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MCI™ (Multi-cluster Ionization) is a patented technology which enhances the traditional PCO process to cover a broader area of living space.  32K means this unit is suited for indoor environments up to approximately 32,000 cuft based on normal contamination levels, common air flow patterns and properly sized HVAC systems.

Check out our brand new BLS Enhanced Warranty for this product!

The MCI32K is one of the most advanced and most versatile whole house air purification systems on the market today. Using four advanced technologies, the MCI32K helps to eliminate odors, smoke, pollen, dust, bacteria, mold, carbon monoxide, pet dander, viruses, and much more. Noticeable pollution is eliminated in as little as 15 minutes, and the most difficult pollution in as few as 24 hours.

Unlike other air purifiers that have only one or two ways of eliminating pollution, the MCI32K has four advanced technologies to destroy pollution from the air, embedded in walls, ceilings, floors, carpets, furniture, clothing, on countertops and other surfaces. These technologies help to sanitize everything in the house and reduces or eliminates all odors, including cigarette smoke, mildew, cooking odors, and more. The advanced variable frequency drive fan system of the MCI32K runs quietly. In addition, the MCI32K is very low maintenance and requires no filter replacement. You simply clean the electrostatic honeycomb and mesh filter with running water! The MCI32K is ideal for any room in your home where airborne and surface pollution may be present.

Features:

  • 5 fan speeds controlled by a variable frequency drive for quiet operation
  • Exclusive Photo Catalytic Oxidation technology
  • Needlepoint and RF ion generation
  • Washable rear filter
  • Intelligent maintenance reminders
  • Adjustable purifier control - 250 to 3000 square feet
  • Away Mode timer for high purification levels in unoccupied spaces
  • Full function remote control
  • Low energy consumption
  • Universal AC/DC power supply
  • Eliminates smoke & odors - doesn’t cover them up
  • Significantly reduces mold, bacteria, and viruses
  • Replaceable NO OZONE MCI Cell and Purification Plate

Specs:

  • Ozone Output: 360 mg/hr (in Away Mode optional on ceramic plate)
  • FIVE Technologies
  • Needlepoint Ionization
  • RF Pulse Ionization
  • Scalable Ozone Generation (using ceramic plate)
  • Patented NO OZONE MCI/PCO Technology (UV-C, Titanium Dioxide)
  • Electrical: 100V-240V/50-60Hz 45W - Operational Anywhere in the World
  • Ozone Density: <0.05mg/m³ (high mode), 1.5mg/m³ (away mode)
  • Ion Generation: 1 million/cm³
  • Coverage: Up to 3000ft²
  • Display: STN LCD

*MCI™ stands for multi-cluster ionization whose brand terminology is owned by Best Living Systems, LLC as of 06/01/2011

Rosacea- face & scalp

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Rosacea is a common, non-contagious inflammatory skin condition which is found on the face and appears as red, flushed skin. It kind of looks like you're blushing... all the time. It is often mistaken for Eczema, Acne or a skin allergy. The severity of the condition differs from person to person. Rosacea is quite a complex condition which is why it can be broken down into 4 subtypes (with long scientific names)Subtypes of Rosacea

1.Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea - Persistent redness and visible blood vessels

2.Papulopustular Rosacea - Same as above but with tiny acne-like bumps

3.Phymatous Rosacea - Same as above but with thickened skin causing an enlargement of the nose

4.Ocular Rosacea - Same as above with eye irritations such as dry eye, tearing and burning

 

So what causes Rosacea?

