The BIG questions

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 17, 2002 at 19:08:51:

In reply to: When you're doing the TV thingie: posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 17, 2002 at 18:57:30:

If you're dumbstruck (a very reasonable reaction to being called by a
TV station)
Here are the BIG questions you have to make them ask you and you have
to answer:

What is henna? (What is a henna plant and why does it make that color?)
Who uses henna? (people in 40+ countries, Africa, South Asia, Middle
East) (Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Christians ... in those countries)
Is henna new or old? (probably 9000 years old)
Is henna a religious thing? (not really, its more social, for
weddings, births, family celebrations .... but it's also associated
with Id al-Adha, Diwali, Holi, Hannukah and once was used at Easter)
What is "black henna"? (PPD coal tar dye that is common in black hair
dye is added to or used instead of henna)
How do you know if you're getting safe henna or dangerous henna? (if
it stains BLACK and FAST .... RUN AWAY! If it stains the color of a
brick up to coffee color .... it's good!)
Why do people put dangerous stuff in henna? (They don't know any
better, and because the injuries come up LATER, they don't see the

Then .... offer to come in 2 hours earlier and henna the girl that
makes the coffee. You'll get used to haveing that camera on you and
they'll get nice footage of the henna going on!


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