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Posted by Lauren on September 30, 2002 at 14:34:17:

In reply to: No Stain posted by Sharon on September 30, 2002 at 13:23:43:

: For 3 weeks I`ve been trying to mix my henna successfully. Fresh
: henna powder, lemon juice, etc. I`ve sat the paste in the kitchen,
: airing cupboard, window - and still it doesn`t separate. Is it
: possible that the plastic cup is too large and letting in too much
: oxygen? Please help.

When you say separate, I assume you're waiting for the dye to start
pooling on top? It doesn't do that very often. More likely you'd
just get a browning like when an apple is left out in the air.
If you're not getting the browning effect, it could be a number of
things. Some hennas longer to develop, but none I know of take more
than an average overnight. I've used henna with dye in it and the
browning effect is very subtle and easy to miss.
All in all, what matters is the end result. If you're using straight
lemon juice, or lemon with sugar or honey, you should have no
problems getting a decent stain with any reasonably fresh henna. If
you mix with just lemon and sugar and leave it overnight with a
sealed lid in a place above 60 degrees, you should have color. If
not, you can assume that your henna is dead, and rather than watse
any more time and energy on it, stow it away for hair use and get
yourself some of the good stuff from an artist. Several artist on
here, including myself, sell excellent quallity henna.
I spent several months and an embarrassing amount of money before i
figured out this basic fact. Don't let this happen to you! :)
Lauren

 


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