National Tattoo Week on April, 2024: God, Tattoos, and Tattoo Health Risks?
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In the news last week, there was a report of a dentist in Denver who reused the same dirty needles for the past five years on all of his patients when he injected novocane to numb their gumbs. The dentist will be prosecuted and all of his patients are being contacted to get tested for HIV. Years ago, on national TV show, a doctor was giving flu shots to the cohosts and inadvertenly injected Garry Collins with the same needle as the other cohost. Collins had to be tested for HIV.
Getting a tattoo involves needles penetrating your skin and bleeding. Some shops are not that conscientous. Even in better shops, mistakes can happen. They are not held to the same standards as doctors or dentists. Five years down the line, if you get HIV, you won't know where it came from, and even if you have suspicions that it came from your tattoo, you will never be able to prove it.
Henna tattoo's & Hair dye??!?
For years, there has been speculation among consumers and health groups that consistent use of hair color can result in an increased risk of certain types of cancer. According to Begoun, this is a real concern, but exhaustive research by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health has yielded no conclusive answers. Begoun says the research has been both confusing and conflicting: "In essence … there is no definitive proof one way or the other." The FDA recommends that consumers weigh the risk for themselves.
Henna, for example, is a natural hair color that is incredibly drying to the hair shaft, Begoun says. And cosmetics scientists at TheBeautyBrains.com say that henna will only temporarily tint your hair. Although most so-called natural hair-color products use fewer chemicals than most drugstore hair colors, experts say that any change to natural hair color causes hair damage. Experts suggest using the gentlest formula that will yield your desired color and using it as infrequently as possible.
Herbatint & Naturetint are two permanent hair colors that use a smaller amount of hair dye chemicals in conjunction with natural ingredients. Both have fairly decent ratings at MakeupAlley.com (though each gets only a handful of reviews).
Here's a new article I found re: henna, which is supposed to be better for you than reg. box dye. It's a good read!
Google: Henna for Hair Warnings.
If you’re using Henna which says it’s going to turn your hair from black to blonde, then it seems like your using compound Henna, which is not 100% natural. Without getting too scientific, compound henna is when you mix the Lawson in with a chemical like, metallic salts. The most commonly used ones are Copper, Lead acetate and Nickel. This can arguably damage your hair, leaving it dry, brittle and coarse.
EXTRA BONUS INFO! Although many "temporary tattoos" are legal, some -- especially some of those imported from other countries -- are illegal in the United States because they use color additives that are not approved for use on the skin. FDA has had reports of people having allergic reactions to temporary tattoos.
What about henna temporary tattoos? Henna is a brown to reddish brown dye made from a plant. It is approved only for use on the hair, not the skin. If it is black, or any other color besides brown or reddish brown, it contains other ingredients. It also may contain other ingredients to make the stain darker, make the skin absorb the color more easily, or make the stain last longer. Paraphenylenediamine, or PPD is sometimes added to black henna tattoos and that using them is not safe. Allergic reactions usually begin within two to 10 days following application. One bad reaction can lead to sensitivities to other products such as hair dye, sunblock and some types of clothing dyes. Oftentimes, it's using the product a second or third time
Could these ingredients hurt you? It depends. Individuals are different and may be sensitive to different things. If you don't know what the ingredients are, it's impossible to tell what they might do if you put them on your skin.
Google FDA.gov & search for Hair Dye & Relaxers.
Google: Hair Dye FAQ's Are Hair Dyes Safe?
Tattoo machines on Ebay worth buying?
There is only one machine (that I know of) that can be sterilized, that machine is the Hawk. I've never heard of a shop asking for proof of a sterile machine. Machines are usually bagged and disinfected after the tattoo. You should dish out some money for a nice machine. Affordable and tattooing don't go hand n hand. They are expensive for a reason, they are consistent and dependable. The only way to purchase machines on ebay is to know what brands are quality, even then you are on your own. I've known artist who have used National, but honestly not many. There are some great dependable brands out there, be prepared to spend around $300 for a single machine.