- Paperback: 162 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1st St. Martin's Griffin ed edition (June 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0312187432
- ISBN-13: 978-0312187439
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,049,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mehndi : The Timeless Art of Henna Painting Paperback – June 15, 1998
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The henna for eyebrows turned out to be a wonderful solution for me. Granted, it definitely takes more time that just using a pencil during the day, but it doesn't rub off or fade during the day.
Important things to remember:
- Henna is good for 2-4 days
- Henna needs "dye release time" which seems to be about six hours for my "recipe"
I am a Caucasian women with porcelain skin. I purchase Henna from the SF Herb Company (you can buy 1 pound for $3.90) and sift it in a Tupperware jar with a knee high panty hose inside. A kitchen sifter is simply too small to catch the twigs that will inevitably clog your bottle. My liquid mixture is with black tea, cloves, cardamom, lemon juice, sugar, and water. I allow the mixture to steep overnight so it is cool and concentrated. The stain turns into a nice light brown stain (after 24 hours, of course) but beware that it will be orange for a while. I apply the henna to my eyebrows before bed so no one sees me and the color has time to set.
Highly recommend this book for tips, suggestions, and the history of henna throughout the centuries and cultures!
I am interested in design and patterns but love the idea introduced here of combining these with meaningful social interaction. It is a book filled with warmth and love. If you never tried Mahindi it will make no difference to the enjoyment of this beautifully written book. Highly recommended.
I will certainly refer back to it many times for design ideas, and in creating artwork both beautiful and ornate.