Indigo Hair Colour by Indigo Prabhu

 

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I received a sample of indigo hair dye a while ago from a gentleman by the name of Prabhu V Lakkshmana (www.indigoprabhu.com). Honestly, I had not heard of them and was slightly sceptical about using it. But having used indigo for long, I can sort of make out if the product is chemical laden from the smell. Since it “smelled” and looked fine, I went ahead and tried it and here is my take on it.

The procedure for application is the same as for any henna-indigo. First, you apply henna. If you want detailed instructions regarding mixing and applying henna, please refer to my earlier post on TVAM henna and Indigo here. I mixed henna the previous evening in an iron bowl with curd, honey, a tablespoon of mustard oil and lemon. After application, I left it for about 2-3 hours and shampooed it off.

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After this came the crucial part- indigo. The indigo packet I received was in a double packing to keep it air tight and fresh. The packaging is very basic and not fancy like that of TVAM indigo. It comes with a small leaflet of instructions- standard instructions for use of henna followed by indigo application. For those of you who are using indigo for the first time, please remember that indigo paste needs to be applied immediately.

This time I made one change from all my previous indigo applications. I was hard pressed for time so instead of waiting for the hair to dry and apply the indigo in the evening or the next day, I applied it on towel dried hair. I checked about doing so on mehandi.com (http://www.ancientsunrise.com/blackkit/index.html) and since they say it’s okay to do so, I went ahead with it. In fact, anyone who has any doubts or questions regarding henna and indigo application should refer to this site (www.mehandi.com) .

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Although the leaflet with this indigo powder says to mix it with “warm leaf tea decoction”, I mixed it with luke warm water. I did not cover my entire hair but only the roots and left it for about 2 ½ hours after which I shampooed it. The grey coverage was perfect and as it always is with indigo, it darkened over the next 2 days.

As far as I can see, there is no difference between this indigo and what I have been using so far, TVAM Indigo, this one being infinitely cheaper. Priced at Rs 150/- for 100 grams (if you order more than one, price goes down) it is much cheaper than TVAM Indigo at Rs 455/- for 100 grams. As for the purity of the product, well, one just has to trust the manufacturer and go with whatever experience one has gathered along the way. Indigo Prabhu site says that they are exporters of indigo and henna and the product on its own seems fine. The only drawback that I can see is that the product is available only through their website    ( http://www.indigoprabhu.com/)

For those of you who have any doubts about using henna and indigo, please do read up about it at mehandi.com. Henna and indigo are perfectly natural, safe ways of colouring your hair. Yes, indigo is somewhat drying but not more than the chemical hair colours. If you put as much conditioner on your hair as one does post colour application, you will get as smooth hair! Be careful of the so called “black henna” that has chemicals like PPD. Indigo on its own is perfectly natural and safe. For covering greys naturally, do give it a try!!

TVAM Natural Black Henna

This is a post that is long overdue. And the reason it is late is that I simply forgot that I had not written it yet! Yeah, yeah, yeah…age and its concomitant problem of memory loss, are catching up I guess.

So before I forget it again, here it goes about TVAM Natural Black Henna. I have an earlier, detailed post on TVAM Natural Henna and Indigo. This one is hence going to be a quickie. For all details regarding usage, application please, check out my earlier post.

First things first, I had quite a few people with brown hair asking me about applying Indigo. I don’t know how this confusion arose and whether my post on Indigo was not clear enough. Indigo is ONLY to get a black colour. Brown hair ladies, seeking to get a brown colour, will not use Indigo, unless they want to colour their hair black. What they will use to get a brown colour is the TVAM Natural Brown Colour or Dark Brown Colour. Since I have jet-black hair, I have not used either of these two brown hennas so can’t comment on how good or bad they are. However, judging by my experience with Indigo and Natural Black Henna, I think they should be good. TVAM website has very clear instructions regarding using it. Anyone interested should read that up.

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Coming back to Natural Black Colour, it is to be used just like Indigo- plain, natural henna on the first day and the Natural black henna on the 2nd day ( instead of Indigo). The ingredients are Lawsonia Inermis Linn Leaves (Henna), Indigofera Tinctoria (Indigo), Emblica Officinalis Gaertn (Amla) unlike Indigo that has only indigo in it. The pertinent question is whether to use Indigo or Natural Black Colour. Initially I thought that with Natural Black, one could skip the application of plain henna earlier. However that is not so. For all practical purposes I can’t see any difference between using this or Indigo except that this does not turn bright purple on application unlike indigo. Other than that I found no difference whatsoever in terms of grey coverage. The smell is less like that of indigo and more muted. Therein ends the difference.