 

No set cause for Rosacea has been found. It is believed by many dermatologists and researchers that there are various triggers that may prompt Rosacea to develop or, in some cases, worsen. These triggers differ among Rosacea sufferers. We recommend to our customers to try and identify what is triggering their Rosacea as this will make it easier to determine how to best treat it. It is also worth noting that what may work for one person may not work for another. Resting or altering a treatment is also advised as some sufferers find their symptoms may build up a resistance to a particular treatment. According to dermatologists and researchers, the 5 key triggers of Rosacea are:

1.Demodex Mites

2.Blood vessel abnormalities

3.Helicobacter Pylori

4.Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth

5.Leaky Gut Syndrome

 

1. Demodectic Rosacea

 

 

 

 

Demodex Mites

 

Demodex Mites are microscopic creatures that inhabit the pores of the skin. You can't see them with the naked eye and they live harmlessly on most people. Yes, this made us cringe too! It has been found that Rosacea sufferers have a higher density of these mites on their skin than those without Rosacea, as seen in the study The Demodex Mite Population in Rosacea. It is believed this higher density of mites may lead to or worsen the condition. On the other hand, some people believe it isn't the actual number of mites, but rather the bacteria released when they die that causes Rosacea. Yucky, yes we know but all the more reason to get rid of them, right?! The study Mite-related bacterial antigens stimulate inflammatory cells in Rosacea found this bacteria has "the potential to stimulate an inflammatory response in patients with papulopustular Rosacea." Another interesting point to note is that Rosacea tends to flare up during heat and humidity, conditions in which these mites thrive.

 

Treatments

 

In order to help treat Demodectic Rosacea, one must manage the Mite population on the skin and also soothe the inflammation caused. There are a number of ways to do this:

 

Tea Tree Oil

 

Tea Tree Oil

 

 

Tea Tree Leaf

 

Some studies such as this one have found that tea tree oil may help kill off Demodex Mites. The problem though is that Tea Tree Oil is required to be at least 50% concentration. This can be irritating on the skin and may potentially burn the skin.

 

Anti-Demodex Medication

 

Medication is often prescribed to Rosacea sufferers which helps stop the mites from spreading and moving around the skin. The anti-parasitic medication Invermectin is one example that is commonly used to treat worms in dogs and other animal parasites. While it is often effective, there are some side effects such as possible neurotoxity which damages the nervous tissue. Additionally, this medication is not suitable to use during pregnancy, breast feeding or for children under 5 (as advised by your doctor).

 

Olive Leaf

 

 

Olive Leaf

 

Olive Leaf

 

Olive leaf extract is taken in capsule form and acts in the same way that antibiotics do. It is very strong which means dosages must not be tampered with. There isn't a lot of research into this treatment unfortunately.

 

Fish Oil and Vitamin E

 

The Omega-3 fatty acids found in Fish Oil have strong anti-inflammatory properties which help soothe the inflammation caused by Demodectic Rosacea. Vitamin E is effective in repairing damaged skin and helps reduce the redness caused by this condition.

 

Whilst both of these may help soothe the symptoms of Demodectic Rosacea, neither of them do anything about the mite population on the skin which causes the condition to flare up in the first place.

 

MooGoo Demodex Rosacea Powder

 

We at MooGoo have spent a long time trying to develop something natural to help treat Demodectic Rosacea. We have formulated a special powder and licensed it as a medical device to do just this. Basically, this powder works to create an environment on the skin that irritates the mites and absorbs excess sebum which they need to survive. Our customers who have given it a try have had excellent results so far. :) You can read more about this product here.

 

2. Blood Vessel Abnormalities

 

Abnormalities in the blood vessels of the face play a role in the development of Rosacea as it causes persistent redness and enlarged blood vessels. What causes the blood vessels to inflame and swell is unknown.

 

It has been shown in the past that a relationship exists between gut problems and skin conditions, such as Rosacea. The following 3 Rosacea triggers are all related to a gut condition.

