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  • Writer's pictureDania Lazuk

Henna Hair Dye Guide

Updated: Sep 23, 2023

New Year, New Hair: Embracing Henna and Indigo for Chemical-Free Coloring

As the new year began, one resolution was to say goodbye to chemically treated hair. Entering the world of natural hair coloring, I discovered the benefits of henna and indigo for achieving a vibrant and healthy mane.

What is Henna?

Henna is a natural dye derived from the henna tree, often used as a hair color, conditioner, and hair thickener in the Middle East. I opted for henna in powder form, as it is pure and free of additives. Best part, Henna is vegan!

Why Henna?

I turned to henna for multiple reasons, including avoiding harmful chemical hair dyes and the short-lived results on my gray hair. Additionally, I wanted to combat hair thinning caused by aging and previous chemical treatments. My goal was to cover my gray hair with a more natural alternative.

My Henna Journey

I purchased henna powder online and mixed it with hot black tea to reach a batter-like consistency, allowing it to sit overnight. In the morning, I applied Vaseline to my forehead, back of my neck, and ears, wore an old shirt, took off my earrings, and put on gloves. I sectioned my hair into four parts and applied the henna mixture, focusing on my gray hairs. After three hours, I rinsed with water, avoiding shampoo to maintain the henna color. My black hair remained black, but my gray hair turned orange.

Indigo to the Rescue

Three days after the henna process, I repeated the process with indigo powder. I mixed the indigo with lukewarm water and let it sit for 30 minutes. I applied the mixture to my hair, wearing gloves and protecting my skin with Vaseline. After two hours, I rinsed with water, avoiding shampoo or conditioner. Note that using indigo alone without henna will not result in any color change.

Post-Coloring Care

After using henna, I noticed my hair was a bit dry, so I opted for conditioning or using a hair mask. Alternatively, for added moisture, oil such as coconut or olive oil can be applied. The orange hue from the henna was gone after using indigo, but some gray hair remained visible. Nevertheless, the result was natural-looking and blended well. I believe that with consistent use of henna and indigo, the desired outcome will be achieved.

Final Thoughts

Achieving beautiful and healthy hair requires consistency, just like any other aspect of life. However, it is important to do research, as results may vary from person to person. For me, as a vegan, the benefits of using henna and indigo far outweigh any potential challenges. Chemical hair treatments are a thing of the past – it's all about natural and healthy hair from here on out."

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