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

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Posted by mark foster on June 18, 2002 at 19:28:46:

In reply to: My run in with black henna artists in the UK (long) + pic posted by samantha on June 18, 2002 at 16:25:28:

Unfortunately the stance on BH is pretty poor at the moment.

We cannot touch em. No matter what we say to the police. We can get
nothing done about it.

At the moment the stance with the police here in brighton is this.

My call to the police..."we have a problem with illegal street
trade. They are using black henna which contains PPD or a form of
PPD which should not be used on the skin as it is harmful"

police response..."sorry we do not deal with illegal traders. As for
the harmfull substance you will have to contact Trading standards."

my reply..."So your not going to deal with the illegal traders - as
in those committing a crime out on the street - in front of Brighton
Pier where i am a legitimate trader who is making a complaint to the
police about someone commiting a crime"

police response..."sorry no we do not deal with it. Bye"

End of Call.

So there you have it folks! It is down to trading standards.

My Call to trading standards..."Hi i wish to report a crime. People
are using black henna on the streets of Brighton and are illegal
trading. Black henna contains a chemical called PPD which is
harmfull to the skin"

trading standards..."sorry you should contact your local police to
deal with this matter"

My response..."They said contact you"

trading standards..."without a police report we cannot do anything
to help you"

My response..."The police will not act on it as they state it has
nothing to do with them"

trading standards..."We will look into it. This generally takes 4-
8weeks. Thanks for calling"

End of call.

Of course...they arrive 8weeks later at the end of the summer to
find no traders and go back to their office. we are henna traders on the streets of
brighton....perhaps i should employ security to do a job on them and
call it in the publics interests!!

: Yes it certainly is here. I was working at a festival in
: Spa over the weekend and was asked what it so wrong with Black
: I gave the people a little booklet I have with some piccys in of
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: 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
: what they used to make henna go black. They quickly pretended that
: they couldn't understand English (they were spanish i think) when
: came back and told us andy and i went off again to explore We
: to the organisers and told them, who then immediately came back
: us to boot these guys off site. When they were confronted their
: English came back very well, and in a really comical foreign
: our conversation went something like
: Him: It isn't black henna
: Me: let me see the henna on your arm. (henna is black no
: 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
: see them again. You never get to see the blisters and the
: never mind what goes into thier body through their blood because
: 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
: cannot get the black henna.
: Me: Well actually i could go home and get it tomorrow if i
: but i don't work with POISON.
: Him: People want black colour and you brown henna artists can't
: a colour that good, you want all the money for yourself.
: Me: (laughs)Actually I can get that colour - money is NOT an
: here, there is another natural brown henna artist at the other
: and i have no problem with them because they are not using stuff
: can hurt and scar for life, you are.
: The organiser interjects and says that he trusts us and that he
: 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
: and to come to our stall for all the relevant information. They
: came over, i hope they were ok.
: I do not know the UK law on PPD and it's usage on skin but after
: weekend i'm certainly going to find out.
: The picture above is of a 4 year old boys arm after having PPD
: in Turkey 3 weeks ago - poor kid
: Samantha


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