 

3. Helicobacter Pylori

 

Artistic Impression of Helicobacter Pylori

 

 

Artistic Impression of Helicobacter Pylori

 

 

Helicobacter Pylori (Hp) is a common bacterial infection that affects the lining of the stomach and causes inflammation and stomach ulcers. It affects over 30% of the world's population, according to the Centre for Digestive Diseases. Hp may also lead to an increase of Nitrous Oxide (NO) in the blood and tissue which, along with the inflammatory symptoms, is believed to cause a range of other conditions, including Rosacea. The bacteria may also prompt a protein known as bradykinnin to develop which may trigger the expansion of blood vessels (a common characteristic of Rosacea). The study The Link between Helicobacter Pylori Infection and Rosacea found, "Rosacea could be considered as one of the extragastric symptoms of Hp infection."

 

 

Treatments

 

The first step to treat Rosacea caused by Hp bacteria is to eliminate the bacteria itself and soothe the associated inflammation. This can be done using:

 

Oral Antibiotics

 

Antibiotics are commonly prescribed for Hp infections. However, if antibiotics are taken too much, the bacteria may become resistant to their effects which force you to take higher or stronger dosages.

 

Natural Supplements

 

A number of natural supplements have been found to kill off Hp bacteria and soothe the inflammation. These include (but are not limited to):

 

1. Monolaurin

 

Monolaurin is derived from coconut oil and, interestingly, is also found in human breast milk. It has strong anti-inflammatory properties which help soothe the symptoms of Hp. It is taken in capsule form and a number of studies have found it is effective in killing off the bacteria. Some examples include:

 

Bacterial effects of fatty acids and momoglycerides

Minimum Inhibitory concentrations of herbal essential oils and Monolaurin of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria

 

Monolaurin is derived from Coconut Oil

 

 

Monolaurin is derived from Coconut Oil

 

2. Mastic Gum

 

Mastic Gum is derived from the mastic tree and acts as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal supplement that has been found by some studies to kill off Hp bacteria such as:

 

The effect of mastic gum on Helicobacter Pylori: A randomized pilot study

Bacterial Activity of Pistacia lentiscus Mastic Gum against Helicobacter Pylori

 

3. L Glutamine

 

L Glutamine is an amino acid that's found in high levels throughout the body. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and is essential for the proper fucntion of the immune system. It is often taken as a supplement to heal any damage and inflammation caused by Hp. This article goes into this a bit deeper and one study that examines the efectiveness of the amino acid in soothing inflammation is Why is L-Glutamine important to cells of the immune system in health, post injury, surgery and infection?

 

 

 

 

 

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SystemSalon Pure Air Chemical Fume Extraction

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The SystemSalon Pure Air Chemical Fume Extraction  for Hair (Model SPA-H) is appropriate for stylists who prefer the 16″ diameter hood to be positioned above the client's head. It is designed to adsorb and remove formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, or other vapors generated by the various Keratin Smoothing Treatments.

 

 

 

 

This Deluxe System is designed for heavy fume removal applications. It includes a patented air filtration media specifically designed to oxidize gaseous pollutants, including, but not limited to, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, ethylene, and mercaptans. Also included is our extended reach self-supporting arm for true overhead positioning, along with an expanded diameter hood.

 

 

Both Salon Pure Air Chemical Fume Extraction Systems for Hair offer a specially designed Adsorption Module with a V-Bank configuration, providing high efficiency contaminant removal. This superior design prevents bypass, and provides an even bed thickness. It is designed for use at a maximum air velocity of 250 fpm. Servicing/refilling this module is made simple with a one-piece lid.

 

 

In addition, the Salon Pure Air Model SPA-H lowers exposure to a variety of other harmful chemicals generated by additional processes such as coloring, highlighting and permanent treatments.

 

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Surfactants-lathering agents

Posted on April 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Surfactants cleanse and build foam by acting at the surface between fat and water (surface-active agents or surfactants). They are able of being mixed with water and fat of the skin, allowing dirt to be removed. Based on their cleansing power surfactants are classified into primary and secondary or co-surfactants. Based on the chemical structure there are anionic, amphoteric, non-ionic, and quaternary agents. Surfactants form the base of all personal cleansing products and can also have wetting, conditioning, defatting, emulsifying, & thickening effects.

