How to cover grey hair using Indigo and Henna

How to cover grey hair using Indigo and Henna

Whilst some people are happy to keep their grey, for some it’s a definite no-no. A combination of Henna and Indigo is a great way to cover that grey completely naturally, without using harsh chemicals.

The indigo molecule needs the henna to hold onto the hair shaft which is why are used together.

Here is a step-by-step guide which will achieve amazing results.


This is how to make a hair mask of henna and indigo.


Henna powder

Indigo powder


Yogurt or Lemon Juice (Helps in releasing dye from henna)

Salt (helps in releasing dye from indigo)


Iron Wok (This helps in achieving darker colour)

Shower Cap (To help the mask from excess drying and dripping)

Old t-shirt (Since this is a messy process wear old clothes)

Towel (To protect your clothes from dripping)

Brush (To apply the hair mask)

Comb (To part sections while applying the mask)

Gloves (To Prevent your hands from staining)

Petroleum Jelly (To apply it around face and neckline to prevent from staining)


  1. Take an Iron wok and add 200g of henna powder to it. Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or yogurt to henna and mix well. This is because lemon juice or yogurt contains Vitamin C which helps better dye release of henna and will help you have darker colour.
  2. Now add warm water slowly to henna and keep mixing it until you achieve yogurt like consistency or you form a thick but smooth paste. Keep this henna mixture overnight. Henna takes at least 8 hours to release dye. Use a hair brush or a spoon to mix. Avoid using hands because it immediately stains your hands.
  3. The next morning, just stir this soaked henna paste once and now add 200g Indigo Powder along with pinch of salt and mix well. Salt helps indigo to release dye and thus you will have darker colour. If you think the paste is extremely thick you can add water to adjust its consistency as you desire.
  4. Your hair mask of Henna and indigo for grey hair is ready to use.


Henna and Indigo Ratio

If you are looking to achieve jet black hair keep consistency of henna to indigo equal, i.e., 50:50 but if you are aiming to achieve brown colour and not black then keep consistency of henna to indigo of about 2:1


As with anything else, when trying this for the 1st time be sure to do a patch test somewhere not noticeable. Also, this may react adversely with chemical dye, so be sure to check that before use.

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