dye grey hair with henna powder and indigo
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Dye Grey Hair Naturally with these 2 Damage Free Methods, Part 2 – Henna Powder & Indigo

The part 1 of this article was covered in Henna & Mustard Seed. This article will address using henna powder and indigo to dye hair. This method is very safe and lasts for up to 4 months without any need for a touch up.

Ingredients for Dyeing Grey Hair Naturally

  • 1 packet of henna (make sure it’s natural henna and free of any additives). I use Nupur henna.
  • 1 bottle of lemon juice. You can use fresh lemons but you’ll be squeezing for quite some time. The bottled one from the grocery store works just as well.
  • 2 packets of indigo powder. This is for hair below the shoulders. If you have less hair, you’ll probably only need 1 packet. You can find indigo in the supermarket or at the spice souq. If you have any problems locating indigo, leave a request in the comment section below. 

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How To Apply Henna to Hair

  • Empty 1 packet of henna into a bowl and mix with enough lemon juice to form a mashed potato consistency then cover with cling film and set aside in a cool location for 2 days before your treatment. This process releases the dye from the henna.
  • When you’re ready to use it, add in more lemon juice and keep mixing until it’s as smooth and runny as yoghurt. Some people also add in various kinds of tea or coffee into the henna but personally, I found this to reduce the effectiveness of the dye.
  • Apply to your scalp and hair generously. Slather it on like you’re rolling around in mud. Afterwards, wrap cling film around then leave on for up to 5 hours.
  • Rinse out afterwards with cool water and conditioner. This requires several rinses and can be a tad annoying.

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When you have all the henna out, it’s time to mix the indigo powder. 1 – 1½ packets should suffice depending on the length of your hair.

How to Apply Indigo to Hair

  • Mix the indigo with water until it’s smooth then apply to your hair immediately. Cover with clingfilm and leave on for 1 – 3 hours.
  • Wash out with water then deep condition afterwards.
  • Style as usual.

The indigo over henna will leave your hair a deep blue-black colour. You don’t have to use indigo as the henna works fine on its own. You can also mix equal parts of henna and indigo or more henna with little indigo for different shades of brown to auburn. Do not use indigo alone. You will end up with bright blue hair.

nupur henna for dying hairMy favourite brand of henna is Nupur Henna, which you can find in most supermarkets. You can also find indigo in the supermarket or at the spice souq. If you have any problems locating indigo, leave a request in the comment section below.

If you’re new to henna and indigo, you will find this messy and it might take forever but as you practice more, you will eventually learn to manage the amount of time you spend on it and fine tune your process.

Timing: 8 – 10 hours. You can reduce the time by applying the henna to your head overnight and washing out the next morning.

Update: Read this article for where to find indigo powder in Dubai.

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33 Comments

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  • Reply Prabha June 8, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I am in Chennai
    Where i can get indigo powder

    • Reply abi June 9, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      Don’t know unfortunately. We’re located in UAE and can only recommend where to find it here.

  • Reply Rita June 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve been to the spice souq but couldn’t find indigo. Where else can I locate it please? Thank you

    • Reply abi June 13, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Hi Rita, sent you an email with more information.

  • Reply Fz June 22, 2016 at 8:02 am

    Hi. I’m in Dubai and I can’t find indigo at the supermarkets. Please help.
    Thanks.

    • Reply abi June 22, 2016 at 7:12 pm

      Hi FZ, check your email.

  • Reply Bijal July 13, 2016 at 10:11 am

    Hi, Please let me know where exactly can i buy indigo powder in Dubai
    Thanks

    • Reply abi July 21, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Check your email. I’ve sent some info across.

  • Reply Sham B July 19, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Hi I checked the supermarkets but couldn’t find indigo. Can you please tell me where in dubai I can find it? Thanks

    • Reply abi July 21, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Check your email. I’ve sent some info across.

  • Reply Mariam July 22, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Please send me the location of the shop, I want the indigo

    • Reply abi July 23, 2016 at 7:36 pm

      Hi Mariam, you can find indigo at the Spice Souq in Deira. If you still can’t locate it, respond to this comment. Thanks.

  • Reply Reshma August 9, 2016 at 8:53 pm

    Please let me know location where i can find indigo powder.. Thanks

  • Reply masher August 13, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Please send me the locationin dubai of the shop, I want the indigo

  • Reply Minoo August 25, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Hi I am in Alain where can I find indigo here

  • Reply Bets September 23, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Please tell me where i can find the indigo powder in Dubai? Thanks so much

  • Reply Deepti September 27, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Where can I find indigo powder in Dubai

  • Reply Betsy November 11, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Hi, R u selling Indigo powder? If so pls let me know the details… Thanks

    • Reply abi November 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm

      Hi, check your email.

  • Reply Sasikumar November 17, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Hi
    Where can i buy Indigo powder in Sharjah. Pls advice

  • Reply joanna November 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    hello, I live in Abu Dhabi. where can i buy indigo henna and natural henna here?
    thanks for helping.

    • Reply abi December 19, 2016 at 4:22 pm

      Hi, sent you an email.

  • Reply Anita Michael December 18, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Hi Abi
    I am residing in Sharjah and looking out for indigo powder. Can u pls tell me where I can purchase or do u sell. It will be gr8 if u can help me. Thank u.

    • Reply abi December 19, 2016 at 4:38 pm

      Hi Anita, check your email.

      • Reply Anita Michael December 21, 2016 at 1:43 am

        Hi Abi
        I haven’t received any reply from ur end in my inbox, kindly confirm. Thank u.

  • Reply Where Can I Purchase Indigo for Hair Dyeing in Dubai? December 29, 2016 at 1:28 am

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