Surfactants are also very useful for homemade soaps (particularly liquid soaps) to improve lathering and decrease harshness. They are added to the oil-lye mixture during the boiling procedure. Surfactants greatly accelerate and improve the soap making process.

SLS (sodium lauryl sulphate). It has this reputation as an extremely drying terrible ingredient. However, there is a reason why it is used in shampoo.

Imagine washing your hair with just plain water.

 

From a chemical view point, scrubbing your hair and using warm water will help dislodge some oil, but really not that much

 

 

Washing your hair with SLS containing shampoo

When a surfactant such as SLS is used, oil can be dissolved away from the hair. The hair is left squeaky clean and oil free. This is because SLS can form micelles which help carry the oil away during the rinsing of the shampoo.

Now not everyone wants squeaky clean hair. Curly hair does pretty well with some oil on it. However if you are trying to get rid of a silicone product, have too much oil on your hair or have used a product that you didn't like and your conditioner isn't helping you, some SLS shampoo may actually work to give you a clean slate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hair Care with Ultrasonic Far Infrared Rays

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (44)

Hair Care Clip with Ultrasonic Far Infrared Rays

Ultrasonic & infrared hair care clip/infrared hair straightener/ultrasonic hair straightener/laser hair iron/keratin therapy

1)It is not a hair iron but a professional hair care clip which can make your hair more healthy and shiny with ultrasonic and far infrared rays

2) HEATING-ALWAYS A KIND OF HURT TO HAIR

Swollen with the heat, the hair squama expands, which causes the crisis of water loss and protein dissolution even during hair care process

This hair care clip can solve the problem perfectly

3) FOUR STAGES OF THE ULTRASONIC COLD THERAPEUTICS

Routine care-densify the hair cuticular stratum-water locking and wet keeping

Periodic reconstructing-reconstruct the tissue and remedy the gap

Hair dying-color selecting/color fastness/color polishing-completely removing, densifying the pigment molecules, shutting gaps of the hair cuticular stratum

Posting-heat preservation/curl keeping-replenishing the stuff, remedy the gap

4) FUNCTION OF ULTRASONIC

Water molecular structure exits in 3 statuses:

solid below 0 degree, liquid under normal temperature and gaze it above 100 degree, with the help of dynamic wave vibrating 36000 times/seconds, the ultra-micro molecular of the water and protein can penetrate directly into the cortex. Magnetic wave vibrating device can gasify the water directly and change the structure of the molecular under normal temperature and with the help of hair infrared rays, the damaged hair will be recovered directly, without heating and swelling, causing less expansion of hair squama.

Keratin Cold Therapeutic!!

Ultrasonic & Far-Infrared hair care iron

Infrared hair care treatment

Ultrasonic & far infrared hair straightener/iron, hair care treatment with CE/ROHS certification.

Keratin Cold Therapy!!

Product Description:

This is the product to deliver and maintain the Unprecedented Stunning Gorgeous Hair.

This is not a hair straightener or flat hair iron, but a next generation technology for hair beauty, which is very successful and popular in Japan & Italian markets.

It provides the superbly nonabrasive cleaning of the hair cuticle layer, and super changes the proximal scale with quintessence, completely rejuvenises the degra.

HAIR HOLISTIC 561-372-5354

Your hair salon it's going green!

Posted on October 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Your hair salon it's going green!

But how green it's your hair service?

After a few years of working as a "holistic hair stylist" ,every single day it is like a new day ,full of challenging clients deciding between beauty or health

and new horizons what to conquer on the beauty industry trying to be environmentally friendly.

Every hair show I go ,I found myself hopeless wondering around looking for green products to add to my holistic services ,and trust me ,they don't offer that much .

I am not surprise about the movement to become green ,most of hair salon are very Bussi trying to show how green they are : they paint the walls green color with a low voc soy paint!

they are recycling ,reducing carbon foot prints,re using,trying to keep the best air indoor quality and much more.

