Re: Strange side note ...... Indigo Question

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Posted by Maureen on August 6, 2002 at 09:30:24:

In reply to: Strange side note ...... Indigo Question posted by Littlefox on August 6, 2002 at 03:19:06:

Hi Littlefox,

With the colors you are describing, it sounds like what they are
selling is henna for hair. People use indigo for coloring their
hair. There are also products that are a combination of henna and
indigo developed for use on hair. I sell such an herbal/henna hair
colorant product for hair on my website. It will work on the hair
but not worth a dime on the skin. Efran has posted, as well as
Catherine, information about methods for using indigo to stain skin.
I don't remember the details. But there were lots of stipulations in
the explanations concerning how to get indigo to stain the skin.
What the bottom line appears to be is that staining the skin is
probably not the most useful purpose for indigo and indigo is not the
most effective and efficient way to get a stain on skin. In fact, my
experience is that the stain is not black but bluish instead and
fades away very quickly as it appears to sit on top of the skin...not that a quick wipe with the wash cloth and away it
goes. Of course the stain on the wash cloth doesn't disappear as

There is henna for hair and henna for Mehndi. Sometimes they are
sold as one and the same. But if I saw a brand that had a product
referred to as henna and in colors like Chestnut, Blonde, Black and
the other colors you mentioned, I would assume that product to be for
hair. If it doesn't say it has PPD in it or any of the other
information that is code for PPD, like allergic reaction precautions,
I would expect the black to be no more effective on skin than you
would expect the blonde or chestnut or other colors to be effective
in staining the skin and useful for the purpose of body art. Of
course, it is always wise to check to see if it is indigo or PPD even
if you are purchasing it for hair. The indigo/henna combination is
both safe and effective for hair coloring. Safe also for skin. But
not effective.

What your oil supplier was selling sounds like it may have been a
combination of henna and indigo if it was labeled as henna and looked
exactly like henna. Indigo doesn't look exactly like henna and
smells nothing like henna.

The products that I find particularly scary are the ones labeled as
henna and depicting hands and other body parts with black designs
that I can't tell from the picture if it is suppose to be a picture
of paste on or the stain itself...AND which have no listing of
ingredient. And more scary than those are the products found on
shelves in every drug store and beauty supply store that are known to
contain PPD and have been used for years by multitudes on their hair
and more recently by folks selling those black designs to the
unknowing, unsuspecting and/or nondescriminating masses.



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