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How To Mix And Use Henna And Indigo For Gray Hair?

How To Mix And Use Henna And Indigo For Gray Hair?
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Have you tried using organic henna and indigo for gray hair yet?

I know I write a lot about covering your gray hair naturally.

I have a Diy Hair Oil to cover Gray Hair, a DIY hair mask to have red tints to your hair and condition your hair at the same time as well as a hair rinse to help you cover gray hair naturally.

But that’s because I had premature grey hair since teenage.

I usually write about how I cover my gray hair naturally. But today, I am writing about how my mom covers her grays naturally using henna and indigo mix. And mind you, my mom has the long, jet black and thick hair. She is actually the inspiration behind this hair blog..

Now let me share how she covers her gray hair naturally using organic henna and indigo mix. She has her own recipe to make this indigo and henna hair mask and I thought I should definitely share it with you guys.

So lets get started.

Ingredients for Making Henna and Indigo Hair Mask

For making this hair mask you will need couple of more things as well along with henna and indigo.

You will need for making hair mask

For preparing and application of hair mask, you will need

  • 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)

Step by Step Procedure to Make this Henna and Indigo For Gray Hair

1. Take Iron wok and add 200gms of henna powder to it. Now 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 color from first application.

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 200 gms Indigo Powder along with pinch of salt and mix well. Salt helps indigo to release dye and thus you will have darker color. If you think the paste is extremely thick you can add water to adjust its consistency as you desire.

henna and indigo for gray hair


4. Your Henna and indigo mix for gray 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 color and not black then keep consistency of henna to indigo of about 2:1.

You might also like: Is henna good for your hair or is it bad? Advantages and disadvantages of using henna for hair

henna and indigo for gray hair

Add These Ingredients to Henna and Indigo to Control Hair Fall, Trigger Hair Growth and Deep Condition Your Hair at the Same Time – My Mom’s Secret Recipe <3

As I mentioned above that this is my mom’s recipe and she has jet black and thick hair. She barely has the problem of hair fall or dandruff. So here is the secret. The ingredients that she adds to this hair mask.

1. Fenugreek Seeds Powder

Optional but using fenugreek for hair helps to condition hair and controls hair fall effectively. You can also add homemade fenugreek oil.

If you are unaware of this then you are definitely missing onto lot in your hair care. Fenugreek seeds are well known for

  • deep conditioning your hair
  • triggering hair growth
  • controlling hair fall
  • combating dandruff
  • treating split ends
  • adding volume and shine to your hair
  • makes hair silky and soft.

Fenugreek seeds are super easy to find in any super market, grocery store or you can even get it from Amazon. We usually grind these seeds to make fenugreek seeds powder. Add just 1 tsp of this powder or fenugreek oil to your henna and indigo mix right before its application.

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2. Onion Seeds Powder

In India, it is popularly known as kalonji. (Optional but it triggers your hair growth and helps to regrow hair faster.)

Onions helps in triggering your hair’s regrowth. So the hair that you have lost eventually, onion helps in effective regrowth of those hair. Along with this, it also helps in

  • treating scalp infections
  • treating scalp disorders like psoriasis
  • triggers hair growth
  • reduces hair fall.

Onion seeds are super easy to find in any super market, grocery store or you can even get blackseed oil from Amazon. We usually grind these seeds to make onion seeds powder. Add just 1 tsp of this powder to your hair mask right before its application.

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3.Castor Oil

Castor oil is the best hair oils ever. (Optional but makes hair extra soft and thick)

It helps in

  • thickening your hair
  • combating hair fall
  • adding extra volume to your  hair
  • making hair super soft
  • deep conditions your hair
  • triggering hair growth.

Castor oil is really easily available on any super market as well as on Amazon. Just add 1 tsp of castor oil to your henna and indigo hair mask 5 minutes before the application.

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4. Vitamin E Oil

(Optional but helps in adding extra nourishment to your hair)

Vitamin E Oil helps in

  • adding extra nourishment to your hair
  • making hair super soft and manageable
  • repairing dull and lifeless hair
  • promoting hair growth.

I usually buy Evion Vitamin E capsules from a nearby shop. You can absolutely find these on Evion Vitamin E capsules as well. Add oil from these capsules to your hair mask, 5 minutes before you apply this hair mask. I usually add oil from 3-4 capsules in one go.