So what should you use- Indigo or Natural Black? Either, depending on what catches your fancy. If you find the smell of Indigo too overbearing or that it drips too much, you can try the Natural Black. Apart from that I see no difference. Either way, both are safe, natural ways of colouring the hair black and thus worth the seemingly heavy price tag of Rs 435/- for 100 gram. TVAM often has sales going on and you can get a good discount.

Available at www.tvamnaturals.com

Crazy Friends, LUSH loot and LUSH Caca Rouge

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There are good friends. Then there are crazy friends. But if you are lucky like me, you just don’t have good or crazy friends but fabulous friends who are nevertheless raving mad. So it’s kind of a package deal- ask for a good one, you get a crazy one hidden somewhere within and I’ve been blessed to have some such masterpieces in my life. Since this kind, crazy soul was going to be visiting me, I asked her to pick up some stuff from LUSH, there being no LUSH in Chandigarh and LUSH India was pretty much out of stock. I sent her my list, nothing too exhaustive. But when she landed here, what I think she had carried with her was pretty much the entire LUSH store. Where I had asked for a single piece of an item, I got two or three, depending on her mood; where I had committed the mistake of asking for two, I got four and where I had asked for the smalles packaging possible, I got the biggest one instead. And a host of products that I had not even asked for. This qualifies not as a LUSH Haul but clear loot. I’m sure the LUSH SAs are yet to recover from her whirlwind of a shopping spree. Looking at the picture, I think you will agree with me. This is the same crazy chick, who in her infinite wisdom had committed the mistake of introducing me to LUSH about 8-9 years ago. Ever since, both my love for LUSH and her craziness continue to grow unabated.

Talking of craziness, after spending a year colouring my hair with LUSH Caca Noir for a black colour, I decide that I wanted a red tinge to my jet black hair. With henna you can’t get a red colour on hair as black as mine. The best one can get is a red/reddish tinge. Hence I decided to try LUSH Caca Rouge. I had asked this lady for two blocks; she carried four..sigh!!

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For aspiring redheads who want to stop traffic with unparalleled shine and color. That’s not too much to ask from a solid block of henna is it? Not if you make it like we do. Caca Rouge is the reddest of our henna dyes and it’s sure to get you noticed. We use the finest Persian henna; the leaves are dried and ground into a powder and mixed with conditioning cocoa butter, which forms the basis of our Cacas. Organic lemon juice helps to bring out the redness and gives hair shine and lustre. You’re left with stunningshiny and healthy-looking hair .DSC07976 C

How to Use

1. Break henna up into large pieces and put in a heatproof bowl.

2. Add hot water and let steep. Mix to a batter-like consistency.

3. Put on gloves and apply from back to front, coating hair thoroughly.

4. Cover in cling wrap for a more vibrant red. Leave on for two to four hours.

 5. Rinse, shampoo, and condition hair.

Tips: Always do a strand test first. Use face cream (or Ultra Bland) around your hairline and ears to protect skin. Wrap hair in cling film for a redder color.

LUSH’s instructions are easy to follow. In any case, mixing and applying henna isn’t exactly rocket science specially for those of us in India who have dabbled with it at some point or the other. Messy yes, impossible, no. I cut and mixed it just as I did LUSH Caca Noir (http://madwomanintheatticblog.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/colour-me-black-red-brown-the-lush-caca-way/) only that I added some cheap red wine that is supposed to enhance the red colour. For my hair length, I use three chunks from a single block. I left it on for a good 6 to 8 hours all the three times that I have so far applied it. Thereafter I washed and conditioned as usual. So do I have gorgeous red tint? Sadly no. Even after 3 applications within 10 days, my stubborn black hair refused to take on the sexy red tint that I was lusting after. My hair has come out soft, shiny and absolutely conditioned no doubt but the red tint? Not happening. The picture below is the best I could get in name of a red tint. But the few greys that I do have got a red colour, not the awful orange of traditional henna but a nice reddish colour. I still have two and a half more blocks to go ( thanks to my crazy cat’s loot) and I will use it over the next few months. Maybe I do get some hint of a red tinge!

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