Are you thinking about trying out one of the black henna tattoos that are painted on your skin when traveling abroad? You may wish to reconsider. These tattoos may end up leaving you with a permanent scar and may even cause allergic reactions.
Also known as “neutral henna” tattoos, these tattoos are typically elaborate patterns painted on the skin. They’re particularly popular abroad and they can often be found at events such as festivals and fairs or for online purchase. However, the black paste used in these tattoos can be dangerous due largely to the presence of a chemical called paraphenylenediamine (PPD), which can cause chemical burns in the skin and leave a scar.
If you’re concerned about whether the henna being used is real or not, keep an eye on the color. Genuine henna typically has an orange-like color with hints of brown or red. If the henna appears black or unusually dark, be wary. If circumstances allow, the easiest way to protect yourself is to look at the ingredients and make sure that PPD is not listed among them.
This update is by Steve Santacruz a Miami tattoo artist and the owner of Empire Tattoo, where the motto is “one client at a time”. Santacruz takes pride in providing his clients a welcoming environment and exceptional quality work that speaks for itself. He currently has locations in Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and downtown Miami. For contact information or to learn more about Steve Santacruz tattoos, please call 305-397-8050 or visit his main office at 710 Washington Avenue in Miami Beach.