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5.Tea Or Coffee (Optional but helps For getting Darker Color)

I love using tea for making hair rinse to darken the hair color naturally but tea and coffee also helps in

  • achieving darker hair color
  • conditioning your hair
  • repairing lifeless hair.

You can brew tea or coffee whatever you prefer. Strain it and use it to soak henna and make a thick paste instead of water.

6.Hibiscus Flower Petals

(optional but makes hair color darker and combats hair fall)

If you are regular reader of HCS, you might already know, what a big fan I am of hibiscus flowers. I use it in making my diy hair oil for covering gray hair as well as homemade hibiscus hair oil. This is because hibiscus flower

  • darkens your hair color
  • treats dandruff
  • adds life to lifeless hair
  • combats hair fall
  • triggers hair growth
  • makes hair silky and manageable.

To mix hibiscus flower petals to your hair mask simply wash the petals gently and then add it to your mixer and add little water and make a fine paste. Add this paste to your hair mask 5 minutes before you apply your hair mask.

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7.Rose Petals

(Optional but adds life and health to your hair)

I love using rose petals for my hair. I have used it before to make my hair smell good, making hair mask for dry hair making rose water for hair and many more DIYs. This is because it

  • treats dandruff
  • adds life to lifeless hair
  • combats hair fall
  • triggers hair growth
  • makes hair silky and manageable.

Add fresh or dried Rose Petals to grinder and add this mixture to your henna and indigo hair mask just couple of minutes before applying this hair mask. You can also add rose petal powder instead.

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8. Fresh Amla Pulp or Amla Powder

(Optional but darkens your hair color)

We all know, Amla/Indian Gooseberry is widely used in Indian hair care routines. This is because Amla

  • deep conditions hair
  • darkens hair color
  • makes hair healthy and strong
  • combats dandruff and hair fall.

If you have fresh Amla, just grind and add the pulp to this hair mask. Or you can add amla powder or amla juice or even a tsp of homemade amla oil as well. Add a tsp just 5 minutes before you use this henna and indigo together.

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9. Triphala Powder

(Optional but triggers hair growth)

If you have not heard about this one, then you are definitely missing out on so much.

Triphala powder is an ayurvedic natural herb for hair growth. It will accelerate your hair growth like no other ingredient can hair will make your hair super voluminous and grow faster. Add this just 5 minute before using henna and indigo hair mask.

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10. Fresh Aloe Vera Gel

(Optional but deep conditions your hair)

We all know benefits  of aloe vera for hair and skin care. It would have been wrong if we don’t add these to our hair mask. Aloe vera is well known for

  • deep conditioning hair
  • treating dandruff
  • promoting hair growth
  • making hair silky and manageable and what not.

Just extract the gel from aloe vera leaves. Grind it in grinder with little water and add this to your henna and indigo mask just 5 minutes before you apply this mask.

*I usually add all these ingredients in the grinder and grind them together to form a paste and add this to henna and indigo hair mask.

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How To Use Henna and Indigo For Grey Hair?

henna and indigo for gray hair

Before you start applying this hair mask, do some preps.

1. Apply petroleum jelly along your face line as well as ears to prevent them from staining. Wear your gloves and detangle your hair.

2. Now part small sections of your hair and apply this mask using the hair brush. Apply from roots to ends of your hair. Make sure you are covering each strand carefully and generously with this mask. Cover your entire hair length.

3. After you are done applying hair mask and covered your entire hair, tie it up using a rubber band or hair clip. If you have long hair go for bun.

4. Cover your hair with a shower cap. This will ensure that your hair mask won’t drip or dry out and at the same time, because of shower cap the heat from your scalp helps in better trapping the hair color.

Don’t leave it open, otherwise your hair mask will dry out and it will be a good test for your patience to remove this hair mask from your hair.

5. Leave this mask for 2 hours and then wash your hair with water only. Make sure you are not using hot water. This will result in fading your hair color and leaving your hair a bit dry.

6. Use a mild shampoo or a SLS-free shampoo to wash off the hair mask completely. 

7. Now just use your favorite conditioner and you are good to flaunt your naturally colored silky hair.

What is Henna and Indigo Two Step Process and Why I Don’t Recommend That?

henna and indigo for gray hair

If you are aware of henna and indigo then you must have heard people using a two step process for enhanced effects. Now what is henna and indigo two step process? Usually people apply this hair mask in two step process.