They are concentrating on their branding and the concept but at the time of evaluating how green are their services ,the reality is that hair salons are loaded with chemicals every day.

Every body claims to be green but when you read the ingredients ,it's just the color Of their bottles and false claims on the front label.

picture this you are sit down having a "green service" and at the same time many stylist are working around you with different products and not all of the are green ,you have not control!

Do you know how many hair dyes has gluten,nickel, chromium, and cobalt?some symptoms are hypersensitivity reactions, dermatitis, and chronic rhinitis.

It took me a while to really find a definition for what it means to be a holistic hair stylist on a green salon.

how can i choose the service that will satisfy my clients ,fulfill their expectations and find happy health- beauty balance?

Consultation it's a clue but at the same time you need to understand

your products cons and pro facts.

We evaluate life style,scalp and hair condition ,skull bone structure and much complex personal aspects like hair addictions and image distortion disorders.

We acknowledge and embrace hair issues and put a seed of love an intention to it.

I suggest following the moon chart protocol for length,strength ,root work,beautifying .

We regularly do clay,vitamin c ,apple cider vinegar mixology for scalp & hair detox and very important hair nutrition with eco friendly easy to read ingredient labels ,like coconut oil,Shea butters ,argan jojoba oil.

The trimming of the ends every 4 to 6 weeks are essential to maintain a healthy hair .

I educate my clients and how tho handle their hair ,especially curly hair clients have the tendency to manage hair as strait ,also teach them to use hair products .

How can reduce toxicity on your services?

You need to be creative and willing to take the time ,every client it's a unique case, trying to do not touch scalp,reduce time exposure, do hennas color or simple get the courage to stand up to society have a nice hair cut and Go Gray !

Henna,indigo,Amla,buxus,cassia are amazing 100 % natural hair coloring plants,I do the traditional henna methods ,excellent gray coverage .

The good , it is the natural way ,the result are amazing shinny ,healthy ,earthy not chemical smell .

the bad it takes time to staining the hair from 1 hour to 3 hrs average and it many cases colors are warmer .

The Client who decide for henna is choosing health ,and it's grateful about what henna and Nature offers.

Start practicing love and compassion every time you pick at yourself at the mirror ,Make a priority list or rearrange them.

Reach for help if you do not understand or you are prisoner of your hair .

Again your salon is going green ,but how green are their services?

HOW GREEN IS HAIR HOLISTIC?

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

I WOULD LIKE TO ASKED YOU HOW GREEN ARE SALON SERVICES?

Is our hair studio organic?

I can say 75% holistic -25 % conventional intention.

Responding with honesty I personally do not believe a hair salon could be 100% organic; it is misleading.

On the salon service aspect if you read all the ingredients on products and analyze them you will be surprised.

I do my best to reduce toxicity, research, train and look at the alternatives.

I always choose the least invasive, damaging or toxic resource.

Generally clients choose service base on a need and result without know the long term side effects.

Beauty or Health? You choose!

Most of our products are manufactured by green, sustainable companies who follow strict environment-friendly manufacturing.

How green is our studio?

Hair holistic has been the area of reducing toxicity .

We truly live our mission: to embody, promote, and facilitate a healthier planet, green living and sustainable

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The MCI32K is one of the most advanced and most versatile whole house air purification systems on the market today. Using four advanced technologies, the MCI32K helps to eliminate odors, smoke, pollen, dust, bacteria, mold, carbon monoxide, pet dander, viruses, and much more. Noticeable pollution is eliminated in as little as 15 minutes, and the most difficult pollution in as few as 24 hours

The Salon Pure Air Chemical Fume Extraction System

 

The Salon Pure Air Chemical Fume Extraction System for Hair (Model SPA-H) is appropriate for stylists who prefer the 16″ diameter hood to be positioned above the client's head. It is designed to adsorb and remove formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, or other vapors generated by the various Keratin Smoothing Treatments.

