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Indigo Powder

Price:
$7.00

Product Description

Indigo powder is used by many who want to naturally dye their hair black or dark brown to off-black with the right mixture of henna. It is also used in body art and textile dyes.

 

~ FRESH SPRING 2013 Indigo Powder ~

Double packaged, first in plastic, then in sealed foiled packaging to ensure ultimate freshness and protection from light and moisture!

Our indigo powder is always 100% natural and 100% pure. There are never any added chemicals, dyes, or perfumes. It is safe for use on hair and perfect for all hair types as our fine, powdery sift easily blends and allows for easy rinsing even for the most curly and coily of hair!

It will be hard to find a finer sift at this price!

♦♦ Botanical Name - Indigofera tinctoria
♦♦ 100% Natural and Pure Indigo
♦♦ Origin - Sojat, Rajasthan region, India
♦♦ Spring 2013 Crop
♦♦ Fine Sift Mesh

♦♦ Purchased in fair trade and in support of sustainable sourcing

Available in:

100g - 3.5 oz

500g - 1.1lb


 

Indigo Powder Tips:

Add a teaspoon of salt to your indigo to get a darker color and a surer stick to the applied henna.

NEVER freeze indigo powder! Likewise, don't freeze unused indigo paste! Unlike henna, indigo will not stay fresh with freezing. It is best to ONLY keep this powder in a dry, cool, and dark place prior to use. Discard any unused indigo paste after paste application.



Indigo for Dark Natural Hair Dye

If you want to dye your hair black, then you might want to consider this natural dye. Commercial hair dyes contain strong chemicals that aren’t necessarily in your best interest. For instance, ammonia and hydrogen peroxide are two chemicals found in most commercial hair dyes. Those chemicals are useful for some things, but you probably don’t want them in your hair. Para-phenylenediamine is another chemical found in most permanent hair dye. It’s also in fur dyes, temporary tattoos, gasoline and printing inks. Some people have severe allergic reactions to para-phenylenediamine. According to the New Zealand Dermatological Society, an allergic reaction to para-phenylenediamine can cause a chain of unpleasant experiences. A person might develop dermatitis on their eyelids or on their ears. If the reaction is more severe, a person could experience swelling of the scalp and face. The eyelids could swell shut or the dermatitis could affect the entire face. That sounds like a heck of a lot of trouble for a simple dye job. Indigo powder is a better option for anyone that needs black hair dye.

How to Use Indigo Powder

Indigo powder comes from the ground up leaves of the indigo plant. You’ll notice that the powder is actually green in appearance, but it produces a dark blue color when used as a dye. It’s important to dye your hair with henna first before applying the indigo. Apply the indigo only after you remove the henna and your hair is dry. This combination of henna and indigo is what produces the dark black color. Henna is a natural dye as well, so there are no chemicals. For the indigo, mix the powder with water to form a paste. You’ll see that the paste is green, but rest assured you won’t have a head full of green hair. 'Mix the paste until it’s as thick as yogurt. If it’s thicker than yogurt, then you need to add more water. Use the mixture as soon as possible after mixing; otherwise, you might get less than perfect results. Make sure to cover your clothes, surroundings and hands with plastic or cloth you can throw away after. You’ll certainly need a pair of plastic gloves because indigo is messy. You want to dye your hair – not your nails, hands and clothes! Indigo can also stain the floor, so cover the floor with plastic as well. Here’s a tip: If you’re worried about how the dye will affect your hair, then do a test first. Take some hair from your hairbrush. Dye it with henna and then indigo to see how it looks. If you like it, then you can proceed to dye your hair. If you don’t like it, then forget about the process and never look back.

Apply the Mixture

Here comes the messy part! Section your hair, then dig your hands into the indigo paste and begin the application. Smear the indigo on thick to each section of your hair. Make sure to get good coverage from the roots of your hair to the ends of your hair. You need to coat each strand of your hair with the mixture. It’s very messy, but you’ll love the results. When you’re done applying the paste, put on a plastic cap or wrap your hair in plastic wrap. Leave the paste on your hair for at least 30 minutes. You might even want to go for an hour. Find something fun to do while you wait; otherwise, you might get impatient and wash the dye from your hair too soon. The last step is to rinse the paste from your hair. You might notice a greenish color to some of your hair. If that happens, then don’t panic. It sometimes takes a day or two for the color to settle.

The Origin of the Practice

In the book Indigo: In Search of the Color that Seduced the World, author Catherine McKinley speaks in detail about the history of indigo. For thousands of years, Middle East and North African women used indigo to dye their hair. It was also used as eye makeup and a clothes dye. When commercial dyes became available, indigo fell out of favor as a hair dye. Using a bottled, pre-prepared dye was just too convenient – in spite of the chemicals. The commercial dye also required fewer re-applications. It’s true that the indigo color doesn’t last forever. You’ll have to repeat the coloring process when you notice the color fading. If you’re truly happy with how your hair looks, then reapplying the dye is only a small inconvenience.

