5 Top Hair Uses, Benefits & Side Effects Of Indigo Powder (Avuri) For Grey Hair & Hair Growth

If you are looking for a natural alternative for chemical hair dyes, then indigo powder is a great choice. Indigo powder is got by powdering the leaves of indigo plant whose botanical name is Indigofera Tinctoria. The leaves produce dark blue dye and when applied as a hair dye after using henna, gives dark black colour. Indigo powder is called Indian Indigo in English, Avuri or Neeli in Tamil, Neeli Chettu in Telugu, Neela Amari | Neelayamari in Malayalam, Neelini | Neela in Hindi, Neeli in Kannada, Neel in Marathi, Wasma in Arabic and Neel in Urdu. Indigo is a small shrub that grows about 1 to 2 meters high and produces beautiful pink flowers. Indigo plant has wonderful medicinal uses and all parts of the plant is used medicinally. Though indigo is known mainly as a natural dye, it has other amazing hair benefits too. Indigo is mainly used in the form of hair oil for stimulating hair growth and in the form of a pack for dyeing the hair. For dyeing, it is applied after henna. Henna makes the hair reddish orange and indigo dyes the hair dark blue color and together they create a natural black color. Here are the amazing hair benefits of indigo powder: 1. Indigo Powder For Premature Greying Of The Hair: Indigo leaf is an amazing home remedy for treating premature greying of the hair. Regular use of hair oil made with indigo leaves will reverse and prevent greying of the hair. 2. Indigo Powder For Hair Growth: Indigo hair oil made with the leaves is amazing for hair growth. It prevents scalp infections and stimulates new hair growth when used regularly. 3. Indigo Powder For Dandruff: The hair oil made with indigo leaves is also a very good remedy for dandruff. It reduces dandruff greatly and if used from young age, it will greatly prevent dandruff. 4. Indigo Powder Hair Dye: One main hair benefit of indigo is that it acts as a natural hair dye. In my personal opinion, it is one of natures gift considering the side effects of chemical hair dyes which range from increased sensitivity to sun to skin allergies. 5. Indigo Powder For Dry Hair: Indigo hair oil is one of the best conditioners that softens your hair really really well. If you are suffering from dry brittle hair, I would suggest using indigo oil regularly. Within few days of regular use, you will find you hair smooth and soft. For making indigo oil, indigo leaves, amla and bhringraj are boiled together in a pan till the water evaporates and the sizzling sound stops. These 3 herbs also forms the base for the famous Neelibhrigraj Oil which is very popular for treating premature greying of the hair. Neelibhringraj oil also contains additional ingredients like buffalo milk, cow’s milk and coconut milk. But in my personal experience hair oil made with just the three herbs also is equally effective for stimulating hair growth and preventing premature greying of the hair. For dyeing, if you want black color, make sure to use it after applying henna, this will ensure you get a dark color. If you want a dark reddish tinge color, you can mix both henna and indigo together and apply. Side Effects Of Indigo Powder: There are no side effects to using indigo powder for hair. But like with any ingredient some might experience indigo powder allergy but this is very rare. The only side effect is it might be messy and time consuming to use indigo as a hair dye but it will get easier once you start using it regularly. Also we get lot of fake indigo powder in the markets. To make sure it is original, mix it in water and wait for 15 minutes, the dark blue dye should bleed out else it is fake. Where To Buy Indigo Powder For Hair? We get natural organic indigo powder in most herbal shops in India. If you are living in Tamil Nadu, you get avuri leaf powder in nattu marundhu kadai. You can also buy good quality indigo powder online. Some common questions asked regarding dyeing hair with indigo powder: How Long Should I Leave Indigo In My Hair: I would suggest leaving Indigo paste for 2 hours for best results. Can I leave Indigo In My Hair Overnight? You don’t need to leave it on overnight, the dye fixes on the hair within 2 hours. How To Rinse Indigo Out Of Hair? Rinse it off with plain water for best results. Is Indigo Bad For Your Hair? Indigo is natural product and will never harm your hair. It will only make it shiny and strong. How Long Indigo Hair Dye Lasts? The time it lasts varies from person to person. For some it might last well for 8 to 12 weeks, for some it might wash off sooner. It greatly depends on how porous our hair is. How to Make Indigo Stick To Hair? Some people’s hair absorb the indigo dye poorly, if it is the case, mix 1 tsp of salt for every 100 gram of indigo powder, it will help fix the dye. Also apply indigo paste on clean dry hair only. Oiling Hair After Indigo: It is best to oil the hair after 48 hours after indigo hair dye application. Shampoo After Indigo: Shampoo only after 48 hours after applying indigo hair dye to prevent it washing off fast. How To Make Indigo Last Longer: If you wash your hair daily, the dye will not last longer. Also try to use only mild shampoos for best results…