Step 1 : Soak henna by mixing with 1 tsp yogurt and warm water. Keep overnight and apply it the next morning. Keep henna hair mask for 2 hours and then rinse it off with water.

Step 2 : Don’t shampoo after henna instead mix indigo and water and add pinch of salt and make a thick paste. Now apply this immediately and leave it on for 1 hour and then rinse it off with water. You can use a mild shampoo and conditioner if desired.

*I don’t recommend this step because

  • honestly that is just too much work
  • it does not give much enhanced results.

Instead you can absolutely mix henna and indigo together. This will help you save lot of energy and time. Plus, you absolutely get the results with by mixing the two together too.

There is just one condition to this, for the first time you use henna and indigo on your hair, you need to follow the two step process because indigo needs a layer of henna to work better but from next time, since your hair already has layer of henna from first application, you can definitely just mix these together and use.

Like I do.

Where To Buy Best Organic Henna and Indigo Powder For Hair?

I couldn’t find indigo powder in any local stores in my city. Hence, usually I get mine from Amazon.

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Notes to Keep in Mind

  • Always do a patch test before using this or any other diy or product for the first time.
  • Never apply henna and any other ready made hair color without the gap of at least 2 months between both. This is because unknowingly you might get allergic to other if you used the other one. Always do a patch test first.
  • Use this hair masks once every 15 days until the desired color is achieved. Then you can use it once a month then limit this hair mask to once every three months.

Quick Additional Tips To Use Henna And Indigo For Hair

  • If you want dark brown color and not black then add 75%henna and 25% indigo. The lighter color you want, reduce the quantity of indigo accordingly.
  • For some people two step method works better and indigo delivers better color after henna. For me, one step method worked best. Try it out to find which method works best for you.
  • Indigo is not harmful. It is actually a completely natural dye like henna and it is derived from leaves of the plant.

Over to You

Hope you find this post useful. This being a completely natural way to cover your gray hair, it takes at least 4-5 applications to completely cover your gray hair but you will see difference from first time itself.

Well the secret to my mom’s beautiful jet black and healthy hair is out. Hope you take advantage of this henna and indigo hair mask recipe and benefit from this diy. 

Have a lovely day!

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  1. I am glad πŸ™‚

  2. Lisa says:

    This was so useful! I had just about given up on henna until I tried this technique of combining it with the Indigo for a true one-step process. This saved me so much time! And my hair cam eout close to the color I want. I’ll keep tweaking, without resorting back to peroxide!

  3. Mayur B says:

    How can i add in this dye amla ne bhringraj powder.. ?

  4. These tips for how to color your hair is really so helpful for me… Becuase we should know about the right way to color your hair and how to apply it… I would like to say thank you for your tips…

  5. Have you ever considered adding more videos to your blog posts to keep the readers more entertained? I mean I just read through the entire article of yours and it was quite good but since I’m more of a visual learner,I found that to be more helpful well let me know how it turns out.

  6. jyoti says:

    hi !how to do a patch work for indigo n heena

  7. MissGilani says:

    Hi didu,I tied this and thank you my hair looks nice and grey hair nt showing now. I added methi and my hairfall is oveer now too. Thank you didu. Love you so much

  8. Sangeeta Anand says:

    I have grey n very dry hair I wand some brown n light shade of burgandy colour through henna n indigo how can I mix theses n also want herbal n natural conditioner

  9. Asha Devi says:

    Hi.. I have just applied the henna indigo as described by you and kept for 3hrs. Now just going to wash it. I have a query – should I apply any oil after washing it with plain water as I am thinking to not to use shampoo today, as my hair is to much gray specially in front side and . Plz reply..

  10. Shreya says:

    Been reading about using natural dyes to color my hair. This blog was really helpful! I think I’m going to try Kama Ayurveda’s Colouring Kit as well.

  11. Gargi says:

    What Oil should I use after washing off henna and indigo so that the dye doesn’t come out. I tried using different oils like coconut oil, mustard oil, olive oil.. all these made the blue black indigo color come out on my hands while applying the oils and again when I shampooed the oily hair.

  12. minecraft says:

    Informative article, totally what I needed.

  13. Yes dear. I have been using 75%henna and 25% indigo and it gives me beautiful brown hair color.

  14. Tobias Wessman says:

    An interesting discussion is worth comment. I think that you should write more on grey hair, it might not be a taboo subject but generally people are not enough to speak on such topics. To the next. Cheers

  15. Miniso Haul says:

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

  16. Tina Nix says:

    You said if you want dark brown hair and not black then add 75% henna to 25% indigo. Are you sure you didn’t mean 25% henna to 25% indigo?

