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.
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) .
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!!