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The Two Step Henna + Indigo Process

By January 27th, 202151 Comments

The Two Step Henna + Indigo Process

by Shelli of Hairscapades

It’s finally here!! The highly anticipated (by, like, two people) tutorial for my two-step henna/indigo process!! LOL! I did a treatment this Sunday and photo-documented it for this post. I explained most of my process in my Henna and Me “interview.” So, a lot of this will be a repeat of that information. However, it’ll be bulleted and accompanied with pretty pictures and a little more detail ;) . First though, here are a couple of notes about modifications I’ve made to my henna treatments due to my preferences and my hair’s needs:

  • I use henna alone on the front half of my head so that my grey hair becomes fiery red highlights.
  • I do a two-step henna/indigo on the back half of my head so that that hair is black (I don’t like “highlights” in the back as I think they look less intentional and also make my hair look finer, whereas the black makes it look denser in my opinion).
  • I don’t apply henna to my nape hair as that area is almost bone straight and very fine. Henna completely obliterates any wave/curl it might have.
  • I use what CurlyNikki dubbed a Conditioning Henna Treatment. That is, I mix a full batch of henna, allow full dye release and add conditioner to make it easier to apply and rinse. This differentiates my process from a “true” henna gloss since I mix a full batch of henna and allow dye release. It is also different from a full strength henna, because I add conditioner to “dilute” the thickness of the henna. However, I’ve done full strength treatments and see no appreciable difference in the results.
  • I only apply henna to my “roots” now (the first 3-6 inches of hair) as too many applications on the same hair loosens my hair significantly. I try to get about 3 applications on “new hair.”
  • I sometimes apply henna to wet hair and sometimes to dry. These are instructions to my “dry” henna routine. The only difference with my “wet” routine is that I’ll usually have pre-pooed and lightly finger detangled my hair with Vatika oil. Then, I’ll shampoo with either diluted Ion Curls Shampoo or Deva Care No Poo.

With that, here we go!

The Two Step Henna + Indigo Process

Ingredients and Supplies

Henna Mix
200g Henna (100g Jamila or Rajasthani Twilight; 100g Dulhan)
4 tea bags of green tea
3 cups filtered or distilled water
2 Tbsp honey
1 1/2 cups Sally’s GVP Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm

Indigo Mix
50g Indigo
Salt (a pinch)

The Two Step Henna + Indigo Process

Plastic or glass liquids measuring cup
Large glass jar/container (large enough to hold 3 c. of water)
Plastic or wooden spoon
Medium to large plastic or glass bowl with top
Plastic gloves
4 medium-sized plastic jaw clips
Plastic wrap
Plastic cap
Paper towels or cotton balls
Heat wrap, winter hat or bonnet dryer (hard or soft)
Old towels and/or newspaper (to protect basement floor/sink)
Old and/or black tee-shirt and pants/shorts
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (HE HH) (for henna/indigo rinsing)
Slippery and Moisturizing Deep Conditioner (JessiCurl Weekly Deep Conditioner or Darcy Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner)

*no metal containers or utensils

My Process

The Henna Mix

  • Bring 3 cups of distilled or filtered water to a boil and then brew 3-4 green tea bags. Cool to warm/room temp.
  • Pour 2 boxes of henna powder into large glass bowl and gradually stir in cooled tea with a plastic or wood spoon until the texture of a thick batter (I usually need about 2, 2 1/2 cups. I brew 3 cups of tea to make certain that I have enough).

The Two Step Henna + Indigo Process

  • Cover bowl with top (I cover the henna with plastic wrap first, sealing out most of the air, then cover with the top).
  • Allow henna to sit in a cool, dry, dark place for 12 hours for dye release.
  • After dye release, I split the henna into half, and wrap one half in plastic wrap, then aluminum foil, seal it in a freezer and then place it in the freezer (frozen then thawed henna has even better dye release).

The Two Step Henna + Indigo Process

  • After dye release, I mix in about 2 tbsp of honey and 3/4 c. of Sally’s GVP Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm (I never measure these, I just eyeball it). This makes the “batter” thinner (but not drippy) and more like the consistency of Greek yogurt.

