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Henna Tattoos Does Not Always Mean Safe.

Henna Tattoos Does Not Always Mean Safe
Tattoos were once used for a variety of cultural reasons, but in the modern world, they're often simply a form of self expression. Since these expressions are permanent in nature, more and more people are seeking safer alternatives. Many individuals thought they'd found this alternative when they stumbled across these tattoos. Unfortunately, as more information comes out about these temporary tattoo alternatives, it's becoming more obvious that they're not as safe as people originally thought.

Ink and Tucson

The tattoo and piercing culture is prevalent in Tucson, especially among young adults. If you search for tattoo parlors in Tucson, at least 50 come up. In most states, it is illegal to get a permanent tattoo until the age of 18. In Arizona, however, a minor can get one if a parent or legal guardian is present. Even with this exception, most teens, would rather not be in the company of their parent for any length of time. The temptation, therefore, is great for teens to search for alternatives. This could lead to teens getting tattoos from non-licensed friends or acquaintances. Non-permanent tattoos are also very popular at events such as fairs or concerts.

Dangers Behind Henna
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently come out with a warning that henna tattoos are not as safe as people think. In several cases, people have actually had reactions such as redness and blistering after receiving these tattoos. In some cases, even disfiguring permanent scarring has been documented as a serious side effect of henna tattoos.

This isn't to say, however, that all henna tattoos are dangerous. In reality, it's a form of henna known as "black henna" that causes the dangerous reactions many people have been experiencing. Black henna lasts longer than its traditional henna counterparts, but it also has additional ingredients within it that can lead to allergic reactions in some people. This reaction is where the danger really is. People have even had to visit emergency rooms after getting these "safe" tattoo alternatives.One of the scariest things related to henna tattooing is the fact that there's no federal government regulations that control its use. In fact, not even every state has laws on the books that focus on keeping people safe from the black henna version of temporary tattoos. Luckily, this doesn't mean that a person has no legal recourse.

Since black henna is known to be a potentially unsafe substance, if a person or their child, is injured due to the dangerous ink or the person applying it, they may be able to bring legal action against that individual. This, of course, will vary by state. In Arizona, pure comparative fault negligence is practiced. This means that, even if a teen, was negligent in getting the unsafe tattoo in the first place, their parent can still recover damages relative to the amount of fault the "tattooist" shares. You can find more information at on Arizona statutes regarding injurious tattoos.

While complete abstinence from henna tattoos may seem like the only safe alternative, there are actually a few measures that a person can take to ensure safety. Traditional henna, for instance, is usually either red, brown, orange, coffee or burgundy in color. If it's black, it means that it contains the additional ingredients that could cause serious reactions. It's best to ask a henna practitioner whether they use black henna, and if the answer is yes or the ink appears black, it's better to just forego the tattoo.

Additionally, there are some safer alternatives to henna out there. Airbrush and transfer tattoos, for instance, are some of the safest tattoo alternatives that a person will come across. They may not last as long as black henna, but they're definitely safer. In addition, jagua skin coloring is all natural and has been in use for centuries, so it's usually a safe alternative as well.

While henna tattoos undoubtedly have their advantages, it's imperative for a person to make sure they're taking appropriate safety measures when getting them. In addition, parents should always make sure that their teens understand the potential dangers of these tattoo alternatives so that they know what to look out for when out and about with their friends. Forms of these tattoos are undoubtedly dangerous, but with just a little bit of knowledge, it's easy to avoid these dangers.

As an artist, Debbie Nguyen is all for self-expression. But as a mother to teens, she is wary of any form of tattoos, which can cause damage to a person's skin.


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