I’m always amazed at the array of tattoos that people have and because of the potential risks with conventional methods the Henna Tattoo has grown hugely in popularity. What’s worrying is the number of people that are suffering serious side effects from the popular ‘Black Henna’ tattoos and claims for compensation have increased significantly. One in ten Britons has had a tattoo, many carried out abroad, but a little research will show you an array of horrible photographs of what happens when it all goes wrong.
Henna Tattoos – How do they work?
The Henna Tattoo is drawn or stencilled onto the skin’s surface and traditional henna is a reddish-brown colour made from a flowering plant of the same name. It grows abundantly in the subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and Northern Australia and its use for dying skin, hair and fingernails. It’s been practised for centuries.
The Black Henna
These henna tattoos use black henna which darkens the colour but contains an ingredient called PPD [para-phenylenediamine] that can cause dangerous skin reactions. The dye poses no risks if used safely and legally but putting it directly onto the skin can be very risky. What you could develop here is an extreme reaction causing blisters and open sores. You could also develop acute sensitivity to other products that might contain PPD including severe inflammation and permanent scarring. Not a nice thought for having a tattoo!
Hanna Tattoos – A few checks!
Artists who use PPD in their products to produce the black henna tattoos are potentially putting you at risk because they should be carrying out a skin sensitivity test and advising you of the possible risks. If they don’t volunteer this advice then you should be asking plenty of questions before you agree to the work. You’ll be pleased you did!
The Legal Remedy
If you’ve have already had one of the black henna tattoos and have suffered any kind of reaction which has left you with a permanent disability, sensitivity or scarring then you should seek professional legal advice from a firm that specialises in personal injury claims of this type. Remember though that the next time someone tells you that “beauty is only skin deep” remember that it can be a much more serious an issue than that!