Twisted Glory

So, this past weekend, I finally had the opportunity to henna my hair and experience my first attempt at using indigo.  I have been curious about indigo for a while, but a bit skeptical since it is color, albeit natural color, but I just wanted to do it correctly. 

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
  1. Applied henna to my hair for about 4 hours.
  2. Rinsed most, but not all of the henna out.  Apparently indigo needs something to adhere to and henna is the best option.
  3. Mixed enough warm water to 100g  of indigo until I had a yogurt-like consistency.
  4. Applied the indigo to my hair in small sections making sure to get full coverage.  Indigo was left in for 2 hours.
  5. Rinsed the indigo out.  Rinsed the indigo out.  Rinsed the indigo out.  (Yeah, apparently, I kept missing spots; my hair is so so thick.)
  6. ** 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.)
  7. 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.)
  8. 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!
  9. 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.)
I've gotten a lot of compliments on this style and it is one of my favorite styles, although it can be a bit time consuming.  It's also a hairstyle that truly depends on the weather.  Any signs of rain and I might as well hang it up because the moisture will cause major shrinkage!

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.

Happy Friday,


  1. Nice twists and #2 is my favorite. Love the pose and you know that I love b&w.

  2. The twists are so cute on you Libby! It's a really fun look for you.

  3. Love the pics!!! That is a FIERCE twist out girl!!!

  4. Beautiful! I love the one in color!

  5. Cute! I love it pulled back but I am also a headband lover! I've heard good things about henna... did your hair feel stronger and thicker afterward? Have not heard much about the Indigo... will have to check that out as well!

    1. I do love henna. Somehow I think it helps to strengthen my hair. As for thickening it up, I haven't seen too much of that. My hair is so super thick anyways; it's hard to tell. I have read about how henna can loosen up your curl pattern. Again, for me, my curls are so super tight that I don't henna could stand a chance. However, my aunt has a much looser curl pattern and a softer texture that even using henna shampoo has made her curls in the center of her head vanish. No problems here though.

      Now the indigo was just an experiment in color. I don't even think my hair is as black as it was when I first tried it. I might need to study up more on how to apply it or do like some and allow the color to sit in a couple of days before washing with shampoo. Still twiddling my thumbs on that one. :-)


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