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name for a reddish or black hair dye obtained from the powdered leaves and young shoots of the mignonette tree, or henna shrub (Lawsonia inermis), an Old World shrub of the loosestrifeloosestrife,
common name for the Lythraceae, a widely distributed family of plants most abundant as woody shrubs in the American tropics but including also herbaceous species (chiefly of temperate zones) and some trees.
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 family. Henna dye has long been in use, as evidenced by Egyptian mummies; the dye is also to decorate the skin with designs.



a reddish yellow dye obtained from the leaves of the henna plant (Lawsonia inermis). Henna is used for dying wool and silk fabrics reddish brown; the dye is light-fast, and is also used for dying hair and coloring nails.


Lawsonia inermis. An Old World plant having small opposite leaves and axillary panicles of white flowers; a reddish-brown dye extracted from the leaves is used in hair dyes. Also known as Egyptian henna.


1. a lythraceous shrub or tree, Lawsonia inermis, of Asia and N Africa, with white or reddish fragrant flowers
2. a reddish-brown or brown colour
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In particular, there are a large number of journal articles relating to people, especially children, who have had henna tattoos and artwork applied by street vendors when on holiday abroad, which have caused 'burns' on the area of skin where the henna has been applied.
Natural henna would leave an orange or brown tattoo.
Coun Linda Hobson, cabinet member for community safety and regulation, said: "The advice from our trading standards team is clear - use natural henna in its orange/red form and avoid darker shades of henna.
Toxin alert HENNA does not naturally dye skin black, but black henna has had substances added to it to make it turn black.