September-October 2019 Newsletter & Ancient Sunrise Monthly
September-October 2019

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

TapDancing Lizard Publications-Spain: Henna Techniques for Drum Tops
Do you have some drawing skills? Want to get started on making beautiful Christmas gifts? Henna a drum head. Any drum head can be beautified with henna as long as it is real hide, not coated, and not an artificial material. Read this book by Alex Morgan, get a drum, then dive into your freezer and pull out your old frozen henna paste. The henna for your hair is perfect for hennaing hide. Plan a gift for yourself or for your favorite drummer boy.
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Tips and Techniques

Indigo Touchup
Using a simple indigo mix to touch up your red or black hair color.
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From our blogs

Oscar Wilde’s Hair and Skin: Investigations into His PPD Sensitization and Use of Henna
Oscar Wilde, famous novelist, poet, and playwright, lived a short and scandalous life during the turn ofthe 20th century, from 1854 to 1900. He is believed to be one of the first famous people to have had an allergy to para-phenylenediamine (PPD) from hair dye. His personal accounts and those from his friends and biographers leave no doubt that Wilde was prematurely gray, and that he used hair dye to cover his increasingly white hair. A study of paintings and drawings done of Wilde suggest that he may have tried henna products, as well.
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PPD Sensitization in Men: Unique Risks and Gendered Behavior
Para-phenyelenediamine (PPD) is one of the most common allergens in cosmetics. While genetics can increase chances of allergy, anyone can develop a PPD allergy. High concentrations and repeated exposure increase the likelihood of becoming sensitized. Occupations that involve repeated exposure to PPD, such as hair stylists, and fur and textile workers, show higher rates of employees with PPD sensitization. Outside of occupation-related sensitization, the average person is sensitized to PPD through a black henna tattoo, or through the use of hair dye.
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