Indigo is a natural dye that is obtained from the plant Indigofera tinctoria. It’s rich, dark blue in color and is mainly used for dyeing clothes, especially denim. In fact, it is known to be one of the oldest dyes to be used for textile dyeing and printing. However, it is now also being used in combination with henna as a natural hair dye. Interestingly, indigo offers some great benefits for your hair when used appropriately.
Advantages Of Using Indigo?
- It is an all-natural hair dye that does not harm your hair in any way.
- When mixed with henna, it gives your hair a rich brown color.
- When applied over henna treated hair, it gives a lush black color.
- Regular use of indigo on hair can treat and prevent premature greying.
- Indigo hair oil stimulates new hair growth and prevents scalp infections.
- Indigo hair oil also treats dandruff and conditions your hair.
How To Use Henna And Indigo To Color Your Hair Black?
When it comes to dyeing your hair with henna and indigo, it’s a two-step process. You can’t simply mix the two together as that will give you brown or auburn locks. To get gorgeous black tresses, you need to first treat your hair with henna and then go in with the indigo. Confused? Well, then let me break it down step-by-step for you.
What You Need
- Henna powder (100 gms for short hair, 200 gms for shoulder-length hair, 300 gms for long hair)
- Indigo powder (100 gms for short hair, 200 gms for shoulder-length hair, 300 gms for long hair)
- Juice of 1 lemon
- Salt (1 teaspoon)
- Cornstarch (2 teaspoon)
- Glass mixing bowl
- Big spoon
- Plastic wrap
- Hair coloring brush
- Old towel
- Shower cap
- Rubber gloves
- Sectioning clips
Step 1 Applying Henna
- In the mixing bowl, combine the henna powder and lemon juice.
- Slowly start adding water and stirring this mixture until you have a thick pudding-like paste.
- Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap and leave it on overnight for the dye in the henna to release.
- Drape an old towel around your shoulders and put on your rubber gloves.
- Divide your hair into as many sections as you want and clip them up.
- Working with one section at a time, start applying henna with a hair coloring brush right from the roots to the ends.
- Roll this section around your finger into a little curl and stick it to your head.
- Once you’re done with applying henna to all the sections, apply the rest of the henna all over your head and work it in with your hands for complete coverage.
- Put on a shower cap.
- You can leave in the henna for anywhere between 2 hours and overnight.
- Rinse off the henna with just water. Do not use shampoo or conditioner.
Step 2 Applying Indigo
- Mix the indigo powder, salt, and cornstarch together and slowly add water to it until you have a thick paste.
- Divide your hair into sections and apply the indigo paste to it the same way you applied henna.
- Put on a shower cap and leave it on overnight.
- Wash off the indigo paste with water and do not use any shampoo or conditioner on it for the next 2-3 days.
- The black color of your hair may take a couple of days to fully develop.