How to Avoid Dangerous “Henna” Tattoos

In my classes and with clients, I emphasize a crucial point: Henna is NEVER black–although it can come pretty close with a good paste and aftercare.

Here in NYC, I often see henna designs made from stuff I cannot identify. Pure henna rarely leads to allergic reactions, while PPD and a host of additives commonly used (unfortunately) can cause serious harm. Please do your research. Be sure your henna artist is committed to using nothing but certified natural/organic henna powder and high-grade ingredients to which you are not allergic. Reputable henna artists will always share ingredients with you.

Here is mine: natural/organic henna powder, filtered water, organic sugar and eco-harvested/organic/therapeutic grade tea tree or lavender essential oil.