus as they also open the pores up. So in
a pinch you might try it. I don't know for positive if these will
work on skin but I know they work on silk which is protein based just
like hair and nails.

byw, Thank you Wulf for the henna work you did on me. I love it.
Can't WAIT for the work you will do on me for my dance. May you
always find joy in henna.



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