Use INDIGO To naturally dye your hair deep reddish, brown or black shades
COMBINE henna and Indigo FOR YOUR PERFECT SHADE
What it is
Indigo, Indigofera tinctoria
powder is from the ground leaves of the indigo plant which contains a deep blue dye used for centuries for textiles including the original blue Levi Strauss jeans!
The leaves are harvested, dried, and ground into a powder for use in textiles, arts, and as a natural hair colorant.
What it does
- Indigo combined with a henna application on hair can produce deep rich red/brown shades through a rich jet black color without any chemicals!
This is considered safe for those with chemical sensitivities and during pregnancy or while nursing. A doctor should be consulted if you have any concerns.
Indigo with Henna is a great replacement for modern chemical dyes if you are having a reaction or eczema caused by chemical color. This is your solution!
- Indigo blended with henna creates a medium brown to rich deep brown hair dye
- Indigo applied over henna treated hair makes a lush black hair color
- Adds richness, shine, and texture
- Covers gray hair
- Use as often as you like for healthy dark brown to black hair color
- Non drying
- NO chemicals, preservatives, PPD or nut derivatives
How to use it:
As a BROWN dye:
- Go brown, auburn, chestnut, or chocolate with your hair naturally!
For Brown, auburn, chestnut, or chocolate hair coloring use a 1 step process by combining indigo with henna
Prepare henna paste and allow to sit for 12-24 hours until the dye has released.
- Mix indigo into the henna paste, you may adjust the consistency with warm water until it’s the consistency of thick yogurt.
Allow to sit for 15 minutes
- Apply the indigo/henna paste to dry or damp hair in sections, completely coating all the hair down to the roots.
It’s easiest if you Start from the back and move forward. Wear gloves to protect your hands from being stained and drape an old towel over your shoulders to protect clothing.
- Wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap and allow to soak in for 1-6 hours
- Rinse or shampoo to remove any residue
Condition to soften hair (some people skip the shampoo)
- Repeat: Monthly for healthy, thick and shiny, dark locks
*the higher proportion of indigo to henna the darker the color will be
*the longer you allow the paste to soak in the darker and richer the color will be
*Takes about 2 days for the color to oxidize and show it’s true shade
As a BLACK or Deep Brown dye:
- Go bold. black and deep brown hair naturally!
Use henna first for your base tone and then indigo to create rich black hair color in this 2 step process
- For Black and deep brown hair coloring use a 2 step process. Apply henna to your hair for a deep red base then apply the blue indigo to create the rich deep browns and blacks.
Apply a henna paste to your hair to create a rich red base. Follow directions for henna here.
Apply indigo over the freshly hennaed and washed hair to create the deep black color
- Mix indigo with warm water until it’s the consistency of thick yogurt.
Optional, add 1 teaspoon salt per 100 grams of indigo powder for darker color. Allow to sit for 15 minutes
- Apply the indigo paste to dry or damp (previously hennaed) hair in sections, completely coating al the hair down to the roots. It’s easiest if you Start from the back and move forward. Wear gloves to protect your hands from being stained, drape an old towel over your shoulders to protect clothing.
- Wrap your hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap and allow to soak in for 1-2 hours
- Rinse or shampoo to remove any residue
Condition to soften hair (some people prefer to just use conditioner)
- Repeat: Monthly for healthy, thick and shiny black locks
Takes about 2 days for the color to oxidize and show it’s true shade
For a scent you may add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to your paste mixture.
indigo powder: fridge, or cool dark place.
paste: use immediately as indigo paste does not freeze or keep well.
How Much do I need
Short Hair 1 Box or 100 Grams
Shoulder Length Hair 2-3 Boxes or 200-300 Grams
Long Hair 4-5 Boxes or 400-500 Grams
What else you need to know
*We recommend you perform a strand test before using any of these recipes or products on your hair to be sure you like the color and result.
Test the product on a small section of your hair or on hair harvested from your hair brush.
When using natural products please keep in mind that every product will react and color your hair uniquely. The result will be different and unique on everyone depending on hair type and condition. There are many ingredients and recipes to try, have fun experimenting!
You may deep condition after the herbal dye treatments to counteract dryness.
What it looks like
Indigo powder is a medium to bright green powder from the ground leaves of the plant and smells like fresh peas, very strong and pungent. When mixed into a paste it is a dark rich green that slowly shows blue dye on the top and will appear a navy blue/blackish color with time.
History and Use
Indigo has been used for centuries as a textile dye, and hair colorant. It is what, until the advent of chemical dyes gave blue jeans that special navy shade and Is still used to dye the beautiful flowing blue robes of the Berber tribes in Northern Africa/Morocco.