The Two Step Henna + Indigo Process

The Prep

  • Protect bathroom surfaces, including floors, sink and door, with old towels and/or newspaper.
  • Don old clothes.
  • Divide dry hair into four sections/quadrants and use round-teeth jaw clips (less snag prone) to secure the front two sections and one rear section to keep them out of the way (More sections may be necessary if you have thicker hair).
  • Don plastic gloves (unless you like orange hands and nails;).

The Two Step Henna + Indigo Process

The Henna Application

  • Finger part and apply henna thickly to first 6 inches or so of of dry* hair, section by section, starting with back sections first and then applying to front (Again, I don’t apply henna to my nape hair). Ensure hair is completely coated in henna.
  • Mix 2 tsp of remaining henna into another 3/4 c. of Sally’s GVP Conditioning Balm to make a henna gloss.
  • Apply to remaining “un-hennaed” hair (I do this as I don’t like the idea of my dry hair under heat, so I put conditioner on it to get a deep treatment. I add leftover henna if I have it).
  • Place hair on top of head, securing with round-tooth jaw clip.
  • Wrap head in plastic wrap, wrap cotton balls or paper towel around edges to catch drippies, don plastic cap.
  • Allow henna to sit for 4 hours (I apply a heat source [winter hat, heat wrap or bonnet dryer] for 2-4 hours to increase speed of dye release and enhance amount of dye uptake).
  • Fill tub with enough water to cover head, put gloves back on and dunk hair to loosen and remove majority of henna.
  • Gently rinse remaining henna from hair under faucet stream (do not try to detangle at this juncture).

The Two Step Henna + Indigo Process

The Indigo Mix**

  • Pour 50g of indigo into glass bowl and add a pinch of salt to enhance dye uptake and color retention (several shakes of the salt shaker).
  • Mix in enough lukewarm/room temp distilled/filtered water to make indigo into a thick paste (indigo is grittier than henna).
  • Put gloves back on and apply indigo to first 6 inches of back half of hair until fully covered.
  • Wrap head in plastic wrap, don plastic cap and apply heat for one hour.
  • Hop in shower and rinse henna and gently finger detangle hair with lots of HE HH (usually takes about three rinses).

**Indigo needs henna to “stick” to the hair. So, henna must be applied first and then indigo to dye hair black. The dye in indigo releases immediately and expires rapidly. So, it should only be mixed right before application and leftovers should be discarded as indigo can’t be stored once it’s been mixed. Indigo powder should be stored in a cool, dry place. Do not freeze indigo powder as it will kill the dye molecule.

The Finish

  • Apply moisturizing deep conditioner (Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Conditioner this time), don plastic cap and apply heat for at least one hour (I sometimes sleep in my DC overnight, but am trying to not do that as often anymore given my realization that my hair was over-conditioned).
  • Cool, seal, finger detangle and rinse (click here for my DC rinsing technique).
  • Apply leave-in and style as desired.

So, that is the very detailed blow-by-blow of my process!

Do you use Henna and Indigo? What’s your process?


  • hairscapades says:

    No problemo:)!!

  • hairscapades says:

    LOL!! It's not that bad when you're actually doing it! Writing it all down was the daunting part! I kept realizing I missed a tool or step! LOL!!

  • Hilary B. says:

    just looking at the pics makes me tired, lol. This was really detailed though, thanks!

  • Luvin Lyfe says:

    Thanks 4 the detailed instructions!

  • hairscapades says:

    Anon @ 1:16, I haven't found it on the ground. I order mine from You may also be able to find it at butters n bars and hennasooq.

  • Anonymous says:

    Where can I buy indigo?

  • hairscapades says:

    SS, sorry for the delay. But, that's just an indication your hair is growing. There is nothing you can do about that, other than stopping your hair from growing. I assume you don't want to do that:). *lol* You could try those touch up hair color markers though. I actually picked up two at Sally's a couple of weeks ago and am about to do a review! But, I'd give you an advance preview. The TouchBack marker seems to work really well and the Dark Auburn matches hennaed grey … at least, it matches my hennaed gray. I got mine from Sally's, but found it for half the price on Amazon!

