My run in with black henna artists in the UK (long) + pic


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Posted by samantha on June 18, 2002 at 16:25:28:

Yes it certainly is here. I was working at a festival in Leamington
Spa over the weekend and was asked what it so wrong with Black Henna.
I gave the people a little booklet I have with some piccys in of the
scars and began telling them what BH was etc. They looked really
shocked and asked me if i was aware that there was a BH artist
working about 100 yards away. Andy and i looked at each other in
horror and shot over to see, low and behold there they were two
Mediterranean looking guys. We went down to the organisers armed with
all our info and told them about these fly traders. A couple of
minutes as we were walking back with the organisers to get them
booted off site two of the girls who had been BH'erd were walking
toward us. We stopped them and gently told them what they just had
applied to their skin and asked them to wash it off ASAP, and to come
over to our stall were we would give them all information. We then
went over to the BH artists (they were good, what a waste) and we
were telling them what poison they were using and how they were
hurting people (by now the scene had drawn a crowd) as they
organisers booted them off site.

The girls came to our stall and we washed the BH off with baby wipes.
They had it on for about 10 mins and it had already stained black.
The girls were visibly upset and one was crying. I gave her a big hug
and said that she should be OK as she didn't have it on for long
enough really to cause any major Problems. We gave them all the info
for their doctors just in case and they went away. when i got home
there was an e-mail off them to me as an update.

hello, i was at the peace festival the other day in leamington and u
spotted me and my friend who had had a black henna tattoo? just
wanted to say thank u very much for warning us about what it could
do.it is so far been fine and i have been on the website u gave
me.just wanted to say thank you very much as u have possibly saved me
from scarring for life or worse.......i will b sure to go to the
doctor if anything happens and will tell ppl bout it so they dont
have the same problem.also thanks just for the nice pattern i now
have on my back! i hope u continue to do brilliant henna art and
safely! thanx again, sarah x

CCJ and Jeremy were with us at this festival also. About 1 1/2
hours after the first instance CCJ went walkabout to give herself a
break (she hennad hard) only to announce when she came back that
there was another BHA working further down. She had asked them
about henna (acting innocent) and they chatted to her. She then asked
what they used to make henna go black. They quickly pretended that
they couldn't understand English (they were spanish i think) when CCj
came back and told us andy and i went off again to explore We went
to the organisers and told them, who then immediately came back with
us to boot these guys off site. When they were confronted their
English came back very well, and in a really comical foreign accent
our conversation went something like

Him: It isn't black henna

Me: let me see the henna on your arm. (henna is black no question)

Me: it is black henna and you are putting people in danger

Him: I've used it for years and it hasn't hurt anyone.

Asst: I mix the henna up myself
Me: And you also mix another powder into the natural henna right?
(assistant looks sheepish)

Me: You say it doesn't hurt anyone because you henna them and never
see them again. You never get to see the blisters and the scarring,
never mind what goes into thier body through their blood because of
that stuff, it's poison and you are hurting people. I am a
professional NATURAL henna artist into beautification not
scarification. My henna won't hurt - yours does. (shows pics of
black henna scars)

Him: You F***king brown henna artists are just jealous because you
cannot get the black henna.

Me: Well actually i could go home and get it tomorrow if i wished
but i don't work with POISON.

Him: People want black colour and you brown henna artists can't get
a colour that good, you want all the money for yourself.

Me: (laughs)Actually I can get that colour - money is NOT an issue
here, there is another natural brown henna artist at the other end
and i have no problem with them because they are not using stuff that
can hurt and scar for life, you are.

The organiser interjects and says that he trusts us and that he wants
the BHA to pack up now. which he does mumbling all sorts under his
breath. The two girls who have just been hennad and were looking
stunned were advised by us to go and wash it off as soon as possible
and to come to our stall for all the relevant information. They never
came over, i hope they were ok.

I do not know the UK law on PPD and it's usage on skin but after this
weekend i'm certainly going to find out.


The picture above is of a 4 year old boys arm after having PPD henna
in Turkey 3 weeks ago - poor kid

Samantha

 


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