You've seen my henna regimen and I would have loved to show you my indigo one but I dared not stain my camera in an attempt to do so. Simply put, here's what I did:
Henna and Indigo Treatment
- Applied henna to my hair for about 4 hours.
- Rinsed most, but not all of the henna out. Apparently indigo needs something to adhere to and henna is the best option.
- Mixed enough warm water to 100g of indigo until I had a yogurt-like consistency.
- Applied the indigo to my hair in small sections making sure to get full coverage. Indigo was left in for 2 hours.
- Rinsed the indigo out. Rinsed the indigo out. Rinsed the indigo out. (Yeah, apparently, I kept missing spots; my hair is so so thick.)
- ** Some tutorials suggested not to do this, but I did it anyways: I washed my hair using my Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo then completed a deep conditioning session with Shea Moisture's Deep Treatment Masque. (Some say that doing this will not allow the indigo to give you the darkest black color because you're washing it out. They suggest just rinsing out the indigo, applying a moisturizer, and possibly washing it a few days later. I know my hair and I disregarded this step and washed anyways. So what if I don't get the jettest of blacks; I just want to make sure the stuff is out of my head.)
- Can you believe this? I actually purchased a hand-held blow dryer and lightly blow-dried my hair (which I haven't done in years) before twisting my hair. I needed it stretched because of time constraints and a special project I was doing. (Details on that later.)
- Finally to twist, I applied a little of the Deep Treatment Masque and sealed my hair with the Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I already know I love that product. And the lavender scent is fabulous!
- Wearing a twist-out until the next wash day. (To keep the style fresh, at night I'm lightly misting with rosewater and retwisting using a light oil like jojoba.)
Ok, onto the big reveal...
Whenever my twists (especially in the bangs area) get to where they won't hold the twist much longer, I just pull the bangs back into a headband and keep on rocking the style. In these photos, the twists are four days old.