Re: just curious about those henna stands?

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Posted by Alissa on June 9, 2002 at 13:40:34:

In reply to: just curious about those henna stands? posted by Joyce on June 9, 2002 at 03:47:07:

: out of curiosity ( i still dont know too much about henna yet ),
: the stands I see at the amusement parks doing henna - give a dark
: green stain. Is that regular henna? or should I be really careful?

Natural, unadulterated henna will only give color results that are in
the reddish browns. Green just ain't a color that real henna is going

This could mean that they are using the versions of "colored henna"
which may have food dyes and other types of very non permanent skin
dyes in rainbow colors. These products seem to be safe for the skin,
but last only a few days.

Or, they could be using something else entirely. PPD, which yields a
blue-black stain that lasts for several weeks, is the one ingredient
that our Forum is constantly on the lookout for. It's an extremely
dangerous toxic chemical that others use around the world to
create "black henna" designs.

Any paragraph on "allergy alerts" is a clue that what you're seeing
could be potentially VERY dangerous, for adults and especially for
children. Your skin is a living organ, and should be protected as
well as adorned.

You may wish to ask the people at the henna stand what they use in
their paste, what the brand is, what's it made of? A natural henna
stain will last 1-2 weeks on average, and yield reddish brown colors.
Anything else is NOT natural henna. Whether or not it's dangerous is
then anyone's guess.


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