Using the cones
to store ready-to-use paste:
Mix a batch of henna paste per your usual methods; bring it to
the consistency you typically use for cone or squeeze-bottle
Transfer paste into the new cones, leaving an inch or two of
empty space at the top of the cone. It is important to not get
any paste near or on the edge of the top...if you do, it will
not seal properly. I use paperclips to affix the cone, opened,
inside a plastic soft drink bottle that has the top cut off.
Then I put my paste into another ziplock bag, snip off a corner
of the bag and squeeze it into the cones carefully. This makes
it easier to prevent any paste getting onto the top of the cone.
Finally, seal the top of the cone. Obviously, the book method
won't work here as the paste would ooze out when the book was
closed. So, lay the cone on your table with about 1/16" sticking
over the edge. Place the metal ruler's edge along the top to
hold the sides together, press down, and run the lighter flame
along the edge, melting the sides together.
Voila! If you're going to use in the next couple of days, allow
them to sit out for a few hours, then toss into your
refrigerator. If you're not going to use it for a week or two,
just toss 'em into the fridge. Yes, I've had henna paste stay
active in excess of a week using this method.
To use, simply snip off a tiny bit off of the tip. Keep snipping
TINY bits off until you get the hole size you desire. Other than
that, use it just like any other cone.
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