Probably you are not alone. Many of us start noticing our first gray strands even before we touch thirty. As we age generally the melanin production slows down. The rate of melanin production or the rate of slowing down of melanin production varies with the age and also differs from person to person. For some people, melanin production never stops completely. But for others, it might completely stop at say age of fifty years. Experts have multifarious opinions as to whether this phenomenon is completely decided by genetics or dependent on some other factor
Natural And Chemical Options
Whatever may be the cause,but most of us have or will have gray strands as we age. Some people like to go along with the gray strands as it suits their overall looks and style while others want to retain their earlier color. This is simply a matter of choice and style. For the second category, there are home based as well as salon based solutions. Whichever method you use should guarantee that it does compromise the quality and health of the hair.
Henna -Indigo Mix
As a plant-based hair dye, Henna is very popular as a safe, effective and inexpensive way to conceal the gray hair. It also adds body and bounce to the hair. Pure natural Henna is technically safe. Unlike chemical dyes, henna is not damaging in effect but gives your hair shine and less breakage. Simple use of only natural henna application gives red or orange-red shade. But if you are not interested in the red based effects then you need to do something different. You can mix henna with indigo to give the desired color.You can change the ratio of the mixture and can get the variety of colors from Brown-based to deep black category.
Use the Correct Proportions
Through my own experiences and various trials, I have evolved a usable and standardized procedure where i use the correct proportions of indigo and henna to produce desired shade I am sharing the procedure for coloring the hair by a natural method which leaves your hair shiny bouncy and healthy.
- Pure henna powder
- Pure indigo powder
- Aloe Vera leaves
How to Make Henna -Indigo Paste
You can prepare in the following ratios depending on your requirements.
- All 100% henna will give a red color.
- Three (3) parts of henna and one (1) part of indigo may result in light brown color.
- Half henna and half indigo are likely to give a medium brown color.
- Three (3) parts of indigo and one (1) part of henna brings out the dark brown color.
- You can add the fresh Aloe Vera juice in place of water as it is known for its moisturizing properties.
- Also, Aloe Vera juice will add to the natural coloring effect in this henna-indigo paste
How to Make Aloe Vera Juice at Home
- Peel the aloe leaves by fruit peeler.
- If any of the green skin is left behind, try to clear that and aim for clear mucilage.
- Keep the fleshy parts in the blender and blend it until no more chunks are left.
- The rich foamy juice is ready to use.
How to Use the Paste
- Make a very smooth paste.
- Wear rubber gloves and apply evenly in sections.
- Use it from scalp towards the end of the hair.
- Start from the middle and make a small mold.
- Keep wrapping all hairs section wise till it comes as a big mold.
- Wears a plastic wrap on your head.
- Wait for at least two hours to dry before you wash it
Advisory: Do not shampoo for 24–48 hours because indigo takes the time to oxidize and express its true colors and undertones.
- Applying chemical dye immediately after using the natural henna-indigo paste might give you strange colors (green) or no Color at all.
- Be sure that henna and indigo dye you use are 100% natural.
- The ready-made brown and light brown compound henna powder may contain chemicals and metallic salts which might damage your hair.
This particular henna-indigo paste is one of the best natural ways to color your hair and give it a desired look and feel. Go natural and let your hair live happily ever after.