After having a “black henna” tattoo on holiday in Dubai, Julie McCabe from Keighley developed allergic reactions to her high street bought hair dye, which contains PPD. She collapsed in her home after dying her hair and fell into a coma. She died a year later in a specialist unit in Birmingham.
PPD (paraphenylenediamine) is a sensitising chemical. It is legally approved for use on hair only (*not* skin). It is in the top 10 listed known allergens. It can be used for years without any severe reactions until one day the body reaches saturation point – and ultimately reacts.
You should all be aware that henna is NEVER black and for any black colour to occur in any “black henna” products, PPD *has* been added. Your henna should not contain any dyes! This is also true of HAIR DYES – particularly black and red. Please, please, please:
==> Check the ingredients of your henna.
==> Check the ingredients of your henna artists’ henna.
==> Check the ingredients of your henna suppliers’ henna!
==> And check the boxes of your hair dye too.
If you have ever had any mild skin reaction (dryness, sensation of heat, eczema, etc) consider it an early warning sign against further use. Take care of yourself and your skin – even more so when on holiday. The same risks apply even when vicariously enjoying time off away from your usual surroundings. Do not be afraid to question your henna artist on the paste they use. PLEASE be careful with your skin and what you use on it.