Monday, 24 August 2015

What is Henna? And is it safe to use?

 
Henna is a PLANT that is normally grown in hot countries. 
The leafs are picked, dried and crushed into fine powder. 
Henna is a natural plant product with no chemicals. It is a natural plant based dye.
Henna is a natural coolant and it draws heat out of the body.
Many people use henna for beauty, fashion, medicine, hair dye, religious reasons and there are many purposes of henna. 
When you use Henna make sure you guarantee that it is a good quality product and know what is in the henna.
There is NO such thing as BLACK HENNA. Henna is a plant and if the plant turns black then it dies. People mix different chemicals to create something called 'black henna' and you should ALWAYS stay away from it. Many people mix hair dye with other chemicals and it becomes DANGEROUS so stay away from products that you do not have any experience or knowledge about. In the UK black henna is illegal however many people still use it so be careful. 

If the dye used is jet black and stains the skin really quickly, then it's best to stay away from it. Henna paste is normally a brownish/dark brownish colour. Henna paste is normally made from filtered henna powder added with essential oils and water. 

Some of the questions you should ask before getting a Henna tattoo:
Ask how long you should leave it on for.  
If the answer is less than an hour, then keep away from it. 
Real henna takes longer (about 4-6 hours to stain the skin).
Ask what colour the Henna will be when the paste comes off
If the answer is black and the paste is black, then stay away from it. 
Pure henna leaves an orange stain that will go darker within the 48 hours, but it will NOT be black when the paste flakes off.
If you're still unsure, walk away.  
There will always be another chance to get a henna tattoo, so is it worth the risk? 

If you have any more questions then leave them below and I'll be more than happy to answer as many as I can.
xxx
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  1. This is such a helpful post! I always wanted to get a Henna tattoo, they're so beautiful! :)
    Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food, Beauty & Lifestyle

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    1. Thank you Mia! I hope you get one soon :) & they are very beautiful <3

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  2. I like your henna! I think it is safe, but you must have trust place where you do this.

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    1. Thank you for taking your time to comment, I appreciate it.
      I agree with what you are saying- Henna is safe if it is done properly :)
      xxx

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  3. I learn so much about henna with your post thank you Rose this was so helpful and detail.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Jackie, I'm glad you learnt a lot about Henna :)
      xxx

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  4. Thank you for this helpful post! One hears so many things about allergies and I like a nice informative article! <3

    Love from France xx

    Cécile

    www.maxcebycecilej.com

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    1. Thank you Cécile for your lovely comment! I'm glad this was helpful :)
      xxx

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  5. This is so helpful! I really want to get a henna done, they are stunning xx

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    1. Thank ou hun and I hope you get one done soon :) xx

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  6. As someone who is VERY allergic to PPD, one of the chemicals commonly used to make black henna, I'm so glad you've written this post! Whenever I try to spread awareness about my allergy, I'm always careful to talk about BLACK henna, because I can use henna that comes only from plants without any issue so thank you for making that distinction very clear in this post :)
    Megan x meguana.co.uk

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    1. I know the feeling hun! For me it's always safety first and I'm trying to spread more awareness about this as the effects can be life changing. I'm really glad that you enjoyed this post :)
      -Much love xox

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  7. Thanks for sharing your tips, I love henna on other people, but I've never tried it myself. xx

    Julie
    www.rainingcake.com

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment Julie and you should try it sometimes :) I'm sure you will love it. xxx

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    1. I ahree! The henna is gorgeous and it is very sad when people add chemicals in.
      xxx

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  9. Great informative post.... The Henna you applied is so beautiful <3

    https://www.facebook.com/fanaasbeauty?ref=hl

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you found this post informative. I didn't apply the henna, it was Mr. Ash Kumar but thank you for your kind words <3
      xox

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  10. Thanks for such great and helpful tips. It felt so nice to read about henna and I loved the design on your hand:)

    Chaste & Beautiful

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    1. Thank you soo much for your lovely comment :) I'm glad you enjoyed reading this post.
      xxx

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  11. Great post!

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    xoxo Veronica
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    1. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed my post :)
      xxx

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  12. I love henna soon much. I have been wanting to get a shoulder piece soon before the colder weather sets in.

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    1. Ohh that would look lovely, you should really get it <3! xo

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