I've been really digging on the two toned look, as of late. I mean, two is kinda better than just one right, lol. It's just that two tones really bring a different interest to a henna design.
I'm aware that there are at least two ways to do the 2 toned look. One way is to do a henna design... Then when the henna design matures you fill in the open most parts of the design with henna. Then wipe it off, thus leaving behind an orangy, more fainter, yet noticeable contrasting stain, like this picture (borrowed from beachcombersbazaar.com) below.
Or Like how I have done. When I do a henna design, then remove the paste after 2-3 hours, leaving behind a orangy fainter henna stain. Then right after that, I go back and go over certain lines again with more henna, Then I seal it, and keep the 2nd coat of henna on overnight. I do this for henna designs that a lot of detail to them. And once I wake up take the dyed henna paste off, and it's had time to oxidize... The stain looks like this picture (below far right)
I will eventually do, the fore mentioned way, to acheive the two tone look. It seems a lot easier, lol. But until then, enjoy this video of a geometric design that I made in to a two tone design :) Thanks for reading :D
So you may be wondering, "What is Hennagua?" and "How do you do it?" Well, Hennagua is a term my sister came up with (thanks sis;)). Basically, it's when you use Henna and Jagua together, to give a two-toned effect. I usually do it one of 2 ways.
Method 1, is to do the Jagua first, let it sit on the skin for 3 hours, then wash it off and let the Jagua stain mature (The reason I do this, is so that I can see clearly where the Jagua is, so that I can figure out where to apply the henna). Once the Jagua stain is matured, I then apply the henna and let it sit on the skin for 6-8 hours (most times for me, that is overnight). And of course, once I remove the dried henna paste, I rub in some shea butter, coconut oil, etc. The resulting stain of Method 1 is my favorite, and that is because it yields more defined lines and distinction between the Henna and Jagua. It looks like this (picture left).
I'm still working on different methods that could possibly be better for a Great and Easy Hennagua stain. And I will try to let you all know when I do. And, hopefully if anyone out there is willing to share a better method I'd love to hear it/ see it. Let me know. If you all want to see how to do Method 2 and the 3 different types of results I got from it, watch the video below. Thank you for reading! More posts coming soon (inshAllah).