Indigo plants have been used in the country to obtain dye for centuries. Indigo is known for its distinctive blue colour. Apart from dyeing, Indigo also possess several health benefits. It helps in the nourishment of hair to battle dry and brittle hair, dandruff and greying. Some of the other benefits of Indigo powder are mentioned here:
- Prevents premature greying of hair
- Reduces dandruff
- Provides a healthy natural hair dye
- Conditions hair
- Provides deep moisture
- Provides rich colour and shine
There are two processes to use Indigo powder to colour your hair black.
Preparing the Henna: Mix henna powder (100g for short hair, 200g for shoulder length hair, 300g for long hair) and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Slowly add water and stir until you have a thick pudding-like paste. Cover the bowl in plastic wrap and let sit overnight. The dye in henna will then release. Then, the next day, apply henna with a hair colouring brush into every section of your hair. Leave it for about 2 hours and rinse with just water.
Applying Indigo: Now mix the indigo powder, salt, cornstarch and slowly add water until you have a thick paste. In the same way as henna, divide your hair into sections and apply this indigo paste. Put on a shower cap and leave it overnight. Rinse with just water. Do not use a shampoo or conditioner.
The black colour on your hair may take a few days to develop fully. If you just use Indigo powder, your hair may become a shade of blue.
For a shade of brown, this process is a lot easier since you don’t have to process the hair dyes separately. Combine henna powder and yoghurt in a glass bowl and add water till you have a thick paste. Cover the bowl and leave it overnight. Mix Indigo powder and salt into this henna paste the next morning. Divide your hair into sections and apply the mixture with a hair colouring brush. Leave this paste on your hair for about 2 hours. Wash it off with cold water and do not use any shampoo or conditioner.
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How long does the colour last?
Ideally, the colour should last for 4-6 weeks. However, the outcome may highly depend on your hair type and the natural colour of your hair.
How often should you use Indigo powder?
There is no specific time period to use Indigo powder. You may use it at your convenience. Although, using Indigo powder once every two weeks will give you a long-lasting shine and colour.
Is it safe to use Henna or Indigo on your hair?
It is 100% safe to use Henna or Indigo in your hair since they are all-natural ingredients. However, a patch test is recommended to ensure that you are not allergic to these ingredients.