    Anon @ 11 (6/3), are you deep conditioning after you use henna? Sounds like your hair might be dry. Also, I would expect that you have to use a leave-in, I always use a leave-in. It's just part of the normal hair care process to have to apply it and most people use a styler (gel, cream or butter) as well to define their curls, regardless of using henna or not. So, your process just sounds normal to me.


  • SS says:

    I have gray hair around my temple and I have found that I have to do the henna/indigo treatment every two weeks to keep ahead of the gray. Is there anyway the treatment can last longer?

  • Anonymous says:

    I have 4b hair and find that after I do the one step process and rinse out the henna/indigo my hair just looks like a big puff all over my head no curls. I have to apply leave in and some kind of gel like Eco styler of Kinky curly custard to get any kind of curl. Does anyone know what I might be doing wrong? Or is it just my hair texture? Than

  • sheba says:


  • sheba says:

    I was about to give up on henna until I finally clicked the link to your site. You gave me encouragement to continue using henna but to seek an alternative brand. The henna I was using just was not covering my grays but it left my hair so soft. I was using Rainbow Henna, it contained both henna and indigo so maybe that's why it wasn't working. I see you apply each separately. Wondering through the supermarket one day I discovered a new henna product, a cram. It contains o, amla, aloe vera, hazel nut, chamomile and Jua. It instantly covered my grays leaving the red hightlights. This is my first time so far my hair seems quite soft as usual.

    I started growing my hair out in 1989. There were no products and mostly I got a lot of questions and whispers. It's amazing to me that there is a whole movement out there wow. The terminology: braid out, twist out, twa, wow I did not know all of this was going on. I always admired males when I was little, they have so much freedom. the can wear they hair naturally as it comes from their head no pressure. Males do not have to wear makeup. Growing up I thought black men had it so good when it came from transitioning from a child to a man. women had to fit into some european idealized model. One day I was looking through a book of nubian pictures. I saw one of a woman with big twists, that always stuck with me. I told myself when I was old enough and in control of my own hair I would have twists too. It's amazing to see the transformation of black women's mentality. erase the mental slavery. I always thought our hair isn't ugly we were stolen and sure didn't get to pack any hair products.

  • hairscapades says:

    Hi Saran, sorry for the delay, just seeing this. This was a TnC. The link to my twist and curl tutorial is above. Thanks!

  • Kenyatte says:


    How did you style your hair to get those curls?

  • hairscapades says:

    Anon @ 9:18, how did that turn out for you?

    Anon @ 12:11, no, I've never tried that. I didn't have the best of results when I tried a coconut milk DC, so I haven't revisited using it ever since. HOWEVER, someone else told me that they had amazing results using coconut milk in their henna mix!! Now that I know protein should be followed with a moisturizing deep conditioner (which I already do after a henna tx), maybe I'll try it!!


  • Anonymous says:


    I have read where using coconut milk and an oil of your choice instead of the tea and honey makes for a great dye release and easy rinsing. Have you ever tried this?

  • Anonymous says:

    I've been a henna head for slightly more than a year now. About two months ago I tried a henna/indigo and it was great but I didn't get the brown I wanted, it was a darker, warmer auburn. And I still liked it. But it wasn't quite what I wanted.

    But this time I tried to try to go for a warmer richer brown with golden highlights. So yesterday I mixed up a batch of Rajasthani Twilight henna, and just before applying this afternoon whipped up a batch of Buxus, all from from Mehandi.

    There's good news and bad news. The good news is that the color, although fresh out of the box so to speak, appears to be a lovely rich warm dark brown with golden highlights. Just what I wanted and can't wait to see how it oxidizes over the next couple days.

    The bad news is that Mehandi warns that due to the political climate in Yemen, I think it's Yemen, they can't get the fine sift Buxus they normally get. They clearly state that the Buxus they have is up to the job in terms of getting the color you want (They're right) but it would be more difficult to wash out. And here again they were right.

