Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on July 14, 2002 at 12:12:28:
In reply to: Holland?! posted by Rymke on July 14, 2002 at 09:32:27:: OMG, I'm living in a henna banned country! I never even knew.
: The country that
: legalizes soft drugs bans henna.
I think the question is, how will this be enforced? Of course its
stupid that PPDslingers have caused all this ruin and that traditional
henna is getting dragged down with it.
The law may give police and injured people a tool against PPD black
henna, and premade pastes with unlisted ingredients, and that would be
a good thing.
It may keep cosmetic industries from sucking henna out of the folk
tradition realm and commercializing/McDonaldizing/Disneyfying it and
that would be a good thing.
If henna is still purchasable for hair, then get primo body art
quality henna powder from a supplier that's bringing it in labeled as
"for hair" ..... then the art can stay where it is, as a folk art,
household magic, celebration of ethnic traditions, and those of us who
love it can do it, privately, when we please. And, if enforcement is
spotty or can be challenged .... it can be done more openly.
It is important that there be some way to get PPD off the streets, and
travelling last month, I saw PPD black henna in EVERY city I went to,
to the exclusion of natural safe henna. If PPD can be sold over the
counter, then someone hungry for money is going to put it on someone's
body, labeled as henna, and hurt them. I hate to see pure henna take
a hit, but when I see lines of people waiting for 7 PPD slingers in a
row, each of them lying about what's in their cone...... that's a lot
of misery about to happen. It's very sad that the legislators haven't
been down the rabbit hole to see that the problem is PPD, not henna,
and have written some ill-informed legislation in their ignorance
..... if you want to send them a version of the FDA or a PPD rant
..... pick them up out of the rabbit hole, and go for it! Doing
nothing is a guaranteed way to lose your henna!
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