Howdy y’all! Today’s post is about henna and indigo for natural hair. This post is a looooong time coming, but I after my hard water woes in this town, I stopped my henna/indigo regimen all together, because my hair was breaking faster than it was growing.
However, I found a savior in the form snow water, and slowly but surely, my hair has begun returning to its former glory.
With my hair on it’s way back to badass, I figured that I would start henna-ing and indigo-ing my hair again! Truth be told, it is a very VERY VEEEEERY long process, two days long to be exact. The benefits are well worth the hassle though. I also only intend to do this 2 day ordeal every 3 months.
The benefits of henna in MY hair include:
1. Henna thickens my thinned out, hard water damaged strands
2. My hair is so much stronger with the henna wrapped around my strands cuticles
3. Indigo make my hair a gorgeous, jet black that looks very healthy and shiny.
My biggest beef with henna indigo:
1. IT TAKES TOO LONG!
Anyway, here’s how we make the henna magic happen.
Mix the Henna
My favorite henna to use is Rajasthani Henna from Henna Sooq. I used to be a Mehandi die hard, but their customer service went to hell back in 2012, and I can hold a grudge….the Lord is still working on me. lol.
Anyway, I mix my henna and let it sit overnight so it can release the dyes and properly stain my hair. It usually takes 3 packs of henna to completely cover my head. I mix the henna powder with hot water (a green tea bag steepled in it), a squeeze of lemon juice, and a cap full of olive oil (for moisture).
The next morning, after its been sitting out for 12-16 hours, I apply the mixture to my hair, section by section.
After about 8 hours of having this on my hair, I was it out with tap water. Yea, yea…I know, but it takes ALOT of warm water to get this henna out of my hair. It’s the consistency of clay, and in my thick curls, its a task to get it out. Besides, rain water is like gold. I have to save it for the important part of the process: final rinse.
When I rinse out my hair, it has this very pretty reddish brown color. Very cute, but not for me.
Mix the Indigo
I usually mix my indigo right before I rinse my hair. Unlike henna, indigo dye releases SUPER quick. Like…lightning speed. So, I mix Zekhara Indigo from Mehandi *side eye* with a pinch of salt and room temperature water. and go to rinse out my hair of the indigo. Once I am ready for the indigo, I do the same damned thing, with a different dye.
I leave the indigo in my hair overnight, so that it can properly bond to my strads and give me that jet black/almost blue payoff that I want. After about 9-10 hours of indigo on mah head, I rinse!
This picture doesnt do the blackness of my hair justice. I tried to take the photo in sunlight, and it still wasnt as pretty in the photos as it was to the naked eye. I will do the photos again when I can get ample sunlight without risking pneumonia.
Henna and Indigo will dry the HELL outta your hair. Trust and believe that it will need every last drop of moisture that you can provide it with. For my treatments, I mix Hello Hydration Conditioner with olive oil, comb it through my hair, and then sit under a dryer for 20 minutes with the heat on low. I then let it naturally cool and rinse. My hair is softer and shinier and I don’t have to worry about dry, brittle hair and itchy scalp!
So there y’all have it! If I can come up with a vid for you all showing you how I do this, I will do it for you guys! Lemme know what you think, and if you’re a henna head too!