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Learn it: How to mix henna paste.

The first step is to make sure your henna is from a reputable henna supplier.  It is very important that your henna is a high quality, finely sifted product.  I get mine from Artistic Adornament because I trust them to provide me with 100% body art quality, fresh henna.  Their Artistic Organic Henna is USDA certified organic.  If you buy your henna powder from a store there is no way to know how long it has been sitting on the shelf, or what other additives are in it, and most people aren’t aware that henna has a shelf life.  I store my boxes of powder in my freezer.

 

Photo credit: Heather Caunt-Nulton

 

There are as many henna recipes as there are artists, but my favorite is the basic recipe provided by the woman that taught me about henna (Heather Caunt-Nulton):

100 grams of body art quality henna powder
1 – 1  1/2 cups lemon juice (you can squeeze your own organic lemons if you want, but I find this stuff is easier)
1 ounce (2 tablespoons)  of cajeput essential oil  (cajeput is full of monoterpene alcohols (terps) which get you the darker stain)

 

Photo Credit: Heather Caunt-Nulton

Directions:

Pour 100 grams of henna powder into a large bowl.  I prefer glass or metal to prevent staining.

Slowly stir in lemon juice, a 1/4 cup at a time.  I just eyeball it, but you might want to use measuring cups until you get the hang of it.

Stir the mixture with a spoon or whisk until it becomes loose and easy to stir in the bowl.  It should look sort of like lumpy mashed potatoes.  You may have to add a little more lemon juice or henna to get it right.

Photo Credit: Heather Caunt-Nulton

Once it is the right  consistency, cover it and put it on the counter overnight/about 12 hours or so before adding the oil.  Then cover it up again and leave it for another 12 hours.  (Most of henna mixing is just waiting!)

You will be able to tell your henna is done when you scoop it up and the top is brown, but the underside is still greeny.  Stir it up again.  The henna should form a thick and smooth ribbon off your spoon.  You can add a little more lemon juice if it isn’t quite smooth enough.

Photo Credit: Heather Caunt-Nulton

If your henna looks like this, you did it right!  Congratulations!  You now have henna ready to cone up for fabulous body art! 

Now you’re ready to make and fill your henna cones!

This recipe should yield about 15 henna cones.   Just pop them into a freezer bag and store them in your freezer until you want to use them.  Remember that henna is perishable.  It should last a long time in your freezer, and about a week in your fridge.  I usually thaw what I think I need, and then put the leftover thawed cone in the fridge.

The  images above were taken, with permission, from videos by Heather Caunt-Nulton of Henna by Heather and Artistic Adornment.  You can check out the full video here.

 

 

 

Henna at the Big E

Yesterday was a long, tiring, day.  I did henna at the Big E- and had to spend sixteen hours away from my kids.  That is the longest I have ever been away from Cooper.  I was glad to make the extra money ($650!) but so very sad to be away from my littles.  Doubly so because I couldn’t find all of the pieces to my breast pump.  Sixteen hours is a long time to go without breastfeeding.  Not even halfway through the day I was aching, and by the time we were starting out on the two hour drive home I felt like I was on fire!  It was horrible!

I was slightly disappointed that it was a slowish day- the woman who worked last week took home $1200- I figure if I have to be away from my kids for that long the bigger the pile of money the better!  But I had fun and it was nice hanging out with my lil’ sis Tina.

Today we are all going out shopping- I promised the kids treats if I made money. Hannah wants roller skates, Patrick wants a Barbie, and Willow wants everything in the whole wide world.  Cooper just wants to nurse.  He has been stuck on me like glue.  Poor little guy.  He missed me so much, and I think he is scared I am going to leave him again.

When I walked through the door last night Cooper saw me and ran as fast as he could (which isn’t very fast on those short legs!) yelling “Momma! Momma! Momma!” it was so sweet.  So awesome to have someone so happy to see me.  Patrick made me promise I would take him everywhere with me today and Willow just wanted to see the big wad of cash I had made.  Ha.

I’m glad I made some extra money, but I don’t think I’ll be leaving my kids that long again.  It is very obvious to me today that they are feeling anxious and need their momma today.  Cooper won’t leave my side and wants to nurse constantly (a welcome relief, actually!) he freaked out when I took a shower and he couldn’t see me, even though I talked to him the whole time.

So sad!  I better go cuddle my babies. We are having a lazy Sunday, with some shopping therapy thrown in!

Happy Sunday dear reader!

An Update to my Henna for Hair Post

I have to post up an amendment to my last post.
The hair stylist who did my hair (not Jessica, my henna friend- but the stylist before her) read the previous post and came across this passage:

I have a sweet deal with my friend Jessica- she does my hair henna for me and I do fancy henna designs for her.  I briefly tried coloring my hair RED RED in March, but I missed how soft and silky my hair feels when treated with henna.

(Imagine a henna’d hair picture here)

This picture is a little misleading… My hair is normally more curly. This is my hair after it was cut and blown out straight by a hair stylist. However I am using it because it shows the color nicely.

She messaged me to tell me she found this “unfortunate” and “objectionable” and “in bad taste”.
I offered to remove the link for her and she agreed, but insisted that I remove the picture also.
So I replaced it with another picture of my hair that I took this afternoon.
Yay for pretty red hair.

Yay also for my sunburned and peeling nose.


Learn it: Henna Your Hair

I’ve been hennaing my hair for three years now. I love how it makes me hair smooth and strong- I have crazy frizzy/curly hair.
(Everyone has their own recipe and system, but this is what we do for my hair- written by Jessica)
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That was the week that was…

The huz came home on Sunday. He was in California- and whenever he is that far away he likes to highlight for home. His company only has a week to get him home, so he is gurannteed a lovely fat paycheck due his cross-country travels. I love those weeks. I get my husband home AND a lovely amount in the family account!

I haven’t had much internet time- so I thought I’d catch you up on my week. Continue Reading