With winter fast approaching, its worth remembering that if you are using henna, the temperature needs to be warm for the best dye release. Too cold and you won’t get the results you really want to achieve. 15 degrees centigrade to 21 degrees centigrade is the ideal temperature. Long release hennas such as Jamila powder can take 48 hours or more. When mixing henna this winter, keep this in mind so you continue to get great stains from your henna.
Ways to warm Henna include:
- Placing it in a pan of warm (NOT hot, warm) water – but you will need to constantly change the water and stir the henna to make sure the warmth is evenly distributed.
- Using a little floor heater with a thermostat in a closed room; Mix your henna and leave it in that room to dye release. You can place it near (a foot or so away) the heater if it produces a small pocket of warm air, but do NOT put it directly in front of the heater. Keep a close eye on it.
- When you allow henna to sit and release it’s dye, put it in a cold oven with the oven light turned on. Do NOT turn on the actual oven, even to the warm setting! Putting just the light on, will keep your henna at a constant temperature. If you use this trick year round, you will find your henna dye release time will remain pretty consistent, no matter what the temperature is outside or in your house.
It’s worth remembering that along with delayed dye release, the cold weather will make your body cold and that leads to poor henna stains. The warmer your body is, the darker your henna will stain.
When doing henna in the cold, raise your body temperature as much as possible. Drink hot tea, wrap yourself in a blanket, sit by a heater or a fire… Be sure to seal and wrap your henna to ensure great henna stains.
So wrap up and keep henna-ing!
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