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  1. First time user.

    Posted by Lexie on Jul 15 2012

    I was admittedly a little nervous trying this product because once I mixed with only water, I did not get the dark blue color it says after ten minutes. With a hopeful shrug I put it on my hair anyway, hoping for the best. I believe I left the indigo on for two hours to make sure I got the darkest color deposit possible, but I was also preparing myself to expect the red from my henna to shine through. I was pleasantly surprised when I washed the indigo out and saw my medium brown/red hair jet black! Since I am allergic to all chemicals in most hair dye (including PPD for black), I cannot tell you how excited I was to finally be able to return to black after so many years of hospital visits due to allergic reactions from consumer shelf dyes. I thought I would never be able to dye again, and this product has let me do so! Next time I will be buying the bulk for sure! Wonderful product at such a reasonable price. You have gained a life long customer.


  2. Im sold after 1st try!!!

    Posted by Unknown on Sep 11 2011

    I used this indigo for the first time about 3 weeks ago. I must say that I am very impressed with the jet black glossy color deposit I got. I've been searching for a natural way to get a richer color for my hair and this is it. I'm curious to see how long the results last before i need to reapply but next time I will be purchasing in bulk.


  3. The Best Indigo

    Posted by Yvette on Sep 01 2011

    This is the best Indigo. I have ordered Indigo from other companies and their Indigo never really gets my hair jet black. I keep coming back to AyurNatural!!! This will be the only company that I will ever order my Indigo from!!!


  4. Finally got Indigo to work for me

    Posted by Letha on Mar 17 2011

    Sometimes less is best and when I 1st did Indigo I mixed all kinds of stuff in it but this time I just did a simple mix and my hair came out beautiful. With excellent customer service and prices I will order my all of my powders and other products from her. I can go the an indian store in my area and get treated like crap or either pay for shipping and get excellent customer service and fast shipping I would rather pay more.


  5. Fresh and potent

    Posted by sue strubel on Dec 19 2010

    We have tried 8 different Indigo Powders. This powder is great. I mix it sometimes with conditioner. We use a 2 step as well, for touching up henna roots on white hair: apply the indgo into the roots for about an hour.
    This is safe and very calming...extra beneficial.


  6. Very Satisfied

    Posted by Shuga on Dec 07 2010

    This was my first time using henna or indigo. I purchased the indigo from this site and was very happy with the product. It was delivered promptly, packaged well, and mixed very smoothly with no stems or problems. Will purchase again


  7. Perfect

    Posted by Barbara Rossi on Nov 02 2010

    I have used other Indigo powders and this was perfect. It is packaged perfectly, the dye release was perfect. it shipped right away ,which was also perfect. Plus it is slightly cheaper than other sites I have ordered from. I am definetly going to continue ordering this product from AyurNatural Beauty.


  8. Great results/Covering a chemical dye

    Posted by Ty on Oct 04 2010

    A few weeks ago, I let my stylist talk my into coloring my natural hair. "You need to jazz this up a bit...it's gonna be friggin' cute". She told me the color would be a rich brown color with natural, lighter brown highlights. NOT! Instead, I ended up with an ugly, ashy, dirty looking red/brown that looked absolutely ridiculous! I couldn't wait to strip it, color over it...anything to get rid of it. But I knew I would have to wait at least 6 wks to color over it...and I didn't want to wait that long. The color was just that hideous! Since I'm a natural(no relaxers) with pretty strong hair, I figured I would try henna/indigo to condition and naturally color my hair. I must admit, I was afraid to "hendigo" on top of the chemical dye. After carefull research, I found out I could safely color my hair without worrying all my hair would fall out. Of course I tested the mix first on harvested hair from my brush and waited another week before application.

    Im really pleased with the results...a deep, rich black color that I just LOVE!!!! My hair is well conditioned, soft and shiny! I will purchase this product again...in bulk!


  9. Loved it, but...

    Posted by Kentisha on Aug 29 2010

    I really loved this product. It washed out really well. My only problem is that it had some stems in one package. I haven't opened the other so it might be a fluke. Otherwise, great product, great service. I will be ordering from here again.


  10. Good Quality

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 16 2010

    This is a very fine sift that rinses out well. (I've used other brands and did not get the same result.)
    This is really easy to use. You will get color even if you are just doing a short gloss with some henna. (I mix mine with conditioner.)
    I WILL buy this again.
    BTW: Ayurnatural Beauty gives good service!


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