What is Henna?
Henna is a small tree/shrub which is found in Southern Asia, Northern Africa and Northern Australasia.
The leaves of the Henna Plant are dried, milled and sifted to create a powder which is mixed with liquids such as water and lemon juice to create a Henna Paste.
When henna is first removed from the skin it has an orange stain and darkens over the next 24-48 hours to a maroon/brown color.
Soles of the feet and palms have the thickest layer of skin which take up the most Lawson therefore the hands and feet will have the darkest and most long-lasting stains.
Natural Henna stains only brown to maroon color. Products sold as "black henna" or "neutral henna" DO NOT contain henna, but instead are made from other substances
What is Hengua (Jagua Henna)?
Hengua is a blend of Jagua Juice and Henna.
Jagua is a fruit from the Genipa Americana Tree and grows in the tropical and sub tropical regions of South and Central America and Southern Mexico.
It has been primarily used by the indigenous people of Columbia, Peru and Panama.
The juice from the fruit contains a natural dye which leaves a black stain on the skin. It stains the skin in a similar way as henna.
When the paste of hengua is first removed from the skin, it stains light grey and darkens over the next 24-48 hours to a black/dark brown.
If you are allergic to any berries or have very sensitive skin it is advised to test a small patch before doing a full tattoo as some people may be allergic to the Jagua juice.
What is PPD?
PPD (Para-phenylendiamine) which is found in most "black henna" can cause severe allergic reactions, with blistering intense itching, permanent scarring and permanent chemical sensitivities.
Avoid purchasing Henna which is not handmade and has commercially branded wrapping.
If they do not list the ingredients for henna and the ingredients do not sound Natural-DO NOT PURCHASE as it is not real Henna.