Re: No Stain

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Posted by Maureen on September 30, 2002 at 19:42:30:

In reply to: Re: No Stain posted by Sharon on September 30, 2002 at 13:40:12:

Hi Sharon,

Just lemon juice and fresh henna powder are a basic enough recipe.
And one that should result in some sort of stain for you if your next
steps support the recipe. Erika listed some steps that if followed
and used with fresh henna powder and your lemon juice should work for

Sometimes it is something big and vital like dead powder. Sometimes
it is some tiny detail that is counterproductive and renders
everyting else null and void. One of the best ways we can help would
be for you to post exactly what your process is from the mixing of
the paste through to the removal of your paste. There are lots of
variables at work here...including if you use the unterped paste on a
very hard to stain body part. The temp in the room where the paste
is sitting is important. Your own stress level and factors unique to
you can make or break your stain. What I suggest is that you not go
through all of the effort of laying down an elaborate design until
you know that your paste is ready. Instead, do a simple test dot on
the finger and remove the paste after an hour or two to observe the
stain. And then watch that stain develop. You can do individual
tests for timing with dots on different fingers or places on the
hand. But, making a complete design is not the way to find out if
your paste is working. That is far too frustrating.

So, if you don't mind or think that it will be helpful, post your
process from mixing through paste removal to see if we can better
help you tweak where necessary. When you have a decent recipe going
for you, I tend to look at the process prior to looking for the
problem in the powder. Could be the powder. But the best way to
find out is to assess what you are doing with it.

I have seen old henna powder show some evidence of dye release. But
the dye release wasn't sufficient to create a good stain. So if you
are getting not dye release. Talk some about the environment in
which you allow the paste to sit...temp expecially and covered or

Take care.



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