Re: No Stain

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Posted by Sharon on October 4, 2002 at 14:26:56:

In reply to: Re: No Stain posted by Maureen on September 30, 2002 at 19:42:30:

Hello Maureen
Thanks for everyones` replies. I have tried mixing henna with lemon
juice and putting in a plastic cup, always sealed with cling film.
I have then experimented with placing the cups in the airing cupboard
,kitchen, and even on the window ledge. I will try ordering more
powder and see if that helps. Maybe the cup was too large for the
small amount that I made up.Or maybe my stress levels are so high
now, that my skin is absorbing it all.
Many, Many Thanks
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
: steps support the recipe. Erika listed some steps that if followed
: and used with fresh henna powder and your lemon juice should work
: you.
: Sometimes it is something big and vital like dead powder.
: it is some tiny detail that is counterproductive and renders
: everyting else null and void. One of the best ways we can help
: 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
: 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
: you can make or break your stain. What I suggest is that you not
: 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
: 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
: 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.
: the dye release wasn't sufficient to create a good stain. So if
: are getting not dye release. Talk some about the environment in
: which you allow the paste to sit...temp expecially and covered or
: uncovered.
: Take care.
: Maureen


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