Nowadays, the US does a good job of keeping PPD out of consumers hands. PPD stands for Paraphenylenediamine, which is a chemical substance that is commonly found in permanent hair dyes and used to make “Black Henna.” Black Henna is an unnatural Henna, that is mixed with Paraphenylenediamine (PPD), and can cause blistering, open sores, and scarring.
Many American Henna Artists are well aware not to use this harmful product and instead use Jauga which is an all-natural, temporary, and safe product. Jagua is a fruit from the Amazon and stains the skin just like Henna by leaving the paste on for a few hours. Also, like Henna, Jagua stains the skin up to a couple weeks, but instead of a red brown color it is a blue-ish, black color.
It is imperative that the customer asked their Henna Artist about the products they are using and putting on the body and skin. It’s important for the client to know that the product is safe, and know the possible reactions and allergies the product can cause no matter what country they’re in.
This is why Jagua is a perfect alternative to the harmful chemicals used to get the look of a black Henna tattoo; it has the color desired without the harm and potential reactions to the body and skin.
Henna and Jagua have beautiful histories and traditions surrounding the art and making sure your local Henna Artist is using safe products keeps Henna a beautiful tradition. As a customer, all you have to do it ask.
Do you mix your own paste?
Are you using 100% natural henna powder?
Are the ingredients you mix with your henna powder 100% natural?
And they should be willing to tell you every ingredient they use so you can decide if their henna will be a good fit for you.
First off when I say Festival Henna and Traditional Henna, I am talking about the styles! For festival designs, they are quick and easy for the artist, but still beautiful and full for the person getting it. These designs tend to follow popular trends and more updated to fit the time we are living in, thus giving the piece a new life. Whereas, Traditional Henna is more seen as more intricate that revolve around beautiful bridal traditions.
Larger henna designs are saved for special occasions or big moments in one’s life where they want to celebrate it with Henna. For example, at a wedding the bride and possibly the groom, will have large intricate Henna done that may include details about their partner or their initials in the Henna that can go all the way to their elbows. It’s also a custom when pregnant to get henna done on the belly, usually done at the baby shower. The piece spans over the whole belly and takes a few hours to complete for most artists. Many times, the guests will also get smaller hand traditional pieces to show support for the mom-to-be.
Festival hand designs are made to feature key pieces of Henna culture, such as the ever-popular Mandala, while staying relevant and quick to do, since at a festival an artist can have multiple people waiting to get a Henna. These designs also feature elements that come from pop culture that wouldn’t typically be seen in a traditional Henna designs. Mehndi Madness has done festival hand designs that center around the deathly hallow symbol, a dragon, and non-traditional henna animals like turtles and seahorses.
The ideas for both traditional and festival Henna are endless!