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
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:
- dry cleaning fluid
- Azo dyes
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?
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