  17. This website was… how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I
    have found something that helped me. Cheers!

  18. MINI G PILLAI says:

    Thank you, Nimisha. I just added a tablespoon of olive oil. Can I shampoo my hair on the same day itself? And I could not open the document containing the secret tips of your mom even after liking the Facebook page. I am eager to see it.

  19. You can try two step method, that works better for others. What else did you mix in the henna and indigo paste that might have made it sticky. Just shampoo your hair and let me know how it goes πŸ™‚

  20. MINI G PILLAI says:

    Hi Nimisha,
    This is a wonderful post. I tried the one step process. My hair didn’t turn complete black. So I think I should try more applications. Please clarify my doubt. After applying the henna indigo paste my hair turned sticky and I found it very difficult to separate my hair. What should I do??

  21. Helpful info. Fortunate me I discovered your website by chance, and I’m surprised why this coincidence did not came about in advance! I bookmarked it. I just hope it helps cover my greys effectvely

  22. Indigo does not have any side effects unless you are allergic to it. Its completely safe. Just make sure to use the organic one. Give it one more go and add 1tsp amla powder this time for darker color.

  23. Nidhi says:

    Thanks for the reply but first time it gave me rich brown color that was 1 step method only. Don’t know what went wrong this time…
    Also now when color is fading i am feeling i have increased grey hair. Does indigo have any side effects??

  24. Hey Nidhi, it means your hair needs two step process. For some people one step process does not deliver good results. Sorry darling but you would have to do it the hard way

  25. BruceRaf says:

    i dont know y but two step process works best for me

  26. Jim Douglas says:

    never heard of indigo before. is it safe

  27. Sasha Tipping says:

    Hi, I was just visiting your website and thought I’d get in touch
    with you for my hair queries.

  28. Nidhi says:

    Hi Nimisha, when first time i applied indigo mix with henna it gave me rich brown color. Second time i applied it which gave me jet black color whose effect at length is still there. However this time when i applied (1 step process) routes didn’t color at all. Though i added higher proportion of indigo this time

  29. Magnolia Garcia says:

    i have blonde hair and want to achieve greenish blue plz help wt do i do

  30. Dar says:

    Hi there,
    I’d like to know what percentage of henna indigo you would suggest for cool medium brown shoulder length hair. Also is there anything else you would add in to the paste and if so how much? I have dry hair by nature.
    Thank you,

  31. Yes absolutely! Already shared the ratio of henna and indigo in the post for achieving different colors

  32. Pratibha1320 says:

    di if i want reddish brown color can that be achieved with it? mehendi se orange color ajata hai

  33. Frank says:

    I see that all of the comments are useful, but I want to stress that hair color is very hard on the hair too. I switched to henna and really saw a difference in my hair.

  34. Hemangi says:

    your blog is a god sent

  35. Celina says:

    HI! Thank you for all the information. I have white gray hair and am wondering if I can just apply the mixture you mentioned or whether I have to first dye it red and then do a mixture. Thank you!

  36. Hi Charis,
    I son’t know your current hair color whether its blonde or any other so can’t share the exact tips. But for achieving black, I would prefer adding henna30% and indigo70%. Also, soak henna overnight with fresh lemon juice it works better. And as for patch test, apply a small quantity behind your ear and leave it for an hour. If your skin gets irritated within next 24 hours you are allegic if not then goahead and use this wonderful mask.

  37. you can but keeping it overnight will increase your chances of catching cold or headache.

  38. if its your first time, go for two step method

  39. ha. time lega but hojaenge black

  40. Anita says:

    if i use only indigo Will the blue hue on my gray hair and blond steaks fade out? Or what can I do to get the blue myout of hair?

  41. vishwa says:

    di isase black honge ky bal

  42. Stella Tarpley says:

    I will always recommended to dye hair first with henna and then applying indigo powder mix. for darker color

  43. margaritale says:

    I’ve been a henna head for over a decade now and cudnt be happier

  44. Arushi says:

    Hello I dye my hair two days ago with henna and attempted to diet with Indigo after I did the henna and have nice black hair

  45. Darren says:

    can i mix some indigo with brown henna and coffee to make it darker

  46. Haven’t tried it yet dear. Will update the review on the blog when I try it πŸ™‚

  47. Jyoti K says:

    What is your opinion on Biotic hair colour?

