What is Henna and how is it made?

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Henna – also known as Mehindi – has been a form of body-art for thousands of years. The art of henna is a long-standing tradition stemming from many ancient cultures, India and Arabia being perhaps the best known.

The Henna plant leaves are ground and turned into a paste using essential oils, which can then be applied to the body to form a semi-permanent tattoo.

Traditionally henna is applied on the hands and feet; however, it can be applied anywhere on the body to create beautiful body-art.

Black Henna – There is no such thing as black Henna. Authentic Henna is naturally a red/brown colour. Black henna contains a dye called PPD  (which stands for paraphenylenediamin) . Under European rules, it is illegal to use PPD in black henna.

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