15 Best Henna and Indigo Powder for Hair Tips

Use the 15 tips in this article to get the best out of your henna and indigo powder hair dyeing session without hair loss or breakage.

Henna and indigo are a great and natural way to dye hair without causing damage. You can achieve various color shades depending on how you mix the henna and indigo.

I’ve covered henna and indigo for hair several times on the website and you can catch up on previous articles at:-

15 Best Henna and Indigo Powder for Hair Tips

Best Henna and Indigo Tips

1. Do a Strand Test Before Henna and Indigo Application

Always conduct a strand test before you apply henna and indigo. Even if you’ve done it many times before, you should still do a strand test about 72 hours before you dye your hair.

You can use the strands of shed hair on your comb or brush for the strand test.

Follow the henna and indigo recipe for the hair strands to see how your hair will turn out.

2. Use a Non-Metallic Container for Henna and Indigo

Use a non-metallic container for your mixes. Ideally a large glass bowl or a plastic bowl.

You can also use a large silicone bowl like the one below. Note the henna and indigo will stain the bowls so only use if it’s exclusive for your hair regimen days. 

Large Silicone Mixing Bowl

3. Detangle Your Hair

Do not forget to detangle your hair thoroughly and work out any shed hair.

If you apply henna and indigo without detangling your hair, it will end up a very tangled mess.

4. Apply Henna and Indigo Powder on Clean Hair

Do not apply henna and indigo powder on greasy or dirty hair. The dye will not stain properly and might cause tangling.

You can shampoo your hair 48 – 72 hours before you apply henna and indigo powder for the best results.

5. Use Lukewarm Water to Mix Henna and Indigo

Use lukewarm water to mix the indigo powder and henna powder. Do not use cold water.

The lukewarm water will help with consistency, better dye release, and easy application.

6. Don’t Include Additional Ingredients

The only thing you need for henna is lemon juice to release the dye and for indigo powder, water, and a little bit of salt or CMC powder.

You can also choose to mix the henna powder with water only if you want to avoid lemon juice.

Additional ingredients like, oil, conditioner, honey, coffee, etc won’t make the dye more effective.

They will prevent the dye from staining properly and may cause unintended results.

Best tips for henna and indigo applicaton

7. Use Authentic Henna and Indigo Powder

Always check for the quality of your henna and indigo powder. Ensure they are 100% natural and do not contain any additional ingredients.

Get my best henna and indigo powder recommendations at How to Color Natural Hair With Henna and Indigo.

8. Follow Henna and Indigo Up with Deep Conditioning

You must follow up the henna and indigo powder application with deep conditioning. No, it will not wash out the dye.

If you mixed the henna and indigo properly and left it in for the recommended time, then it has already stained your hair and a deep conditioner can’t wash it out.

Use a moisturizing deep conditioner with heat for 30 – 45 minutes. This ensures your hair does not become dry as the henna and indigo powder oxidizes over the next few days.

The deep conditioner you use shouldn’t have protein in it as henna and indigo already mimics protein so don’t overdo it.

9. Make Sure Hair is Saturated

Ensure every strand of your hair is saturated with henna and indigo powder. Don’t be shy with application. 

Apply it the way you would apply a relaxer to hair. After all your strands are covered, you can apply any leftovers to the tips of your hair. 

10. Leave Henna and Indigo On Overnight for Best Results

The minimum amount of time for henna and indigo is 2 hours but for the very best results and longevity of results, leave in for at least 8 hours.

In other words, just apply at night before bed and leave-in overnight. You can wrap a silk scarf around your head to prevent the mix from dripping onto your pillow.

11. Protect Your Hands

Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands. The henna and indigo might stain your hands.

It’s not harmful but it will take a few days to get rid of it so best to wear gloves. Vinyl or latex will do.

Disposable gloves for henna and indigo application

12. Protect Your Ears

Dab a gob of vaseline around both ears to prevent staining on your ears. You can also wear disposable ear protectors like these.

As soon as you’ve finished the henna and indigo application and covered your hair with a disposable cap, clean off any paste on and behind your ears with a towel and warm water.

13. Warm Up the Henna and Indigo Before Application

Place the bowl with the henna and indigo mix into a hot water bath. When the mix is warmed up before application, it makes it easier to spread it through your hair.

To do this, fill your sink with hot water and place the bowl in it 30 minutes before you apply for the right temperature.

This warm mix also provides relaxing effects when you go to bed afterward.

Best tips for henna and indigo powder applicaton

14. Store Leftover Henna Powder Properly

If you have any leftover henna powder paste, scrape into an airtight bowl and freeze. It can last for months in the freezer.

When you’re ready to use again, thaw and mix with a little bit of lemon juice to reactivate.

For leftover indigo powder paste, discard immediately. You cannot store indigo powder paste that’s already been mixed.

Keep any dry powders in their airtight containers and store them in a dry and cool place.

15. Wait At Least 7 Days After Henna and Indigo Before Shampooing

Wait at least 7 days after dyeing your hair with henna and indigo before shampooing again.

Use a gentle shampoo that won’t strip hair to ensure your henna and indigo dye lasts for as long as possible. Feel free to dilute the shampoo as well.

Got more questions about applying henna and indigo powder? Drop them in the comments section.

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