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Posted by Maureen on September 10, 2002 at 01:34:15:

In reply to: what am I doing wrong? help! posted by nonn on September 9, 2002 at 23:38:14:

Hi Nonn,

Premixes, like henna powder, needs to be fresh and not have gone
stale to be of any use to you. Whether or not you have gotten a
premix paste or mixed your own, it is always a good idea to do a "dot
test" on your finger to see if it is going to stain or not. That
will same you lots of time working on your design and lots of
disappointment as well.

There are some good premixes. Some that henna artists make and sell
and some that come in the tubes. Navaid has a wonderful "Natural"
premix that I carry that provides great stains. So it will depend on
the premix that you use whether or not it is any good or not.

Mixing your own paste is really something that someone wanting to do
mehndi would really want to learn to do. As well as how to select a
henna powder that suits them. Your recipe could be basic or
complex. I highly recommend starting out with a basic recipe and
then adding things later to see how they improve your paste or waste
your time. But even folks who mix their paste regularly, sometimes
like to keep a good tube of premix around...just in case of an
emergency. The operative word being "good" tube.

So welcome to henna. Can't wait for you to share your experiences
with your first great stain.

Take care.


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