100% pure henna is SAFE!
100% pure henna stains skin
color between orange, red, burgundy, brown or coffee.
The FDA classifies 100%
as so safe for hair that it is exempt from regulation.
Traditional pure henna
causes any difficulty on the unbroken skin of a healthy adult.
should NOT be used on infants, or children
known to have G6PD deficiency.
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henna" is NEVER 100% pure henna,
is often NOT SAFE!
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Do you want to use
Artists who use PPD based
Henna" put their health at risk.
Do you have a "Black
that's starting to blister and itch?
You've been sensitized to PPD,
and you MUST go to a doctor!
is "Black Henna"?
Henna is NOT black.
offers you something called "Black Henna", it is NOT henna.
If someone has something that stains skin black, it is NOT
The black dye is probably para-phenylenediamine, also known as PPD, and
that can hurt you.
a snythetic coal tar dye, and causes severe reactions in some people.
to see pictures of how miserable this is?
Sensitization to PPD is
and has ruined some people's health. See: http://www.hennapage.com/henna/ppd/wilson.html
Chemical Safety Card for PPD gives a clear indication of how
it can be and how utterly inappropriate it is for skin
If your "Black Henna"
tattoo is starting
to itch and blister GO TO A DOCTOR! NOW!
How do you know if what
is "PPD Black Henna"?
PPD paste is jet black.
PPD is not the
used to make black henna. There are also other chemical dyes in
but none of them stains as fast or as black, or lasts as long as PPD.
of these dyes may be safe, some may not. Ask to see an ingredient
list. If you're not comfortable with what you see, don't use it.
Ask how long it takes to
how long it lasts. If the answers are "just an hour or two" and "a week
or more", it's PPD.
Ask what colour it will
the answer is "pure black", it's PPD.
Ask to see an ingredients
If the artist can't supply one, or you don't like what you see, walk
do a skin
test with PPD
henna". Your skin might not react to PPD the first time you
it. Since the reaction can take three weeks or more to show, or in some
cases appears only after a second exposure, it is not safe to assume
a 24 hour skin test is going to tell you if you are sensitive. It
will only make you more likely to develop a sensitivity. Just
use it at all!
Chemical Safety Card recommends the wearing of protective gloves
protective clothing when handling PPD and warns "Exposure may result in
death". Do you really want to put this stuff on your skin? Do so and
might find yourself in the same situation that Mandy
did. Or Brian,
...... I hate having to add names to this list.
pleased to see one success
story. If you follow this link, do read through all the follow-ups.
It will give you some idea of the depth of feeling there is about this
information about PPD is available.
Henna is SAFE. Pure henna has been
use for thousands of years. It's one of the safest things you can
put on your skin, and reactions are very unusual.
Henna ONLY stains a color
range of orange, red, brown, cinnamon, brick, chocolate or coffee.
If you've never used henna
you may want to do a skin test to be sure you're not allergic.
allergy is called a "napthoquinone sensitivity". If you put henna
on your skin, and in 1 hour have itching, a tight chest, or wheezing,
have a napthoquinone sensitivity and you should not ever use
Henna is NEVER blue, yellow,
purple or black. If a product stains skin those colors, it is NOT
henna. Those stains come from other dyes. Ask what dyes
are. If the supplier can't or won't tell you what dyes those are,
and prove it, or you don't like the sound of what they tell you, don't
put the stuff on your skin. Smell the product. If it smells
scary, don't put it on your skin.
Artists often add essential
such as Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Cajeput and others to henna paste
"terp" them, and make the stain quicker and darker. If these are from
grade essential oils containing monoterpene alcohols, this is a safe
effective way to make henna very dark. Many of these give wonderful
are fragrant and harmless. Some may cause minor skin
for complete details on safe and effective use of essential oils that
high levels of monoterpene alcohols.
Some henna artists in India,
and Arabia use acetone, lighter fluid, turpentine, gasoline and
cleaning fluid in their henna mixes to get near black stains.
is DANGEROUS! If you smell these solvents in henna paste, do not
put it on your skin. If it's already on your skin, wash it off as
quickly as you can.
Some Indian henna artists use
or white flower oil (which includes camphor) in their henna to make
dark stains. Camphor may make both the artist and client
dizzy, intoxicated or very ill. Do not put camphor or products
include camphor in henna paste.
Citrus oils can darken henna,
they can also leave itchy welts on the skin, or increase sun
If henna paste smells like lemon peel or citronella, it may make you
Some people include walnut
in their henna mix to help darken the stain. Many people are allergic to walnut and this may
a rash on their skin. If they are very sensitive, there is a risk
of inducing anaphalactic shock!. Always ask clients if they have a nut
allergy before applying walnut powder paste to their skin. Or play safe
and leave it out of the mix.
This is not henna. However, it
dark brown dye which contains ingredients that may cause skin
Black Rocks from the
Someone, somewhere, in the
chain in the Middle East is selling a solid form of industrial grade
and is lying about what it is. There is no such thing as a black
rock that will make henna black. There is no such thing as a
stone". These are lies told to gullible people by someone who
to make a huge profit on PPD. If it's black, stains quickly and
black for more than 4-5 days, its PPD, and it can hurt you!
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