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How To Use Henna And Indigo Powder As Natural Hair Dye For Naturally Black Hair

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How To Use Henna And Indigo Powder As Natural Hair Dye For Naturally Black Hair- Most chemical dyes contain harmful chemicals that not only ruin your hair but also causes various health issues. They do contain cancerous elements and because of that, The chemical dyes are better avoided for natural options like henna and indigo.

Henna – Buy Now and Indigo – Buy Now

I recommend buying indigo from your local shops because, you can easily check the colour and they are most trust worthy in my opinion.

I always got best results from locally bought indigo powder when compared to online brands where it may or may not work.


Scroll down for detailed photo instructions and tips to follow to get best results.

Grey Hair – Before Henna And Indigo Mask

grey hair

We are going to do a three day treatment like this,

  • Day 1 – Henna Hair Mask
  • Day 2 – Indigo Hair Mask
  • And, Day 3 – Oil Massage and shampoo

This hair mask does soften your hair but it may also cause dryness and that is why it recommended to do oil massage after henna/indigo mask.


Shampoo your hair the day before you start with the henna-indigo treatment to make sure your hair and scalp is clean.

Use an iron vessel to make henna mask. This brings out and  intensifies the colour of henna and gives better results.

Difference Between One Step And Two Step Henna Indigo Treatment

The 2-step henna and indigo treatment mask gives jet black hair while, the one step process leaves your hair in shades of brown.

It could be light brown to dark brown depending on the ratio of your henna-indigo mix

henna powder

Henna Benefits For Hair

Henna conditions your hair

Helps with Hair fall

Promotes new hair growth

Makes hair stronger and shinier

Leaves hair soft and frizz free

Helps with minor scalp infections and its symptoms like itching.

Prevents dandruff

Last but not the least, Henna dyes your hair naturally.

How To Make Henna Hair Pack

You may have already heard about using henna and coffee or henna and egg hair masks which helps nourish the scalp and repair your hair in case of damage.


Today we are going to use this henna mask as a pre-treatment mask before applying indigo so, it is better to avoid egg yolk as we wont be shampooing after rinsing off the henna hair mask.

Additional Options

Depending on your needs, You can add the below ingredients to a henna hair mask right before applying it on your hair.

Amla Powder–  Promotes hair growth by boosting blood circulation.

It also strengthens hair follicles and hair strands and thus prevents hair thinning.

Fenugreek powder – For hair loss and dandruff, Menopause hair loss/thinning

Moisturises hair while also, strengthening and smoothening the hair strands.

Soak the fenugreek powder overnight for best results.

Bringharaj Powder– Good for dry hair and scalp.

It does improve hair quality and prevents greying of the hair.

This herb prevents dandruff and helps encourage hair growth.

Hibiscus powder –  Good for oily scalp.

Hibiscus prevents split ends and premature greying of the hair.

It also maintains the pH balance of the scalp, strengthen hair follicles, and is good to regrow hair on bald spots.

Brahmi Powder – Improves hair texture and makes hair thicker and stronger.

It stimulates the scalp to boosts the blood circulation and thus, more oxygen reaches the scalp.

It prevents hair fall and also strengthens the hair cuticles to leave your hair smoother and shinier.

Shikakai Powder – Nourishes hair follicles to promote hair growth. It does leave your hair soft and shiny. Takes care of minor scalp infections and prevents hair loss

Banana (Mashed and filtered)- Good for dry, damaged hair.

Banana provides that extra nourishment to repair your hair and scalp.

It makes your hair soft and frizz free. It helps treat and prevent dandruff too.

Moringa Powder – Good for those with hair loss and thinning hair.

Moringa helps thicken hair, repair damaged cuticles and stimulates new hair growth

Henna Hair Mask For Short Hair


  • Henna – 100 gram
  • Tea-Coffee blend – 2 cups
  • Amla – 1 Tablespoon
  • Lemon Juice – 1 Tablespoon
  • Egg white – 1 (Add just before applying the mask)

Mix Henna, Amla powder,  Tea blend and lemon juice together in a Iron Vessel.


you could add some iron screws to the henna mix. It works absolutely fine.

Iron helps bring out the colour as it helps in better due release.

Close it airtight and Leave it for 12 hours or overnight.

How Much Henna To Use?

100 grams of henna should be enough for men’s hair or super short hair.

200 grams for shoulder length hair.

300 grams for long hair.

How Much Tea-Coffee Blend Is Required to Mix Henna?

One cup(210ml) of the tea-coffee blend is enough for mixing 100 grams of henna.

2 cup for 200 gram henna

3 cup for 300 grams of henna.

This is an approximate amount and there will be little bit left over.


After 12 Hours

If you prefer, Add one or two of the extra ingredients mentioned above at this stage and mix together.

Here i am adding an Egg White.

Apply Vaseline to your forehead, ear lobes and neck area to prevent the colour from staining your skin.

Part your hair and apply henna to each section.

Cover with a shower cap or cling wrap to prevent the mask from drying quickly.

henna hair mask

How Long To Leave Henna On Your Hair?

Leave it on for about 2-4 hours.

We both usually leave it on for about 2 hours.

After 2 hours, Rinse off the hair mask.

If you are following with indigo for covering grey hair, then do not shampoo your hair.

Dry you hair.

Now your white hair should be dyed orange or shades of it which means, it is ready for the next treatment.


henna results


Indigo hair mask should be applied to clean hair for the dye to bind.

So, Do not apply oil or anything as indigo mask will not show any results.


  • Indigo powder –  100 grams
  • Warm water – 1 cup
  • Salt – 2 Teaspoon

indigo and salt


1. Good Quality Indigo Powder

Say NO To Dark Green/Brown/Greyish Shades of Indigo Powder.

Dark green or grey/ brown shades of Indigo powder will not release any colour as it is already oxidised.

Use good quality Indigo as i have shown here. Any other colour is unacceptable.

Choose a trustworthy brand.

2. Apply Indigo within 30 minutes of mixing it. (Super Important Guys!!!)

Again, the colour will not bind to your hair as time goes by. And, all your work will go to waste.

I learnt this the hard way and wasted my time and effort.

3.Divide, Mix And Apply In Sections (For Long Hair)

If you have long hair, mix 100 grams first and apply it to a section of your hair.

Now, mix the next 100 grams with warm water and proceed with the next section.

This is to prevent both product wastage and precious time.

How Long To Keep Indigo On Hair?

1 hour

indigo mask

After Dye Release

This takes about 25 minutes.

indigo hair mask

Rinse your hair after one hour.

Do not shampoo or condition.

Air dry your hair.

Now your hair should be black in colour. 🙂


indigo hair mask before after


How to take care of hair after applying indigo?

Apply warm oil on your hair and massage for 5-10 minutes.

Shampoo and condition after 1 hour.

This is to treat any dryness that may occur due to indigo.

How Often To Dye Hair With Henna Indigo Mix?

You can use this twice a month.






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    • Sorry for the delay.
      Yes, salt helps release the dye and increase the intensity of the colour. It works better in binding the colour to your hair and covers grey hair to jet black.

    • Hi Prakash, On average, with daily hair washing, you can expect the indigo colour to remain vibrant for approximately 3 weeks after which it starts to fade. In my mom’s case, the henna-indigo hair colour typically lasts for about 3-4 weeks with daily hair wash. However, my husband, who washes his hair only once a week, enjoys the colour lasting for more than 6 weeks.
      To help prolong the colour, you can use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner specifically formulated for colour-treated hair or go for co-washing. Additionally, washing your hair with cool or lukewarm water can help prevent the colour from fading as quickly.

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