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Indigo aka Black Henna: Dying Hair with Natural Plant Dyes (the 2-step process)

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Published on Jun 7, 2009

Indigo as a Hair Dye http://www.hennaforhair.com/indigo/

Common Mistakes and Tips: http://hennablogspot.com/common-mista...

The 2-step Process
1 Lay a tarp, drop cloth, or plenty of newspapers on the floor in the area where you plan to apply the indigo, and be sure to wear plastic gloves. Indigo will stain nearly anything so wear old clothes and use old towels.

2 Dye your hair first with henna, which will help the hair absorb the indigo. Most people apply the indigo immediately after the henna, but it can also be done later.


3 Mix the indigo with water until it resembles a thick, lumpy paste. It will smell like frozen peas and will be green in color.

4 Apply the indigo immediately, working it completely through the hair. It will be messy, but don't be afraid to rub it in by the handful and slather it through the hair. Use a tissue to wipe away any dye from your skin.

5 Cover your hair with plastic wrap or a plastic cap and wrap a large towel around it. Leave the indigo in your hair for at least two hours. The longer your leave the dye in your, the darker the result will be.

6 Remove the towel and the plastic and rinse the indigo completely from your hair

Tips & Warnings
*Indigo is a plant. The powdered leaves have a natural dark blue dye. Apply indigo after henna to dye your hair black. Very few people are allergic to indigo, but it can happen. Test First!

*The color of the hair will gradually deepen with each application of henna and indigo.

*It's possible to apply henna and indigo at the same time, but this is recommended for people with hair that is already black or dark brown.

*Never bleach your hair after using indigo. It can turn your hair green.

*Consider your decision to use indigo very carefully, because once you use it, it will be in your hair for a long time. Try applying some to some hair from your hairbrush to see how it looks, and how much indigo it takes to get the color you want.

Note: Please watch and/or read 'more info' on the Body Art Quality Henna Vlog for more links to the many different ways you can mix your henna.

Here's a link to other mixes: http://www.hennaforhair.com/mixes/

Benefits of using henna (http://www.mehandi.com/shop/headlice/... )

Check out www.curlynikki.com for great henna tips
http://www.curlynikki.com/search/labe...

Direct Link to step by step instructions for Indigo aka Black Henna:
http://www.mehandi.com/shop/hairindig...

or the following is the instructions that came with the henna and indigo from www.mehandi.com

Mix and Apply Indigo for Black Hair (Two-Step Process):
*Mix Henna, After Dye Release apply to your hair, let sit for at least 5 + hours, rinse.
*After rinsing henna out mix indigo with water. Add enough water to make a paste about the consistency of stirred up yogurt. Add a teaspoon of salt to help the indigo stain darker. Apply Indigo Immediately.
* Wear plastic gloves and towel then start to apply it in sections or however you choose.
*Wrap your hair in plastic, and wrap a towel or headwrap around that to reduce mess and increase warmth.
* Leave the paste in your hair for 1 to 2 hours. At this time you can sit outside in your yard and enjoy the sun, the heat will help the indigo to stain faster.
* Rinse the paste out.
* If there is a slight green color, that should go away in 1 day.
* Within two days you'll see the true black color. If you can hold out with just rinsing your hair for 48 hours before washing/conditioning/and adding products feel free to do so. I at least try to go 3 hours before doing so.

Don't worry if it doesn't come out as you wish the first time. Wait several days then reapply.

I order my Henna and Indigo from www.Mehandi.com

My natural hair color is Black/Off Black.

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