    I'm here to tell you, for highly textured hair fine sifted products is a must. In all the months I've been doing the henna and indigo rinsing out the product was a breeze. But today when I removed the plastic wrap and felt the grit in my hair my heart sank. It felt like I'd spent a day at the beach without the sun and surf to compensate.

    It took a half hour of rinsing, rinsing, conditioner massaged in, rinsing, more conditioner, rinsing until finally it seemed that I got it all.

    As I write this I'm deep conditioning until tomorrow morning when I will rinse again. Hopefully it is either really all be gone or will soon be. 🙂

    Now I have to figure out is the color worth the effort to go with Buxus again or shall I try henna/indigo again and take my chances? Choices, choices, choices.

  • Anonymous says:

    I did my 1st henna Friday! (LOL, original plan was for Saturday, but I was stuck inside and needed something to do!) I used 100 grams Red Raj from, 2.5 cups warm water (will use less next time) and 1 TSBP lemon juice. Might have been poor lighting, but I thought I saw dye release as I added lemon juice. Wasn't sure so I left it out overnight and added 1/4 cup Suave coconut conditioner the next day.

    I turned on my "Feeling Good" playlist and applied to dry hair. (I did a mud wash a few days ago, and applied aloe vera juice and shea butter/coconut oil/EVOO mix on hair). Application was pretty easy (Maxwell, Mint Condition and Brian McKnight helped!) and way more fun than doing relaxers/chemical dyes. And there was not a big mess; had a few drippies on the sink and floor, but they were covered. Don't know how, but also had splatters on the wall. Oh well, everything is tiled and wiped off clean. Piled hair on top of head, covered head w/ plastic bag, towel, and satin cap and let it marinate for 4.5 hours. I had some mix left over that I transferred to a smaller container and stuck in the freezer.

    I don't head-dunk, so I knelt over tub and rinsed out majority of henna with warm water. Went thru the whole bottle of Suave coconut conditioner and still had some color going down the drain. No problem, applied Aubrey Organics honeysuckle rose conditioner and slightly detangled hair cause I like to put in twists when I deep condition. Jumped in shower an hour later and still had some color. Figured out that scalp was clear and I needed to pay more attention to length of hair. Oh well, applied more conditioner and let it marinate while I showered. Final rinse, hard to say cause my eyes were red by then.

    Got out of shower, and wrapped white t-shirt around head to soak up most of the water. Applied a dime size amount of Garnier Fructis sleek-n-shine to twists to detangle and sealed w/ shea butter/coconut oil/EVOO mixture.

    Before I began, I had about 4 inches of new growth with blinging gray strands throughout, a ring of brown from my last chemical dye, and the ends were dyed black. My grays turned out this shiny coppery color, ring of brown is still there but you have to look real close to tell the difference cause it blended right in. My last few inches are still mostly black but they're blended into the rest of my hair.

    I am loving it! My twists came out oh so nice and lovely, but **sigh** I had to comb them out this morning cause I had to put on the uniform. Oh well.

    I need to stock up on Suave cause I plan on doing another treatment this upcoming weekend.

    …Miss TeeTee

  • hairscapades says:

    Toni-Ann … take your time, do your research. You can also do strand tests with shed hair to see if you like the color effects.

    Sarah, my hair was in a twist and curl there. Here is a link to a tutorial on how I do my TnCs:

    Thank you!!


  • Sarah B says:

    Hi Shelli,

    I appreciate the henna post. I did henna a few times and then quit during my pregnancy because I didn't have the energy. Now, my monster is 6 months old so I'm working on getting my pretty back and am thinking about doing it again. My question isn't about henna though. How did you achieve that style in your hair? Is that a knot out or did you do a roller set? Sarah B.

  • Toni-Ann says:

    I kind of want to try henna because my strands are very fine. I would do a henna indigo because I don't want the red color that comes from henna. I've never dyed my hair before though, and I want to. I'd like to try high lights or dying my hair dark red- not rihanna red- with commercial dye or teal tips. However, I know that I can't/shouldn't use commercial dye over henna. On the other hand I am apprehensive as to how my hair would react to either of the hair dyes. I have normal to low porosity hair. I think I read somewhere that someone used henna and their hair was really dry or it was difficult to moisturize, not initially just in general. But I want the strength of henna. I would also have to make it a henna amla mix because I have loose curls mixed throughout. What a decision to make 🙁

  • hairscapades says:

    Tammy, cool!! I never heard that before! As I only do my roots, it's not too much of a problem for me! But, for anyone doing a full head, that is great info!!

