Allergic reactions to Black Henna

OMG when I saw this article I couldn’t believe it ! This actually happened to me in the late 90s.  I got a black henna tattoo done on my hand and was in love with it on the first day.  The next day however I woke up with a swollen design on my hand in the shape of the design that I had done.  I tried a bunch of things to heal it and nothing worked, until, my mother suggested aloe vera gel directly from the plant at her house. The aloe vera gel worked ! my hand was healed within one week.

I went years afraid of using henna because of that experience until i went to a spa party 2 yrs ago where they had a henna artist doing tattoos.  She explained to me the natural henna is not going to be black.  It will be more of a brown, yellow or red tone.  So I took her work for it and ventured out on my second henna tattoo. I’m excited to say that her tattoo work did not give me an allergic reaction ! Her natural henna lasted on my hand for about a week and I got compliments the whole time I had it 🙂

So there’s no need to be afraid of natural henna, but stay away from the black henna which can cause break outs.  Read the article below and let me know what you think.

Nyesha Samuel, Publisher/Master Loctician for

Most black henna contains more than five times the permitted levels of chemicals, experts warn.  A maximum 6 per cent concentration of p-Phenylenediamine (PPD) is permitted in products in the UAE.

But Khalifa Al Romaithi, the director of public health at Abu Dhabi Municipality, said the concentration of PPD in most black henna was “more than 30 per cent”.

PPD has not been approved for use on the skin by the EU or the US Food and Drug Administration. A study by the US Department of Health and Human Services in April last year found that PPD has “potent skin-sensitising properties”.

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