Henna is a plant that grows in the hot deserts of the Eastern World. The fresh or dried leaves are turned a paste and used in both medicine and art. The basic recipe for henna are house hold ingredients that not harmful to eat or for the body. Henna is ONE COLOR, it will always be Sepia (oranges, browns, burgundys), there are additives that we can add to henna, some are very harmful while others are natural. Lets start off talking about the scary stuff, shall we.
#Always Ask the Recipe
We strongly recommend that each person become aware of the ingredients used to make the paste. There are over 10 000 recipes and methods to make henna paste. Many are using pre made henna cones from overseas, which are extremely cheap in both price and quality. They stain the skin, however they have been in storage most probably for over a year, if not years. Many of these cones are now linking to cancer causing as they are filled with metal salts such as Silver Nitrate, Sulfur Oxide, lead, etc… or they have black hair dye and PPD (we will talk more about these two below). So please #ALWAYSASKTHERECIPE, whether you are purchasing henna or have henna applied the recipe should be transparent. If the artist or supplier is unaware of everything that is used to make the paste, skip the application, regardless of any assurance they may provide.
Black Henna is very dangerous. It is a dangerous recipe where turpentine, PPD (paraphenylenediamine) is added to the henna paste. Many times there is very little, even no henna in it all. As henna is best known in the west as only a temporary tattoo many still want to see a dark staining, even black staining design. This is not what henna is. If you are looking for a blue/black stain that please search for Jagua, a fruit that is very hard to procure for body art. It is from south america.
For you Horror fans, here is a few more stories…but just always remember #NOTOBLACKHENNA