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

I noticed there's still a lot of confusion about INDIGO and KATAM. These are only three of the many questions I've been asked lately:
Which one should I use in my herbal hair colors mix?
Are they the same?
What's the difference between these two herbal hair dyes?

black henna indigo katam which one to use

Both INDIGO and KATAM are called black henna... so, which one should you use in your herbal hair colors mix?

I already talked about those two herbs in the blog, but somehow it's still not clear what's the difference between these two herbal hair dyes that have almost the same role, but with different results.

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

Indigo has the same role as Katam: you can use them if you want to avoid the red tones red henna gives to hair and if you want to obtain a brown hair color. I talked about this topic in the dedicated blog post: Avoid Red/Orange tones on Gray Hair using Henna and Indigo, Amla, Katam or Walnut powder.

So, both Katam and Indigo, that are natural herbal colors, have the same role: they can help avoiding and minimizing that red/orange tone that lawsonia (red henna) leaves on gray/light hair.

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

INDIGO vs. KATAM: what's the difference between them?

The difference is in the highlights that you obtain on your hair after the application:

- KATAM is perfect for who wants to dye their hair of a beautiful and warm brown hair color, or mahogany brown, with violet/purple highlights under the sunlight.
- INDIGO is ideal for who wants to dye their hair of a colder brown hair color, with blue-ish highlights.

If you wish to cover your gray hair and want to obtain a brown hair color, but you don't know what percentage of herbal hair colors (lawsonia, cassia, katam or indigo) you should use in your mix, I'm sure you'll find this article very useful: Dye your Gray Hair Chocolate Brown using Henna & Herbal Hair Colors! Henna Hair Dye Before & After Pics

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

If, instead, you apply pure katam or indigo on your already hennaed hair, you will obtain a deep black hair color that can show violet and purple highlights (if you use KATAM) or cold, blue highlights (if you use INDIGO).

You can find the step-by-step dying process explained in details in the dedicated blog post: Dark Purple Hair, Blue Black Hair or Jet Black Hair using Katam or Indigo powder?

Do Indigo and Katam wash off?

Probably you have already heard lots of versions in this regard. I suggest you to watch the video I published on my Youtube channel to know my answer to this question. Obviously my opinion is based on my experience with herbal hair dyes which I’ve been using for more than eight years. I hope that seeing the video will convince you to try herbal hair colors and to form your own opinion about whether or not Indigo and Katam wash off ;)

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

If you already have your own answer to the question, I’d be happy if you shared it in the comments area down below in order to discuss it together.

I hope I helped you learn something new about both Indigo and Katam and that now you are able to make a conscious choice about which herbal henna hair color you should use in your henna mix.

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