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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2007 02:47:17 AM »

When you get henna from a shop, it's probably been sitting on the shelf for a few weeks.  Henna "dies" (gets old and stops working) if it's kept at room temperature for too long.  The stuff that's sold in Indian/Arabic/African stores usually has nothing wrong with it to begin with, it's just...stale.

Personally I recommend buying your henna (whether it's powdered or pre-mixed) online, because in most cases the seller keeps it frozen.  That way, it's only warmed up for the few days it takes to get to you, and you can put it right back in your freezer at home so it stays fresh.  Try to e-mail the seller before you order just to make sure.

Also one thing that I forgot to point out: everyone has a  different henna recipe that is their favorite.  You can use mine as a starting point, but there are literally hundreds of ingredients that you can add.  Some people make it fancy with lots of essential oils and spices, some stick to just henna and lemon juice.  So experiment, have fun, and find out what works for you!
 
One warning:  If you find "hair henna" at a drugstore or beauty store, it's usually not pure henna.  Check the label and see if it lists the ingredients to make sure.  Most hair hennas contain chemical ingredients to change the color, make them simpler to mix, or help the color develop faster.  These ingredients may be safe for your hair, but they might cause an allergic reaction or some other irritation if put on your skin.

OK, one more warning:  NEVER,EVER,EVER USE "BLACK HENNA!!"
Did I make myself clear there?  Because it's important.
Henna is NOT black.  Sometimes it is very dark brown, but it is never black. 
"Black henna" contains a chemical called PPD.  It's commonly used in black hair dye.  While it's safe for your hair, it is NOT safe to put on your skin.  It often causes chemical burns that can result in permanent scarring!  Do you want to risk that for a little temporary tattoo?  I didn't think so.  If you want a black "tattoo", try airbrushing.
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2007 05:43:17 AM »

Beautiful designs ... I especially like the thin band that crosses over the hand (pic 2) and the leg. Really beautiful work.
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2007 08:36:04 AM »

wow. you're really good! i love henna tatoos. thanks for sharing your work and recipes.
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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2007 11:19:10 AM »

Wow they're gorgeous! A question though - how much powder makes how much paste? I was looking at henna powder online and it's quite expensive for a beginner so I don't want to buy tons and then not use it all! Huh

ETA: Also, what kind do you use? And what's the difference between the different kinds if you know?
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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2007 12:05:41 PM »

Well, for the first design I posted (the first 4 pictures), I used about 10-15 grams of powder, and used up all the paste I made.
However, I put henna on really THICK (I sort of have a heavy hand with it), if you use a thinner layer of paste a little bit will go a long way.

Henna powder really shouldn't be too expensive-- a box that weighs 100 grams usually costs me $7-$8 including shipping.  Don't worry if you buy too much, if it's kept in an airtight, light-proof container in the freezer the powder will stay fresh for years.

As for different types:
I use Jamila, which is the most well-known brand.  It's a very fine powder, so you don't need to sift it before mixing it (some hennas might have plant debris in them that needs to be sifted out).  It also takes a LONG time to release dye (up to 24 hours if the paste is kept at room temperature).
Moroccan henna is "stringy", which means it's good for making long, thin, straight lines.  It's good for geometric-type patterns and less good for curved lines or filling in large areas.  It releases dye and stains the skin very fast.  However, you will have to sift it before mixing.
Amina Amina is another type of henna that's similar to Moroccan.
Tazii makes brownish stains in a very wide range, and you don't have to sift.
Kezzi, Navidad, and Prabda produce VERY dark (almost black) and long-lasting stains.
Kimia makes very reddish stains that release dye and stain quickly.

Those are the types I've used; Jamila is my favorite because it's very reliable.  I get close to the same results every time, and it's well suited for the types of designs I like.

I think the best idea is to buy small quantities of a few different types and experiment to see what you like best.  Some henna suppliers sell "variety packs" that give you a little of a few different types.
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« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2007 12:44:51 PM »

do you have any suggestions on where to buy these dyes besides the internet?
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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2007 12:57:24 PM »

Well the thing is that if you buy henna from a store, it's usually sitting out on a shelf.  When it's kept at room temperature for longer than a week or two, henna powder gets stale and stops working well.

I've never had good luck with store-bought henna (and I don't know anyone who has), but if you want to take a risk, Indian, Arabic, or African grocery stores usually stock it.

There are also some body paints that look like henna but aren't as finicky about being stored.  The trade-off is that they don't last as long.
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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2007 01:05:11 PM »

Yeah, I guess it all depends on if you want to risk it.

AND should we discuss the P.S. through PM? I would like to do it, as long as I'm given a little time.
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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2007 10:04:26 AM »

HI!
Can you post the links to the places online where you buy yours from, or from where we can get the other types of henna. I'm interested in the ones that are deep next to black and the reddish one. Thank You for any help you can give-J
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« Reply #19 on: May 03, 2007 11:46:44 AM »

I bought mine from http://www.henname.net

I've also bought from Everyday Mehndi, http://www.everydayhenna.com

I had good experiences with both, they were courteous and sent the product to me in good condition.  Everyday Mehndi has a larger selection if you want to try out different things, but HennaMe is a little less expensive for the Jamila henna, which is what I like to use.

There's a whole listing of different websites at:
http://www.hennapage.com/henna/where/suppliers.html
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