Introduction to bad henna

All sorts of horrible things can be added to bad henna paste for several reasons:

  • It is supposedly ‘traditional’
  • It is what you have been taught to do
  • A misguided attempt to make up for shortcomings in henna powder or technique by adding compounds that are not designed for use on human skin

PPD

The worst offender is ‘PPD’ or P-Phenylenediamine a very allergenic chemical added to hair dyes, especially those on the black / brown range. More information about PPD can be found on wikipedia and the henna page.

Other things that are added to bad henna include:

  • ammonia
  • dry cleaning fluid
  • Azo dyes

Free poster

Here is a free A4 sized poster listing some of the nasties that can be found lurking in some bad henna products:  Stop! What is in your henna?

To find out how to get great colour from your henna please buy 100% natural henna and take a look at my recipe here.

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