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« on: February 26, 2009 07:45:14 AM »

A design I applied on myself a few nights ago out of boredom and being otherwise unproductive (:

I grew up in Karachi so my patterns are often influenced by the designs I saw growing up but I've also added my own "thing" to it and as you can see... I really like dots -__-; The mendhi is from Karachi, sorry I can't tell what "brand" it is since it's written in Urdu and I've rather lost practice in reading it. But I can take a picture if anyone wants to know.

Here are some more designs I've done on myself or friends:
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I typically leave it on overnight. If it dries too quickly I use a bit of lemon juice to remoisten it, and the slight acidity supposedly helps it to set better. Also, this is just a personal thing but instead of washing the dried bits off I just brush it off (it flakes right off) and then moisturize the skin with oil (coconut).

Enjoy! <3

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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2009 07:58:12 AM »

These are gorgeous. Nice work, I love all of the detail

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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2009 08:02:27 AM »

wow those are amazing! I can never get Henna to stain dark enough - I'll have to try your tips next time - though no design of mine could ever match yours! Bravo!

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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2009 08:09:26 AM »

Absolutely beautiful. Henna is one of those skills I've always wanted but know I lack the artistic ability for. Wanna come to my house and do some on me??  Grin

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« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2009 08:11:37 AM »

Wow!! Beautiful. I can tell it's very high-quality henna- look at how rich the color is! I would love to see the brand, even if I can't read it.. Could I order some from online somewhere?
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2009 08:32:14 AM »

Gorgeous!!!  Great designs!

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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2009 10:08:25 AM »

Beautiful work! Such neat, consistent lines!

Cookimistress, usually the trouble with getting good color is with getting good henna. It loses its potency with exposure to heat, light and moisture. Its best not to use gift-kits or henna in packages on international grocery shelves becuase who knows how long its been in there.

Here's some information on how to choose high quality henna.

This is the kind of color I get:

« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2009 11:32:48 AM »

Beautiful work. I have purchased so many types...The Indi-market where I go...they make their batches from time to time. The problem I always have tho, is that it dries super quick on me. I do not know why, but it does. Then when it dries....flakes right off. How do you get it to keep from flaking so fast? Especially with day to day movement?

« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2009 01:01:32 PM »

The easiest way to get around that one is sugar. Better yet nutra sweet. I usually use about 1 teaspoon sugar per two tablespoons henna powder, but it's different for everyone. Those who live in humid locations need less and those who live in dry places need more. It may take some trial and error to get it perfect. If you paste crumbles off, you need more next time. If it is tarry and never dries, you used too much.

Also, stringy hennas are more elastic and tend to crack less. A good supplier should be able to help you find a henna that's more elastic, but most still need at least a little sugar anyway.

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« Reply #9 on: February 27, 2009 09:51:46 PM »

Beautiful work! I'm glad this was posted, I've been trying to find a reputable place online to order from. There is absolutely no way I can buy local, but I did not want to buy online without recommendations, because I know it's easy to get bad or old henna.

Can any of you point me to some good sites to order from that you like? Thanks Smiley

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