Re: Steaming Question

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Posted by Melinda on September 24, 2002 at 12:10:26:

In reply to: Re: Steaming Question posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 22, 2002 at 18:51:46:

: : I have heard a lot of talk about steaming henna on the forum and
: : was wondering if someone could explain the process to me. When
: : you steam the design? How often and how many times do you steam
: : How long do you steam it for?
: To get the darkest henna stains, you MUST heat one way or another,
: 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,
: 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
: the plume of steam until its as hot as I can stand it. Then I go
: 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
: If you steam or heat after the henna is removed, you can still see
: 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
: You don't want your henna to come off in a landslide!


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