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How to Use Henna & Indigo Powder to Color Your Hair or Beard Black - Guide

How to Use Henna & Indigo Powder to Color Your Hair or Beard Black - Guide

  • by Charmaine Davis

Are you eager to transform your hair or beard into a luscious shade of black using natural methods? You're in the right place! In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the art of using Henna & Indigo Powder to achieve that beautiful black color. We'll delve into step-by-step instructions, share expert tips, and answer your burning questions. So, let's embark on this journey to vibrant, naturally black hair or beard!

How to use Henna & Indigo Powder to Color Your Hair or Beard Black

HennaIndigo powders have been used for centuries to color hair naturally. Here's how you can do it:

Preparing Your Mixture

To get started, you'll need:

  1. Henna Powder: Begin with a base layer of Henna. It adds shine and reddish undertones to your hair.
  2. Indigo Powder: To achieve the black color, mix Indigo powder separately. It's the secret behind the darkness.
  3. Amla Powder: Add amla powder too, can be added to both henna and indigo mix. In indigo, not only will amla enhance black hair color it will condition hair and make indigo powder a smooth and easy hair paste to handle.
  4. Lemon Juice (or alternatively Coffee/Tea): Use lemon juice to create henna paste. Its acidity helps release the orange color dye from henna powder.
  5. Bowl and Plastic Wrap: You'll need a bowl for mixing and plastic wrap to cover your hair.
  6. Protective Clothing and Gloves: Wear an old t-shirt or protect clothing, floor coverings and hands from staining.

Step-by-Step Application

  1. Mixing: Mix Henna with lemon juice. Allow to sit for a few hours or overnight.
  2. Clean Hair: Wash your hair or beard thoroughly to remove any oils or dirt but can also be used on unwashed hair particularly if hair is course or unruly when washed.
  3. Application: Apply the Henna paste evenly to your hair from root to hair ends. Cover with plastic wrap and let it sit for 2-4 hours. The longer the more glorious the color.
  4. Indigo Application: After rinsing off the Henna, mix and apply the Indigo paste. Leave it for an hour for black hair or 2 hours for jet black hair.
  5. Rinse and Dry: Rinse your hair thoroughly with water or conditioner but avoid shampoo for the next 24 hours

Expert Tips

  • Use high-quality powders for best results.

  • Experiment with the Henna-Indigo ratio for your desired shade.

  • Always do a strand test before applying to your entire hair or beard.

Achieving the Perfect Black Hue

The magic of Henna and Indigo lies in their chemical reaction. Henna dyes the hair orange-red, while Indigo blue adds dark blue color. The combination produces a deep, natural black.


Q: Can I use this method on grey hair?
A: Yes, it works well on grey hair, providing a natural-looking black shade.

Q: How long does the color last?
A: The color typically lasts 4-6 weeks before fading gradually.

Q: Can I use Henna and Indigo on chemically treated hair?
A: Yes. However to use chemical hair colors after using henna and indigo, it's best to wait a few weeks before applying, as the reaction will cause hair color to be unpredictable.

Q: Does it work for all hair types?
A: Yes, this method is suitable for all hair types.

Q: Can I store leftover paste for future use?
A: Yes, you can freeze henna paste in an airtight container for later applications. Do not freeze indigo as its dyeing powers will weaken.

Q: How often can I apply Henna and Indigo?
A: As often as needed but typically you can apply it every 4-6 weeks.

Now that you have a step-by-step guide on using Henna & Indigo Powder to color your hair or beard black, it's time to embrace the transformation. Achieving that stunning black hue is within your reach, all while using natural ingredients. Remember the expert tips, and don't hesitate to experiment to find your perfect shade. Say goodbye to synthetic dyes and hello to naturally vibrant hair or beard!

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