View Full Version : From blond to blackish brown with hendigo?
March 21st, 2009, 01:01 PM
Background: I have been dyeing my naturally medium blond hair with chemical dyes for years and years, but about two months ago I switched to henna and indigo. I have blackish brown hair and I really like the color and want to keep it that way. Hendigo has given me really nice and deep color, but I'm wonder if it will be able to keep my hair as dark when the roots grow longer. Right now I'm already able to see a difference in color between the undamaged roots and the rest of the hair that has been dyed with chemicals. Will henna and indigo be able to at least layer enough to make the roots blend in as they grow or will I have a clear line?
Is there anyone with experience?
March 21st, 2009, 01:24 PM
My hair color is so different from yours. But this is my experience.
I accidentally bleached my hair and my hair turned reddish dark brown. As my virgin black hair grew, I saw a clear demarcation line which I hated. Having realized the temporary color (which was supposed to wash out) did not wash out, I did some two step henna indigo. Oftentimes straight henna and indigo gloss to get my natural hair color back.
When indigo was strong enough, it turned my hair jet black for a week or so. But it bled in a shower for a week or so and left my hair soft black with red highlights. I also noticed my non-bleached part is slightly darker than my processed length. But no clear demarcation line. I am happy with the result.
It's been almost two months since I stopped doing hennindigo. My indigo does not seem to fade at this point. So it has remained the same. Slight color difference. But it's so hard to tell. I have to look in the mirror in good sunlight to see that difference.
I have a feeling you will see some demarcation. But after multiple hennindigo, it blends more and more. But it will take long time to color your roots. I wish you the best.:)
March 21st, 2009, 01:28 PM
If your hair is naturally blonde, the new growth will starkly contrast with henna/indigo.
March 21st, 2009, 01:35 PM
Akiko, thank you for your answer :)
Akurah, I think you missunderstood me (which is no wonder, since my writing can be a little unclear), I'm thinking about the difference between dyeing over the chemically dyed hair and virgin hair :)
March 21st, 2009, 01:41 PM
There will be a difference as the henna/indigo tends to have more impact on damaged hair. I dealt with this when I first started hennaing, I had colorfixed, damaged length and virgin roots. The roots were much brighter, while the length was darker. It is possible that it won't be that noticeable though, unless you are in direct sunlight. If you are willing to deal with the upkeep of having dark hair and naturally very light roots and are in it for the long haul, then you'll find that the indigo is worth it.
March 21st, 2009, 01:51 PM
The upkeep itself isn't a problem for me (I'm so used to that, I have never felt comfortable as a blond) :) I'm just thinking, if I will need to use a chemical dye on my roots every now and then or will henna and indigo be enough. I really really wouldn't want to go back using conventional dyes again, but I really wouldn't like to have two toned hair either (a small difference in color wouldn't matter). Well I guess I just have to wait and see what it will look like...
April 1st, 2009, 12:15 PM
Update: I'm happy to tell that it looks like I'm able to get my roots dark enough without chemical dyes :) The first henndigo application leaves the virgin roots a teeny tiny bit lighter, but after the second application it blends in with the rest. I believe that if I will keep doing my roots every three weeks, my roots will stay decent looking, since the lighter part with only one layer of henndigo isn't going to get too long.
I'm really happy about this, even if it wouldn't have been that damaging to do my roots with chemical dye every once in a while, I prefer not to do it.
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