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07-20-2000, 10:55 PM
Nice results for 2 hours, Cindy!
I always recommend wetting with lemon juice and wearing a loose plastic glove overnight for the best color results. The lemon juice and heat bring out the richest color. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif



Artworks by Gisela Towner (http://www.artistnation.com/members/paris/gisela)

07-21-2000, 12:14 AM
I figured since this had been such a discussion topic under debates, that I'd revive it a bit here by posting this. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

I just got my "Mud" henna paste from http://www.hunza.com and... wow, it works GREAT.

I scanned in my hand and I figured I would give you all the link to view my little test: http://www.pixelscapes.com/jen/misc/hennaon_071900.jpg

The paste is black in this scan because I hadn't scraped it off yet. I left it on for 2 hours. From last night till now, the color has darkened from a orange-tan color, to a beautifully chocolate-rust brown. I'll have to scan it in again tonight so you can see the final color... maybe I should post periodic new scans so you can see the way it fades?

Anyway, has anybody else tried this since our original discussion in Debates? In case you're wondering, the original topic was here: http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/Forum18/HTML/000134.html

-=- Jen "This is fun!" Pixelscapes

07-21-2000, 12:26 AM
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funny you should ask... I never got my mud from hunza. They never charged me either. I tried calling but I forgot the time difference and I woke the poor guy up.

I got that really nice book by Roome and I couldn't resist trying again.

So I got a kit at the bookstore this time with the powder and not premade paste. I did it two days ago. You can see that it is a pale brownish orange.


BTW, my husband yelled at me. "how old are you?" "you are a professional engineer, why are you doing that?" poo poo face!

[This message has been edited by cagathoc (edited July 20, 2000).]

07-21-2000, 12:33 AM
Looks nice!
I wonder if that stain on your nails will become a problem, though... http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/frown.gif

Gisela, I always dry the paste with a hairdryer for a long time, set as hot as I can stand... then I put some transparent medical dressing over it (it's basically like Saran Wrap with adhesive) and hairdryer it some more. It really sticks the paste in place and it's more comfortable than slippery lemon juice inside a glove!

I still haven't scanned my end result color, but it's really nice. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

-=- Jen "Miracle of modern medicine" Pixelscapes

07-21-2000, 08:19 AM
It's ok to use on nails but it lasts until they grow out (about 6 months).


07-21-2000, 09:10 AM
Here's how my hand looked a day later: http://www.pixelscapes.com/jen/misc/henna_072000.jpg

I somehow didn't expect to get such a wonderfully dark color. So, I was pleasantly surprised. I keep looking at my palm all day and going, "Neat!". Hmm. Wonder what I'll do next. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif Maybe when this is half-faded I'll do a new and different overlay pattern, so it's like two shades.

-=- Jen "Neat!" Pixelscapes

07-21-2000, 09:17 AM
Ok, I'm jealous. I better wake up that guy in CA again!

cindy http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif

07-25-2000, 10:40 AM
wow guys! Cool! Jen, Cindy, I am so glad that i have you two as guinea pigs! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif But now that i've seen the results i can go ahead with this experiment http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif:. Jen brought up an interesting point about staining the nails. It made me think. The number one, most logical solution of course is to not get any on the nail, either by being very careful or by applying a bit of vasoline to the nail before hand, or clear polish. BUT, what would we come up with if we incorporated a bit of nail art into the mix? After the henna process we may want to consider having the nails done to work into the creation on the skin. I am fairly good with nail art but also have sevaral friends who are professional manicurists. These ladies are phenominal with thier detailing abilities. I'm thinking that after we've achieved the peak of the amber brown color from the henna we could find a matching polish & continue the design onto the nail with a peach colored paint. Or contrasting colors could be used....Just a thought, but as long as you guys have already applied the henna to your selves, why not experiment a bit & if you do please post! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif Cheryl

07-28-2000, 01:46 PM
Personally I wouldn't want to dye my nails. After a bad manicure experience, and having to wait the months and months and MONTHS for the damage to grow out to the end of my nail and get clipped off... I don't want dye there. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

But yes, it's a standard practice to protect the nail with clear nail polish. Actually I was pondering doing something like a "resist" by painting on the skin with something, and then just slathering henna on top. But, of course, nail polish isn't exactly a healthy substance. (mm, xylene, my favorite carcinogen...)

Anyway, I'll try and scan my hand again tonight. It's still a noticeable design, but it's faded to an orange-brown shade. Kinda like a really deep, really fake-looking tan. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/wink.gif But in a good way! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

-=- Jen "Bain de Soleil" Pixelscapes

07-28-2000, 03:31 PM
Here's a little something for all of you who are into henna and bodypainting.