Indigo colors your hair black or jet black (black with a blue glow). It is also used to obtain cool browns (during one or two-step coloring). Indigo gives the hair a beautiful, multidimensional color and a sensual glow. Indigo deeply nourishes the hair and significantly improves its condition.
The grinding method makes it easier to apply to the hair.
How to apply Indigo – before you start applying Indigo
If you are applying indigo for the first time, it is best to do an allergic test first (put a little paste on a piece of skin and wait. If you do not get itchy / rash, you can apply the paste to the hair). Before applying the paste for the first time, it is worth also doing a color test on a small strand first. Indigo must not be lightened chemically, as it can give the effect of green hair. It’s a good idea to think carefully about this decision before applying indigo to brown or black. Coloring with indigo rather excludes additives with low pH, (unlike henna and cassia) indigo dye may be deactivated in an unfavorable environment.
Prepare your hair for indigo
It is best to wash your hair with shampoo and strong detergent. It is best to choose a shampoo containing EDTA. If your shampoo is EDTA-free and your tap water is hard, make a homemade helating mask to help remove mineral deposits from your hair. After washing, drain the excess water from your hair, do not apply any conditioners.
Mix the indigo with lukewarm water (boiled or distilled) until it forms a creamy paste. Add a pinch of salt and apply it to your hair. Optionally, you can add a spoon of henna (it has a positive effect on color durability). Before applying the indigo, protect the forehead and ears from dyeing (apply a greasy cream). The indigo should remain on the hair for at least an hour. Rinse the paste thoroughly. Refrain from shampooing and applying cosmetics to your hair for the next 24 hours. Longer application time adds depth to the color. Apply the indigo to your hair right after mixing it up. Remember not to add acidic additives to the indigo.
Prepare henna as usual. Indigo should be added to the decayed henna just before dyeing. Mix thoroughly and apply to the entire length of the hair. A ratio of 1 part indigo to 3 parts henna will produce medium brown. A 1: 1 ratio will give you a cool, dark brown. The proportions can be freely changed. The more indigo in the blend, the darker the color and the cooler the shade. Rinse the mixture thoroughly. Do not wash your hair or apply cosmetics to your hair for the next 24-48 hours.
- In order to obtain Brown hair in a two-step dyeing process (on bleached or gray hair)
Two-step dyeing is dedicated primarily to people with lightened or gray hair. Its purpose is to cover the hair evenly with color and to avoid the greenish tinge of the hair, which often appears on chemically bleached hair that has been directly applied with indigo (without henna foundation). Prepare and apply henna as usual (recipe for preparing henna). After approx. 4 days, prepare and apply pure indigo (recipe for indigo preparation). Avoid washing your hair and applying any type of cosmetics to it for 24-48 hours after each herbal application.
Store in a cool, dry place, avoid direct sunlight. Don’t store/freeze Henna&Indigo mixture. Store each powder separately. Protect from moisture.
For external use only. Do not apply on skin or near eyes. For Gray hair coverage, Indigo powder is best to use with Henna, or after dyeing your hair with henna.
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