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3 reasons to get your henna done BEFORE spring break!

I can't tell you how many clients have told me: "I once got henna at the beach. It didn't last very long."

Even if you can get quality henna at the beach, you'd be better off getting your henna before you head out for spring break!

One, you'll probably pay a lot less. Artists who work in resort locations must pay for expensive real estate. Unless you live in a resort area, paying a local artist will likely save you a ton of cash.

Two, the color will be at its peak when you arrive at your destination.

Are store-bought henna kits worth your time and money?

You've seen them at craft stores, New Age shops and health food groceries: henna (mehndi) kits.

Are they the way to start your own henna journey? Or is there a better way?

The henna kits I tried way back in my early henna days (late '90s and early '00s) were anywhere from meh to awful. People who tell me they've tried kits often have disappointing results as well.

And there's a reason for that. Well ... several reasons.

  • You have no idea how old the henna powder is.This iscrucial

Pretty, but not henna: Aussie celeb sporting facial "tattoos"

Once again, the mass media is generally clueless when it comes to henna.

TheUK's Daily Mailrecently published photos of Australian celebrity Imogen Anthony, which she'd posted on her Instagram feed. The headline said she was sporting "henna facial art." Here's one pic:

News flash: That ain't henna.

Let's say it together folks: HENNA IS NEVER BLACK. (You can read all about that businesshere.) But this is more than likely black liquid eyeliner, which is generally safe for facial doodling.

'Black henna.' It kills.

It's the sort of news article that gives henna artists nightmares:

As I have said until I'm blue in the face, natural henna isfinebut so-called "black henna" is poison!!

And now, it's apparently killed a woman. Here's what happened:

Ms. McCabe got a "black henna" tattoo while on vacation in Dubai in 2007. The "tattoo" didn't kill her right then. However, the chemical that is put into "black henna" to stain the skin black—PPD—got into her system and made her more sensitive to the chemical itself.

Henna won't hurt you—it's "black henna" that's the problem

I'm getting so annoyed.

Now that summer is here (in the Northern Hemisphere) and folks are headed on vacation, I'm seeing an uptick in the number of news stories about the possible "dangers of henna."

The problem is that there is a VERY dangerous temporary body art product out there called "black henna" or "emergency mehndi" or "emergency henna," which is adulterated with a chemical called PPD: para-phenylenediamine.IT'S NOT REAL HENNA.

PPD is used in hair dye and will dye your skin true black.

So ... You Want a Tattoo?

So! You want a tattoo. Aninktattoo. That's a big step!

It's such a big step, you might want to call your local henna artistfirst.

A lot of customers come to me, tattoo design in hand, and ask me to replicate it in henna to see if they like the design on their body. Although some designs don't work well with henna, many of them do. There are also other temporary body art techniques that can replicate the look of an ink tattoo. If you want to test-drive that tattoo design you've had your eye on, you have some options.

Henna: Myth vs. Fact

Even in today's information age, I find that many people are still unfamiliar with henna and how it works. Here is a simple guide to the myths you may have heard about henna along with the real truth.

Myth: "Henna" and "mehndi" are two different things. Actually, the words refer to the same thing. "Henna" originates from Persian and is most likely to be recognized by people who speak Middle Eastern languages, and "mehndi" (or "mehendi" or "mehandi" or many other variations) is more familiar to those from Southeast Asia.

What's the deal with "black henna"?

Next time you go to a festival or to the beach and want to get henna, be sure to ask what's in the artist's mixture. Some uninformed or unscrupulous "artists" have foisted so-called "black henna" on the public. Read my rant on this here: http://www.bluelotusmehndi.com/BLACK-HENNA-WARNING.html
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