henna and indigo for gray hair
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How To Mix And Use Henna And Indigo For Gray Hair: DIY To Naturally Color & Condition Your Hair!!!

Hey Guys,

How are you doing??? 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 know how much pain these gray hair cause us. Well I usually write about how I cover my gray hair naturally. But today, I am writing about how my mom covers her grays naturally. And mind you, my mom has the long, jet black and thick hair. She is actually the inspiration behind HCS.

Now let me share how she covers her gray hair naturally. My Mom uses a diy hair mask of henna and indigo. 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 Hair Mask of Henna and Indigo for Gray Hair


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)

Lets Begin With the Step by Step Procedure to Make this Henna and Indigo Hair Mask

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.

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.

Quick #HairCareTipbyHCS

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 diy hair mask of Henna and indigo 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.

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

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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 hairfall or dandruff. So here is the secret. The ingredients that she adds to this hair mask.

1. Fenugreek Seeds Powder (Optional but it conditions hair and controls hair fall)

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 to your hair mask right before its application.

2. Onion Seeds Powder (popularly known as kalonji) (Optional but it triggers your hair growth)

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 it 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.

3.Castor Oil (Optional but makes hair extra soft and thick)

Castor oil is the best hair oils ever. 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.

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.

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

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

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

You can brew tea. Strain the black tea and use this 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 diy hibiscus oil for fighting hair fall. 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.

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 rose hair perfume at home within minutes, making hair mask and what not. 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.

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 as well. Add 2 tsp just 5 minutes before you use this mask.

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 ingredient that will accelerate your hair growth like no other ingredient can hair will make your hair super voluminous and grow faster. Just applying triphala hair mask to your like all the ingredients mentioned above, add these just 5 minute before using henna and indigo hair mask. You can check out more about this triphala here.

10.Fresh Aloe Vera Gel (Optional but deep conditions your hair)

We all know aloe vera gel works wonders when it comes to 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 hair 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 before 5 minutes of applications.


How to Apply Henna and Indigo for Gray 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. Now 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. If you don’t have shower cap, go for a plastic bag to cover your hair. 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 rinse it off with tap water. Make sure you are not using too much hot water. This will result in fading your hair color and leaving your hair a bit dry.

6. Use a mild shampoo or a shampoo that is sls free 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.

Where to Buy???

I couldn’t find indigo powder in any local stores in my city. Hence, usually I get mine from Amazon. I ordered this Kama Ayurveda Henna and Indigo Hair Coloring Kit and you can get yours too.

Notes to Keep in Mind

  1. Always do a patch test before using this or any other diy or product for the first time.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

  • 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 secret recipe and benefit from this diy. Don’t forget to join our private facebook group and unlock the secret ingredients that makes this hair mask more effective and amazing.

Have a lovely day!!!

Happy little birdie who is obsessed with online gaming, natural hacks, gorgeous hair and her warm cup of tea.


  • Leigha Kleypas

    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


    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??

    • Nimisha Popat

      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 🙂


    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.

  • Tina Nix

    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?

  • Tobias Wessman

    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

  • Gargi

    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.

  • Shreya

    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.

  • Asha Devi

    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..

  • Sangeeta Anand

    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

  • MissGilani

    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

  • Adam Williams

    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.

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