BEWARE OF BLACK HENNA:
Causes chemical burns.
Causes bad allergic reactions.
Can give you UGLY SCARS FOR LIFE.
If the allergy is severe: IT CAN KILL YOU.
Safe henna usually has a brownish-orange color and tends to be temporary. It is mostly used in pure traditional settings where the use of chemical additives has been prohibited.
BUT some people add a dangerous chemical called para-phenylenediamine (PPD) to make it last longer and give it the black color you see. This is mostly practiced in modern fashion and cosmetics dispositions.
This PPD can cause you permanent scars for life.
PPD is the black paste added to these temporary henna tattoos to give it the black shiny color you see and it also makes it last longer.
However PPD is so powerful and toxic that it is illegal in many countries to use it on the human skin in this way, but not many people know. It may be aesthetic, but it is dangerous.
What is PPD and where can it be used safely?
PPD is safely and legally used in permanent hair dyes with clear instructions, and where the maximum level is controlled by law. But the illegal black henna often contains PPD at very high levels, just to give a dark color quickly.
And this can scar a woman’s skin for life.
Let me quickly state this:
NOT everybody will have a bad chemical/allergic reaction to black henna.
But those that do find it very painful, traumatizing, scarring, and may land them in a hospital if they don’t eventually lose their life from the severe chemical reaction.
So which henna is safe for you?
Real henna, which is generally safe, is an orange color, with a red or brown tint to it.
Everyone should be very suspicious of black henna "tattoos". Real henna is never black but is orange-brown. And it’s never permanent.
Run from black henna.
On a final note:
Safe natural henna is never black.
If it's black, please beware.
For your good.
And if you have ever reacted black Henna, even if little, avoid using any hair dyes that contain p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) or Toluene-2,5-diamine.
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