This Deluxe System is designed for heavy fume removal applications. It includes a patented air filtration media specifically designed to oxidize gaseous pollutants, including, but not limited to, hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, ethylene, and mercaptans. Also included is our extended reach self-supporting arm for true overhead positioning, along with an expanded diameter hood.

Both Salon Pure Air Chemical Fume Extraction Systems for Hair offer a specially designed Adsorption Module with a V-Bank configuration, providing high efficiency contaminant removal. This superior design prevents bypass, and provides an even bed thickness. It is designed for use at a maximum air velocity of 250 fpm. Servicing/refilling this module is made simple with a one-piece lid.

In addition, the Salon Pure Air Model SPA-H lowers exposure to a variety of other harmful chemicals generated by additional processes such as coloring, highlighting and permanent treatments.

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snack bar,tea,coffe,wine,stevia,honey,sugar,agave

REVERSE OSMOSYS DRINKING COLD/ HOT WATER

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BRUSH STEAM STERILIZER

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Natural generators of healthy ion and bioenergetic vibrations which improve the air quality, energy level and one's general well being. Formed deep in the earth two hundred and fifty million years ago.

Natural Crystal Salt Lamps are hand carved salt crystals from the Wieliczka Salt Mine near Krakow. The warmth and natural beauty of the glow provided by these salt lamps makes them a wonderful accent for any room. They provide a natural ambiance that enhances home and office, and are a perfect answer for providing Feng Shui cures for buildings that have "stuck" energy (chi).

ZEN ENVIROMENT

WE TRY TO BALANCE ALL THE ELEMENTS

NATURAL PLANTS,STONE,METAL,

USE MUSIC,COLOR,AROMA,SENSES,TOUCH

TO BE AWARE OF THE PRESENT MOMENT.

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we have a big collection of books about health,body,spirit.

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spiritual cinama & more

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HOLISTIC WELLNESS Green Cleaning Products

Green Cleaning supplies (when its available)

 

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HAIRCUT BY MOON CHART

Posted on October 9, 2012 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Best Days for Beneficial Haircutting in 2012:

March 20-21 - Spring Equinox — are the best dates to cut for spring and the ultimate dates for shaving one's head.

June 20-21 — Summer Solstice — are the best dates to cut for summer.

September 23-24 — Fall Equinox — are the best dates to cut for fall.

December 19-20-21-22 — Winter Solstice — are the best dates to cut for winter.

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Lengthen: Cut or trim your hair on the days provided for lengthening to shock and excite your hair growth patterns, causing your hair to grow two to three times faster and therefore lengthening your hair.

Thicken: The dates provided for thickening promote the activation of new growth cycles in ones bulb and hair follicles.

Strengthen: Cutting or trimming one's hair on the dates provided for strengthening enables the roots, follicles, and bulbs to increase and strengthen one's growth patterns, thus producing stronger and more resilient hair to help avoid premature fall out!

Root Work: These dates work directly with the roots to shock the entire growth cycle, effectively aiding your hair and scalp in all aspects of hair growth and scalp improvement.

Beautifying: These dates are used to improve the texture and sheen of one's hair. Beautifying also works to enhance and refine the waviness of one's hair.

Acupuncture: Blunt Snip Haircutting Shock Treatment - Every lunar hair cutting date provided on our Lunar Chart is equivalent to 8-16 acupuncture treatments. See the table below to see the equivalent acupuncture benefits for various dates on the lunar chart.

Shown are the optimal days in each month for performing the 5 elements shown at the top of each column. In addition, particular days each month are considered most beneficial and are indicated in red. The Equinoxes and Solstices are bordered.

https://www.morroccomethod.com/lunar-hair-chart

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HENNA COLORS

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

HAIR HOLISTIC USES INDIGO,CASIA,AMLA,BUXUS 100% PURE

LABORATORY TESTED FOR FREE PESTICIDES,CHEMICAL,SYNTHETIC DYES

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Neutral henna" and "black henna"

Natural henna stains only a rich red brown. Products sold as "black henna" or "neutral henna" do not contain henna, but are instead made from other plants, or from other substances altogether.

