Henna tattoos should be a rad alternative to the real deal. I mean, they are semi-permanent, they look dope and are a perfect option for those who are afraid to commit to ink for life. That being said, you actually have to be very careful when it comes to henna since there have been a lot of incidents in which the henna that is administered is full of dangerous chemicals rather than the natural kind and the results are not pretty at all.
In fact, they are very painful.
In June a girl named Teigan, 13, ended up with some burns after getting a black henna while on vacation in Greece. Two months later, Madison, 7, had the same thing happen to her. According to Hello Giggles, she got the tattoo in her hotel’s spa while on vacation.
First, everything was okay but when Madison got home to the U.K, her parents realized that something was strange. Some of the spots began to rise and then the area began to itch.
Her dad told Hello Giggles, “We noticed there was a small patch on the top of the tattoo that was raised but we couldn’t see any redness. The next morning the whole tattoo was starting to get itchy, so we washed it off which revealed a rash in the outline of the tattoo.”
— Khaleej Times (@khaleejtimes) August 21, 2017
Poor Madison ended up with horrific blistering on her hand where the ink was. She tried multiple creams to try and soothe the spots but she had to have them removed at the hospital. What’s even worse is that she has to see a specialist about the scars that are left behind from the black henna. When her mom complained to the hotel they blamed it on Madison’s skin and not their henna.
What we all can learn from this is to be very careful when it comes to henna since some people can be burned from it. The difference is between the aforementioned dangerous henna and the natural kind. Chemicals, including p-Phenylenediamine or PPD, which Joshua Zeichner, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, says is a common cause of skin allergies. “If you have sensitive skin and history of allergies, I recommend staying away from black henna tattoos,” he tells Allure.
Black henna is banned in the U.S and the U.K. Be wary if you are on vacation and want one (which we obviously don’t recommend).
Before getting a tattoo ask the artist questions and look for the warning signs. And definitely think twice about it.