Real People, Real Henna: "Rayvn"
Rayvn and a closeup of her hair after a combined henna and indigo treatment
1 cup Ancient Sunrise henna mixed with a mildly acidic liquid mix and 1 cup Ancient Sunrise indigo.
Mix all liquids and henna. mix thoroughly and continue mixing for about 3 minutes. loosley cover bowl and let stand over night.
One hour before using, mix the indigo with distilled water in a smaller bowl (let water stand 3 minutes before adding the indigo) and let indigo paste stand 30 minutes uncovered. then add indigo and henna mixes together and blend thoroughly. Put some of the mix in your cone bag and knead lightly, flattening it and letting it rest on a heating pad on low for about 20 minutes. make as many cone bags as you can fit on the heating pad at once and now cover the bowl with the mixture in it tightly until it is used up.
Use your favorite technique to apply this and wrap in a plastic bag and towel. I leave this on for 3-6 hours without heat. I have in the past used heat for 1 hour and cut my remaining processing time in half. This will take about 4-5 days to completely develop and oxidize into the final shade. I get a nice shiny black with plum-burgundy-garnet highlights.
Some tips I have discovered thru the years:
Don’t have fruit juice on hand? Keep some fruit acid powders in your cupboard.
Mildly acidic liquid: https://www.mehandi.com/Fruit-Acid-for-henna-dye-release-s/299.htm
More info on mildly acidic mixes: https://www.tapdancinglizard.com/henna-and-acidic-mixes/
Ancient Sunrise henna for hair kits with everything included: https://www.mehandi.com/Mehandi-com-Ancient-Sunrise-Henna-for-Hair-Kits-s/124.htm
Henna color oxidizing ("rusting"): https://www.tapdancinglizard.com/mixing-and-testing-your-henna-mix/ pp.25-29
Mixing henna and Indigo: https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/561559371a>