  48. Diva says:

    Hi it’s really work wonder instead of applying chemical hair dye it’s good to try this

  49. Emma says:

    I first dyed my hair with your light brown henna color (mix of henna and indigo). It was really nice at first but eventually faded into a bright orange. I figured I would go back over it with indigo to bring it back to a more neutral brown color. Big mistake. The ends of my hair are completely blue and it won’t come out. I’ve tried bleaching it and dying over it….nothing works and in fact every time I try to get rid of the blue, it just becomes more blue. Ugh. So frustrated and I’ll probably have to end up cutting a large amount of my ends off.

  50. JainHemadri says:

    I tried mixing hyna and indigo powder in equal proportions, with warm tea water. Kept it overnight and applied it in the morning. Washed it off after 2 hours. I got normal brown shade that i usually get with hyna. I need black shade.. Kindly help

  51. Aman says:

    Hi Nimisha, thanks for this useful write-up!
    However, for me the colour has not come properly and I don’t notice much difference before and after the application.
    One change I made from your method – I let the indigo and henna/coffee (soaked overnight and I also added a little coffee powder) sit for 30 mins along with a pinch of salt.
    Should I have applied the indigo and henna combination right after mixing them?
    Please let me know! Thanks!

  52. louna says:

    F*ckin’ awesome issues here. I’m very glad to look your article. Thanks a lot and i am having a look ahead to touch you. Will you please drop me a mail?

  53. ganesh says:

    Thank you so much for the information?

  54. Hannelore Medrano says:

    How to mix pure indigo powder I received it today but there are no instructions on how to mix I have short hair I have used the henna mix now I want to finish covering my grey

  55. Kelly says:

    Hello! I’ve been dyeing my hair with henna but it fades drastically after the first wash which I do normally 3,4 days after applying it. So I am considering going only with indigo next time. Do you think I will achieve a darker and long lasting color? Any advice? Best wishes Kelly

  56. EdwardTit says:

    I will definitely try this on coming Sunday

  57. Kab14 says:

    my new hair that grows are growing white i dnt know y

  58. Kajal says:

    thanks for sharing

  59. Ellie says:

    can i shampoo after wards and use conditioner plz

  60. Rubina says:

    i want black hair i am tennager plz help me didu will this wrk 4 mi

  61. Rimsha says:

    does it condition ur hair

  62. No just dont soak in iron vessel and add lil coconut oil or olive oil to it

  63. mitali says:

    can this mask be added on wet hair. I find it much easier. also, I use natural home made shampoo of amla , reetha and shikakai on hair. will this have adverse effect.

  64. Please goahead. I just didn’t see much difference and being lazy i prefer one step

  65. No dear. Soak henna overnight and mix indigo 30 minutes before applying the mask

  66. More indigo less henna. 80:20

  67. Sonam3 says:

    this is bst info on henna n indigo i found ol. ty nimisha

  68. Jacobgab says:

    I want dark black color. what ratio should i mix

  69. JarvisBeigh says:

    Can I mix henna and indigo and keep overnight and apply next morning

  70. Darricklom says:

    Can i try two step i heard its more effective. thoughts?

  71. BestJoseph says:

    Ty for the ingredients that will help it be more beneficial

  72. Charis says:

    I am not sure if my earlier comment was sent successfully 3 days ago as there was no reply yet.

    So here’s my question again. I have all along been doing 5% henna with 95% indigo at a saloon to get jet black hair (if more % of henna is used, I could only get brownish hair). Lately, this does not last for more than 1 week. So thinking of trying on my own.

    Should I follow your ratio of 50% henna & 50% indigo or stick with what I have done at saloon 95% indigo and 5% henna?

    Hope to receive your advice.


  73. Charis says:

    Thanks for such clear instructions and tips posted.

    I am current doing 95% indigo and 5% henna at saloons to achieve jet black hair. If more % of henna is used, I will always get reddish hair. Should I try your ratio or use the same ratio at saloon if I do it on my own?

    Can we use fresh lemon instead of juice?

