Natural henna is made out of herbal leaves & is a mixture of lawsonia inermis leaves & various oils. black henna is chemicals used for dying hair & is very harmful to the skin (scar for lifetime) & can cause permanent disability. I get this question all the time & so thought of publishing quick tips that would help you identify if the henna paste is natural or is made up of artificial & harmful chemicals. There are many ways to differentiate both products:- PASTE COLOR:-Natural Henna past is dark green or greenish brown in color while black henna paste is black. SMELL:- Natural henna has a strong odor while black henna has either chemical or no fragrance at all. |
TATTOO COLOR:-Natural henna leaves orange color & start turning dark in 24-48 hrs but black henna leaves a black stain in no time. If you see artists have black spots (instead or orange or brown), its a hint she/he is using black henna.
TATTOO DESIGN:- Artist cannot make very fine & smooth design with black henna due to the paste composition while with natural henna is all about very minute, intricate & fine designs.
HENNA CARE TIPS:- If the artist doesn't give you lots of instructions on how to take care & why is it important to keep the tattoo away from moisture, it is a RED flag. Natural henna needs lot of care to get dark color but black henna leaves black stain without any care at all & moisture doesn't effect the stain either.
BEACHES:- Most of the artists (I am not saying all) uses black henna or a mixture of natural & black henna as the air is very moist near beaches & it makes it impossible to get a good stain.
The best practice is to get the tattoo from a reputed artist or from a established shop. also check the site & reviews before hiring an artist.
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