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The Best Natural Hair Dye For Grey Hair: DIY Guide for Beginners and Everyone Else

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Just like the way your normal factory-made hair dye changes your hair color, same way the natural hair dye does the same work with ease and very little or no effect.

Today and right now we have decided to show you the best natural hair dye for grey hair you can use at home without MUCH fear. So stay tuned and to make things short.

If I am asked today: what is the best natural hair dye to cover gray hair? My answer will be

Henna, it’s the by far the best natural hair dye so far when it comes to covering gray hair, it performs the real black hair color magic when it is combined with its working partner called indigo. And apart from giving the hair a close shade natural black color it also improves hair strength, integrity, and overall health.

We regret to announce to you that this whole process here is made for those who want to cover gray or white hair to natural blending black. But you are free to use only step one if you want orange-red highlights on your hair or visit any professional henna colorist within your neighborhood to get other colors done for you. In addition, check out our content on grey hair turning to black naturally.

Please note that henna hair dye won’t lighten your hair (if your hair is naturally light) it can only darken or make your hair shinier (depending on the color and brand you use)

In case you want to know:

The henna powder is made from the Lawsonia Inermis plant also known as the henna plant or Mehendi. It is a very popular coloring plant in India for temporary tattoos and hair coloring. And since this is natural, it is ammonia-free, peroxide-free and PPD-free or anything else.

How To Use (Step By Step Guide)

Since we just want to cover the gray hair in a natural blend. The step by step process you are about to read will likely be different from what you found elsewhere. But feel free because this is method is tested, working and trusted.

Strand Test

First thing first, A lot of people are allergic to natural fruits, do you think henna and indigo case will be different? No, but don’t get it wrong.

Being that this technique of turning white or gray hair to black demands the use of 100% natural henna and indigo. Some new users will now feel less concerned about the negative sides. Let me make it up straight to you now. The strand test must not be neglected no matter how natural the products are. Not only does it make you know if you are allergic to the products. It also saves you from expensive damage and a waste of time.

Worried by the word “expensive damage”?

Also See: The Good and Bad Side Of Keratin Treatment on Curly Hair

You shouldn’t be because this is what I meant. When you perform a strand test with henna and indigo, It helps you map out the amount of time you need to let the mixture sit on your hair for the best near-natural color you desire.

In the real sense, If you don’t understand what am saying all this while about the strand test. I recommend you skip that part and just do your usual strands test. Nothing more.

If the final result is what you want, then perform the magic to the remaining hair.

The Prep

  • If you are a beginner ensure you do the processing outside the house or protect the surface of where you are sitting to apply (except you want orange patches here and there)
  • Wear your old cloth that can protect your body very well.
  • Make sure your hair is chemical-free and clean before you proceed with this method.

So here we go.

Note: This method is two steps processing (i.e you have to apply, wash, apply again then wash) confused? Don’t worry you will get to understand when we get started.

Here is what you need to get started.

  • An old ceramic or plastic bowl (small-sized, because it’s just for mixing)
  • A spoon or anything that can help steer the contents very well (no metal).
  • An old toothbrush or dispenser bottle.
  • A pair of gloves.
  • Hair clips and comb or brush.
  • Essential oil.
  • Most importantly your henna and indigo powder.
  • Old cloth or towel.

I think that’s all you need to get started. So let’s proceed.

Step 1: Use of Henna

-Cover your hairline with the Vaseline or essential oil to avoid skin stains.

  1. Warm 1½ cup of water (distilled would be great, but not compulsory), just make sure it’s not too hot.
  2. Pour into the bowl 50-80g box of henna for short hair, 100g for medium length hair and 200g for shoulder-length or long hair. If you are only covering the roots just use a few tablespoons that will be enough. (depending on your hair thickness or volume).
  3. After getting the exact quantity, add warm water into the bowl containing the henna powder ( Make sure it feels creamy, not too thick, not too watery, just something in between). Then stir the mix very well with your spoon until you get a paste-like mixture.
  4. Pour the mixture into the dispenser or squirt bottle ( You are free to skip this step if you can apply the mixture to your hair very well).
  5. Divide your hair into four sections. Because this makes it easier for the henna creamy mixture to penetrate every part of the hair starting from the root.
  6. Apply cream starting from your hair root down to the ends. If you want to cover a particular area with gray hair, just apply the mixture to that part. Then cover the hair up very with any disposable plastic heat cap. Shower cap for example.
  7. Let it sit for at least 3 hours or even more.
  8. Rinse off with only water. There’s no need for shampoo or conditioner now.
  9. Towel dry hair, but make sure to leave it damp for the next step.

Henna- The Best Natural Hair Dye For Gray Hair

The first Step Expected End Result: Orange or blending red highlights.

