quick indigo question? how long do you leave indigo on?

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  1. poookie

    poookie New Member

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    i searched for the answer but all i got was lots of threads about henndigo mixes.

    for all of you guys that have done indigo and henna in 2 separate treatments:

    i indigo-ed overnight last night, rinsed it out, let it air dry, left my hair alone for a few hours, and then applied indigo on top of everything about 2 hours ago. it's been on since then. i don't want to rinse it out too soon (Even though this stuff stinks to the high Heavens :lol:)

    how long did you leave the indigo in your hair?
    and were your results jet black?


    thanks in advance :)
     
  2. jamaraa

    jamaraa Well-Known Member

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    I've left it on anywhere from 2hrs to overnight. Most recently (3 days ago) I did an overnight. Yup, my hair has now gone from jet black to blue black! My henna greys are Irish red now (the indigo darkened the red deeply) ! LOL Indigo uptakes more each time you use it. IOW, yes, you can leave it on overnight and it not harm anything (or at least I didn't).

    Catherine Cartwright-Jones claims indigo stops dying after 2 hrs, but my experience says no...not true.

    BTW, I only do 2 steps...never hennidigo, so I know exactly what you're asking. If you can take the smell. go for it...let us know your results.
     
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    I leave mine on for an hour right after rinsing the henna, 20 minutes w/ heat and 40 without.
     
  4. poookie

    poookie New Member

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    great!! thanks so much jamaraa, that definitely answers my question. i'll leave it on for a few more hours :)
     
  5. jamaraa

    jamaraa Well-Known Member

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    You're welcome Pookie that was a very good question. LOL.. I just found this out by falling asleep w/ it in my hair and getting better color. An accidental discovery really. :)
     
  6. jamaraa

    jamaraa Well-Known Member

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    Here's something else I've done...indigo loading, I call it. I've done a henna and then an indigo for about 2nrs. After rinsing out the indigo, I just conditioned for a bit and then did another indigo immediately afterwards. You can do this over maybe a 2 day period when the indigo will still cling to the henna. That's 1 henna= 2 indigos.
     
  7. Kurlee

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    IDareT'sHair Get Your Haul On

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    When I 2 Step, I leave the Indigo on a minimum of 2 hours and maybe a maximum of 6 wrapped tigthly in Saran Wrap.

    This usually does it for me, especially since I use Less Henna/more Indigo to get a darker stain and total grey coverage.

    Interesting concept to do a 2nd Indigo Rx days after.
     
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    Indigo doesnt do anything without the stain from the henna first

    ETA: Oh sorry, I misunderstood your question
     
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    IA - I've left mine on for hours...did housework...shopping...took a nap - came out with beautiful jet black. Now that I think about it it's time to do again!:yep:
     
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    The longest I left mine in for was 2.5 hours and my hair came out extremely black.
    But it still wore off after 3 weeks.
    So, tonight when I Henna & Indigo, I'm going to keep the Indigo in for up to 6 hours. If blue black hair is the result, then so bet it. I aint scurred.
     
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    Kurlee Well-Known Member

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    i notice that my indigo wears off too. It used to be more "permanent" before, but now it seems to fade easily. What brand are you guys using?
     
  13. WarriorGurl23

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    I usually leave it on for 2-3 hours.
     
  14. grow

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    I use Zarqa and it really sticks for a long time.

    I henndigo for about 2-4 hours.
     
  15. splendid10

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    In my 2 step process I leave each on overnight. The last time I left the indigo on for about 4-6 hours and I did not get complete coverage.
     
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    Ladies, Indigo is not dying the hair black (over my Henna). I haven't tried sleeping in it yet...but is that what I have to do?

    I'm trying to cover a few grays in my bangs that frankly, I'm too young to have.

    Please help!
     
  17. BellaMarie

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    Ive been doing henna and indigo for about a year. I get it from mehandi.com. i add salt to it so it stains better and sit under the dryer for about an hour.
     
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    DarkJoy Bent. Not Broken.

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    Is indigo covering peoples' greys well enough? Is the general consensus that it makes them copper/brown? hmmm
     
  19. Transformer

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    Only if I use the two step process. Heendigo leaves me with copper/brown. But....I have a lot of strong resistant gray.
     
  20. BellaMarie

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    Is it possible to get a dark black color by mixing henna and indigo together? The 2 step process is a little draining.
     
  21. Chameleonchick

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    I have used indigo to dye my hair black, I don't use a two step because I am lazy. I just make the henna and then add indigo after the henna has released its dye. Yes it covers grays. But not for long maybe 3-4 weeks.
     
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    DarkJoy Bent. Not Broken.

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    thanks Transformer. Mine are pretty resistant too.

    I have "black henna" i picked up at the Indian market. I read that black henna is also indigo? If this is the case, I will do a 2-step tomorrow and defrost my leftover regular henna tonight.
     
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    My understanding that no henna is black. I'm not sure I would be comfortable using that brand for fear that it is just plain ole hair dye instead of indigo.

    I purchased mine from the site recommended by a lot LHCF members--Henna Sooq.
     
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    DarkJoy Bent. Not Broken.

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    Thanks. It is real BAQ powdered henna, though. I used it plain before and it turned my hair a rich mahogany by itself.

    In any case, decided to PS instead of henna this weekend. Will go on an indigo hunt when my install is out.
     
  25. Angelicus

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    I usually leave the indigo on for one hour before rinsing. My hair always comes out pitch black. LOVE IT!
     
  26. mshoneyfly

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    BellaMarie
    According to Hennasooq.com, you will get a rich dark brown. You have to 2-step to get shiny black
     
  27. xu93texas

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    I do this as well. It's too much to go through a two step process. Once I apply the henna/indigo mixture to hair, I'll leave it on for 2-3 hours. I can only get 3 weeks of gray coverage from my treatments.
     
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    I have been using this indigo http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B009H9GG6C/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    for about 2 applications now and my hair has remained jet black.
    I will continue to do Henna and Indigo treatments until I run out of the Indigo, then I'll stop since my hair has remained jet black.
    I keep it on for 2 hours and do the 2 step process. Keep the henna on for 1.5 hours and apply directly after mixing.
     
  29. jbwphoto1

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    www.mehandi.com has a page that tells what mixing henna and indigo should give you. It's under the section about using henna for brunette hair colors.

    http://www.mehandi.com/shop/brunette/brunette.pdf
     
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    Chameleonchick is it washing out? Or, is new growth coming in?
     
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