Travel Art Henna
I use only all natural products to make my henna cones; just henna powder, lemon juice or water, sugar and essential oils (tea tree, eucalyptus, lavender, cajeput). I decided to make my own henna paste not only because I enjoy it but because I feel better knowing exactly what I use on my clients. From time to time I get requests for black henna (which is against my conscience!) however I have found a natural alternative: jagua. The pulp from this South American fruit is used to create a gel that is applied to the skin. After 24 hours the stain is blue/black in colour and remains for up to 2 weeks. My conscience is happy with that : )
If you are unfamiliar with black henna, it contains a chemical ingredient (paraphenylenediamine or PPD) which is added to henna powder to leave a black stain on the skin. PPD is sometimes used in hair dyes and must be identified properly on the label. Although some people may be attracted to the black stain, it can also cause severe and sometimes permanent damage to the skin. Some experience mild reactions, if any, and some users have permanent scars and blisters. It is definitely not worth the risk! Also, just so you know, because of this risk black henna temporary tattoos are banned in Canada. If you’re not sure what the artist is using, please ask. If they can’t tell you what’s in the henna or paste mixture they’re using, that is your biggest clue to run in the other direction.
Whether I’m applying henna for a private appointment or a group, I take time to speak to each person that sits with me. With a few questions to guide me, I find out exactly what they do like and what they don’t like. I want my client to be happy with the design they have on their skin because it will be there for at least a week! I do that to make sure the client enjoys the experience of my art. Again, makes my conscience happy!