What Is Black Henna and Why You Should NEVER USE IT
Why Is Black Henna So Popular if It Is So Bad?
How Do I Know if a Henna Artist Is Using Black Henna?
Black Henna in Beauty Salons, Street Fairs/Festivals, the Beach, and in the Middle East
Spread the Word
More About Black Henna
Images from The Reverend Bunny's Secret Henna Diary. These two pictures are the progressive results of a PPD black henna tattoo.
NEVER EVER USE BLACK HENNA!!! First of all, there is no true henna that leaves a black stain on the skin! Any product advertising itself as black henna is using an ingredient other than henna to achieve the black color. What is that ingredient? It is PPD (p-Phenylenediamine).
PPD is found in many black hair dyes, and the compound is known to cause severe allergic reactions with symptoms of muscle weakness, headaches, sore throat, stomach ache and light headeness. It may cause terrible blisters that are painful, ooze, itch like mad, and leave scars. "Even if you don't get a visible skin reaction to PPD, it can still be harmful. PPD penetrates deep into the skin, reaching the dermis (living cells) and passing into the blood stream. This is in contrast to henna, which only penetrates as far as the dead skin cells of the epidermis. Once in the blood stream, PPD may have effects on the kidneys, resulting in kidney impairment. Repeated or prolonged inhalation exposure may cause asthma, so those who prepare PPD-based black henna are at risk as well." (The Henna Page)
Good question! There are two basic reasons:
Often Black Henna artists will advertise their work as “Black Henna.” In such cases you have an obvious answer.
If the type of henna is not listed, first and foremost ASK!!!! “Is this black henna?” If the artist says yes, ask if they have red henna they can use on you. [NOTE: if a Black Henna artist has red henna, the red henna, more often than not, is still loaded with bad chemicals to create a quick and dark stain. USE YOUR DISGRESSION.]
Beware however, there are unscrupulous individuals out there who will lie just to get your money. They will tell you it is not Black Henna, or that it is Black Henna, but it is a “safe” Black Henna. Do not be deceived!!! They are LYING!!! THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS NATURAL OR SAFE BLACK HENNA!!!
So how do you know if an artist is lying about their use of Black Henna? These are some telltale signs that Black Henna is being used:
Here are a few places where you should be cautious when looking to get a henna design:
The best way to combat the popular use of Black henna is by SPREADING THE WORD about its dangers. Tell your family. Tell your friends. Tell strangers that you meet on the street who you see with a black henna design. Tell the people that you have told to tell their friends and family.
It is tempting to talk to Black Henna artists directly, but this might lead to a heated situation. If you feel so moved, it is by far better to contact the local authorities (police, tourist police, or health officials). Inform the authorities about the dangers of Black Henna. Make the case that Black Henna artists are putting tourists at a severe health risk. Touristy areas want to insure the health and happiness of their customers (so they come back and spend more money), thus there is a good chance that the authorities will listen to you and take the appropriate action.
For More information about the dangers of black henna (and some graphics that will be sure to scare you away from the nasty stuff) please visit the following sites:
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