The Dangers of Henna

A temporary sign of a fun Spring Break, like a henna tattoo, can turn into a permanent reminder.
The Bay County Health Department started enforcing a henna tattoo ordinance several years ago to make people aware of some of the dangers.
Some face an allergic reaction to PPD, a chemical approved for hair dye, found in certain plastics and rubber.
The manufacturers of henna tattoo's use PPD to produce the black color.
"They're not permitted, but like I said, we have developed the ordinance and they have to display a sign showing the dangers of what could happen," said Ralph Miller, the environmental health director at the Bay County Health Department.
Miller says that since the ordinance was put into place, the complaints have stopped and things seem to have improved.
Other places like, Beach Airbrush, offer an alternative to henna tattoos.
"We use a temporary tattoo ink. It's long lasting. We stay away from some of the dyes we've seen a lot of problems with,” said Mark Klemeyer, the owner of Beach Airbrush. “Kids getting burned from the product. We want nothing to do with that."
If you experience any side effects from a henna tattoo, contact your local health department.