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Henna tattoo and school?

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pastapestofor6 Fri 23-Jul-10 10:30:28

My 6 year old came home from school yesterday with a henna tattoo covering most of his forearm, it is a huge tiger and it also says his name in big capital letters, now the school did not ask permission for him to have this done, we were not even told a thing about it. Am I being unreasonable in thinking they should not have done this without asking parental permission? he is a page boy on saturday and he has to wear a short sleeved shirt, any chance it will fade before then? and how about allergic reactions, I have read horro stories about henna tattoo's causing awful scars?
I am actually a bit cross about this, so AIBU?

needafootmassage Fri 23-Jul-10 10:33:10

I would be absolutely livid if it were my child.

Hulababy Fri 23-Jul-10 10:33:12

I would also be very cross about it. I am shocked a school would do such a thing without gaining parental permission.

Sadly I think henna takes more like 5-6 weeks to go.

I would definitely speak to school about it.

OhYouBadBadKitten Fri 23-Jul-10 10:33:45

YANBU - I'd be concerned abou the potential for future allergic reactions. They should have asked.

scurryfunge Fri 23-Jul-10 10:37:12

you can get allergic reactions years later. What were they thinking?

gorionine Fri 23-Jul-10 10:37:13

My Dd often has henna tatoos (cultural)

At the last school fair she actully was henna tatooing her friends (had a little henna tatoo stall)

I must say I have never heard of any stories of scars caused by henna tatoo. I

It will take several days, not weeks (With the one I am familiar with but there might be different strengths?) for it to totally fade away .

I do agree the school should have asked you though.

irises Fri 23-Jul-10 10:39:00

Oh no, it'll take ages to fade. Why on earth couldn't they have given him a little one on an inconspicuous place, if they had to do one at all.

They look really scruffy from a distance, imo.

gorionine Fri 23-Jul-10 10:41:15

"you can get allergic reactions years later"

How do you know (genuine question) years laters that it is due to having been henna tatooed once if you have an alergic reaction?

going Fri 23-Jul-10 10:47:10

The school should have asked.

Henna tatoos can be really gorgeous but only if you want them.

It will not fade by Saturday - no amount of scrubbing will get it off.

pastapestofor6 Fri 23-Jul-10 10:47:12

I like the henna when done on the hands , I think it looks very pretty, but this huge snarling beast is not so pretty! am not sure about the whole allergic reaction and how long it would take to show up? anyone know more about it?

scurryfunge Fri 23-Jul-10 10:49:27


seems natural 100% is ok but how do you know what was used?

gorionine Fri 23-Jul-10 10:57:48

Very intersting link Scurryfunge, I had no idea that henna was not always 100% natural and had never heard of black or coloured henna.

pastapestofor6 Fri 23-Jul-10 10:59:45

Thank you scurry that is perfect info, the henna used yesterday smelt kind of spicy a bit cinnamon like, hopefully this is the 'good' type

Faithless12 Fri 23-Jul-10 12:10:23

Black henna is the stuff that scars, it's not proper henna. Wash it loads with salt water. How long did he leave the stuff on before washing it off as if he didn't leave it on for long it should be easier to remove.

pastapestofor6 Fri 23-Jul-10 12:49:07

I' not sure faithless, it still had some crusty bits on when he came out, the pattern is very dark red/brown

seeker Fri 23-Jul-10 12:57:35

You can't get allergic reactions years later- don't be silly!

2blessed2bstressed Fri 23-Jul-10 13:01:36

Seeker, of course you can - it's a similar type thing to anaphylactic shock if you're stung - you can be stung once which sets the "internal alarm system" and then next time you're stung - which can be years later - you can go into anaphylactic shock. It's rare, but it does happen.

If you dye your hair blush the contraindications on the instructions specify black henna as a particular issue.

scurryfunge Fri 23-Jul-10 13:23:28

no, honest seeker, it's true, I read it in the Mail grin

littleducks Fri 23-Jul-10 13:29:35

stick him in the bath for ages, take him swimming, put him in paddling pool then when it has faded scrub a bit will be gone

AMumInScotland Fri 23-Jul-10 13:38:03

You can get an allergic reaction to something the second (or subsequent) time you encounter it - the first time your immune system meets anything new it will not have an allergic reaction, but the cells can "make a note of it" as something they don't like, and overreact the next time they meet the same thing.

BoysAreLikeDogs Fri 23-Jul-10 13:50:47

You could try 'shaving' with a bic style razor

HowsTheSerenity Fri 23-Jul-10 13:54:40

The black style henna is actually banned is most countries (apart from some African and Middle Eastern ones where the rules are a tad harder to enforce I think). It can cause scarring.

paisleyleaf Fri 23-Jul-10 14:00:23

I would think it will have been the real henna that won't blister the skin. That's something else (black henna) and also when you visit some countries that offer the tourists henna tattoos, they've mixed it with other stuff to save money..
I'm quite sure that the school will have used henna.

But still, yanbu. I'd expect to be asked permission. What a PITA with the page boy thing.
The schools are quick enough to say they don't want nail varnish/must have your hair like such and such. What a stupid think for them to do.

babybarrister Fri 23-Jul-10 14:14:42

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