Dying hair is the most common way to color grey hair and has become a part of hair care routine for most people.


However, the color of the dye on hair isn’t permanent and wears off over time, requiring its re-application every few weeks.


For this reason, more and more people are turning to natural hair dyes to color their hair.


Choosing natural hair dye such as Henna and Indigo powder ensures that your scalp doesn’t get irritated and your hair doesn’t get stripped off of its natural color, even with frequent use!


If you are new to the world of dying hair naturally, this guide will help explore this hair dying method that is not only safe and free of chemicals but also good for your hair. Let’s get started by understanding a little more about these natural hair dyes -


What Is Indigo Powder - All About The Natural Hair Dye

Indigo is one of the oldest knowns dyes that was extensively used for dying textile. Derived from grinding leaves of the plant genre Indigofera, Indigo was a considered precious commodity and was referred to as ‘blue gold’.




With time, the synthetic variations of Indigo gained popularity. However, it is only pure Indigo powder derived from Indigofera Tinctoria that is best suited as a natural hair dye. Do not get confused by the numerous options to buy indigo powder online. Always check the ingredients label and ensure that the indigo powder is 100% natural and organic.


Organic Indigo powder is significantly different from its synthetic alternatives. It doesn’t contain ammonia or PPD or other chemicals like most hair dyes.


To produce natural indigo powder, the leaves from the Indigo plant are soaked overnight which result in the water turning blue.




The mixture is then sun-dried till crisp to remove any moisture and then powdered. Though this process of turning green leaves into brilliant blue dye through fermentation has been practiced for thousands of years, it still seems magical. Doesn’t it?


Benefits of Indigo Powder For Hair

Are you wondering how this natural blue dye can help you dye gray hair black or brown? Then here’s the secret - Use Indigo powder is used in combination with henna powder.


But before we jump to the steps to dye your hair, here are a few known benefits of using Indigo Powder on your hair -




    • It treats and prevents premature greying
    • It can lead to new hair growth and treat baldness.
    • It treats dandruff and conditions dry hair.
    • It prevents scalp infections and soothes the scalp.
    • It smoothens the tangles, makes your hair thicker, more manageable and lustrous.
    • You can dye your hair shades of black or brown by combining it with Henna.

Seems like dying your hair can actually be good for your hair’s health! Natural hair colors can lend your tresses the tint you desire without any damage. Now, if you’re feeling ready to color your gray hair naturally, we’ve listed all the steps for you to get started!


How To Use Henna And Indigo To Color Your Hair Black?

Since Indigo powder is a blue dye, applying it directly to your hair will leave an intriguing blue tint. However, to get darker shades like brown, auburn or black, you need to prime your hair with Henna treatment before using indigo powder.


Henna as a natural hair dye needs no introduction. The ancient science of Ayurveda relies on this natural ingredient for hair coloring and conditioning.




Note - The steps for coloring vary from brand to brand. The steps listed below are suitable when using Kama Ayurveda’s Organic Indigo Powder and Organic Henna Powder (also available together as Kama Ayurveda’s Organic Hair Colour Kit)


To color your hair black, you need to break the whole process down in two steps. Just applying the mixture of Henna powder and Indigo powder directly on your hair won’t give desired results and isn’t advisable. So if you’re looking for those gorgeous black tresses, here’s what you need to do -




Step 1 - Treat your hair with Henna.

    • 1. In a mixing bowl, soak the Henna Powder (100 gms for short hair, 200 gms for shoulder-length hair, 300 gms for long hair) with Tea Water or Coffee Water overnight. (Adding coffee makes the red color of henna more visible.) Add only a dash of Lemon Juice if you wish.
    • 2. Add Yoghurt or Egg for additional conditioning.
    • 4. On the next day, apply the paste on clean, product-free hair for 45-60 minutes, depending on preferred intensity.
    • 5. Rinse well only with water, repeating as many times as you intuitively need. Do not use shampoo.

Step 2 - Treat your hair with Indigo.

