How Quickly Must Indigo Be Applied After Henna?
Oops. I colored my hair with henna without checking to make sure I had indigo left. Now what? Read below. (more pictures below, too)
It's #HairSpaDay Sunday and here's my quick blog post of the week.
I recently did a color touch-up on my gray roots with henna. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that I was out of indigo until the next morning! Meaning, I had brightly colored orange roots from my overnight henna, but no indigo to transform them into black. (Indigo latches on to henna and turns your orange hair into dark brown/black).
This is a first for me because I usually check to see if I have everything I need, as in both henna and indigo, before starting this process.
So I quickly reordered my indigo and creatively hid my orange roots for the following two days.
While I waited, my "Love Me and Leave In" conditioner kept my hair moisturized. I always use it during my monthly color touch-ups to prevent dryness on my ends and for easy rinse outs.
Now for the test. Would this work? Would the indigo latch on to henna applied days previously? I was going to find out.
As it turns out, indigo can still tone down freshly applied henna days later. However, it seems only 50% effective. My roots aren't as dark as they would've been if I had applied the indigo immediately after rinsing out my henna.
So what's the takeaway? The timing of indigo matters. Once you've rinsed out your henna, the clock starts. You should consider indigo to be much more time-sensitive and less forgiving than henna.
Indigo must be used within 15 - 20 minutes after mixing, or else it can become less effective. Indigo must be immediately applied over hair freshly colored with henna for the best results.
You don't learn these lessons until you actually mess up. Fortunately, I've done the experimentation for you.
As for my roots, they will continue to darken over the next few days. When I do my next touch-up in about 3 weeks, I'll go over the part I've just done.
That's another tip. Sometimes if your henna/ indigo session doesn't take as dark as you'd hoped, you can go over it the next time.
With haircare, the learning never ends.
I hope these tips help.❤
This is my hair after the henna had been rinsed out. As you can see, it's brightly colored reddish-orange. This is the first step. The second step is immediately applying indigo, which I didn't have at the time!
3 days later, indigo was applied. The great thing about using indigo on dry hair is that it doesn't drip! Indigo is by far, the messier of the two natural hair colorants. Unfortunately, in the future, I'll have to continue applying it to wet hair since it must be placed on immediately after rinsing henna. But it was a nice change!
Post indigo rinse-out. The color will continue to darken over time, but I'm going to hit this part again in 3 weeks. I usually wear my hair in a #HighBun with bangs, so it's rarely exposed.