    Anon @ 11:50, I tried it, but had an allergic reaction, so I discontinued using it. Honestly, don't know that it really helped prevent curl loosening too much for me anyway. I've used zizyphus with some success to restore some bounce and curl. However, I think the better route is to do roots only applications as my loosening came when I did, like, 5-10 full strength treatments on the full length of my hair. When I only do about 3 on "new" hair, I don't see too much loosening, if any, at all.

    Unknown @ 3:16, honey helps with moisture and eases rinsing of the henna … it adds slip.

    Thank you all!


  • Anonymous says:

    @ anonymous 11:50am
    I've mixed amla powder into the conditioning henna gloss. In fact, it's the only way I will prepare my mix as I do not want to loosen my curls. I've only used the mix once, but my curls are still the same so I will continue to use this mix.

  • Unknown says:

    Luv this post. However I am curious as to the purpose of using honey? Please share. Thanks

  • Vanessa says:

    Great Post! Thank you for sharing……

  • Anonymous says:

    Has anyone tried mixing alma powder into the conditioning henna gloss? I want to try it because my curl pattern is loosening but im not sure if the alma will work in the henna gloss.

  • Tamala S. says:

    Im not sure if anyone has mentioned this but guar gum or xantham gum in indigo makes it soooooo much easier to use! Google it. there are some things online about it. A teaspoon per 100 grams. You can get it from health food stores in the baking sections.

  • hairscapades says:

    Awwww, thank you Anon!!

    Kimmie, I've read of others who use the applicator brush as well. I'm a hands person, but that does sound like a great idea!


  • Anonymous says:

    Shelli, you are awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to do such a detailed post AND for answering all of our questions!

  • Kimmie0810 says:

    I have found that using a color application brush (Sally's for less than $1) helps me apply the henna better and neatly. I'm able to get it to the root and coat the strands by painting the henna on w/o "glopping" it and missing spots.

  • hairscapades says:

    ATribitt, you can get some of the benefits of henna with a gloss, which is essentially what you described (1-2 tbsp mixed directly into conditioner and immediately applied to hair for 30 min to an hour). But, it's the dye in henna that actually binds to and thickens hair. So, the gloss does have benefits, just not as great as henna. You may want to try cassia instead. It won't change your red, but has very similar benefits to henna, though the effects don't last as long.

    Anon @ 12:12, Thank you!! You know, I have never seen anyone else address the curl loosening by roots only applications, so I figured it would be good to share what modifications I've made to address it because amla didn't seem to help and I also had a reaction to it (made my scalp very itchy and, I'm pretty sure, caused me to have excessive shedding in 2010). So, hope it works for you!!

    Anon @ 7:43, I've contemplated doing that too!! That way, I can cut the time down on henna day! But, I wasn't sure how quickly after you do henna you need to do an indigo treatment. I thought I read 3-4 days. But, I might try that hendigo next month on one day and the indigo for the back the next week. You've inspired me to give it a try!! We'll see how that goes!


  • Anonymous says:

    I have always done the one step henna/indigo until I went too long between treatments and the indigo was making my hair too dark. I did a two step mixing cocoa powder with rajasthani henna. My grays were brownish red but I have a big splotch of gray in the back of my head so I was determined to finally blend it in. The week after the henna, I mixed up some indigo and added about a tablespoon or so of thawed henna. All the gray in back finally blended with my darker hair and the front was more like darker highlights. I will keep up the one step and do an additional indigo when needed

  • Anonymous says:

    I LOVE the Red Highlights!lol My hair is turning out the same way with the exception of coloring the hair black in the back. But I may actually try that as well! 🙂

    Side note: I've noticed that my 4a curls have definately loosened up! While I was ok with the curls loosening some I'm a little concerned about too much stretching! I may have to lean back a bit on the henna's.

