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Complete Guide | How to Color Your Hair with Henna and Indigo

Posted by Khadija Dawn Carryl on 20th Nov 2018

Complete Guide | How to Color Your Hair with Henna and Indigo

We just updated our instructions for Henna and Indigo to be even more comprehensive and detailed then ever before! Color your hair with Henna Sooq's henna and indigo for best results. Our steps will not only be long lasting, cover stubborn greys but will also leave your hair feeling soft, manageable and moisturized.

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When using any new hair product it is always recommended that you do hair strand tests first, or a skin patch test. Even natural products can cause allergic reactions. Test before use.

Important: Please keep in mind that everyone has their own unique hair texture and hair type. Henna and Ayurvedic treatments can be drying for some, and it is recommended that you add aloe vera powder or one of our hair oils to your recipe for best results. You can also deep condition 5-7 days after your color has settled. We recommend that all of our clients try varying recipes as needed based on their hair needs, and focus. Use the recipe that works best for you and your hair!

Total amount of powder you should use:

  • Above ear length: 50-75 grams
  • Shoulder length: 100-125 grams
  • Bra strap length or mid-back: 150-175 grams
  • Lower back (above hips): 200 to 225 grams
  • Hip/Waist length: 250 to 300 grams

Every henna powder has it’s own dye release time. Please follow our guide:

Recommended Liquids (warm to hot in temperature):

  • Water (such as distilled)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Green Tea
  • Note: for coloring treatments do not use heavy liquids such as yoghurt, shea/cocoa butters, conditioners, etc…as they dilute the color, and won’t yield best color coverage. We do not recommend lemon juice for hair coloring recipes as this would be much too harsh and drying to your hair.

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We have all the steps you need to mix your henna and indigo in this blog but if you are more visual and want 50% off all fo the products you'll need to color your hair then we highly recommend you start here:


How to mix and use Henna:

  1. Mix henna with one or more of our recommended liquids
  2. Allow the paste to sit for dye release according to recommended time
  3. Add enough liquid to make a paste the consistency of pancake batter. We don’t measure as each batch of henna can absorb varying amounts of liquid each time
  4. After dye release has been achieved, then apply the henna paste to your (damp or dry) hair by sections starting from the front and moving towards the back. Make sure to wear gloves when applying henna, as it will stain your hands
  5. Wrap your hair and allow henna to dye your hair 3-4 hours
  6. Rinse, shampoo, or co-wash the paste out, according to what works best for your hair
  7. Your hair’s color will settle over the next 2 days

Mixing henna paste

Variations

  • For redder tones you may add our hibiscus petal powder, beet juice, red tea or paprika
  • For browner tones you may add coffee, black tea or our organic amla powder
  • Create your own henna gloss. You can do this by adding some henna powder to your conditioner and let it sit in your hair for 30 minutes as a deep conditioning treatment with a slight reddish tint (not recommended to use a henna gloss recipe if you plan on using indigo)
  • Add our essential oils to your henna to leave your hair smelling great, and super shiny
  • Too Drying? Add our Organic Aloe Vera powder to your henna and indigo powders (only 5% is needed which is about 1-2 tsp per 100 grams of powder used)
  • What if your scalp gets very itchy after your hair coloring? It could be that you're allergic but usually what it often can be, is that not all the herbs have gotten washed out properly and are still in your hair and scalp. Make sure to use a high pressure shower head when rinsing out your treatment

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How to mix Indigo for black tones (2 step process)
Important: 
You must henna your hair before indigo in order to create black tones. If you only use indigo alone it will give your hair a green hue.
Please make sure to do indigo within 72 hours of henna application. Indigo does not always work the first time for clients and repeated application(s) may be necessary.

  1. Follow the instructions on how to henna your hair first
  2. Mix indigo with warm to hot water and allow dye to release for 15-20 minutes. Add enough water to make the paste the consistency of pancake batter. Optional, add salt (1 tbsp per 50 grams of indigo) to help the indigo stick to resistant hair strands
  3. Apply the indigo paste to your hair by sections starting from the front and moving towards the back. Make sure you wear gloves when applying indigo, as it will stain your hands.
  4. Wrap your hair and allow to dye your hair 3-4 hours
  5. Gently wash or co-wash the paste out so as not pull an of the color out
  6. Your hair’s color will settle over the next 2 days

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Mixing Indigo for brown hair (1 step process):

Organic indigo is used for reddish brown to medium brown tones.
Indigo for Hair is best for grey coverage, resistant hair and brown to black tones.

  1. Prepare the henna paste as directed
  2. Once henna is ready, mix your indigo as directed above in separate bowl
  3. Mix the henna and indigo together
  4. Apply the paste to your hair by sections starting from the front and moving towards the back. Make sure you wear gloves, as it will stain your hands.
  5. Wrap your hair and allow to dye your hair for 3-4 hours
  6. Rinse, shampoo, or co-wash the paste out, according to what works best for your hair
  7. Your hair’s color will settle over the next 2 days

Storage:

  • Henna Powder and Paste: cool dark place or can be placed in the fridge or freezer
  • Indigo Powder: cool dark place or can be placed in the fridge or freezer
  • Indigo Paste: must be thrown out after use, even when mixed with henna

You Can Color Your Hair Naturally!

  • reddish brown achieved when using proportions of 70% henna and 30% organic indigo
  • brown tones achieved when using proportions of 50% organic indigo and 50% henna
  • dark chocolate brown tones achieved when using proportions of 70% indigo and 30% henna
  • black tones achieved when you use henna first at 100%, and then second step of indigo at 100%

Important! Please read

Should you still have unsuccessful henna and indigo hair coloring treatments do give us a call at 410-579-4543 for further assistance. We do offer one on one hair consultations through BOOK NOW.

We also recommend if you are aiming for black tones and your recipe still isn't working, to try this: use henna alone in your first step, do a 50/50 brown hair tone recipe using henna and indigo isn your first step to ensure darker results rather then the red of henna alone and then follow up with indigo alone as your second step. This will give you much better results. 

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