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Only use natural henna!

Natural Henna

What is the big deal about natural henna? 


At Emerald Caravan we emphasize natural henna. This is because there are products out there labeled as natural henna BUT are in fact CHEMICAL PRODUCTS THAT CAN CAUSE PERMANENT SKIN DAMAGE. Natural henna is very safe with hardly any allergic reactions. It is only orange-red-brown in color and there is no such thing as "black henna."


Internet searches for "black henna" can yield graphic results: be warned! If you see articles in the news about scars from "henna," they are inevitably referring to chemical henna. We are always willing to answer questions about natural vs. chemical henna and can provide safe alternatives for any of your body art requests.


Can people be allergic to natural henna?

Yes. It's rare, but it does happen. Most people are NOT allergic to henna itself, but may be allergic to the other ingredients commonly used in natural henna paste such as lemon juice or essential oils.


To read more about henna sensitivity and for more information go to the Henna Page at: 

http://www.hennapage.com/henna/warnings.html


How can I be sure I'm getting natural henna?

  • Ask. Any reputable henna artist will tell you what is in their paste. There's no "secret" to henna paste. If they won't tell you what's in it, don't use it. If their explanation doesn't sound right to you, move on. Getting a design with chemical paste can cause permanent damage to your skin!
  • Observe. Natural henna paste is green/brown/dark brown. It is not black or bright red. The stain from natural henna starts out bright orange and take 1-2 days to darken to full brown-red color. Anyone promising instant results is NOT using natural henna.
  • Sniff! Natural henna paste does not have a chemical smell. The powder itself smells like alfalfa or grass, and is commonly mixed with lemon juice and essential oils like tea tree or lavender. 
  • 100% natural henna is not shelf stable - the dye breaks down when exposed to heat or air. If the henna paste you are buying has been sitting out in a bin for days, it's not natural henna. Natural henna is stored in an ice chest or refrigerator, or frozen until thawed for use.


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