Tone down the red from henna with Indigo, Amla, Katam or Walnut powder?

Toning down the orange / red / copper tone henna leaves on our hair  is one of the main concerns every woman has as soon as she starts using henna and herbal hair dyes. It is absolutely possible to tone down the red from henna using the right herbal hair colors such as katam or indigo. 

I bet you're already wondering: why have you left out the amla or the walnut powder? Keep reading & you will find out!

Tone down the red from henna with Indigo, Amla, Katam or Walnut powder

Many of you, in your messages, asked me what to do in order to avoid the coppery effect henna gives to hair, especially to gray/white hair:

“I have gray hair and as soon as I use Lawsonia (red henna), my grey roots become red / orange. How can I tone down the brassy copper tones from henna? Is it ok to use walnut powder or amla instead of katam or indigo?”

In the video you'll find below, I try to answer to many of your doubts and, above all, I explain the differences among katam / indigo, walnut powder and amla, and which one of these herbal hair colors may really tone down the red and remove naturally the henna brassy orange...

The video tutorials are in Italian, but English subtitles are available!

First of all, I would like to say that I won't be talking about the benefits these herbs have on our hair: I talk about them thoroughly in every product's description in the "Hair Care" area of the site. Instead, I'm going to talk about the action they have on our hair and how they may help remove / tone down the red henna from our hair.

What should we use: indigo, amla, walnut powder or katam?

The main difference between Katam / Indigo and amla, walnut powder and nagar motha is that the first two of them are herbal hair colors that contain a dying pigment, while amla, walnut powder and nagar motha are highlighting herbs that contain a highlighting pigment.

READ ALSO: Indigo or Katam: which one should you use in your Henna mix?

The important thing here is to understand that all of these herbs do not dye gray hair, and, even if they do, you will obtain a ash-bluish hair color or a dusty blond (if you're using walnut powder). If you use them pure or mixed, they can help you revive the natural highlights of brown hair.

In the video I linked up above, I talk thoroughly about how to use walnut powder, amla, indigo and katam, but I talked about those last two herbal hair colors in this video as well:

The video tutorials are in Italian, but English subtitles are available!

I want to point out that walnut powder and nagar motha are useful if we want to boost & revive our natural highlights, but they can't be used as substitutes for indigo or katam in the herbal hair colors mix, because they do not dye hair, but they only leave on our hair natural highlights that disappear much faster than the dying pigment found in darkening herbal hair colors (Indigo or Katam).

As an example: if you have gray hair and you apply on your hair a mix of Lawsonia and walnut powder, your gray hair will become bright copper orange, not brown. If you want a brown hair color, you have to add a darkening herbal hair color (like katam or indigo) to your Lawsonia mix.


I suggest you to be careful with amla because yes, it removes the red tone henna leaves on our hair, but it also darkens our hair color, making it flat. In the first video linked at the beginning of the article, I share with you my own experience with amla, and the results I obtained when I added it to my mixes. If you are thinking about using it, I strongly recommend you to do a test on a hidden strand of hair. 

So, to sum it up: the main difference among those herbs is that katam and indigo contain a dyeing molecule that is released on our hair, while walnut powder and amla are highlighting herbs that help highlight the natural tones of our hair and that do their best if applied on dark hair, because they emphasize brown highlights. They also disappear much faster than katam or indigo, because they're just highlighting herbs.

READ ALSO: Does Brown Henna EXIST? How to mix henna to dye your grey hair brown without any hints of red!

Let me know in the comment area below if and which one of these herbs you use in your mixes and the results you obtain by using them. I'm sure that whoever's reading this article and is looking for a solution to tone down the henna red from their hair, will find them useful as well!

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