Dye Grey Hair Naturally with these 2 Damage Free Methods, Part 2 – Henna Powder & Indigo

The part 1 of this article was covered in Henna and Mustard Seed. This article will address using henna powder and indigo to dye hair.

This method is very safe and lasts for up to 4 months without any need for a touch-up.

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How to Dye Grey Hair With Henna and Indigo


  • 1 packet of henna. I recommend Etheric Herbal Henna Powder and 

    H & C Pure Henna Powder

  • 1 bottle of lemon juice. You can use fresh lemons but you’ll be squeezing for quite some time. The bottled ones from the grocery store work just as well.

  • 2 packets of indigo powder. This is for hair below the shoulders. If you have shorter hair, you’ll probably only need 1 packet. You can buy indigo powder online on Amazon with free shipping if you spend AED 100 HERE

How To Apply Henna to Hair

  • Empty the henna into a bowl and mix with enough lemon juice to form a mashed potato consistency then cover with cling film and set aside in a cool location for 2 days before your treatment. This process releases the dye from the henna.
  • When you’re ready to use it, add in more lemon juice and keep mixing until it’s as smooth and runny as yoghurt. Some people also add in various kinds of tea or coffee into the henna but personally, I found this to reduce the effectiveness of the dye.

  • Apply to your scalp and hair generously. Slather it on like you’re rolling around in mud. Afterwards, wrap cling film around then leave on for up to 5 hours. You can leave in overnight as well.
  • Rinse out afterwards with cool water then wash out with a cheap conditioner. This requires several rinses and can be a tad annoying.

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When you have all the henna out, it’s time to mix the indigo powder. 1 – 1.5 packets should suffice depending on the length of your hair.

How to Apply Indigo to Hair

  • Mix the indigo with water until it’s smooth then apply to your hair immediately. Cover with clingfilm and leave on for 1 – 3 hours. There is no need to pre-mix indigo. It’s mixed when you’re ready to apply.
  • Wash out with lukewarm water then deep condition with heat afterwards. You can use a 2 in 1 tabletop hair steamer like this one.

The indigo over henna will leave your hair a deep blue-black colour. You don’t have to use indigo as the henna works fine on its own.

You can also mix equal parts of henna and indigo or more henna with a little indigo for different shades of brown to auburn. Do not use indigo alone. You will end up with bright blue hair.

My favourite brand of henna is Nupur Henna, which you can find in most supermarkets. You can also buy henna online on Amazon UAE HERE.

If you’re new to henna and indigo, you will find this messy and it might take forever but as you practice more, you will eventually learn to manage the amount of time you spend on it and fine-tune your process.

Timing: 8 – 10 hours. You can reduce the time by applying the henna to your head overnight and washing out the next morning.

Related Content: Where to Find Indigo Powder in Dubai.

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37 thoughts on “Dye Grey Hair Naturally with these 2 Damage Free Methods, Part 2 – Henna Powder & Indigo”

  1. Hi I checked the supermarkets but couldn’t find indigo. Can you please tell me where in dubai I can find it? Thanks

  2. Hi Abi
    I am residing in Sharjah and looking out for indigo powder. Can u pls tell me where I can purchase or do u sell. It will be gr8 if u can help me. Thank u.


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