    How long shall I leave the henna & indigo on for patch test (not sure if I’ll be allergic to those I’ve just bought)

  74. Esha says:

    i never heard of indigo before

  75. ojaswi says:

    super confused whether should try two step or one step

  76. Malika says:

    di can i keepit overnight

  77. Shital Dhande says:

    di if i want brown hair what should i do

  78. Manaswi Deshmukh says:

    di will it dry my hair

  79. Hemangi Jha says:

    wil it increase my hair growth

  80. Hemadri says:

    Will it work for splitends

  81. ohnuhirod says:

    will it make my hair dry

  82. Thank you πŸ™‚

  83. PRisha says:

    Thnq for such amazing post on henna. i tried so much but no help. urs is hepful

  84. Yes dear. Definitely go ahead πŸ™‚

  85. Its completely natural process, so sometimes it takes multiple applications to achieve desired results. Initially apply no more than twice a week and than you can gradually taper it off. hope this helps.

  86. Sangeet says:

    I just did my first 2 step process today,yes it was very time consuming. I did like the results but my Grey’s were not fully covered so I guess i will need to do it a couple more times to get my hair jet black and will try your 1step process.

    My questions is how many days do I wait before doing the next dying process ?.

  87. Harshita says:

    Can I add almond oil to it?

  88. Health Diva says:

    Hi Nimisha
    Great post there.

  89. stitch onsie says:


  90. Yes you can. It will give you blue-ish color πŸ™‚

  91. UlrichJ says:

    Can I use only indigo?

  92. Aww… your comment made my day. Tysm πŸ™‚

  93. hema says:

    Best post on henna and indigo ever

  94. Spoonandpaper says:

    Oh dear… Thanks a lot for replying patiently to all my doubts… Will definitely try this one step process and soon update you. Thank you so much dear. God bless.

  95. Pleasure πŸ™‚

  96. I am really glad. πŸ™‚

  97. Mary says:

    Tried your one step process, it is much easier and gave beautiful color. thanx

  98. Henry47 says:

    Thnx for those secret ingredients your mom adds.

  99. Hi dear, I am glad you found it useful πŸ™‚

    You can shampoo your hair after wards, just make sure you use a sls free shampoo or if you have a particular shampoo that you use then just add few drops of acv to it to prevent the color. You can read more about it here:

    As for oil bath, you can apply oil the same day as well before shampooing your hair too or any day. It won’t affect your hair color. My mom usually applies oil and then shampoos her hair.

    And for other ingredients and indigo, mix them before applying the hair mask and not overnight.
    Hope this helps:)

  100. No dear. For better dye release, you need to soak henna in lemon or curd and indigo with salt. This will help you get enhanced results πŸ™‚

  101. I am so glad to hear you say that. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. πŸ™‚

  102. Lorna says:

    This is very effective. Using your hair mask for 2 months now my hair have become black now. Thanks for sharing

  103. Maya says:

    Can we mix both together instead of soaking them separately

  104. Spoonandpaper says:

    Hi Nimisha… So glad to have found your blog and especially this page… Was searching for a clear one step henna indigo process for a long time. Thank you so much. Just a few of doubts…
    1. Is it okay to wash the pack with mild shampoo the same day? Won’t it remove the coloring effect?
    2. After this pack, when can we have an oil bath next?
    3. Can we mix the additional ingredients along with henna the previous night itself or only just before applying the pack?
    4. And last doubt… Just to make sure… We should add the indigo only before applying the pack right? Can we soak it overnight with henna?
    Please reply. So excited to try this pack, hence curious. Thanks in advance..

  105. Wow.. Thanks for sharing your feedback dear.

  106. Saloni says:

    I kept overnight n the color of my hair is so beautiful. Thnx

  107. Thanks Olivia, your comment just made my day. I am glad you found it useful.

    Indigo actually works best when added at the end. And instead of mixing all the ingredients together, mix those that are your hair’s current need for more enhanced results. Also my mom keeps the mask overnight sometimes. So keeping the mask on for 8 hours doesn’t do any harm except it gives headache and cold to some people. Hope this helps πŸ™‚

  108. Olivia says:

    Can I mix hena and indigo powers with all other ingredients at the same time and leave it more than 8 hours instead of adding indigo power later?
    If not, why?
    Thank you for the most helpful article for henna I’ve ever read!

  109. Yes dear, it is as safe as henna unless you are allergic to it. It is just the powder of Indigo leaves which helps to darken your hair color.

  110. If you feel it dries out your hair, then soak this mask in any other metallic container than iron. Henna and indigo mask when soaked in iron container, makes your hair dry.

  111. Prashant Uke says:

    Don’t it make hair dry?

