Henna tattooing in Dubai

Traditional henna tattooing has long proved popular in India and the Middle East. Comments

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Henna hazards

While the natural form of henna – the powdered plant mixed with water – is harmless, some salons also use chemicals such as benzene, petroleum and P-phenylenediamine (PPD) to darken the henna compound and make it last longer. These chemicals can cause dangerous skin reactions and have been linked with leukaemia, causing them to be banned in Abu Dhabi this summer.

How can you avoid the dangers here in Dubai? Always ask for the henna paste to be mixed in front of you, and be particularly cautious of salons offering black henna, which contains PPD (natural henna will only stain a reddish brown). If your skin starts to sting at any time during the henna process, leave the salon immediately and see a doctor.

Where to go

We called 15 salons in Dubai, and these are the only two that refused to use the possibly carcinogenic black henna.

Rachna Salon
This spot isn’t flash, but the staff are experts in henna tattooing. There are seven stylists, some of whom have 10 years’ experience. They specialise in Indian designs, but also offer Arabic styles. A simple design on the back and palms of your hands will cost Dhs100.
Al Wasl Road, Umm Suqeim (04 394 4489)

Aroushi Beauty Salon
This reliable salon boasts one artist from India. A simple design on one hand will cost Dhs40.
Oud Metha Road (04 336 2794)

By Helen Elfer
Time Out Dubai,

User reviews:

Posted by: siba on 17 Dec ' 11 at 09:34

hi,
kindly advice where i can have a henna tatoo in jumeirah lake towers area dubainthank you

Posted by: saima on 13 Oct ' 10 at 16:19

very very nice beautiful design..i like also ,,arabic designs

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