Is Henna Safe?


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  • As a child, I thought "Henna" was called "Hannah" and was popularized by the TV show "Hannah Montana". I was surprised when an Indian girl showed me her Henna tattoo and there was nothing indicating it being connected with the show. So, I assumed all non-lasting tattoos must have been renamed as "Hannah" because tattoos about the show have gotten so popular.

  • Thank you very much for sharing this, Dr. Greger. Heavy metal exposure concerns me, as does exposure to other toxic contaminants. I'm a whole-food, plant-based vegan because of science-backed promoters like you of this alternate and healthier lifestyle. I'll never eat fish again, if only because of all the contaminants it contains. I'm really glad to have found this video because I placed blind trust in henna production beforehand, thinking that surely it couldn't contain anything harmful!

    I'll never use henna again, simple as that. It's not worth it, just like consuming fish is not worth it.

    Thanks so much for informing me about this! 4 minutes of your time, and I will never again be exposed to contaminants in henna. A single video, simply 4 minutes, can have such an impact.

  • Jut uses all natural 100% organic henna. The plant alone, which has been dried. Nothing else. Then mix it yourself with an acid like lemon juice or apple cider vinegar plus hot water. Don’t use pre prepared bottles of stuff called “henna”. That’s where possibly ppd or lead could lurk.

  • This video uses excellent references but is still very misleading.
    1. There is no such thing as black henna. How many times do we have to say it.
    2. If someone tells you anything about Black Henna, run. Don't do it. Why? Again. Because there no such thing as black henna. Always ask questions about the paste someone uses. If the person doing henna can not explain to you intelligently, don't take any risks. The days of secret recipes are in the past. A reputable henna artist will even show you what ingredients she or he uses. It will usually be a mix of henna powder, water, sugar and maybe an essential oil. Period.
    3. Comments about not using 100% henna are wrong, misdirected and ridiculous.
    4. Women and men using commercial hair coloring daily in shops and in their homes. Guess what is in it? PPD.
    5. Lye, mercury, lead, parabens are in many cosmetics, but 100% henna should not be used?

  • I've always used Light Mountain Henna on my hair. Just 3 organic leaf ingredients. No metals or PPD or any other toxic ingredients. If you want to get a stronger, brighter color, add a tablespoon of honey to the bowl when you're mixing it. Wrap your hair in saran wrap and then a towel after you've applied it, and leave it on for an hour. Don't let it dry! Then wash it out with shampoo. You'll get long-lasting color that won't fade. People always ask me if my color is natural. I say "Yeah, and organic, too!" 😉

  • It's really frustrating that the additives in henna products give it such a bad name. It is possible to find reliable, lab tested, safe and pure henna if you do your research. It's a safe alternative to chemical hair dye. It should never dye the skin black. Real henna comes out red or a dark red-brown.

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