If you've ever been in Venice beach in L.A. (or almost any beach resort)
you've probably seen street artists offering henna tattoos. According
to this article, you should take care that the artist is using natural
henna (which results in an orange/brown tattoo) and not "black henna"
which often contains a toxic dye (and results in a dark black tattoo
What is "black henna" ?
Henna itself does not naturally dye skin black, though there are
available for sale called "black henna". If a product is called
there has been something added to the henna to make it turn
additional dye may or may not be dangerous. PPD,
frequently added to henna to make it stain black. PPD may also
alone to stain skin black. PPD stains the skin absolutely black
hours and the stain can last easily 2 weeks. PPD is extremely
either case, because it is a toxin that is able to get into the
through the skin. Once in the system, PPD toxins can collect in
causing serious damage.
Traditional henna naturally, safely, stains the skin some color
in the range
of brick, carmel, cocoa, bittersweet, burgundy, red, or under
conditions, coffee color.
Other products called "black henna" may have indigo or food-type
added to henna. These are generally not harmful to skin. They
NOT stain the skin JET BLACK quickly, and the stain does not last
These fairly harmless dyes only stain the outermost skin cells on
epidermis, and the stain is generally gone in a few days to a
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