Henna is a plant and body art form that has
been used for over 5000 years in countless cultures. It contains a dye
called lawsone, which binds to the keratin in your hair, skin and
fingernails. The initial stain begins orange and darkens to a lovely reddish-brown. Since henna is a translucent stain, it works all all skin types and pigmentations.
Henna, however, is never black. Unfortunately, there is a product made called "Black Henna" which is not safe to use - it's even banned by the FDA! You'll often find it in tourist areas, beaches, cruise ports and vacation areas. Please avoid "Black Henna" at all costs. It can cause blistering, burns, scarring, lifelong chemical sensitivities, kidney and liver damage, and has been linked to various cancers and even death. Bad news all around!
To make sure your Henna Artist is using Natural Henna, use your nose! Natural henna should smell nice - herbal, earthy, grassy. If it smells like chemicals - gasoline, benzene, kerosene - IT IS!! Don't let them put it on your body. Henna should also have some stain variation from palms to wrist and arm - it lightens as it goes closer to the body. If the photos show an even stain tone from palm all the way up the arm, it is most likely not natural.
Opal Moon Henna uses only Natural Henna Paste that we mix ourselves using fresh henna powder, lemon juice, sugar and essential oils. Please let us know if you have any allergies (like citrus) and we can make a special batch of paste just for you, with at least 48 hours advance notice.