How to Dye Hair Black with Henna
Indigo or “Indigofera tinctoria” is a common plant in the sub-tropical regions which contains a blue pigment. It is also called “black henna,” but so are other products that can easily harm your hair.
Indigo powder has a green color and smells like peas.
If the product you’re holding says “Black Henna” and the product is not green but has a dark color. Please don’t buy it because it could contain chemical substances that will damage your hair.
To begin, you should dye your hair first with henna.
Apply the mixture of water and indigo just after you rinsed. The indigo paste should be of the consistency of sour cream. Only it will be a little lumpy.
Apply the mixture to your hair using gloves. Be careful because the indigo dye will stain skin, clothes, linoleum, anything.
Ensure you spread the paste to the whole length and place a plastic wrap on your head and a towel.
Wipe off any drips that will touch your skin because it will be harder to remove stains later. Leave the indigo paste on for at least two hours.
The longer it stays on, the darker it will get.
Rinse the indigo out of your hair, and the results will show entirely after one day.
For short hair, use about 3.5 oz (100 grams) of indigo powder, for shoulder length hair about 7 oz (200 grams), and waist hair length about 17 oz (500 grams).
How to Get Highlights and Lowlights at Home
Highlighting or lowlighting your hair can be a great way to update or change your entire look.
You can create several effects, from the natural to the edgiest ones.
Several at-home highlighting kits can be used to achieve the desired effect.
The hair painting technique is usually done at home with a hair highlighting kit and can save you money and time at the salon. It’s comfortable and practical; all you need is a painting brush.
Two days before highlighting, prepare your hair, and wash it using shampoo and conditioner specially designed for your hair type.
Test the color effect on a single strand, then continue if it looks good. Ask a friend to assist you if you’re not familiar with the technique.
Please read the instructions of the kit and follow them carefully.
Lowlights are just the opposite of highlights – these are usually darker and richer than your natural hair color and are placed on the under layers of hair.
Those with lighter hair colors tend to opt for this type of coloring technique.
The point is to select a color that is almost three shades darker than your natural hair color to avoid creating an overly artificial look. This method will give your hair depth and volume and make your neck leaner and more prolonged.
Chunky Hair Highlights
Getting chunky hair highlights is a popular and easy way to update your hair color or change your entire look.
It aims to color wider portions of hair by creating more subtle or strong contrast. Like this, you can infuse several extreme or classic shades into your natural hair color.
Many opt for chunky highlights when they want to transform their look radically. It is perfect both for short and long hair.
You can opt for a whole or a partial (just around the face) chunking.
You’ll find several coloring kits in your store. However, if you want to go for sure, contact your stylist/colorist.
For all-over highlights, the cap method is used – with wide holes in them.
First strands are randomly pulled out from the area you would like to highlight, then these are colored in the desired shades.
Another method for getting chunky highlights is paneling.
Many hair salons practice paneling or foil highlighting, and even more, people experiment with this at home.
Different layers of colors are used that give a high-fashion finish if done correctly.
The procedure is the following: your locks are parted, slabs of color are applied to the hair, and wrapped in foils through the whole processing time.
In many cases, hair clips are used to make sure the foils stay in place.
Visit a hair salon for guaranteed success, but you can also try it at home, ask a friend to help you.
If you decide to get them at home, make sure that the strands are adequately saturated in hair dye.