Black Henna


Henna by Hailey only uses all natural henna paste made fresh weekly. We will not use black henna or  store bought chemical cones so please don’t even ask. Your safety is our number one concern and we want you to have the best henna experience possible.

We also want you to be able to make an educated choice and truly understand the dangers of black henna. Please read below.

How do you know if what you see is “PPD Black Henna”?

PPD paste is jet black.
Ask how long it takes to stain and how long it lasts. If the answers are “just an hour or two” and “a week or more”, it’s PPD.
Ask what colour it will give. If the answer is “pure black”, it’s PPD.
Ask to see an ingredients list. If the artist can’t supply one, or you don’t like what you see, walk away.

PPD is not the only ingredient used to make black henna.  There are also other chemical dyes in use, but none of them stains as fast or as black, or lasts as long as PPD. Some of these dyes may be safe, some may not.  Ask to see an ingredient list.  If you’re not comfortable with what you see, don’t use it.

 Don’t do a skin test with PPD “black henna”.  Your skin might not react to PPD the first time you use it. Since the reaction can take three weeks or more to show, or in some cases appears only after a second exposure, it is not safe to assume that a 24 hour skin test is going to tell you if you are sensitive.  It will only make you more likely to develop a sensitivity.  Just don’t use it at all!

The International Chemical Safety Card recommends the wearing of protective gloves and protective clothing when handling PPD and warns “Exposure may result in death”. Do you really want to put this stuff on your skin?


Pure henna has been in use for thousands of years.  It’s one of the safest things you can put on your skin, and reactions are very unusual.

Henna ONLY stains a color in the range of orange, red, brown, cinnamon, brick, chocolate or coffee. 

If you’ve never used henna before, you may want to do a skin test to be sure you’re not allergic.  The allergy is called a “napthoquinone sensitivity”.  If you put henna on your skin, and in 1 hour have itching, a tight chest, or wheezing, you have a napthoquinone sensitivity and you should not ever use henna. 

“Colored Henna”:
Henna is NEVER blue, yellow, green, purple or black.  If a product stains skin those colors, it is NOT henna.  Those stains come from other dyes.  Ask what dyes those are.  If the supplier can’t or won’t tell you what dyes those are, and prove it, or you don’t like the sound of what they tell you, don’t put the stuff on your skin.  Smell the product.  If it smells scary, don’t put it on your skin.