Re: Need to find a retail store to purchase henna kits from

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Posted by Lauren on October 29, 2002 at 00:08:38:

In reply to: Need to find a retail store to purchase henna kits from posted by Robin on October 28, 2002 at 22:46:13:

You can buy kits at bookstore and natural food stores, but I can't
honestly say I recommend doing so.
With commercially prepared kits, there is so much time between the
packaging and the sale to you that the henna is often well dead by
the time you use it. You're really better off buying from an
artist. Since you didn't post where you live, I can't direct you to
someone in your area, but I can teel you that if you decide to buy
online from any of the artists here, you will get the same quality
henna as they use profesisonally, plus a source of information, tips,
and troubleshooting that the commercial stuff isn't interested in
matching. You can get a list by going to the Where section of the
main hennapage.
I recommend when buying a kit that you decide what you actually need
beforehand. Do you want paste, or powder, or both? Paste is good
only if freshly made, which means that the toothpaste-tube premix is
uaually right out. A kit with both fresh-made paste and powder is
very nice because it will allow you to see what the consistency of
the paste should be before you attempt to mix some yourself. Mixing
isn't hard but i found it much easier after I figured out what I was
aiming for. Do you want stencils (recommended against) or watercolor
pencils (highly recommended) or do you just want to wing it (also
highly recommended)? Do you want to do just a few designs as a one-
time thing, in which case you'll only need 10-20 grams of paste or 5
grams of powder, or do you want enough to do designs over and over
again, in which case look for at least 50 grams of powder. Do you
want essential oils for adding to the paste (recommended)? Do you
want to apply the henna with a bottle and tip (I don't recommend this
but others swear by them) or with a carrot bag (versatile, won't
clog, but takes time to master) or with a carrot bag and metal tip
(less versatile, clogs more, but way easier than a bag alone) or with
a rolled cone (easy to use, no clogs, and very precise). Do you want
to be able to try all of these applicators? Finally, do you need
anything not directly related to henna, like incense, special mixing
bowls, or ritual gear? These can be nice but are not essential and
you might or might not want to use them, or buy them separately.
Best of luck finding something that really works for you.


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