  112. Romelia Verna says:

    I never hear of indigo before. is it safe

  113. Yes, it darkens hair really well:)

  114. Emilyk45 says:

    I using henna n indego for 2yr n my hair dark now

  115. I am so glad. tysm:)

  116. CameronTrice says:

    two step worked bettr for me but i added those ingredients that ur mom adds and it made my hair really soft n shiny

  117. I am so glad to hear that πŸ™‚ Ty so much for sharing!

  118. 99Nina says:

    I added sum of moms ingrednts my hairfall reduce…….thnku

  119. I am glad. TY for your feedback πŸ™‚

  120. Niki1990 says:

    It work well thanku

  121. Wow:) Glad you like it!

  122. Parina17 says:

    It made my hair darkest blue. it looks so chic I jus luv it

  123. Indigo is the ingredient which has blue color. If you don’t want blue or purple, just reduce the percentage of indigo in the mask. πŸ™‚ I usually mix both in equal quantity and have applied this mask countless time but my hair have never turned blue or purple. Try adding more henna and less indigo πŸ™‚

  124. Hair queries are always welcome:)

  125. Hi Usha,

    I used to have same problem with henna. This mask used to give me terrible headache. Thus I can’t apply henna on regular basis. Hence I came up with one step process. Unfortunately, I don’t have any solution for that dear.

    But, like me, you can try this mask occasionally and leave it on for 20-30 minutes and other times you can try using my hair oil remedy to cover your gray hair naturally. Here is the recipe :

    Also, I am currently writing a post on my hair care routine that helps me cover my gray hair naturally. Will share that soon.That will surely help you too:)

  126. If you are asking about how much time you should have in between henna mask and indigo mask in two step process, then just rinse off henna and apply indigo on damp hair itself.

  127. Travers says:

    How far apart should I wait to apply mask between each other?

  128. Usha Kalyan says:

    hi Nimisha,
    i have sinusitis problem. if i apply henna i will get cold and neck pain and so am avoiding henna and using black henna. is indigo powder give cooling effect and how to avoid getting headache while using henna

  129. santu says:

    can I forward some queries ?

  130. santu says:

    How can we reduce violet/purple color..which will be formed from second time application of Henna/Indigo mix?

  131. Instead of Ironwok, use any other metallic bowl like steel. Iron makes hair dry. You can also add one tablespoon of coconut or olive oil to the mask.

  132. No dear. Both are natural hair dye powders. Henna is extracted from henna leaves and indigo is extracted from leaves of indigo plant.

  133. MattW says:

    Are henna and indigo the same?

  134. Kennethwaice says:

    It makes my hair dry. Any solutions?

  135. No dear. Apply it on your dry hair for better results..

  136. Yay… Your comment made my day. Thank you!

  137. Yes dear. Just add 75%henna and 25% indigo.

  138. MarvinU says:

    I want dark brown hair. WIl this mask help.

  139. Krishna Jhan says:

    Your hair oil did help me with my gray hair. I have been using that and this henna indigo mask. I am loving the results.

  140. Preethi says:

    Hi.. I usually apply henna pack after oiling my hair properly. can i do the same for the henna-indigo hair pack?

  141. Either the brand you tried didn’t work for you or you didn’t had a gap of atleast one to two months between henna mask and the hair color/dye you used previously. If you have colored your hair before with any dye then henna and indigo does not show the effective results. Plus, for hairall you can give this one a try :

  142. No dear. I doesnot make scalp greasy at all.

  143. Totally depends on the brand and after care products. But it should stay for atleast 3-4 weeks.

  144. That is so good to hear!

  145. That is so great Thanks for sharing. My mom already adds aloe vera. πŸ™‚

  146. It is completely natural method dear and it depends on the brand you are using. But it takes 4-5 applications to the minimum to achieve dark color.

  147. Will definitely do the next time, my mom applies the mask πŸ™‚ But you just need to add the ingredients and mix them dear.

  148. Thank you. Please do.

  149. Hi dave, tysm. Feel free to shoot me an email at I will try to get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks πŸ™‚

  150. One hour will work too but you would have to apply ths mask often.

  151. Add more indigo and add other ingredients listed to achieve darker color.

  152. Dear lemon and yogurt helps in better dye release for henna and salt helps indigo release dye effectively. For enhanced results try these πŸ™‚

  153. Iron helps to achieve darker color..

  154. That is so good to hear darling. YA two step process takes a lot of time and patience πŸ™‚

  155. Indigo is completely safe as it is derived from plant leaves but as always make sure you patch test before using. Also, it makes hair dry sometimes so you can go for deep conditioning treatment afterwards if your hair feel dry.

