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
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: INDIA