Wash and dry your hair well before use - always wear gloves when using indigo

  • Empty the contents of Indigo powder into a bowl
  • Add enough warm water to mix and stir into a smooth rich paste
  • Apply the paste to your hair covering all strands - do not forget the roots.
  • Leave the hair dye for a minimum of 2hrs.
  • Rinse with warm water

Indigo should not be used on its own as a hair dye - can either be mixed with henna or applied after a henna hair treatment.

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  • Adding a teaspoon of salt to the indigo mixture can increase the richness of the colour.

  • This works best on dark hair, i.e. brunettes and redheads. Blondes may end up with greenish-blue hair. And not a pretty green-blue, but a swamp thing colour

  • Indigo has the consistency of wet sand. Adding an egg white or two will make it easier to work with.

  • Powdered indigo should NEVER be stored in the freezer, as this kills dye release in the plant. It is best to store it in a DRY, DARK place, and it will keep in its powder form for up to a year. An indigo mix cannot be stored, as it releases its dye quickly. Only mix as much as you need. Do not Freeze the remaining mix as you would henna; frozen indigo is useless.

  • You can try different amounts of henna and indigo, or mix in other botanicals to change the color. Just remember that while you only need to leave indigo on a short time, henna takes much longer. A henna mix should be left on at least 4 hours, and 8 is best.

Other plants that you can use on your hair include chamomile, rhubarb root, lemon juice, and cassia for blondes; henna. hibiscus, walnut powder and amla for redheads/brunettes.

INCI : Indigo tinctoria