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Posted by Anne Beltestad on June 21, 2002 at 14:29:27:

In reply to: My dialogue with a "black henna artist," pt 3 posted by Anne Beltestad on June 21, 2002 at 14:28:50:

: It took me some time (and a good soccer game) to calm down enough
: compose a response to the woman using "black henna" which she
: does not contain PPD.
: At least she is willing to listen. Let's see if this convinces
: I think it's quite good myself. ;)
: Anne
: Hi Kathleen,
: Thank you for taking the time to respond; I appreciate your
: willingness to discuss this matter.
: If you are affiliated with the woman I saw at Brooklyn gay Pride
: several weeks ago, whose name I believe is Nina, then she told me
: that the product was "not Bigen but contained a very small amount
: of PPD" - which she erroneously claimed was "safe." She said she
: bought it from "a woman in New York" and I put two and two
: and think it must be you.
: Regardless of the amount, regardless of the brand name, PPD is
: PPD. It's toxic. There is nothing else that "is darker than the
: red and produces the stain faster."
: AS for its being a "pro formula" I am not sure what you mean. As
: far as I'm concerned anyone selling henna as a professional has
: the duty and obligation (moral and otherwise) to not falsely
: advertise.
: Henna is henna. Chemicals are chemicals. Henna plus chemicals
: still is chemical.
: I also teach classes, have been a professional henna artist for
: over four years (mostly with Gilded Lilies in Seattle WA) and in
: that time have hennaed thousands of people. I know what I'm
: about. I've seen the chemical handling specifications for PPD and
: they are not pretty. Nina, if she's the same woman I talked to,
: described her hand "puffing up" from "the black" - demonstrating
: with a gesture that indicated the flesh had swollen an inch or two
: above normal. This means that it the toxin has built up in her
: system, and everytime she handles the product she is getting
: dose in her liver and her kidneys. I have seen people with
: burns from PPD, including a very small boy.
: Unfortunately PPD does not produce a reaction every time, nor is
: the reaction immediate. This is perhaps why you have not had a
: complaint. It doesn't make it right, though. In "high traffic
: resort areas" people often do not come back a week later to find
: the artist who applied the PPD to their skin. I have ended up
: damage control on many occasions for just this sort of incident,
: explaining it was not henna that gave them a rash, etc.
: I strongly urge you to educate yourself using the information I
: have provided, and find out the side effects of what you are using.
: It is not enough to say it's a "pro formula." That means nothing.
: What does mean something is to commit to using only real, safe,
: natural henna, to make that guarantee to yourself and your clients.
: Ignorance or denial are not legitimate excuses.
: If you can show me *independant* laboratory results that show that
: what you're using does not contain any PPD, then I will perhaps
: be open to believing that you are not using toxins. Until that
: time, I will do everything I can to ensure the safety of my
: the general public, and the continuance of the ancient art form
: I love. However, even if your product does not contain PPD, which
: I doubt, you are still contributing to a very dangerous
: by continuing to further the myth that henna "comes in black,"
: and thus adding to the PPD plague.
: However, I would be very happy to show you the results that can
: be obtained with real henna. If Nina's reaction to the color of
: the design on my hand is any indication, you will be pleasantly
: surprised.
: You can reach me at ***-***-**** or this address, and please feel
: free to look at the information on my webpage at www.nychenna.com
: Anne


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