Henna + Indigo on Natural Hair | Step-by-Step

Henna is healthy for natural hair, if you apply it correctly. Open to see how.

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I followed the directions on the box, mostly.

Nothing was measured. I just added water and some olive oil to the red henna until I got it to the consistency I wanted. I mixed the red henna at night because it should sit for at least 12 hours depending on the temperature inside your house. I keep my air at about 65℉ at night. The colder the environment, the slower the henna will release. You can even make it ahead of time and put it in the refrigerator to use a couple of days later.

Here’s a PDF to explain how long you should leave the henna out to release depending on the temperature of your house: http://www.tapdancinglizard.com/AS_henna_for_hair/chapters/chap7/7_dye-release.pdf

I made the entire bag of red henna, but had some left over, so I froze it to use the next time.

The directions on the box said I should shampoo my hair, so I did, using SheaMoitures Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo (link to that product above). I went ahead and applied the henna (but make sure you put vaseline on your edges so you don’t stain your skin). I let that sit for only about 30 minutes. You can let it sit longer. Some people sleep in it. It’s up to you.

Right before you plan to rinse the red henna out, mix the black henna. I just used water and a couple teaspoons of coconut oil. I added water until it was a pancake consistency. I thought the red henna I mixed was too thin, so I made the black henna a little thicker.

After rinsing the red henna out with water, I immediately applied the black (indigo) henna. I did not have any black henna left. I used one box. I let the black henna sit on my hair for about three hours. You can let it sit longer; it’s up to you.

After rinsing, I co-washed and deep conditioned with my all-time favorite, SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Masque. I rinsed and styled as usual.

There will be henna left in your hair afterwards, no matter how much rinsing you do. It was also flaky until I washed it three days later (I did not use shampoo). I would not shampoo my hair for at lease 48 hours to give the henna a chance to settle into your hair. Henna does fade, but by following these steps (along with using the Aveda Black Malva Conditioner: https://youtu.be/04d16xESi20) I have not experienced any fading.

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