Henna is dangerous in winter

It's dangerous to do henna in cold weather as one of henna's characteristics is clotting blood,and in winter it would literally freeze blood vessels
many ppl passed away from doing this as it causes stroke.
so If u do it n start having Headache go wash n stay in a warm room.

if henna Is a must stay in a heated room for two hours before applying henna n also while applying it and don't get out of the room what so ever..til u decide to wash it

Good luck I hope u consider this
Seriously? I've never heard of this. Where did you get this information?
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Wow. Please do not believe this. This is about the weirdest thing about Henna I've ever heard. Henna is perfectly safe to do at any time of the year. I just did it last week. It is impossible for Henna to do what you state. I'd love to know where you heard or read this. For more info about Henna please check out hennaforhair.com and The Long Hair Community forum. There are people there who Henna year round.
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I used henna for years all year long in New England weather. Never had a problem and lived to tell the tale...
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Ok I understand ur reactions but being a middle eastern gave me the chance to knw about henna from a very young age as it's a part of our traditions , I have noticed that in the west there's a lack of info about henna and oil treatments , but it's ok wer here to share and learn ,since u was young my mom and old ladies would always prevent me from doing henna in winter iv always felt it's wired n nonsense until I googeled it in Arabic and understood the side effects and checked with a doctor I will put the links and u can use google translator
This link us about henna in general and the last paragraph talks about dangerous of it in general

http://majdah.maktoob.com/vb/majdah3722/

Second link is about a girl who died from sleeping with henna on in a cold room

http://forum.hawaaworld.com/showthread.php?t=3322258

Use google translator
This same article talks about placing henna in the ground to increase agricultural fertility, so I'm thinking this may be more of a difference in Western and Eastern culture?
I mean no disrepect to you and your beliefs, but I must also let people no there is no medical proof for Henna making the veins freeze.
There is a chance that if compound henna is used, that there has been PPD added. This is a chemical that has been added to some of the boxed hennas and is in most all boxed dye's found in the stores. It is also in dye used by salons. There is a growing number of the population that is allergic to PPD, myself included. I have lost most of my hair. PPD is added to Black Henna. Black Henna is a different plant. People have died from PPD allergies so maybe this is where the OP's original stories stem from.
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I think it's a cultural difference as you mentioned , as we used to living in warmth usually around 45 degrees and cannot bear cold weather like westerners to us 22. Degree is cold n we wear jackets , so maybe that's why it's known among us that henna is dangerous in winter as it cools the head n we don't really adapt to cold weather,and I do knw about bad henna we call it sudani henna or henna soda, no am not offended I actually got to experience cultural difference but I really hope u could benefit from anything I say cuz I mean no harm I hope u get my point

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I appreciate the links you sent, Sayoon. I don't read Arabic (at this point) so I can't do research in Arabic. My sister used to use a henna purchased by her mother-in-law in Syria. It caused her to have so many hair problems she's afraid of any type of hair coloring now! In addition to hair breakage, she suffered a lot of irritation on her scalp and face, and her doctor suspected she had an autoimmune deficiency. She's been fine since she stopped using this henna.

I did a little bit of research on "Sudanese" henna. Between 1984 and 1989, 31 children were systematically poisoned in Sudan, due to body art and hair dye hennas being cut with para-phenylenediamine.
(www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1376583)

In India, and some other countries, "black" henna (which is indigo) has been mixed with kohl. Kohl contains lead, and it is possible to get lead poisoning, including renal failure, from "henna" dyes with kohl. (ec.europa.eu/food/fs/sc/sccp/out178_en.)

The FDA regulates all imported products to be used on hair and skin, so the only way to get poisoned henna is the US is to buy it illegally. Temporary Tattoos & Henna/Mehndi

Pure lawsonia inermis ("real" henna) is labeled by the FDA as safe to use as hair coloring. Packaged henna dyes sold in other countries, even those packaged under the same brand name in the US, aren't necessarily required to list all ingredients contained in the mixture, so it's possible to use a contaminated product that appears to be pure.

For the sake of safety, we need to be very careful and buy henna only from reputable, lab-certified distributors!
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Last edited by gardencurls; 11-22-2011 at 06:29 PM.
Wow I had no idea it could do that. I was just gonna have my mom get it for me but now i'm a little unsure..... why haven't I heard of this before??
Me either. I just knew my sister had problems with it and I figured it was some type of allergic reaction.

When I saw Sayoon's post, it got me thinking about what kind of my sister she might have been using, because of the possible content of unlisted additives. I guess we just have to be careful about what countries have exported the henna we use, based on their label requirements.

I have no idea if my info. about allergic/metabolic reactions to possible additives is related to the dangers Sayoon wrote about, but the henna that poisoned all those children was definitely Sudanese. Perhaps colder temperatures accelerate the body's absorption of the poison (in this case PPD, which is in just about every other hair coloring on the market). I think theses particular poisoning were initated by body art, and it was "black" henna (indigo), not lawsonia.

I want to learn more about henna "cooling the head". I haven't had the chance to try to translate Sayoon's articles (and I don't read Arabic) but I'm an information junkie, so I'll post any new information!
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The best kind of henna is Yemen's henna but I don't think its available in the US,nor the net but if u know someone who lives in Arabia they could bring u n it's so cheap only in price, cuz it comes straight from farms . But good henna generally should be green with a golden shade as a powder and reddish as a paste, it smells like hmmm herbs but it's has it's own unique scent
Yes, we can get henna from Yemen at Dye hair glorious red: no chemicals, no fading and no allergic reactions.

I think henna smells nice - like freshly cut grass.
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I've never heard this, either. I've been using henna and it's been pretty chilly here, though it's not like my house is cold. Jamila is a good brand, so it should be alright, right? I think it is packaged in the U.S. I also only do henna glosses, which is a small amount of henna mixed in with conditioner and water.
I've never heard this, either. I've been using henna and it's been pretty chilly here, though it's not like my house is cold. Jamila is a good brand, so it should be alright, right? I think it is packaged in the U.S. I also only do henna glosses, which is a small amount of henna mixed in with conditioner and water.
Originally Posted by minthe
I dunno I don't live in the US I use freshly harvested henna and also about dangers of henna me us Arabs do not adapt to cold weather and we had so many accidents n victims from using henna in winter unlike westerner who r used to cold weather maybe thats the reason why some ppl cud do henna in cold n others can't but am 100% sure n wont post something wrong
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I'm half Indian and have a little Persian in me. I'm used to living in a cold climate or moderate climate, really, though we have cold winters. I still have never done well with really cold weather. I feel cold most of the winter.
I'm half Indian and have a little Persian in me. I'm used to living in a cold climate or moderate climate, really, though we have cold winters. I still have never done well with really cold weather. I feel cold most of the winter.
Originally Posted by minthe
Oh nice mix am egyptian n I live in kuwait our day to day usual weather is 45 so if it goes 28 it's considered cold and in winter if it goes below 15 we freeze we r not used to cold weather wht so ever

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