It goes without elaboration that with age comes greying of hair – the most natural of human physiological transformations – irrespective of your gender – a true biological equalizer. Also, nowadays, with increased stress, pollution, and chemical exposure, premature ageing is a common issue. For the purpose of hiding grey hair, the most natural method a majority of people opt is by applying henna. Henna is extensively used in India for auspicious occasions, for weddings, and festivities. Henna is the best option for coloring hair compared to hair dyes because it is chemical and preservative free. But as we all know, henna naturally leaves a reddish hue post application and proper drying. Therefore, for ages people have mixed certain very specific ingredients, in measured quantities and proportions, to henna for it to yield the color black that is most suitable for use as a natural hair dye. So today, we shall spare a few words on the various ingredients that one may add to henna to get black hair dye for greying hair.
1. Indigo: It’s by far the most popular co-ingredient with henna powder. But it is not as obvious of mixing the two powders straightaway for that shall render your hair brown/ reddish brown and not the auburn black streaks that you desire. What you need to do is to first apply henna and then go for indigo. To put it in simpler terms, you first apply henna powder to your hair and follow that up indigo powder after which you add lemon juice and some common salt and then at least two spoons of corn starch along with water. You put all this in a mixing bowl and then stir it properly to get the desired output.
2. Sesame oil and curry leaves: It might come as a surprise to the uninitiated that by adding sesame oil and curry leaves with henna powder, keeping it to wait for a 3-4 hours, and then applying it to the hair. In the end, the hair would be black all over again.
3. With Black tea: This is a relatively simple method to obtain a black dye from henna. All you need to do is brew some black tea and then add some egg yolk and lemon juice to it. You may want to consider adding instant coffee powder to the mixture for better results. You add the amla powder and walah! You have your dye ready. Caution, do not forget to keep it still overnight – for like 6-7 hours, give it some time and then you have your dye ready. It will yield black hair.
Well dear readers, these are the few of the more popular methods of preparing black hair dye for henna powder that is free from harmful chemicals and artificial cosmetic alternatives. We really hope that you found this short article informative and useful. Kindly share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section.