Not henna, but probably not PPD
Posted by Anne Beltestad on September 13, 2002 at 13:27:55:
Black henna is often PPD, which is not an oil, but an industrial-grade
dye added to or used in place of real henna. Check out more info on
In my experience there are several types of mixtures sold as "black
henna" (remember, henna doesn't "come in black". No matter how
earthy-crunchy or authentic-traditional they claim to be, they're
lying) Here's what I've seen passed off as henna:
PPD (info about this toxin all over this site)
Henna mixed with PPD (the artist told me it was "a very small amount"
of PPD and thus "safe" which is BS)
Indigo (rumored to be not good for you)
Indigo grafted into the henna plant (often sold in natural food stores)
Henna mixed with food coloring (rumored to be safe)
Check out Catherine's test, or mix it with water if you want to see
for yourself, but I bet it is indigo.
When I first started i believed the labeling on the stuff I bought in
a natural food store, and tried to use "black henna" (sic) on my skin.
The stain was poor and greyish, and although I contacted the company
and tried to find out what exactly was in their product, I got
nowhere. I think it was people here who told me about indigo, and
indigo grafted into the henna plant.
It's unfortunate, but people do continue to sell products labelled as
"black henna" both with and without PPD. If there was a way to get
more reliable package info, if they couldn't pass off other things as
henna (imagine it "Get Your Toxic Hair Dye Temporary Tattoos Here"!)
we'd all be better off, but for now, do your homework and know what
you're looking for, and what you're NOT looking for.
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