PPD, black henna, is not the only dangerous thing that can be added to henna.
I understand that we all want darker henna color, quicker and longer, but that is no excuse to use unsafe additives to henna to achieve these goals. Use quality product (henna and oils), follow an easy well tested henna recipe, and follow good aftercare. These best-practices will yield excellent color safely.
Some of the most unsafe henna additives are benzene, kerosene, and gasoline. In addition to burning the skin, these are carcinogens (can causing and cancer spreading agents).
These additives can be harder to spot than PPD because they leave a brown stain rather than black.
It’s important to understand how natural safe henna works so that can be sure you are not getting something dangerous.
- An artist or seller will know the ingredients in their henna
- The ingredients should be things you recognize
- Henna paste will smell of the essential oils used in the paste, not like gasoline
- Natural henna needs to be left on the skin for a good long time
- When first removed, the color is orange; not brown, not red, not black, but ORANGE. The henna should naturally darken to a red/brown color over a couple of days
- Henna paste must be stored properly (frozen when possible)
If someone doesn’t seem to understand how science works, do not get henna from them. If in doubt, skip the henna.
I ship to every corner of the USA, so I know there are henna artists in EVERY region that uses safe natural product. It’s worth it to take the time to find someone that knows what they are doing!