“Hey Sabrina! So glad you could see my review 😃 You are welcome to use my photos. I wanted to gush on, and on about your wonderful ‘technical support’ but was afraid you might end up bombarded with a school of people to teach and not enough time?! I would love to share your website. People who have known me, know my hair used to be even more thin, even though I was younger. The chemicals and highlights just disintegrated my hair. It is now bold and sufficiently full, even with thyroid issues. I do need an order of organic henna but using the older henna until I get an order in. The henna/indigo worked great, just did it again yesterday. It was way overdue with lots of grey. Sally, x”
Blondes and gray hair have the most fun with indigo ! You can get blue hair and purple hair, blue hair streaks and purple hair streaks with indigo on light colour hair. That’s because using indigo natural hair dye on its own will darken already dark hair colours and give semi-permanent blue and purple colour on light colour hair. Although indigo is semi permanent it’s hard to get rid of fast, but fairly easy to dye over it with henna or with conventional hair dye; eventually it should fade out completely, but timings may differ from person to person; allow up to a couple of months for it to completely fade away and disappear on its own, possibly longer. Caution : you can indigo over bleached hair if you want blue hair colour or blue to purple hair colour, but don’t bleach over indigoed hair unless you don’t mind the possibility of it going turquoise green.Despite its rather off putting smell, indigo is kind to hair and anti dandruff too. Add just a little cidar vinegar and an egg to indigo paste for extra natural hair conditioning and glossy hair.
TO GET BLUE OR PURPLE WITH NATURAL INDIGO HAIR DYE YOU NEED TO START WITH A LIGHT HAIR STARTING COLOUR (see blue and purple hair colours further down this page)
BLUE HAIR STREAKS
Meet Steph, who usually uses Renaissance Indigo on its own to darken her already dark hair to a jet black hair colour. She later opted for blonde streaks in her dark hair and then used indigo to turn her blonde to blue streaks with indigo :
Mixing Indigo : Heat helps indigo release purple violet colour tones. This will happen even faster on a very hot day !
GRAY ROOTS IN NATURAL BLACK COLOUR HAIR
Meet Maryam – with a head full of gray hair and grey roots :
Today we received the following feedback from Debby :
“Iv been using Renaissance Henna for over eight years now after i suffered a bad reaction to my hair dye . I was so upset at the time thinking i would now have to go grey when i discovered Renaissance . I now have beautiful coloured hair which is just the right colour and using henna also gives a natural condition unlike my old hair colour . They also have a great customer service , nothing is to much trouble , their advice has been so important in getting the right results !! can’t recommend them enough .
Thank you for bringing my hair back to life x”
Last week a lady who purchased Renaissance Henna on Amazon UK was apparently unable to submit a product review on Amazon due to not having purchased goods above a value of £40 using a valid payment card within the last 12 months, so she sent us her feedback in a message instead :
“Hi. Renaissance Henna! Loved your Henna and Indigo Hair Dyes! Was good quality, Smooth and fine grained, Applied well on hair, I have black hair and it was vibrant (need to apply soon) Good price, Overall very pleased, more, more, please! Keep up the good work! Regards M”.
You’re welcome Debby and M !
That’s what henna does – it’s vibrant and it brings your hair back to life !
We named our orange label henna “pakeezah” , a name which has its origins in the Arabic language. It is a word which has a combined, dual, meaning of ” pure” and “clean to the heart”, the core. All our henna is “pakeezah” ! As is our indigo. And together henna and indigo make hair brown and black without added chemicals. Other companies are using the name “pakeezah” for henna, so always look for the name “Renaissance Henna” on your hair colour packet to be sure you’re buying a trusted brand.
The beautiful dancer dressed in henna red in the video is entertaining the aggressive “patron” Nawab Zafar Ali Khan, who is intent on having his wicked way with her. The heroin is Sahibjaan, a woman whose mother was rejected by her father’s family as of lowly status, and who was thus robbed of her noble birthright in childhood, to be raised a dancer in a brothel. She eventually stumbles upon love, by chance. Whilst journeying on a train, she finds herself adored by a man who literally worships her beautiful feet! [“I saw your feet” he says in a mysterious note left on her feet whilst she was asleep, “they are very beautiful. Please don’t step on the ground, as they will get dirty “]. After much hardship and tragedy she finds her fate is to be with the anonymous stranger whose love she clings to and dreams of, and when he comes to rescue her from her life of misery, poverty and struggle, her status is redeemed as a woman of noble birth. Very Shakespearean, and a happy ending ! I’ve often wondered if John Newton and William Wilberforce would have watched Pakeezah and considered the ending such an amazing grace for the slave girl rescued and redeemed by the love she clings to and sings about in this song “whilst walking, I chanced to meet someone…”. The film ends with the haunting image of a woman onlooker, trapped as was Sahibjaan, as she watches the wedding convoy leave behind the misery; an escape engineered by a man who passionately refused to be a slave to ignorance and prejudice.
The actress, Meena Kumari who played Sahibjaan, was ill, and she died some weeks after filming. The Director was her ex husband, Kamal Amrohi.
In many ways, are we all not all either slaves to a chemically laden world monopolised by an industry that sells us boxes and potions of easy to use products to make ourselves beautiful in a flash, or slaves to allergies that bring heartache and misery ?
Henna isn’t a fast hair colour chart hair colour that happens in a flash. But it is free from every chemical name you can think of including ammonia, PPD, and “black henna” (actually, there’s no such thing). And it is very beautiful, hauntingly beautiful like the story of Sahibjaan. The bottom line is henna is pure to a fault. It’s reputation, sadly, has been dishonoured and tainted by years of corruption and misinformation ( there are no metallic salts in pure henna ). But it’s a noble path to natural beauty and hauntingly beautiful hair colour, and if you come to henna with a will to explore it’s origin of purity, you’ll find amazing hair colour that is absolutely unique to you. It’s a way out of slavery to chemical hair dyes that may in fact be harmful to health and life.
Visit our customer feedback pages and Natural Hair Dye Library pages to find out What is henna ? and more [click on the Library resources to the left of this page to access more].
It’s whatever you want it to be as long as it doesn’t contain ammonia! It may still contain PPD -paraphenylene diamene – : see allergy to paraphenylene diamene ; and it may contain a ton of other chemical names that you’ve never heard of , but as long as your hair dye doesn’t contain ammonia it can be marketed as “ammonia free”.
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