1. To make indigo hair oil, take a 1/4 cup of indigo leaves. 

2. Wash and take 1/4 cup of bhringraj leaves along with 3 amla, remove the seeds from amla. 

3. Take the indigo leaves, bhringraj leaves and amla in a mixer. Grind to a coarse paste without adding any water.

4. Now heat 1 cup of unrefined coconut oil and add the ground paste. Continue heating the oil
till the sizzling sound stops which indicates that the water content has
been fully evaporated. Once the water content has been evaporated, switch off and strain. You hair growth oil is ready to be used!



Take 1/4 cup of henna powder in a bowl. Add in 1 tsp of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and enough water to form a paste. Let it sit overnight. The next day, apply it all over the hair, wait for 3 to 4 hours and then wash it off in plain water.


a.Take indigo powder in a non metallic cup as it is best not to use metallic containers while mixing dyes, I usually use glass containers.

b. Add in enough warm water to form a thick spreadable paste. You can use the indigo hair just after 10 minutes after mixing it, don’t wait longer. Apply on clean, dry hair after using henna. Wait for 1 to 2 hours before washing it off in plain water.


  • Use fresh indigo leaves for making the oil. The oil stores well more than 4 to 5 months.
  • When using indigo powder as a hair dye, try to mix it with warm water not hot water. Don’t let it rest for more than 15 minutes.
  • When buying indigo powder for the first time, make sure to check whether it is original and then use it as a hair dye.



  1. Danny
    October 30, 2017 / 3:50 pm

    nice post

  2. Anonymous
    October 30, 2017 / 9:56 pm

    Is it possible to add indigo powder (say a tablespoon) to pre mixed 'ready to use' organic henna hair dye to increase depth of colour? Thank you.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 11, 2017 / 4:02 am

      Sorry for the late reply. You can mix henna powder in tea or water the previous day. Let it sit overnight for it to release it's dye and then mix it with indigo powder before applying. It will greatly help increase the depth of color but let the henna powder soak for a few hours before mixing indigo powder…

    • Anonymous
      November 12, 2017 / 7:52 pm

      That's not what I asked. I was referring to PRE/MIXED READY TO USE BLACK HENNA HAIR DYE; I.E. Indigo powder is ALREADY INCLUDED. My question; CAN I ADD *EXTRA* INDIGO TO INTENSIFY SHADE?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 14, 2017 / 11:40 am

      I am sorry and yes you can add to premixed blend of henna and Indigo. Higher proportion of indigo in the mixture deepens the color…

    • Anonymous
      November 18, 2017 / 12:10 am

      Thank you very much.

  3. Anonymous
    November 9, 2017 / 5:12 am

    Hi Ramya,How are you missing your WhatsApp post .Please post recipe for castle soap , floor cleaner .Any alternative for castle soap when preparing laundry detergent like can we use reetha liquid to mix baking soda and washing soda. Where we can find lye in departmental stores in India. Please reply as trying your recipes . RegardsApurva

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      November 11, 2017 / 4:11 am

      Hi Apurva, I will very soon. You can use reetha liquid instead of Castile soap but Castile soap lathers and cleans well. You can't find lye in any departmental stores in India. Some chemical shops sell sodium hydroxide and you can mix it in water to get lye but please be very careful as lye is just like acid…..

  4. Archana Navaneetha Krishnan
    December 20, 2017 / 3:51 am

    Hi Ramya,I want to grow the indigo plant in my home. Please advice where I can find one.Its not available in Chennai,those that are found are hybrid which I do not want. Thanks

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      December 21, 2017 / 3:02 pm

      Hi Archana, the best place to find Indigo plant is in government run herb nurseries which are found near forests. You can also collect avuri plant if you visit any local village near Chennai…..

  5. Yaseenali
    December 29, 2017 / 6:56 am

    I have asthma and Sinus problem.my age is now 17,my hair is 50% white.is it good to apply henna and indigo to my hair.if yes how can I apply? If I apply indigo to my hair then my50%black hair will turns into white??????? Plz plzz give rply to my email id Allhaqu1967@Gmail.com plz plz

  6. Yaseenali
    December 29, 2017 / 6:56 am

    I have asthma and Sinus problem.my age is now 17,my hair is 50% white.is it good to apply henna and indigo to my hair.if yes how can I apply? If I apply indigo to my hair then my50%black hair will turns into white??????? Plz plzz give rply to my email id Allhaqu1967@Gmail.com plz plz

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2018 / 4:41 pm

      Hi, It is good to apply indigo and henna combo than applying store bought chemical based hair dyes. It will turn you hair dark. I would suggest you apply henna first and then apply indigo the next day. I would suggest using 1: 1 ratio and follow the process given above. You can change the ratio as per your liking. Don't expect perfect results the first time you apply, with subsequent use you will get the perfect blend that you like….

