A Safety Primer on Henna Body Art
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Have you ever been in a position where you observe someone using commercially produced henna cones on clients, even children, and felt mixed emotions, angered and at the same time like you didn’t know what to say, or worried that saying something may cause unwanted confrontation?
Please feel free to print this free booklet on the basics of henna safety and to distribute as you wish. Often times, henna artists using chemical cones are entirely unaware of the risks of commercial cones themselves. Discreetly handing such an artist this booklet with the intention of love and concern from a fellow henna artist can sometimes bring about the amazing results. The secret is in the goodness of your intention!
Commercially produced henna cones are not made using only natural ingredients and numerous brands have been demonstrated through high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) testing to contain toxic materials such as industrial solvents like benzene, lighter fluid, gasoline, and paint thinner. In addition, HPLC results have uncovered that such products have been adulterated by the addition of synthetic dyes, and even PPD–a highly toxic chemical that can be absorbed through the skin and has the potential to cause severe allergic reaction, coma, or even death.
The “Henna Together” Booklet seeks to approach the issue with gentleness and love in order to facilitate the best possible outcome. This booklet is open source media: Please feel free to print and distribute freely as needed.