Re: Steaming Question
Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 22, 2002 at 18:51:46:
: was wondering if someone could explain the process to me. When do
: you steam the design? How often and how many times do you steam it?
: How long do you steam it for?
To get the darkest henna stains, you MUST heat one way or another, wet
or dry heat. If you happen to live in a HOT place .... no prob.
Henna just loves to be about 40C. If you don't live in the
equatorial zones ... steam is very useful. To get the best stains, I
henna, and let the henna dry, then do a very light NS seal, just to
insure stability. Then, through the evening, while the henna is in
place, I heat up the tea kettle until it whistles. I hold my hand in
the plume of steam until its as hot as I can stand it. Then I go back
to studying or whatever, and in half an hour, go do it again. I
repeat that about 8 times. This rehydrates and heats the henna and
maxes out the stain. If you have a garment steamer, you can poof
steam at your henna wherever it is. I like to steam regularly more
than 6 times for max color.
I get the best results steaming while the henna paste is on the skin.
If you steam or heat after the henna is removed, you can still see it
darken before your eyes, but that's not quite as effective.
If you're in a wet muggy climate, dry heat may be better than steam.
You don't want your henna to come off in a landslide!
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