Before coloring your hair always prewash your hair with one of our hair washes or one of our shampoo bars. We recommend our Soapnut Hair Wash for best results and especially for resistant and hard to color grey hairs. Applying onto damp hair strands, makes the application go on much easier. For added moisture, 1-2 tsp of aloe vera powder can be added to 100 grams of indigo.
Since we are a DIY henna hair coloring brand and use these methods, there are several ways to get the color you would like:
Reddish Brown: 3 parts henna to 1 part indigo (also known as 70% henna and 30% indigo). This is done in a one step coloring application. Follow the directions to mix your henna and indigo as found on the back of then packages.
Brown: Equal parts of henna and indigo (50/50). This is done in a one step coloring application. Follow the directions to mix your henna and indigo as found on the back of then packages.
Dark Brown: 3 parts indigo and 1 part henna (also known as 70% indigo and 30% henna). This is done in a one step coloring application. Follow the directions to mix your henna and indigo as found on the back of then packages.
Black: Using henna first follow all the directions of the henna you have, by mixing and then apply as directed. Leave henna in your hair 3-4 hours. Then using our Cleansing CoWash to rinse out the henna. Following up right after or within 3 days of the henna dyeing, mix, use and apply your indigo to your hair as directed on the back of the package. Leave this in for 3-4 hours.
Resistant Hair and Greys Method: Should your hair or greys be resistant to coloring, you may need to follow up with indigo as a second step for a short period of time, such as 1-2 hours. This often gives the hair a slightly browner tone quicker.
For all henna hair coloring treatments, rinse out with our Cleansing CoWash once the dyeing process is complete. Moisturize, dry and style as usual. Do not deep condition after coloring as it can remove some of the dye. We recommend you use a water-based leave in conditioner to moisturize your hair or a light hair oil such as our Golden Jojoba Oil or Camellia Oil.
Do note that henna based dyes, being plant-based, sometimes will take more then 1 application to get best coverage (even 3-4 to really build up especially on stubborn and virgin hair). Color can be repeated every 4-6 weeks or root touch ups in between as needed.
On average you'll need to use about this much according to your hair length:
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
Quantities vary depending on your hair length, and thickness or amount of hair.
Storage: We recommend you store all Ayurvedic herbs in a cool dark place, fridge or freezer and away from moisture.
Warning: For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Always test all henna, herbs and products on your skin/scalp before use for possible allergies. Henna and Ayurvedic herbs can be drying to some hair types. Be sure to add necessary moisturizing ingredients to your hair treatments before and after. Henna can also loosen the curl pattern. Be sure to use amla or zizyphus powders or masks to maintain curl pattern. Indigo must not be used alone. Henna is the base and without it, the indigo will leave your hair a green tint.