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A Seattle-based tattoo artist is warning people about black henna tattoos


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Henna tattoos are a fun way to embrace body art and perfect for the summer so you can show off the art and the warm air helps oxidize and darken the henna. When proper ingredients are used a henna tattoo lasts about 10 to 14 days, affiliate KOMO reported.

"Henna is a natural plant dye made from the leaves of the henna plant."
Antoinette Hippe, henna artist

Hippe, explained the difference between the natural henna she uses and black henna. “Henna is only grown in certain areas of the world. Black henna is different, it’s the same chemical they use to make tires black. It's very toxic,” she said.

Here is a brown henna tattoo

The FDA warned that the extra ingredient to make henna black is a coal-tar dye that contains a chemical called PPD, which can cause a dangerous skin reaction. By law, PPD is not permitted in cosmetics used on skin, when it's applied to the skin, the results could be dangerous.

"It can cause chemical burns and lifetime sensitivities. I have had people come who have gotten brown henna from me who have had black henna before and they have had chemical scarring from the burn."
Antoinette Hippe, henna artist

Hippe has been a henna artist for 17 years and stated that she only uses natural henna powder mixed with natural ingredients such as distilled water, essential oils and sugar. She is now educating people about the differences between the black and brown hennas and advises others to always ask the artist where the henna came from and what's in it.

Hippe is helping educate people about henna

"If the artist doesn't know or can't answer, walk away," Hippe said.

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Affiliate KOMO contributed to this story.

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