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Generally speaking, yes. Allergic reactions to natural henna are extremely rare. Henna plant material contains naphthalene, also found in mothballs, aspirin and fava beans. People who are allergic to naphthalene should not be exposed to henna. Also, children under 6 years of age who have had severe jaundice or people with seriously compromised liver function should not have henna applied to their skin. More often, the reactions are limited to people who are sensitive to the other ingredients in henna paste, including folks who are allergic to citrus or essential oils. Again, these instances are very rare and a professional henna artist should always ask about allergies before applying the paste. Unfortunately, not all henna artists are concerned or knowledgeable about these health and safety issues, so it is up to the consumer to be on guard and well informed.
PPD "Black Henna"
Until recently, the use of PPD adulterated henna was limited mainly to henna's countries of origin. It has now found a particular niche among local favorite vacation spots such as Californian/Hawaiian beaches, Mexico, and Las Vegas (at my last count, ALL henna booths on The Strip and on Fremont Street use "black henna"). The reason for its popularity rise is due to the quick and easy stain that the chemical dye produces. While natural henna takes time and care to achieve the best results, PPD stains skin from dark red/brown to black almost immediately and with no care at all. This makes it appealing for beach-goers and tourists on a time schedule