HELP - henna with green dye in it

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luizagaman
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HELP - henna with green dye in it

Help! - I prepared 300 gr of henna with lemon juice, camomile tea and some amla for a friend that had a very bad reaction to PPD. Waited about 12 hours for dye release but almost nothing. On the other hand I can see some green spots in the mixture and I remember reading about green dye  mixed with henna to make the powder look better.

Is is safe to use this henna ?

Is it good for something or should I throw it away or better get refund....

Carrie
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Re: HELP - henna with green dye in it

I've used henna from the Indian store that had green dye in the powder, but I didn't see any green spots in the paste so I'm not sure what to say about that.

I'm wondering why you aren't seeing dye release after 12 hours, too. If it's mostly lemon juice and your house isn't very warm, it may need more time. Did you do a skin test to see if it stains orange yet?

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Hi Carrie

Waited some more and the dye release is minimal. The room it was put in was very warm and the blow oh henna placed on a chair next to the radiator... The goo is green and it is very obvious that it contains sand coloured green in it, and smells bit different then henna. I have no idea what that is and will never but fron that shop again. I have used juice of 4 lemons, strong-ish camomile tea and plenty of amla with it wo it has plenty of acidic liquid in it.

I have placed the mixture in a bag on top of a tisue that did get stained very very faintly. When I tranffered it it has touched my hands and not much happened.

Anyway, went and bought other henna, the one I used before and knew it worked, mixed it with lemon juice and water and amla and left it on the radioator for about 3 hours. I hope it is sort of ready as we wasted a whole day with this adventure. We are going to apply it now...

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Re: HELP - henna with green dye in it

Never assume henna is ready, always check for dye release on your palm.

luizagaman
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Re: HELP - henna with green dye in it

We finished applying a couple of hours ago. On top of the cling filmed bowl I placed a paper tisue that started to stain orange and the mixture was made  with lemon juice, water and amla and placed 3 hours on top of a very warm radiator. It asumed that that ment that the dye was released.

After I finished aplying it (it took 2 hours) the henna stained my hands through the gloves. This second mixture definetly worked. I used Zarqa henna from Pakistan.

The first mixture that has some dye release now after nearly 24 hours looks and smells like seaweed paste came from 2 boxes:

1 - 100 gr TopOp Red Henna powder - Pakistan. Very gritty,  brown appearance of the powder.

2 - 500 gr Fudco Pure Mehendi (realyyy, pure?) from India. Very fine and pleasant powder but also suspiciously green.

but I would not trust any of their labels as the powders were far from being either pure or high quality.

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Re: HELP - henna with green dye in it

The green dye is an azo dye (coal tar derivitive).

If your friend has extreme sensitivity to chemical dyes, yes, she could have problems with this.

The henna company dyed sand green and mixed it with the henna to give a "fresh" appearance.  I think it just gives it a peculiar appearance. 

Here's the info:

http://www.hennapage.com/henna/encyclopedia/processing/greendye.html

http://www.hennapage.com/henna/how/goodhenna.html

and more if you like geeking out over a microscope

http://www.mehandi.com/closeup/60xintro.html

Once, I had tried to dye my hair with some of this sand-dyed green stuff and there was so much sand I had do have a plumber bail out my drain.

BTW ... I"m in the middle of a new research project on every henna for hair I can lay my hands on, testing for contaminants, unlisted additives, lead levels and sifts.  If you've got an unopened box of stuff you'd like me to check out ..... email me!  If you have something I haven't got, if its unopened, and you've got provenance on it ... I"ll swap you for something good~!

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Re: HELP - henna with green dye in it

Hi Catherine

Thank you for your reply!

I was lucky that I knew about the information in the links you gave me before I used that henna with green dye in it. My friend had a very severe reaction to PPD henna so did not wanted to risk, not even in my hair. In fact I was looking up information about her alergy when I dicovered your website and I've been reading from your website every day for the last month. It is a very well documentated and containing practical information. Exceptional!

It is a very usefull research you are conducting at the moment. I would love to help. I do not have any unopened boxes at the moment. Only bought one of each, one of 500 grams and one of 100 grams and used half of each and definetly would not buy again.

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Re: HELP - henna with green dye in it

I use zarqa henna and looooove it - beautiful red. it does look green while developping but don't worry it has nothing to do with how it dyes. i get it from the conveience store down the street for only $1.99!

12hrs is probably too long to wait with this powder, i have noticed that it releases and dyes quickly. I let it set 3hrs and see great colour in my hair after 45mins, but I leave it another 3hrs.

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