Dangers of henna:
There is a product for coloring hair and skin that has been around for centuries. It is commonly refereed as a “natural vegetable dye that is healthier then commercial hair color.” This product is most commonly called henna. But what is henna?
The plant Henna (Lawsonia inermis, family Lythraceae) is a shrub that is naturally grown or cultivated from north-east Africa to India. Marketed Henna represents a natural material derived from dried and powdered leaves of the plant.
That doesn’t sound too bad. In fact what’s more natural than a plant right!? Wrong.
While Many people have chosen these “natural” products, such as henna, over commercial hair dyes because of wanting to stay away from toxic products. Unfortunately, these so-called natural henna products often contain very little henna, but do contain many poisonous ingredients.
Many henna hair dyes on the market masquerade as “Natural” or “Pure Henna”. These so-called henna products are sometimes laced with heavy metals and toxic ingredients. One of these ingredients is known as PPD, or Para-Phenylenediamine. This poisonous chemical is found in many of these “natural” hair dyes and is responsible for severe and even fatal Consequences.
WebMD has this to say: “Henna seems to be safe for most adults when used on the skin or hair. It can cause some side effects such as inflammation of the skin (dermatitis) including redness, itching, burning, swelling, scaling, broken skin, blisters, and scarring of the skin. Rarely, allergic reactions can occur such as hives, runny nose, wheezing, and asthma.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Children: Henna is considered UNSAFE for use in children, especially in infants. There have been cases of serious side effects when henna was applied to the skin of infants. Infants with a condition called glucose 6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency are at especially high risk. Putting henna on the skin of these infants can cause their red blood cells to burst.
Henna allergy: If you are allergic to henna, avoid contact.”
If you have tried henna in the past and think, “well I’ve never had a problem, Consider this; a full-blown reaction does not always occur immediately after use. In many cases, a negative reaction is mild and will sometimes only start with an itchy scalp or body, but as the days move on, it can begin to escalate. In fact, sensitization is what triggers the allergic reaction. Other more serious allergic reaction have been known to put individuals into a coma; or in rare cases has been fatal.
Here is a story of a seven year old boy who used henna on his back (henna is henna weather it’s for tattooing or for hair) can you imagine having this on your scalp!?
A Boy age 7, may be left scarred for life by a henna tattoo of Darth Maul he got as a reward for good behaviour on family holiday.
In addition, PPD can leave one with permanent sensitivity to chemicals. The long term effects of exposure to this chemical include asthma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, lupus and the chemical is also possibly linked to breast, uterine and bladder cancer.
While you may feel safe by just sticking to your box color and coloring your hair yourself at home, be aware the chemical PPD can also be found in those Do-it-Yourself dyes. In fact my mother has been stuck to her box color for years. (Even though she has a daughter who has been a cosmetologist for years who is more then willing to use professional color) Sadly her box addiction finally fought up to her. Even though traces of PPD in box colors may be small, no one can out run the consequences for long. Epically when using box dye repeatedly. (Like a 4-6 week touch up)
My mother now has an overly sensitive scalp and can no longer use box color without getting abrasions and blisters on her scalp. When we switched her over to our low ammonia hair color she no longer had those problems.
But if this isn’t enough for you to reconsider, maybe the following will.
As a hair stylist I have seen clients come in to our salon with henna on their hair. When a stylist hears henna is on their hair a red flag goes up. Because of the unpredictable chemicals that are in henna there is no way for sure to know exactly how it will react to any other hair color. In some cases hair may turn green, grey, or won’t lift past an orange red. Many times someone comes to a salon wanting stylists to color over henna, they typically get sent away or must sign a release forum. There is almost no guaranteed way to get henna out. And even when it looks out, it may still be there.
“But I don’t want to add harmful chemicals to my hair. Hair color always makes my hair feel dry. What should I do?”
Well, hair color has come a long way in the past decade or even the past 5 years. The colored use at Salvatore Capelli salon and beauty lounge, is one of the best to put on your hair. No only does it condition the Hair while it deposits or lifts, but it also had a patented formula that helps re-bond your hairs missing bonds. So it helps strengthen your hair while it colors.
So when it comes to finding something better for your hair and yourself always consult your hair care professional to get all the details. Because cosmetologist have been trained to know what is good and what is bad for your body in the cosmetic world.