Method for Indigo & Henna mixture.
Always remember to take the necessary precautions before setting off on your dyeing project. Clear a suitable area, wear gloves, old clothing and use equipment thats only used for dyeing. Work in a well ventilated area, away from pets and children.
– Firstly mix Henna powder in a bowl with water to create a paste and then add a splash of vinegar or lemon juice, this assists with releasing the natural dye from the plant material.
– For short hair, a rough guide amount of Henna powder to use is around 50g. For longer hair, you’ll need to use around 150g for chin length hair, and around 200-250g for shoulder length hair and beyond.
– Cover the bowl with cling film and leave until you begin to see the dye being released from the mixture.
– Take another bowl and add some Indigo powder, the more Indigo used, the darker the result. If you have dark hair already, or wish to cover grey hair, add a larger proportion of Indigo powder. You don’t need to use more than the amount of the Henna powder used in the steps above. Keep stirring the mixture to remove any lumps.
– Take the Indigo paste and then mix well into the Henna paste.
– Apply the mixture to freshly washed hair for best results. If the mixture begins to thicken during the application, simply add a little water to loosen it up to make it easier to apply.
– Wrap cling film around the head and hair, then place a shower cap over the head. Allow the dye to work its magic for at least two hours.
– Rinse the hair well and do not wash with shampoo for at least 48 hours. This will allow the Indigo constituent to oxidise, which produces the dark color result.
Good to know
No additional chemicals or dyes have been added to our natural Indigo powder, in line with our naturally made promise.
Henna should not be used on any individuals who have been identified as having a G6PD deficiency or a sensitivity to Napthoquinone (the naturally occurring chemical inside Henna that yields the dye). Such individuals may have an insensitivity to Henna products. Pure henna is one of the safest types of natural hair color, however if you have any concerns, always test a small amount on your skin before hand to make sure that you don’t have any untoward reaction. To test if you have any hypersensitivity to Henna, follow the procedure below:
– Wash & Dry a small area behind the ear using soap and water.
– Mix a small quantity of Henna powder with a few drops of water.
– Apply the past mixture on the cleaned area and allow to dry.
– After 24 hours clean the applied area with soap and water,
– If there’s no sign or swelling, reddening, itching or burning on the area, you’re safe to use the Henna powder.