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How to color your hair at home: Go natural & organic!

Natural organic hair color for dark luscious hair 


Want to color your hair without bleach and other toxic chemicals? Tired of frizzy, dull hair post bleach? Look no further, here’s a detailed guide on how to color your hair the natural way and the best products to use to get shiny, silky smooth hair. Before we begin, here are a few things to know to give your hair nothing but the best!

The Truth About Artificial Hair Coloring

Conventional chemical hair dyes are made with harmful chemicals that are put directly on the scalp each time your hair is dyed whether it is at home or in the salon. These artificial hair dyes contain Ammonia and Hydrogen Peroxide which contain PPD – a carcinogen. Moreover, these chemical hair coloring ingredients can be complex and hard to decode, which makes it hard for the average consumer to make an informed choice while buying since it is essential to know what you are putting in and on your body.

Natural Hair Color and & why you should switch to it

Natural hair colors are carefully formulated to impart stunning colors and results without causing any damage. They also contain medicinal effects that help restore shine, enable growth, and rejuvenate damaged hair from previous use of chemical hair dyes. They generally contain organic natural ingredients like Henna, Indigo, Chamomile, Manjistha, Amla, Aloe Vera, Fenugreek, Brahmi, etc., which use oxygen to impart color. These organic hair colors preserve the natural shine and bounce of your hair, nourishing and conditioning them to enhance hair growth.

We highly recommend you to explore the Ancient Living Collection of natural hair colors: Henna Mix, Indigo Powder, and Organic Hair color to color your hair beautifully and naturally.

Henna Mix

Ancient Living Henna Mix is a plant-based hair treatment and coloring powder that adds color and provides nourishment. It enriches and moisturizes the hair deeply making it soft and silky as well as preventing premature greying and hair fall. It is a potent ayurvedic blend of Henna, Amalaki, Haritaki, Vibhitaki, Neeli, Bhringraj & Methi. These organic plant-based ingredients have been grown in their natural habitat and have not been subject to any modification thus all the nutrients are well preserved. Since it contains the goodness of pure herbs it provides a natural alternative to chemical color treatments.

Henna and Neeli are two natural, safe hair colorants for hair trusted over generations. Bhringraj helps in the darkening of hair and is one of the prime herbs used in hair care. This pack is enriched with Triphala or ‘three fruits’ which are Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki. It is known as the “Tridoshic Rasayan” which has a balancing and rejuvenating effect on the three constitutional elements that govern human life namely – Vata (Air and Space), Pitta (Fire and Water), and Kapha (Earth and Water). Triphala also contains anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties which are very useful in treating hair loss problems.

Indigo Powder

Ancient Living Organic Indigo Powder is a natural plant-based product that gives a lush back color when applied over henna-treated hair. It has been an important part of Indian Ayurveda as a natural coloring agent. This Indigo Powder colors your hair naturally and causes no damage to the hair follicles, unlike artificial and chemical hair dyes. It is a healthier natural alternative that can treat and prevent premature greying in the long run. Indigo powder forms a protective layer around your hair and smoothes out tangled hair making it lustrous and manageable. It treats dandruff and other scalp problems and accelerates hair growth. Different proportions in mixing henna with the blend result in different shades of brown. When applied over henna-treated hair it gives rich black color. When Indigo powder is applied directly onto black hair, it gives a blue-black color. The longer you leave the mixture on your hair, the darker your hair will be.

Organic Hair Color

Ancient Living Organic Hair Colour is an exquisite blend of Organic Henna and Organic Indigo to create a plant-based hair treatment that colors and nourishes your hair. It enriches the hair making it soft and silky as well as preventing premature greying and hair fall. All ingredients used to create this blend have been grown in their natural habitat and have not been subject to any modification thus all the nutrients are well preserved.

This potent blend of two of the safest colorants on earth – Organic Henna and Organic Indigo yields a rich natural color along with a soft shine.

If this is your first time dying your hair without any prior experience with hair coloring, do use Ancient Living’s Organic Hair Colour. If you’ve colored your hair before – try our blends of Henna Mix and Indigo Powder which are available separately online.

How to Apply

Although the process might seem tedious, here’s a detailed guide to coloring your hair:

Items Needed:

  • Ancient Living’s Henna Mix & Indigo Powder.

(You can use Organic Hair Colour Mix as well)

  • A non-metallic bowl for mixing
  • Liquid of your choice + natural conditioner (optional)

Water and Coffee are the most commonly used liquids used for mixing. Coffee brings out a more reddish rich tone whole water is more subtle. Lemon juice makes henna darker. Add curds/eggs for additional conditioning.

  • Plastic Wrap (optional but highly recommended)


  1. Wear old clothes during application since henna stains are permanent and take care of the surrounding areas as well.
  2. Ensure that your hair is clean and oil-free so that the henna can stay longer and the results of the coloring are more intense and long-lasting.
  3. Mix the required quantity of henna mix with water or curds with a teaspoon of lemon juice to make a paste and leave it overnight.
  4. Apply the paste evenly to the scalp and hair. Wait for one hour before washing.
  5. Soak Indigo Powder with warm water overnight. Apply Indigo blend after washing off Henna Mix for about 60 – 90 minutes. (Indigo powder can be applied the next day post henna)
  6. Rinse with water only and shampoo the next day. The longer you leave the blend, the darker your hair will be.

Benefits of Ancient Living Hair Colors

  • Made with 100% natural and organic ingredients which help your hair grow healthy and strong
  • Effectively covers and hides gray hair without causing any damage.
  • Not only do they color the hair but they preserve the interior hair while adding nourishment to the hair strands and the scalp.
  • They naturally treat hair concerns such as split ends, dandruff, hair loss, frizziness, and dryness.
  • Suitable for all hair types
  • Contains no irritants (although patch testing is always recommended)
  • Color lasts longer and fades gently.

They are made sustainably and do not impact the environment.


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