I performed my henna treatment last weekend with henna and indigo followed by deep conditioning with oils. During the week, I applied the mustard seed oil and henna mix to my hair and scalp 3 times. I used two major ingredients for my henna treatment –
I mixed 1 packet of nupur henna with lemon juice (any kind will do) until it was the consistency of mashed potatoes. I then covered it up with cling film and left in a cool corner for 2 days prior to my henna treatment. This releases the dye in the henna helping it to work better.
On treatment day, I uncovered the henna and mixed with enough lemon juice to form a consistency like runny yoghurt then applied generously to my whole head and scalp until it was completely covered. I covered my head with cling film, wrapped a towel round it then went about my business. I slept with the henna in then rinsed out the next morning with a cheap conditioner and water.
The henna treatment was followed by indigo. Indigo is a plant with blue dye in it. When used immediately after henna, it leaves hair a lovely deep blue-black colour. I mixed 1 packet of indigo (100g) with water until it was the consistency of yoghurt then applied. Indigo should be used immediately after mixing. If you have any unused afterwards, throw it away.
The indigo was grainy and a bit annoying but I’m used to that. You can mix indigo with 1 packet of CMC powder like the one HERE to make it creamier and easier to apply. I covered my whole head and scalp with the mix then repeated the cling film and towel process. I left it in for about 3 hours then rinsed out with water.
I was going for some kind of angle with these pictures because I wanted to capture the highlights but it came out looking a bit off unfortunately. Anyway, After 3 rinses, I deep conditioned with coconut and almond oil mixed in, did a short and wide curlformer set then threw into a bun. I’m not very good at styling after a curl former set but it stretches out the hair real nice making it easier to work it without causing damage.
You can mix ½ henna and ½ indigo to save some time but I prefer to do one first then the other because the colour is more intense that way with reddish/orange highlights, which I quite like. I do this about once a month. So what are the benefits of henna/indigo apart from chemical free hair dyeing?
- Henna & indigo strengthens, conditions and thickens hair leading to better retention.
- Henna & indigo loosens the curls but only slightly.
- Henna & indigo reduces frizz and leaves hair shiny.
- Henna & indigo leaves hair soft and easy to detangle.
If you’re new to henna, you will probably find this very messy and it might take you forever but as you practice more, you will eventually learn to manage the amount of time you spend on it and fine tune your processes.
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