UPDATE: Henna master Darcy Vasudev shows us how to do freckles right using natural paste. Link at the end of this post.
YouTuber Naomi Jon is at it again.
After racking up more than FIVE MILLION VIEWS on her original "freckles fail" video, she gave henna freckles another go after getting advice from the beauty blogger who inspired her. While she acknowledges that many people advised her to use natural henna, in the video she admits to sticking with an "artificial" product.
She's still turning red! And her skin is burning. (She says so in the video.) And she put that sh1t around her EYES. Lord help me.
The only things she did differently this time were (1) choose a "brown henna" and (2) apply a cosmetic oil to her skin first to protect against some of the nastier effects. If she would just use natural henna, the oil wouldn't be necessary. (It inhibits uptake of the henna dye anyway, makes it less effective.)
Granted, the results one day later looks a heckuva lot better than her first attempt:
Doesn't change the fact that she put really AWFUL chemicals on her pretty skin. And survived unscathed. This time. No immediate damage, but ...
The chemical most likely responsible for causing the burning and redness in her skin is PPD. This chemical is a sensitizer, which means that the more you use it, the more sensitive your body becomes to the chemical and the more likely you are to have an allergic reaction, possibly a severe one.
Naomi definitely enjoys playing with her hair color, and if she wants to continue, she needs to keep artificial henna crap off her face. There was a case not long ago of a British woman who had a severe, blistering reaction to a "black henna" design she received while on vacation to the Middle East. That one bad reaction permanently sensitized her body to strong chemical dyes. She should've been avoiding them like the plague, yet she decided to color her hair using a typical, off-the-shelf brand of hair coloring – something that is (relatively speaking) safe to use under normal circumstances.
Problem was, her body was so sensitized to PPD, she went into anaphylactic shock and died. (That's when your throat swells and shuts off your air supply, causing you to suffocate.)
Folks ... it's possible to use "henna" that contains synthetic dyes with no apparent harm. Many, many times. Some people just aren't that sensitive to those chemicals. Many people from countries with a henna tradition are so accustomed to purchasing these cones at import shops and ethnic groceries that they don't think twice about them. Check out this video by mehndi artist Farrah for her take on using artificial cones. Doesn't mean there isn't a risk. An unacceptable one, in my opinion.
Naomi: You're too pretty to risk your skin and your health with that pre-packaged garbage cone. Please try the freckle test again with natural henna!
And now, let's watch Darcy Vasudev show us how it's done!