& Ancient Sunrise Monthly
July - August 2019

Catherine's Curiosities - Articles on henna and hair by Catherine Cartwright-Jones, PhD

Henna is NOT black.
When you are on vacation this summer DO NOT allow anyone to put a temporary tattoo on you which stains your skin black within twenty minutes. There is no such plant as ‘black henna’ though there are many products labeled ‘black henna.’ ‘Black henna’ products that stain skin black in an hour contain high levels of para-phenylenediamine. The higher the level of para-phenylenediamine applied to skin and the larger the area of the temporary black tattoo, the more likely it will cause a severe allergic reaction and life-long sensitization to the chemicals in oxidative hair dye.
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Tips and Techniques

Becoming Moonlight Gilding Paste and Glitter
This month, something for the summer bodyart season. A quick lesson in using Becoming Moonlight gilding paste and glitter.
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From our blogs

Achieving a Darker Result Using Ancient Sunrise® Henna: Dos and Don’ts
The dye from the henna (lawsonia inermis) plant is called lawsone. If extracted and isolated from the plant, lawsone is a bright orange color. When henna leaves are harvested, dried, and made into powder, and that powder is subsquently mixed with an acidic liquid to form a paste, the lawsone precursor molecules which exist in the henna is released as an intermediate molecule called an aglycone.
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Differences Between BAQ Henna for Body Art, Mass-Produced Henna Cones, and “Black Henna”
If you are either a person who is interested in using henna for body art, or if you are someone who wishes to get henna done, it is crucial to be familiar with what is considered real, natural, and safe henna, and what is not. Sadly, there are too many products on the market which claim to be henna (but they are not), and which can be dangerous to the skin. Knowing the difference will keep you and/or your clients safe.
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