  156. yes dear. I had mixed coffee with this for more darker color. You can goahead and add it πŸ™‚

  157. No dear, it is complete myth. Henna does not cause hair fall in fact, when we add so many ingredients to it, it helps in controlling hair fall.

  158. Like henna, indigo is a powder derived from the leaves of indigo plant. Unless you are allergic to it, its completely safe.

  159. Irene Frenandes says:

    Is Indigo harmful for hair? I am bit scared to try out new things on my hair.

  160. Bimal Shah says:

    Will it result in hair fall?? My sister said henna causes hairfall.

  161. Hi Marie,

    I too have grey hair since the longest time and I can feel your pain darling. Henna and indigo does work great for covering grays.

    As far as the one step process goes, my mom has been using it for years dear and it is working great. Mixing henna and indigo together is delivering good results and doing two step process, does not give much noticeable results. I have tried applying indigo separately and tried mixing indigo with henna and found that mixing them together is much more convenient and works better.

    And as you mentioned, if only roots are the problem, I guess you should ask someone else to apply henna and indigo hair mask on your hair. This will make sure all the roots are covered well. Also use a sls free shampoo.

    Hope this helps!

  162. Hi Liz,try again dear. I just checked, its working fine πŸ™‚

  163. I am glad you found it useful!

  164. Prashanti says:

    Hi after my friend recommended I ordered two packs of Indigo Henna pwdr. I used your procedure twice but this did not result in color change. The grey hair did not turn black. Not sure why also the very reason to buy this product is to avoid chemicals as I have severe hairfall. Kindly suggest plz

  165. Divya Deshkar says:

    Can I add coffee decoction to it. I always soak my henna in coffee decoction.

  166. Shila Rajput says:

    Are there any side effects of indigo?

  167. Shonali G. says:

    I found two step method much effectve. But it takes an entire day of mine. Will give your method a try.

  168. Sweety Mn says:

    Why iron wok?

  169. Kelvinmip says:

    I never heard of adding lemon or salt for better dye release. I used to just soak henna in water.

  170. EmilyBold says:

    I hate orange hair. Will this mask make my hair orange?

  171. meow says:

    Great Mam.Usually i see the ratio s not mentioned in most of the videos/articles.Its so good that you mentioned the ratio for black and brown hairs.That makes this article perfect!

  172. LIZ says:

    I really wanted to see your Mom’s secret recipe but it says that content is locked even after I like and shared this on Facebook…

  173. Marie says:

    Hello Nimisha,
    For indigo the directions state to mix it with warm water and wait 10-15 minutes then to add it to the dye-release Henna mix, but you suggest to add the indigo straight away to the Henna dye mix. I have not tried that. I’m in my late twenties and have several white hairs to cover. The henna/indigo mix does seem to work but after close inspection, I find that it is not always covering the root of the white hairs. Do you honestly think adding the indigo straight to the henna will work better? Also, any other suggestions? I want to achieve black but dark brown will suffice too. I will greatly appreciate any feedback

  174. Danny says:

    I could never keep this mask on for more than an hour.

  175. twinkle mate says:

    Finally found a page which shared one step process.

  176. Varsha nj says:

    Does it make your scalp greasy?

  177. Dave King says:

    Hi, My name is Dave and I was just looking at your website and loved your readers query section. I have a query too. How shall I get in touch?

  178. Sim says:

    How many days does color stay in this one step process

  179. LupitaB says:

    I have been using it since two months and love how my hair looks now.

  180. PK says:

    Could you add more pictures of how this mask is made?

  181. Hi Padma,

    Yes dear! It is completely natural and safe process. Just make sure to patch test okay?

  182. Veena says:

    I add aloe vera to mine. Try it, it would hep keep the dryness at bay.

  183. padma says:

    hi mam i am 25 years old , but i have lot of white hair …. its work for me please suggest..

  184. Pooja k. says:

    When will I get completely dark hair? I have been using it since two weeks and my hair looks darker but its still not completely black.

  185. Gris says:

    Your mom has some really amazing ingredients there. definitely gonna try using these now.

  186. WG says:

    Very informative post. Thanks for sharing.

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