"Neutral henna"

So-called "neutral henna" does not change the color of hair. This is not henna powder; it is usually the powder of the plant Senna italica also known as Cassia obovata or a closely related Cassia species.

[edit] "Black henna"

So-called "black henna" powder may be derived from indigo (from the plant Indigofera tinctoria). It may also contain unlisted dyes and chemicals.[30] "Black henna" may contain p-phenylenediamine (PPD), which can stain skin black quickly, but can cause severe allergic reactions and permanent scarring. The FDA specifically forbids PPD to be used for that purpose, and may prosecute those who produce "black henna'.[31] Artists who injure clients with "Black Henna" in the U.S. may be sued for damages.[32]

"Black Henna" is a misnomer arising from imports of plant-based hair dyes into the West in the late 19th century. Partly fermented, dried indigo was called "black henna" because it could be used in combination with henna to dye hair black. This gave rise to the belief that there was such a thing as "black henna" which could dye skin black. Indigo will not dye skin black. Pictures of indigenous people with black body art (either alkalized henna or from some other source) also fed the belief that there was such a thing as "black henna."

In the 1990s, henna artists in Africa, India, Bali, the Arabian Peninsula and the West began to experiment with para-phenylenediamine (PPD) based black hair dye, applying it as a thick paste as they would apply henna, in an effort to find something that would quickly make jet black temporary body art. PPD can cause severe allergic reactions, with blistering, intense itching, permanent scarring, and permanent chemical sensitivities.[33][34] Estimates of allergic reactions range between 3% and 15%. Henna does not cause these injuries.[35] "Black henna" made with PPD can cause lifelong sensitization to coal tar derivatives.[36] "Black henna" made with gasoline, kerosene, lighter fluid, paint thinner, and benzene has been linked to adult leukemia.[37]

The most frequent serious health consequence of having a "black henna temporary tattoo" is sensitization to hair dye and related chemicals. If a person has had a "black henna tattoo", and later dyes their hair with chemical hair dye, the allergic reaction may be life threatening and require hospitalization.[38] Because of the epidemic of para-phenylenediamine allergic reactions, chemical hair dye products now post warnings on the labels: "Temporary 'black henna' tattoos may increase your risk of allergy. Do not colour your hair if: ... – you have experienced a reaction to a temporary 'black henna' tattoo in the past."[39]

Para-phenylenediamine is illegal for use on skin in western countries, though enforcement is difficult. Physicians have urged governments to legislate against "black henna" because of the frequency and severity of injuries, especially to children.[40] To assist prosecution of vendors, government agencies encourage citizens to report injuries and illegal use of "PPD black henna".[41][42] When used in hair dye, the PPD amount must be below 6%, and application instructions warn that the dye not touch the scalp and the dye must be quickly rinsed away. "Black henna" pastes have PPD percentages from 10% to 80%, and are left on the skin for half an hour.[43][44]

Para-phenylenediamine "black henna" use is widespread, particularly in tourist areas.[45] Because the blistering reaction appears 3 to 12 days after the application, most tourists have left and do not return to show how much damage the artist has done. This permits the artists to continue injuring others, unaware they are causing severe injuries. The high profit margins of "black henna" and the demand for body art that emulates "tribal tattoos" further encourage artists to deny the dangers.[46][47]

It is not difficult to recognize and avoid para-phenylenediamine "black henna":[48]

if a paste stains torso skin black in less than ½ hour, it has PPD in it.

if the paste is mixed with peroxide, or if peroxide is wiped over the design to bring out the color, it has PPD in it.

Anyone who has an itching and blistering reaction to a black body stain should go to a doctor, and report that they have had an application of para-phenylenediamine to their skin.