    • 1. After rinsing your hair, let them dry.
    • 2. Mix the Indigo Powder (100 gms for short hair, 200 gms for shoulder-length hair, 300 gms for long hair) in warm water to prepare a paste.
    • 3. Apply on your hair, using gloves if applying with your hands, or a spatula.
    • 4. Leave on for 45 minutes, or more, depending on preferred intensity. It’s advisable to keep it on hair for up to 2 hours to get rich black color.
    • 5. Rinse thoroughly with water.
    • 6. Wash your hair with a cleansing shampoo the next day.

Following these two steps will result in the desired natural black hair color. You can use this method to color your hair twice-thrice a month.


How To Use Henna To Color Your Hair Brown?

Some brands recommend creating a mixture of Henna Powder and Indigo Powder to get brown hair. However, when you’re using Kama’s Natural Hair Colour, you only need to apply Henna to dye your hair brown naturally.




Follow these simple steps, to get brown to reddish brown hair.

    • 1. Soak the Henna Powder (100 gms for short hair, 200 gms for shoulder-length hair, 300 gms for long hair) in an iron skillet in Tea Water or Coffee Water overnight. (Adding coffee makes the red color of henna more visible.)
    • 2. Add only a dash of Lemon Juice if you wish. Add Yoghurt or Egg for additional conditioning.
    • 3. On the next day, apply the paste on clean, product-free hair for 2 hours, depending on preferred intensity.
    • 4. Rinse well only with water, repeating as many times as you intuitively need. Do not use shampoo.
    • 5. Wash your hair with a cleansing shampoo the next day.

How To Apply Henna Powder And Indigo Powder On Hair?

While the steps to dye your hair are straightforward and easy, it might seem difficult when you start doing it, especially if you are applying the dye by yourself. Here are a few steps that you can follow to make the process comfortable and clean.




    • 1. Before you start applying, make sure that the paste is of the right consistency. It should be pudding-like, neither too dry nor too wet and runny.
    • 2. To avoid making a mess, drape an old towel around your shoulders and put on your rubber gloves. Remember that the dye may stain the clothes you’re wearing.
    • 3. For an easy and thorough application, divide your hair into as many sections as you want and clip them up.
    • 4. Work with one section at a time, start applying henna with a hair coloring brush right from the roots to the ends. You can also use your hands for this.
    • 5. Once you are done with a section, roll the hair strands around your finger into a little curl and stick them to your head.
    • 6. Once you’re done with applying it to all the sections, apply the remaining of paste all over your head and work it in with your hands for complete coverage
    • 7. Put on a shower cap to avoid spilling the dye when you move.

Sounds easier now, right? If you struggle to apply the dye on your own, you can always take professional help at salons.


Now, let’s explore some of the most commonly asked questions about dying your hair with Henna and Indigo powder.


Is it safe to use Henna and Indigo powder on your hair?

Yes, it is safe to use henna and indigo on your hair if you’ve ensured that the products are 100% natural, organic and free of any chemicals. Kama’s Organic Hair Color Kit is certified 100% organic by Lacon Quality.


However, perform a patch test on your forearm to ensure that you are not allergic to either of these natural hair dyes.


Can I use Henna and Indigo powder on chemically treated hair?

Yes, it is safe to use natural and 100% henna and indigo on chemically treated hair. However, it is suggested to wait 5-6 weeks between chemical treatment and hair coloring.


How long does the color last?

If you wash your hair weekly, the color may last between 4 weeks or less. Depending on your hair, you might need to color twice a month.


Conclusion

When it comes to aging, grey hair is an evident and much-dreaded sign. While store-bought hair dyes solve the problem, the chemicals that they contain can damage your hair in the long run. A healthier alternative is to use natural dyes such as Henna and Indigo powder that leave your hair healthy even after frequent coloring.


Now that you are equipped with all the information you need to try these natural dyes, it’s time to color your hair with them. Do let us know about your experience in the comments below.

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