This is a continuation of a previous article about how to create jet black hair color using body art quality henna and indigo (henndigo*): Jet Black Hair from BAQ Henna. Part 1 of 2.
If you don’t mind spending several hours dying your hair color naturally, this is an old technique you may prefer. Perhaps you simply want jet black hair or to cover gray hair, using a traditional method of ancient ingredients and avoid the harmful effects of chemical hair dye. If you are pregnant or nursing, then this is the recommended method for hair color if you desire jet black hair. If you are a man who wants to avoid dangerous chemical progressive dyes and get jet black hair, then this is a preferred hair dye method for you too.
If you don’t have the time and want to naturally dye your hair in about 90 minutes, use 100% Lustrous Henna in Soft Black (no jet black hair shade yet).
Jet Black Hair: BAQ Henna-Indigo Application STEP TWO
Note: Before rinsing out henna, prepare the indigo powder and make a paste as follows: (The dye release is very quick.) Mix indigo powder with warm water until it’s the consistency of thick yogurt. Add 1 teaspoon salt to the indigo powder if you believe your hair is resistant and to get even darker results. Mix in 1-2 drops of fragrant essential oil, if desired.
Apply the Indigo Paste
Apply the indigo paste to the previously hennaed hair in sections, completely coating all the hair down to the roots. It’s easiest if you start from the back and move forward. Follow the same protective instructions as when applying the henna paste to avoid unwanted staining.
Wrap hair in a shower cap or plastic wrap to keep heat in. After an hour check color, if desired. Wait for 1-2 hours to achieve complete dying results.
Rinse Out the Indigo Paste
Rinse to remove all paste.
Gently condition with all natural conditioner like All- Natural Imbue Nurturing Conditioner to soften hair, if desired. However, it best not to shampoo hair for at least 48 hour to allow for the indigo to totally oxidize and the color to set. (If a slight greenish tone appears initially, don't fret because it will disappear once the indigo is completely oxidized.)
- Gray hair: As most of us are aware, gray hair can be really resistant. Therefore, it may be necessary to leave the henna and indigo on for a longer time period or repeat the complete application. You might want to wait a couple of days for the indigo to oxidize, to be sure of the true color, before deciding to repeat the application.
- Please note: This is a basic method for producing jet black hair with body art quality (BAQ) henna, however, there are variations that are known to work equally as well.
- Henna paste stores well, sealed in freezer for up to 2 weeks. Indigo paste does not freeze or keep well; it must be used immediately.
- Amount of each product to use depends on hair thickness and length:
- Short hair: 100 grams; Shoulder length hair: 200-300 grams; Long hair: 400-500 grams.
- Although henna hair dye allergy is extremely rare, always do a strand test; also to be sure of desired hair color.
The above link is to a method I use quite frequently when I want jet black color in less than 4 hours (from henna prep to rinsing out indigo).
*Henndigo: a modern term describing the mixture of henna hair dye with indigo to color gray hair and produce dark brown shades of hair color with BAQ henna and pure indigo powder.
Author: L.J. O'Neal, writer and researcher. (L.J. is also a Lustrous Henna® user.)
©2012. L.J. O’Neal. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
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