How To Check Whether Your Henna Or Mehendi Is Safe Or Not?
Marriage? Think mehendi! Any auspicious function in India calls for mehendi or henna application. It is said to bring good luck and prosperity. Henna has been around for 6000 years and is used as a natural dyeing agent. Talking about henna/mehendi tattoos on the hands and feet you have Arabic, Rajasthani, African and so many other designs to choose from! Some girls are like crazy over mehendi. I have seen brides wear Mehendi till their shoulders! I wonder how they have the patience for so much mehendi to dry up! Well, it is their D-day and everything is allowed. 😉
Henna has beauty benefits and is a regular in hair care remedies. It has healing properties and is used in traditional medicines. Now comes the question of the henna’s quality; which is of utmost importance.
In the recent past there have been instances where henna has caused harm to the skin. Black henna especially is said to have harmful chemicals like PPD (para-phenylenediamine) that causes skin reactions and sores. You should never buy black henna as it is totally made up of chemicals and can cause severe side effects and allergic reactions. To bring out a darker red colour, it is adulterated with iron oxide. Most henna produced chemically have high levels of lead, fecal waste, harmful colourants, bacteria, pesticides and solvents.
Ways to Check Whether Your Henna Or Mehendi Is Safe Or Not!
1) Date of packaging
You need to get the freshest powder so check for the date of packaging. Henna is best used within a few months if it has not been kept in a cold environment. In stores, henna is made to sit on the shelves for long periods. If henna is stored in a freezer and keep away from sunlight, it can stay alright for years.
2) Clogging test
High quality henna is much finer as it is sifted several times. Cheaper henna is coarse and needs more sifting. Check if the powder has lumps in it. Cheaper henna can be identified from other better quality hennas as they will clog easily.
3) Green dye test
Companies claim that greener the henna, the better it is. This is just a marketing trick to make the henna powder look attractive. To find out if your henna is adulterated with green dye, mix it with lemon juice and put it in two glass sheets. Leave it for 15 minutes. If green dye has been added, you will see bright green dots.
4) Don’t fall for instant henna
Stay away from products claiming ‘fast acting henna’ or things like ‘guaranteed dark colour’. Such henna is prone to adulteration.
5) Do patch test
Before using henna, do a simple patch test. Apply a bit on your skin and wait for a while. If even a hint of irritation is seen, you will know that the henna is adulterated.
Choose the best henna for yourself. Do the above mentioned simple tests before buying henna.
Do Check Whether Your Henna Or Mehendi Is Safe Or Not!
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