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?
Natural henna is always a great choice! This delivers a deep brown color however, and needs to be out of water for about 24 hrs. It's a great choice for first timers and little ones due to its easy clean up.
If you are looking for that blackish color, then you may replace Black Henna with Jagua. Jagua is a fruit juice, so be careful if you have any fruit allergies, but know that it is organic and safe to use for a much larger population. And there is no possibility of developmental allergy. Jagua gets washed off after some hours, and the stain shows dark the next morning. So now you can seek out Organic Henna or Jagua along the boardwalk at the beach, or wherever you go in life!
How to tell if a henna tattoo is safe
If you are looking to avoid Black Henna, and preferring a natural henna experience, here are a few tricks to determining if your artist's henna is safe or not.
- When viewing the artist's product, if the color shows a slight blue, it is likely Jagua!
- When smelling the artist's product, if it smells like chemicals its likely black henna. Jagua tends to smell like a fruit juice or essential oils - a.k.a good!
- Jagua will never sting or burn during application
- Don't forget to open a conversation with your artist and see where their knowledge lies and how you feel about working with them.
If you are ever unsure or want to get some questions answered, feel free to reach out to me!
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