PPD sensitivity is lifelong. A person who has become sensitized through "black henna tattoos" may have future allergic reactions to perfumes, printer ink, chemical hair dyes, textile dye, photographic developer, sunscreen and some medications. A person who has had a "black henna tattoo" should consult their physician about health consequences of para-phenylenediamine sensitization

ahenna history

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 11:15 PM Comments comments (0)

HENNA -History

Henna has been used as a cosmetic hair dye for 6,000 years. In Ancient Egypt,(Cleopatra) was known to have used it. It was commonly used for many centuries in areas of India, the Middle East, and Africa.

In Europe, henna was popular among women connected to the aesthetic movement and the Pre-Raphaelite artists of England in the 1800s. The fashion for Orientalism led young women with a bohemian inclination to begin tinting their hair with henna.[10] Dante Gabriel Rosetti's wife and muse, Elizabeth Siddal, had naturally bright red hair. Contrary to the cultural tradition in Britain that considered red hair unattractive, the Pre-Raphaelites fetishized red hair. Siddal was portrayed by Rosetti in many paintings that emphasized her flowing red hair.[11]The other Pre-Raphaelites, including Frederic Leighton, Evelyn de Morgan, Anthony Frederick Augustus Sandys, and French painters such as Gaston Bussière (painter) and the Impressionists further popularized the association of henna-dyed hair and young bohemian women.

Opera singer Adelina Patti is sometimes credited with popularizing the use of henna in Europe in the late 1800s. Parisian courtesan Cora Pearl was often referred to as La Lune Rousse (the red moon) for dying her hair red. In her memoirs, she relates an incident when she dyed her pet dog's fur to match her own hair.[12] By the 1950s, Lucille Ball popularized "henna rinse" as her character, Lucy Ricardo, called it on the television show I Love Lucy. It gained popularity among young people in the 1960s through growing interest in Eastern cultures.[13]

Muslims also use henna as a dye for their hair and for the beards of males—following the tradition of their prophet Muhammad, who used to dye his beard with henna. It's considered a "sunnah" and akin to something fortunate/good. In one narration by him, he encouraged Muslim women to dye their nails with henna so their hands can be distinguished as feminine & from the hands of a male. Hence you will see this tradition greatly in the Middle East and Africa where women apply henna to their finger and toe nails, as well as their hands

Today

Commercially packaged henna, intended for use as a cosmetic hair dye, is available in many countries, and is now popular in India, as well as the Middle East, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. The colour that results from dying with henna can fall into a broad spectrum, from auburn, to orange, to deep burgundy, chestnut brown or deep blue-black. To achieve a colour that is more brown or black, the user must use indigo hair dye as well as henna. The henna is applied first, to coat the hair. Once dry, the indigo is used. The following factors determine the hair colour that results from using henna:

user's original hair colour

freshness of the henna

region of origin of the henna

amount of time the henna is left on the hair to process

whether it remains wet on the hair, or is allowed to dry

the amount of heat retained on the head during the dying process

In this form, it is generally mixed with herbs and perfumes during manufacturing to give it a pleasant fragrance. It is prepared for use much the same way that it is prepared for body art: it is usually sold in block form, and is used in the quantity required for the desired shade of red, brown or black. This will vary according to the user's natural hair colour. The henna is grated into a non-metal container (metal may chemically interact with the henna and ruin the dye) such as a glass bowl. Then hot water is added to it, and the mixture is stirred with a non-metal tool such as a spatula. Once dissolved, the henna is spread onto clean, dry hair. The hair should then be covered with disposable plastic wrap to hold in the heat and moisture, which help the dye to activate. Since any henna that drips will dye skin or clothing, many users will then put a dark towel or a shower cap over the plastic. The henna typically requires at least four hours of processing time before it is washed out. Once hair is dyed with henna, the colour will gradually fade, but it will do so slowly