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Henna has been safely used around the world for thousands of years. Allergies are very rare - less than one in a million people are allergic to pure henna and any possible reactions are mild. It is important to ensure that any other ingredients that are included when preparing henna paste are harmless to the skin.
Natural henna does NOT dye the skin black. If a product is called ‘BLACK HENNA’ something has been added to the henna to make it turn black. Unfortunately, in recent years, it has been known for a chemical called para-phenylenediamine (PPD) to be added to henna paste to produce a long-lasting black stain on the skin. This must be avoided in all circumstances as PPD is toxic and the more often it is used, the more chance of reaction. It can cause skin blisters and scarring as well as sickness and liver damage.