Indigo powder is a natural dye derived from the leaves of Indigo plant – a subtropical shrub which stands 1 to 2 meters tall and possesses a natural blue dye in its leaves. Medium to bright green in appearance, indigo powder smells like fresh peas and is very strong and pungent. Indigo is being used for at least 4000 years in combination with henna or alone to colour hair. Apart from the hair, it is also used as a textile dye to colour clothes and the blue denim or the pair of jeans in your closet too is indigo dyed. Indigo was the most common and popular hair dye in Europe during 19th and 20th century and was called as “black henna”. However, henna is never black but as powdered indigo resembles powdered henna, it became popular as black henna.
As a natural hair dye, Indigo is very safe to dye/colour hair. This can make your dark hair look blue-black and grey hair look bright – blue. Indigo shares many hair care benefits. Some of the benefits are listed here.
- Adds richness, shine and lustre to hair
- Covers grey hair
- Revitalises hair
- Prevents skin/scalp itching and irritation
- Delivers a soothing effect
- Dispels heat
Similarly, indigo when combined with henna gives a wide spectrum of colour depending upon the composition in which they are mixed. Indigo and henna powder both are made from plants which acquire natural dye in their leaves. Indigo dyes blue and henna dyes red. People in the Middle-East and North Africa have been using the combination of indigo and henna powder for more than thousand years now to colour and try different shades to their hair. The combination of henna and indigo is very beneficial for hair and shares many benefits. This combination acts as a boon to those who are sensitive to harsh chemicals and additives resulting in being the best alternative for modern chemical and synthetic hair dyes.
How to use Henna and Indigo to get natural brown hair colour?
To get brown, chestnut or chocolate hair colour, you need to follow the below steps:
- Prepare henna paste and allow it to sit for 12-24 hours
- Now mix indigo into the henna paste with warm water and stir it up until it resembles stirred up yogurt
- Allow it to sit for 15-20 minute
- Now apply the paste to dry hair completely coating them from tip to roots
- Wrap your hair in shower cap and allow it to soak in for 1-5 hours
- Now wash/rinse or shampoo to remove residues.
Likewise, you can mix henna and indigo in different compositions to get a desired hair colour or shade of hair. Lastly, remember to store indigo powder in a cool and dry place or in a fridge for better and long lasting results.