Going from 2-Step Process to 1-Step?

Hi all.

I love the blue black sheen I get from first using henna, then indigo.  But I find it's just such a lengthy, all day process, and I was wondering if I could achieve the same color if I used a 1-step mix.

My hair is naturally an ashy dark brown.  Because of an already dark base, do you think I could use a 1-step process and still achieve the deep blue black that I have right now?  If so, what ratio of henna:indigo should I use?

Thanks for any tips!!

Skin resistant to henna??

I did a hummingbird on my inner arm a few nights ago.  Looks good except for a few spots that didn't seem to take.  Strange thing is the spots are perfetly round!  If they hadn't been so round, I would have thought it was just an bubble where I didn't get the henna ON the skin.

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So the question is......can skin be resistant to henna?

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Home grown Henna

My husband has a coworker that is from India, that is where her family lives.  She says she can get me some great henna that her grandmother grows and fixes up for their family.   It would not have any of the additives (not being for sale, only family use).  She grinds and sifts it herself, and has both henna for hair and BAQ that they use.

 

Would it be something I could safely check out?  We trust this person very well, and she says her family uses it ALL the time.  They grow it on their land.


I don't suppose there is a way to check dye content or such? 

Bridal Share

This is the last bride I did.  She wanted the works on her hands/arms and sat really well for the first hour.  After that it was a lot of people arriving at the party 2 hours early and a big long dance break.  I'm thankful for Celebration henna as I used it and on the parts of her where it was falling off (from all the dancing and sweating) it was looking incredible!

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Bridal Share

This is the last bride I did.  She wanted the works on her hands/arms and sat really well for the first hour.  After that it was a lot of people arriving at the party 2 hours early and a big long dance break.  I'm thankful for Celebration henna as I used it and on the parts of her where it was falling off (from all the dancing and sweating) it was looking incredible!

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Help, somebody -- My henna mix is dye releasing already!??

I just mixed up a fresh batch of henna with some freshly squeezed OJ and cool water, started to stir, adding more water as needed.  But the mix got very gluey, and didn't seem to be mixing as well as when I hennaed before.  Thinking it was just too thick, I kept adding a little more water and mixing; it thinned just a little, but the thick, gluey consistency never improved.  What's more, it turned  quite brown, the color I remember it being on top the last time I did it which was my signal that dye release had taken place.  I put a little on my palm and waited about 5 min, rinsed it off and

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Business Licensing in Alberta, Canada?

Hi everyone!  I am so glad to have found such an informative site.  You are all so tallented and I find much inspiration from you all!

 I am hoping to gain information on the business end of things, specifically to do with licensing.  How do we do it here in Canada?  I am from Southern Alberta and live in a small town outside of Lethbridge. 

My questions are....

If I want to work out of an establishment ( coffee shop or tattoo shope ect..) in the city, would I be able to sub contract out my work and work under that establishments license?

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Itching settling down, but now flaky scalp

I did my first henna (hendigo) about 3 weeks ago.  Because my greys are so resistant I  shampooed with dish soap to help prepare them for color.  I used grapefruit juice to mix the henna.   My scalp "tingled" (more like a stinging) while the henna was applied, and I actually developed a few small scabs over the next couple of days.  Plus my scalp has itched something awful up till a couple days ago when I deep conditioned my hair.  So now the itching isn't as bad but my scalp seems to be flaking more than before, a fine white flake when I scratch.

Chemistry of indigo for hair?

I'm curious about the chemistry of indigo for hair dyeing, vs. fabric dyeing.  I'm an indigo fabric dyer, and I've learned that indigo powder does not dissolve in water -- it needs a strong alkaline and reducing solution to make it soluable and able to react with fabric fibers.  I've been told that the indigo powder used for hair dyeing is "Vashma indigo", but I don't understand what that is, or how it works differently than the ground natural indigo I buy from a dye supplier?  Can anyone tell me where Vashma indigo comes from, how is it made, how it works?

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