COMPARISON OF TWO HENN-INDIGO MIXES ON ASH BLONDE HAIR

These two photographs show the range of colours that can be achieved with a ‘Henn-Indigo’ mix. The hair used in these tests is exactly the same dark, ash blonde hair, and the photos were taken a week after application. Products used are from the Hennacat webstore.

‘Henn-Indigo’ is a term used to describe a hair application made from two pure herbal plant powders – Indigo (Indigofera tinctoria) and Henna (Lawsonia Inermis).

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From left to right – 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours.

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From left to right – 1 hour, 3 hours, 6 hours.

‘Henn-Indigo’ 50% Henna and 50% Herbal Indigo – with Lemon JuiceMixed separately with room temperature lemon juice, both pastes blended together, and applied immediately.Applied to dry hair and wrapped in cling film.Left on hair for the number of hours shown.

Rinsed, shampooed and conditioned as normal.Photo taken one week after application

‘Henn-Indigo’ 50% Henna and 50% Herbal Indigo – with cold, black teaMixed separately with room temperature black tea, both pastes blended together, and applied immediately.Applied to dry hair and wrapped in cling film.Left on hair for the number of hours shown.

Rinsed, shampooed and conditioned as normal.Photo taken one week after application

 

 

Notes / Observations

  1. A henn-indigo mix made with cool tea gives a range of darker shades.
  2. The longer you leave the application on, the more saturated the shades will be.

The simplest and the best recipe for Henn-indigo hair dye treatment from Hennacat

There are two ways you can prepare your henn-indigo mix

  1. You can sift your henna and indigo powders together several times to blend the powders and then add the liquid.
  • or
  1. Make two separate pastes with the liquids and then blend the two pastes.

Sift the powder/s into a bowl and then add the liquid (either lemon juice or cold tea, see photos above). Mix to a yoghurt like consistency, and then leave for 1 hour to brew. Make sure you cover the henna paste with a couple of layers of cling film to ensure it does not dry out. Use a large cone to apply the henna paste to your hair, paying particular attention to the roots.

There are a seven main things to remember to ensure that the application is a success.

  1. Use clarifying shampoo
  2. Use a large cone / piping bag to apply the henna paste to your roots
  3. Wear gloves
  4. Leave on your hair for a minimum of three hours for a strong colour
  5. Cover your hennaed hair in cling film to ensure it doesn’t dry on the hair
  6. Mermaid your heair before rinsing
  7. Wait for three days to let the colour fully develop
  8. Use beautiful natural henna

Here is each tip in more detail:

1.       Use clarifying shampoo

Preparation is everything as build-up of natural oils, shampoo, conditioning and styling products can shield the hair shaft from henna, especially if you use silicon containing products.

It is therefore really important to remove this product build up by using a ‘clarifying shampoo’ on your hair before applying henna. Clarifying shampoos cut through natural oils and product build up to leave your hair squeaky clean and ready for henna application.

2.       Use a large cone / piping bag to apply the henna paste to your roots

The simplest and least messy way to get henna paste to your roots is to use a large cone or icing bag, to direct the paste right on to your roots. You can then use your fingers to push the henna paste down onto the hair shaft.  Ensure that all your hair is completely covered in henna, otherwise you will get an uneven colour. Pay attention to the crown of your head, back of your neck and the full length of your hair,  as that can miss out on the paste.

3.       Wear gloves

Henna paste will stain quickly, and it just loves to stain skin and nails, so make sure you wear gloves for both application and rinsing out of henna. If you don’t wear gloves you will stain your hands orange, and your nails as well (this will be permanent until your nails grow out)

4.       Leave on your hair for a minimum of three hours for a strong colour

The longer you leave henna on, the stronger the colour. I usually leave my henna on for 3 hours, but if I want a particularly strong colour, I’ll leave it on for up to 12 hours.

5.       Cover your hennaed hair in cling film to ensure it doesn’t dry on the hair

I have conducted experiments that show that if the henna dries on the hair, it essentially stops the dying process. To ensure that you get the best colour, wrap your head in cling film, and foil, to keep the henna paste nice and sticky.

6.       Mermaid

When it comes to rinsing out your henna, you will find that my henna products rinse out like a dream. To make the process even less messy why not ‘mermaid’ your hair. To do this you fill your kitchen sink or other large bowl with warm water and soak your hair for a few minutes. This loosens and removes a lot of  henna and means that you can then rinse your henna very quickly out of your hair with a shower attachment.  Remember that whatever the henna comes into contact with, it will stain.

7.       Leave for three days to let the colour fully develop

Dry and style your hair as normal, and make sure that you wait for three days for the colour to develop. The first two days you will notice an almost neon orange glow which soon settles.

8.   Use beautiful natural henna

You should notice much improved condition and shine when you use henna on your hair – so keep on using it. But do make sure you buy from a reputable henna supplier. Here at Hennacat™, independent henna suppliers, we use our products all the time and make sure that they are of the highest quality.  Where possible we work with organic suppliers, and always buy direct from the manufacturers to ensure the provenance of our products. You can check out our products over at our shop site.

Hennacat™  strives to provide reliable information about henna and other herbal products based on experience and experimentation. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch through the website if you have any questions.

www.hennacat.com

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