  • ATribitt says:

    Shelli, i have naturally red (auburn) hair, and i am NOT wishing to have my hair turn out some scary bright red color. Also, i'm afraid of my curls loosening. I'm wondering is the dye release totally essential to reap the conditioning benefits of henna? For instance, if i mix the henna and apply it immediately, would i still get the benefits? What if i mixed it with conditioner and applied immediately?

  • hairscapades says:

    Anon. @ 4:05, there are pictures on my site (the link is in the first comment above! Thank you!

    Naturally Beautiful, henna won't damage your hair as long as you are gentle during the process and deep condition with a moisturizing conditioner after the treatment (no protein). However, it would probably make you hair even redder if you have a mid/light brown shade. If you want similar shine and conditioning benefits, cassia obavata is another option that looks clear on dark hair.


  • naturally beautiful says:

    I dyed my hair a reddish brown color.Can I use henna on top of it? How will it effect the color already in my hair and will it damage my hair?

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow, This looks like waaay too much work!!! But would have loved to see your finished hair color.

  • hairscapades says:

    Thanks Meniko! I mix my indigo with room temperature water as I think excess heat or cold destroys the dye (hence why you shouldn't freeze indigo or mix it with hot water). But, that's just what I've always read to mix it with. Between henna and indigo, I rinse with water only. But, after rinsing the indigo with water, I then use conditioner. As long as I've let the indigo sit an hour with heat, it seems to take for me. I know my mom had problems with it taking on her grey hair though. Her grey didn't seem to hold the indigo, though it held the henna.

    Carla, I've used that in the past too. But, I remember Nikki preferred stretched cotton balls over the roll and I still had drippies using it. I used paper towels because they were handy! I forgot that I have a huge bag of unopened cotton balls under the sink!

    Thanks EbonyLolita!! 🙂

    Anon @ 1:50 … do you mean that my hair looked curlier before I started using henna? I'm not sure if there was typo in your question? But yes, henna definitely loosened my curls. You can really see the difference in my texture on the top half of my hair and the bottom half. When I first started using henna in 2010, I went hard, applying it very often, sometimes weekly for several months. Towards the end of 2010, I started only applying it monthly and then in 2011, I started doing roots only. Now, it almost looks like I'm transitioning/growing out a relaxer/heat damage … well, not quite that bad, but you can definitely see a marked difference in the top half ad bottom half of my hair.

    In regard to it being expensive, not at all. I get Dulhan henna at my local Indian grocer for $1.49 a box. The Jamila is more expensive at $7.99 (I think?) a box, but you can just use Dulhan alone if you want. Indigo is about $7.99 for 100g, but because I only really need to do my roots and I only do them once a month, I usually get 4 applications out 100g.

    Hope that helps!!

    Thanks all!


  • Anonymous says:

    Shelli you have an amazing back. Great V-shape and taper. Looks like a woman who trains with weights. 🙂

  • Anonymous says:


    I have a quick question (forgive me if there are typos.. There's an annoying Kohl's ad blocking tthe reply box). So on to my question: do u think that the henna and/or indigo have loosened your curl [attern? I saw a pic that you [osted of your hair from the earlier part of your journey and your hair did not look as curly. Was the henna or indigo to blame? And is this process expensive to maintain? sincerely, C.

  • EbonyLolita says:

    I love Indigo/Henna dying. I mix my Indigo with Lipton tea and my Indigo with regular BLACK coffee to get it PITCH BLACK!!!

    I've never had any problems & do notice that when I do a final rinse my hair has an unbelievable shine.

    Lately I've been protective styling w/braids&twists. This tutorial gave me a boost of inspiration again. I think I'll do an henna/indigo rinse for old times sake. Plus all the GREY keeps popping up & I gotta shut those suckas down. Very good tutorial.

  • Carla says:

    I do pretty much everything you do when it comes to doing a henna, henna gloss, or henna/indigo treatment, but I discovered a new tool: cotton coil. I buy it by the box at Sally Beauty and it makes all the difference in the world when it comes to catching drips while its sitting on my head.

