Professionalism, informed consent and the nature of henna

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Posted by Anne Beltestad on May 29, 2002 at 16:37:40:

In reply to: Musings on race, informed consent and the nature of henna posted by Kenzi on May 29, 2002 at 15:04:27:

What I have been trying to convey all along is that, as a
professional, I have a duty to inform my clients about where henna
works and where it does not. It is then their choice, as informed
consumers, to choose to go with my suggestion or not.
Again, this is a spiel I give to *ALL* clients. Again, after hennaing
thousands of different people as well as working as "schmoozer," I
tend to give the same rant to everyone. I hope I am conveying my love
for henna as well as educating potential clients.
The only place I will mostly refuse to henna is on the face, though I
have done so twice because the client insisted. One, an Indian woman,
got little to no stain. the other, a drunken male CEO, came back an
hour later with his company's logo bright orange across his forehead
(ha ha). I see him as the exception to the rule, having hennaed
shaved/bald heads of different shades/chemistries/oiliness as well
with rather mediocre results.
I generally try to convey to clients that it's not a matter of skin
*color* but of skin *chemistry* - this is usually when someone of a
light olive skin-tone, such as my half-Iranian roommate, worries that
it won't show up on their "dark skin" (in my opinion this is the
result of American beauty standards, not of being misinformed by
unscrupulous henna artists!)
I still cannot understand how Maureen has misread my initial posting.
I also cannot understand what sort of axe she's trying to grind here,
by claiming I am either racist, promoting PPD, or both.
We are all against PPD. We are all professionals here who are
interested in promoting henna for henna's sake, to keep alive this
ancient art form and teach people something of its beauty and its
history. I see this as my job. I'm sorry that one person on this
forum misinterpreted what I thought was a self-reflective and
thoughtful post on a rewarding weekend of henna, as well as some
personal reflections, and I hope that we can prevent further
misunderstandings in the future.
Once more reiterating my position: informing clients about how henna
works has nothing to do with the color of their skin; it has to do
with the nature of henna. I want to inform, to educate, and to give
them results they will be happy with. Period.
As Kenzi says, pulling the race card is counterproductive to this
discussion, and I hope that this is the end of this unfortunate


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