Step 2: Use of Indigo

Hey! don’t make the mistake of interchanging the process, Because the indigo needs the henna first before it can perform.

Here’s our step by step process to mix indigo to cover the new red-orange hair.

  1. Pour your packet of indigo (same measurement with henna) into your mixing bowl then add a pinch of salt.
  2. Add your distilled warm water and stir it till you achieve a creamy texture. Just like you did for henna. Infant, there’s no big difference between the two steps.
  3. Apply your indigo mixture again on the red-colored hair.
  4. Cover the whole hair with a heat cap and let it sit for some hours. The number of hours you let it stay on your hair depends on how sensitive your scalp is and the level of dark hair you want to achieve.
  5. Lastly, wash it off with water and use tons of conditioner to get out all the residual stuff.

Expected Results: After 1 hour or so, the result be light brownish or golden color (it may differ, depending on how your hair reacts to the mixtures), but after 1-3 days the full results (black hair) will be showing off. Just take one tablespoon of patience and wait while the indigo oxidizes with the henna.


  • It can be stored for a long time after use.
  • Henna makes your body looks and feels thicker, plus healthier.
  • It adds protective layers to the hair cuticles.


  • The process is messy.
  • It takes too much time to achieve.
  • It deprives you of using synthetic hair dye for a long period.
  • Henna doesn’t lighten the hair.

How Long Does Henna Hair Dye Last On Hair?

It depend on a few factors such as the color you turned your hair to, your hair texture, and your personal hair care regimen, but on average henna color do lasts between 4-8 weeks.

Just keep in mind that “the lesser the shampoo wash the longer the hair color last.”

Helpful Tips

Before you proceed to use henna, make sure you know exactly what henna is, how to use often and what your hair will look like afterward.

  • It’s much easier to apply the henna mixture with a dispenser or squirt bottle.
  • Feel free to add vinegar or lemon juice to the henna mixture if you want coppery or golden color instead of a black hair color.
  • You can use this two steps henna method to cover your gray roots alone, but this will create uneven color tones as the dye fades. So you should use henna all-over.
  • Do not shampoo your hair at least 2 days after using henna and indigo.

Now I would like to hear from you:

What’s your experience so far with indigo? Do you believe that henna plus indigo is the best natural hair dye for grey hair?

Just let me know what you have in mind by leaving your comment below right now.

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  1. I have been a cosmetologist for 46 1/2 years. Literally. I love colors and all other chemicals processes. About 4 years ago I started have breathing problems due to the chemicals. Vent, better gloves, mask, worked for about 4 years. About 4-3 months ago I started not feeling good. From November till now. Horrible allergies. Swelling, fever, hives, blisters the size of quarters. But anaphylactic shock was the worst. Thought I was having heart attacks. Not completely sure I wasn’t. Basically did not go into shop more than a couple of hours a day through the month of December. Added charcoal filter system to shop. Better gloves, charcoal filter mask. I look like Darth Vador in Pink🤣🤣🤣. Broke out a little on back of neck last night. Last chemical was a perm. Trying to do no more than 3 chemicals a day. So let’s talk Henna….. I apply the Copper Brown. Then after totally finishing that I mix the indigo and do it all over. Or do I mix the brown with the indigo rt off the bat? I still have about 3 weeks before I decide whether I will ever color my own again . The Henna will obviously bed for me. If worse comes to worse, I will do my customers and just go gray. Something I never thought I would say. But I can honestly say, that I don’t think I could endure the pain. I own the salon, am training a new girl to do my chemical services. Just don’t want to get to where I can no longer touch a head of hair that is not truly virgin. Or can no longer go into my own salon. What Henna do you recommend. When you respond I will shoot you something I have been looking at. My Armstrong rep sent me 3 colors of some kind of henna. I believe the ingredients include PPD. Believe me at this stage I scour all ingredient labels. Even am going natural with cleaning chemicals at home. Thank you for your information. 13 Doctors visits from November till Dec30. Dr said the only symptom I did not have was DEATH. And he was very serious….. And as you know we don’t go to the DR. HELL…. we think we are one. Just underpaid🤣🤣🤣🤣. Glad to be laughing again. Must say. Has not been very funny. Cookie

    1. Firstly, I would apologize for the late reply, Too many spam comments hindered me from seeing this comment, am deeply sorry.

      I believe you didn’t become allergic all of a sudden because of the chemicals in the hair dye products but looks more like that you’re getting older and your skin can’t hold the reactions anymore. That’s a sign that you should quit chemical dye and product and am glad you are already doing that.

      For the application process, you should first mix your copper brown before mixing and using indigo, This has been working fine. Be careful most henna product in the market now contain PPD only a few are free.

      My advice is that you make sure you consult your doctor regularly for best recommendation pon your next moves.

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