  • meniko says:

    Thanks for sharing! Yes I have been doing Henna/Amla and Indigo treatments since Aug. I was very afraid to try it at first because I didin't want red hair!! I buy the kits (henna & indigo) from for resistant grays-I still have problems getting the grays around my hairline to completely color…some are coppery red and some are still gray!! I use amla with my henna for my acid (first time I did henna alone w/ indigo I noticed curl loosening which was okay in some areas but the nape of my neck my hair is very fine, not as thick and a much looser curl. Since I been adding amla to my henna, my curls are not as loose).

    I read on that you should not use conditioner until after you have rinsed the henna & indigo out….I had been doing co-washes to get the henna out and now I am thinking that may be why I cannot get a truly dark black color that lasts or why I still have some gray hairs.

    I believe or somewhere else I read to use a moisturizing poo to get the remaining henna out of your hair…has anyone tried that? I know my hair would be very dry at this point but I also use Jessicurl WDT or Darcy's Pumpkin Seed condish (I use DB every week for comb detangling it is the BOMB!!) for deep conditioning for 30 min with heat after I do my treatments.

    Also, when you mix the indigo, are you using warm/room temp or cold water? (I had been using room temp and adding salt but I think I read somewhere to use cold water???)

    Yes it is a tedious long process and I haven't done one since Christmas but plan to do one in a couple of weeks and will try to do every other month (rotating with a monthly treatment with CJunkie Repair Me).

  • hairscapades says:

    Thanks everyone! LOL at the comments that this is too much, but if you ever do it, you'll check back in:)! It took me 2 months of reading henna posts on CurlyNikki before I got up the nerve to do it. It seemed so overwhelming … and MESSY! But, seriously, after the first couple of times, it's pretty easy. It's just that you have to be hanging out in the house that day. So, you know, you slap it in and go natural hair site surfing or youtube watching;). I write blog posts;). Or, you can do like Nikki and sleep in it overnight. I've only done that a couple of times though.

    But, yeah, henna alone isn't bad. Roots only is really easy. It's the indigo step that is a pain because it's yet another rinse. But, I suck it up because I want the back black.

    And Anon at 10:29, you CAN totally mix the two together for shades of brown. It's just that I like black. I think the ratio is 2/3 indigo to 1/3 henna for a dark brown. I called myself doing that my last application prior to this one. But don't think I was even close to that ratio because my roots were still mostly red! But yeah, you can mix them if you don't want black-black hair. It would make my life easier if I got that ratio down:). I might give it another go my next treatment. We'll see!

    Thanks again all for mentally "bookmarking;)!" LOL!


  • Anonymous says:

    Thanks Shelli! This was a indeed a very detailed post but it is very time consuming. Is it possible to do a shortcut by combining the henna with the indigo?

  • Anonymous says:

    Shelli, thank you for such a thorough post. Your slideshow was great. The novice hennaheads will truly appreciate your attention to detail.

    Henna/indigo was never that kind to my hair, LOL, so I am giving it a break for a while. If and when I ever return to henna, it will be your tutorial that I'll look for!

  • Annie L. says:

    I loved the detail, from he supplies to the process and ways to ensure your results, this was a great read – I probably won't do it, Lol, but if I did I'd refer here.

  • Anonymous says:

    I've never done henna for many reasons, the number one being the reddish color I really don't want but I've wondered what I will do as more grays come in as I get older and appreciate this information for future reference especially with the additional indigo application.

  • Anonymous says:

    WOW. Waaaay too much work for me.

  • hairscapades says:

    The henna dye is permanent and the indigo tends to set well for me too (though indigo is more prone to fading; but I don't seem to have this problem). I usually apply monthly as I get about a 1/2 inch of new growth each month. I had gone 2 months this time though, so had an inch of new growth.


  • P. Champ says:

    How many washes will the dye last/how often do you re-apply?

  • hairscapades says:

    Just wanted to let everyone know that I have a slide show with more pictures of the process and end results on my site. Here is the direct link to the post:

    Thank you for reading!


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