Henna on the Beach
Countless years down on the boardwalk I have seen henna advertised, sometimes advertised as Black Henna. At the time I didn't think twice of it, enjoying my dripping frozen lemonade and the shining sun.
Now, as an adult with some knowledge, I know that these stores typically use the most cost effective products without the care of the quality of that product, as long as it can sell for the season. That's where Black Henna comes into these stores. This 'Black Henna' is essentially made up of different dyes and chemicals including PPD, which is found in most hair dyes (which all states to avoid direct scalp contact). When on the beach, enjoying the beautiful day, one rarely stops to think about these details. One may not even know the right questions to ask about back henna versus organic henna.
So How Is Black Henna Bad?
There is a high population that are severely allergic to Black Henna. Meaning breaking out in hives, itching burning feeling, and can even escalate into respiratory arrest. I know this all sounds scary, but don't worry too much. There are safe options and the knowledge is spreading more and more each day. Though many people do not first have major issues with PPD, this allergy can also be developed from continual or repetitive application. With that being said, there is no reason to continue the use of this product or advocate for its use.
There is especially reason to leave Black Henna behind when we have organic products that can deliver the same expectation in a much safer and healthier way.
What Can We Use Instead of Black Henna?