Dying a beard with henna and indigo
We have all read about how to use henna to dye the hair shades of reds, and using a combination of henna and indigo to dye the hair shades of browns, auburns and event jet black. Today, we will go over using the same great organic natural hair dye ingredients to dye beard hair. All of the ingredients can be purchased on our website. Scroll to the bottom of this post to save 15% on your purchase with a coupon code.
The concept for dying beards is the same as naturally dying hair, however, the area on the body changes. Beard dying is a little bit easier to apply, since the area is right in front of you. However, the wait time is probably harder with beards. Below is the photo of our naturally dyed beard using henna and indigo.
First, you will want to figure out what ingredients and proportions you want to use with beard dye. In this tutorial, we wanted a rich, dark shade to match the natural hair color of our client, so we opted for a 1 part henna 3 part indigo mix. You can figure out your own proportions here: http://blog.hennaart.ca/2014/10/how-to-dye-your-hair-naturally-chart.html
STEP 1: MIX THE HENNA WITH WATER OR LEMON JUICE
Use warm water for a quick dye release of 30 minutes. If you use lemon juice, be sure to prepare your henna paste 12-24 hours in advance.
STEP 2: PREPARE YOUR APPLICATION AREA
Lay down old newspapers or sheets to protect your floors, counters and furniture from any natural dye paste that may fall.
STEP 3: MIX YOUR INDIGO WITH WARM WATER
Use warm water to mix the indigo in a separate bowl.
STEP 4: MIX THE HENNA AND INDIGO PASTE TOGETHER
Mix both the henna and indigo paste together in one bowl until they are completely mixed.
STEP 5: APPLY YOUR NATURAL DYE PASTE
Use gloves and apply the mixture with your hands, or use a brush to apply mixture. Wear gloves to prevent your hands from staining. You can also apply an aftercare balm to your skin to prevent the natural dye from staining your skin around your neck, cheeks and ears.
STEP 6: COVER YOUR HAIR/BEARD WITH PLASTIC
Use saran wrap or recycled bags to cover your hair. Keep the mixture wet to help it dye the hair.
STEP 7: WAIT...
Leave the mixture in your hair for at least 2 hours. Keep it in your beard for longer if you can!
STEP 8: WASH OUT YOUR NATURAL DYE PASTE WITH WATER.
Wash out your beard with water. Shampoo and condition as you normally would.
STEP 9: WAIT 48 HOURS FOR YOUR HAIR TO FULLY OXIDIZE AND REVEAL THE FINAL DYE COLOR.
Henna and indigo both need to oxidize, so don't judge your beard color right away. Wait 48 hours until it has oxidized to determine if you are happy with your results.
Here is a comparison of the before and after. The before beard was mostly salt and pepper, with lots of gray hairs hidden. The after beard is a smooth, shiny beard that is one color and is more tamed.
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