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How Long Does Indigo Dye Last - How to Make Indigo Last Longer

Alice Marini
By Alice Marini. Updated: January 20, 2017
How Long Does Indigo Dye Last - How to Make Indigo Last Longer

How long does Indigo hair dye last? Indigo dye is permanent, but the color of Indigo colored hair can be more or less strong, and the intensity can last more or less according to the type and color of hair, and the procedure you followed for applying Indigo.

How to make indigo last longer? It is recommended to store indigo properly to make it last longer. Also, indigo should be applied as a second layer hair dye, after henna, and should be left on the hair for several hours, in order to last longer.

Are you thinking of using Indigo hair dye but you do not know how long it will last? Or maybe you tried using Indigo hair dye on your hair but you want it to last longer? In this OneHowTo article we will help you solve your Indigo related problems. Indigo is a very ancient dyeing natural product. It has been used to dye hair and clothes for thousands of years. Your blue jeans, for example, are probably Indigo dyed. Indigo, like mehndi or henna, has the advantage of being completely natural, because it comes from a plant, and is a valuable natural alternative to hair dye. So you can be sure you do no harm to your hair, while still getting a beautiful black color.

In this OneHowTo article we will learn learn how long Indigo dye lasts and give you a few tips on how to make Indigo last longer.

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  1. Why use Indigo
  2. How long does Indigo hair dye last
  3. How to make Indigo last longer

Why use Indigo

First of all, as we said, you should use Indigo dye become, coming from a plant, it dyes hair black but it is very mild on your hair and doesn´t create the damage that a normal dye would. The advantage Indigo has on henna is that it dyes your hair black. Henna can never make your hair black, while Indigo dye can range between dark brown to deep black, or even blueish black.

The only thing you need to be careful about is to buy a 100% natural Indigo, or Indigofera tinctoria, because some products on the market are called "Indigo" but they contain PPD, which is a chemical component that damages your hair. Sometimes, Indigo is marketed as "black henna", and is often confused with katam, because many people still don´t know Indigo. Black henna can also be a dangerous mix, learn how to spot it.

How Long Does Indigo Dye Last - How to Make Indigo Last Longer - Why use Indigo

How long does Indigo hair dye last

Indigo is a permanent hair dye. However, different kinds of hair can react differently to it. For example, blonde or grey hair need several Indigo application before you get your desired blackish color. Dark hair, however, will immediately become deep black.

Being a permanent hair dye, it is not a good idea to experiment with it if you don´t know which hair color you want, or if you want your hair dye not to last for long.

It is not only the hair color that affects the permanence of Indigo. The type of hair is also important. More porous hair will get a permanent color from the first application. People who have less porous hair sometimes complain that the black fades away after a few weeks, which leads them to think that Indigo hair dye does not last for long. Even considering the different results Indigo can give, we can still say that Indigo is a permanent hair dye. In fact, after a few applications, it will become permanent for any hair type.

Do you think that´s a good news? Well, it is, for your hair. But not for your carpet! When you decide to dye your hair with Indigo hair dye you should always be careful and bear in mind it is permanent on anything, not just on your hair. Wear old clothes you do not care about and cover everything with plastic or newspaper before you start playing with Indigo.

Another factor that can influence how long Indigo dye lasts is the way you apply it to your hair. You have to dye your hair correctly if you want Indigo to last long. Below, we give you a few tips on how to make Indigo last longer.


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How to make Indigo last longer

To make indigo last longer, you have to store it correctly, apply it together with henna, and let it sit on your hair for many hours.

First of all, after you buy Indigo, you must not open it until you want to use it, and you must store it in a dry, dark place if you want it to last longer. This way, it keeps as a powder and lasts longer on your hair.

Now, here is what you´ll need in order to dye your hair with Indigo and make it last longer:

  • Shampoo
  • Henna
  • Water
  • Indigo
  • Salt

1. On the day you want to dye your hair with Indigo, wash it with shampoo.

2. Then, it is very important that you apply a first layer of henna on your hair following the instructions written on your henna kit. For perfect results, leave henna on you hair for 4 to 6 hours.

3. Wash away the henna with water only.

4. Now, and only now, you prepare the Indigo mixture following the instructions written on the box. Add a teaspoon of salt to the mixture, it will make it last longer on your hair. Wait about 10 minutes, until you see a purple-blue glaze on top of the mixture. Now your Indigo is ready.

5. Apply on your hair quickly as it looses its power with time. If the mixture is too dry you can add an egg, it will be easier to apply. After you apply the Indigo hair dye to your hair, you have to leave it on for one hour.

6. Then, wash it with water only. In order to make Indigo last longer, it is very important that you do not wash your hair for the following 3 days. You will see your hair becoming darker and darker as the days pass.

Tip: for stronger, healthier looking hair, why don´t you try mixing Indigo with Cassia or Amla powder?

Now, your hair is black! Repeat a few times if you think your color is not dark enough. How long will Indigo last? If you follow our instructions to the letter, it will be permanent, but you can always repeat the process 2 or 3 times if you want to make Indigo last longer.

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Flavia Sequeira
Can indigo powder be mixed with Cold Pressed coconut oil. I want to know if Indigo powder infused with Coconut oil mixed with other herbs like Amla, curry leaves help reverse the grey hair to black again. Is it harmful to hair if Indigo is mixed with Coconut oil.Pls reply
OneHowTo Editor
It shouldn't be dangerous, but we don't know how effective it will be. Maybe worth a try!
hello did you try it was it successful?
I used the henna and indigo 2-step process for the first time to cover my grays. The result was great! I got a dark brown color. However, after a couple of washes, the color has lightened to dark red. Can I now use just indigo to make it darker or do i do the entire 2-step process again? I understand henna should be applied no more than once in 3 weeks. But can i apply indigo every week over henna-ed hair? Please suggest.
Hi you mentioned natural dyes are not ideal for long lasting change.. but in your article you mentioned that indigo is a permanent dye. So I am confused indigo permanent for hair Coloring or not?

Also I would like to know.... after how many days after first applying henna and indigo and washing it off should I apply the next henna indigo application...a week later or a gap of 14 days?
Please help
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Jincy
Indigo dye is permanent. And generally, people can indigo or henna your hair every 15-20 days. If, however, you notice that your hair becomes damaged, we recommend taking longer breaks between dyes.
Can I apply indigo daily to get desired black hair color?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Jincy,

You can, but it will be expensive and you will need to repeat the process over and over which will be time consuming. If you want a more permanent hair dye there are other options. We suggest taking a look at your local drug store. Natural hair dyes are great for toning and coloring, but they are not ideal for a long lasting change.
Nikita Patel
I have tried the same process u have written n I get my white hair dark brown but when I wash it after 2-3days with shampoo... Only in one wash it becomes red hair... I have tried this 2step process twice but I get the same result...
To get the darkest black color, it is recommended that you leave the indigo on your hair with heat, such as a hot towel, conditioning cap, or hooded dryer. I leave mine on for an hour & a half; but I sit under a hood dryer for the last 30 minutes and the results are great for me!
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