identifying black henna.. and queries...

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Posted by Natx  on May 30, 2002 at 04:50:46:

i was reccently over at thailand for a free & easy trip, and before
that, i heard from several people that henna is popular in
thailand.. and that some people had gotten their natural henna work
done there. After doing some searching on the Net, i also learnt
about the availability of having Black henna done in thailand.
Although i have read about Black henna and know of the dangers that
it might cause, i was curious to actually see how it looked like,
and the difference between black henna and a real tattoo (since both
were black).
Some articles have described that Black henna would cause sores, and
itch on the skin, and inflamation etc. and cause serious side
effects.. and i guess this are the symtoms i should look out for
when trying to identifying a Black henna tattoo.
But real tattooing is VERY popular in Thailand too. it is easily
available and cheap.. and set up in proper stores. Real tattooing
also does have a reddish swollen outline to the patterns when it is
newly tattooed on..
My question is, is there a way i can identify a Black henna tattoo
from a real tattoo and a temporary tattoo?
I saw a few people having tattoos on their bodies, which i suspect
was black henna. one was a kid, probably around 10 yrs old. i saw
him walking around and noticed a black scorpion on his arm. his skin
looked rather alright to me. as in, there weren't any reddish sores
or any scarring on it yet ( as what i've read about it.) the artist
didn't do a good job as i could see smudges here and there. so i
could tell it was a kind of stain, and not a real tattoo. he was
rather active, so i only managed to catch a few glimspes of it, and
i noticed him scratching the area a few times. is there such a thing
as delayed reaction in black henna? as in the sores only appear much
later? i saw quite a few people having tattoos that i suspect is
black henna.. and its really sad that there are still people
promoting these harmful chemicals juz for money...
i only saw one shop providing henna as a side service. it was a
tattoo shop. but it provided natural henna.. but i didn't get to see
any black henna artists in action... or i could refer them to this
forum... before more damage is done.



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