  7. amar dindor
    January 4, 2018 / 4:29 am

    How to check the indigo powder is pure natural not chemical is added

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2018 / 4:42 pm

      If you mix a little bit of indigo powder in water and leave it aside, the dark blue dye should bleed out within 30 minutes…

  8. Unknown
    January 4, 2018 / 11:24 am

    Hello mam m using for the first time this can you please tell me dat.is this safe for the hairs n it don't change the black to brown colour n how I use it with heena n in wat quantity I can use it mam please reply

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      January 10, 2018 / 4:44 pm

      Using henna and indigo is very safe for hair as far as you use pure ingredients. I would suggest starting with 1:1 ratio of indigo and henna powder and you can increase the amount of indigo powder to get even darker color…

  9. Nandhini
    January 23, 2018 / 3:27 pm

    Shall I use indica and henna together in one process ? Will it give black shade to my hair ? Please reply

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2018 / 3:29 pm

      Yes, you can. Soak henna powder the previous night with either tea decoction or apple cider vinegar and leave it overnight. Mix indigo powder in water 15 minutes before applying. Once it bleeds blue, mix them both together and apply. Wait for 2 to 3 hours before washing it off…

  10. srividya
    January 31, 2018 / 9:03 am

    Hi RamyaHats off to you for all ur posts. Just wanted to ask does blood impurity change the color of the hair.

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      March 21, 2018 / 3:34 pm

      Hi Srividhya, Hereditary, stress and nutritional deficiencies are the major reasons for premature greying of the hair….

  11. Unknown
    February 2, 2018 / 2:14 pm

    Hello madam, we have grown indigo plant in our garden and after harvesting we have dried the leaves and ground them into powder. After mixing with water, the dye didn't bleek out after so many hours also. Is there any process before grinding the leaves to make it into a hair dye?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 20, 2018 / 5:33 am

      The indigo leaves are usually soaked overnight and fermented to release the dye that is why if we just sundry the indigo leaves and powder, it never releases the dye…

  12. Bloom Blog
    February 23, 2018 / 6:40 pm

    Hello mam…my hair becomez very dry after using indigo powder…how can i avoid that

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 20, 2018 / 5:36 am

      There is two ways to treat dryness after using indigo dye, one is to use a mild conditioner and the second is to add a little bit of coconut milk while mixing…

  13. Unknown
    April 14, 2018 / 4:13 am

    HiiWould the remaining hair become white..

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 20, 2018 / 5:37 am

      I am not able to understand your question, you mean after using the dye? Can you be more clear?

  14. shafeek k
    April 19, 2018 / 11:42 am

    I used indigo powder I get very good result

  15. Anonymous
    April 27, 2018 / 4:58 am

    I recently started using Khadi Black Henna (mixture of Henna and Indigo) , but after every time applying I have headache for two three days, Is there any solution to this problem ?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 27, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      You can add two to 3 drops of eucalyptus essential oil to the mixture before mixing, it will greatly help….

  16. Mitali Singh
    April 28, 2018 / 10:27 am

    Should hair be covered with shower cap after applying indigo paste (only indigo powder) onto hair?

    • Ramya Venkateshwaran
      April 28, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      It is best to wear a shower cap to prevent any drippings both for henna and for indigo…

  17. Poornima Arora
    May 3, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    Hi, Thx for the info. I awnt to know which brand of indigo powder shd i buy as there are so many in market. Please advice.

  18. Sudharsini
    May 15, 2018 / 10:12 am

    Ramya thank you so much for sharing your wisdom!where do buy indigo and other herbal products in Coimbatore?i I bought in a nattu marundhu shop in town hall Andover applied it after henna and didn’t turn black then I tested as you have mentioned here it was fake I bought so much it was waste money . Please mention the name of the shop and address were you buy

  19. Sheba
    May 18, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Hi…. You have truly answered already to all my questions…. Thanks….
    The problem I’ve faced is that, after every indigo application I’ve noticed that my face colour has changed .. Does indigo kind of seeps into the skin of the face? It solves the problem of my greys but what to do about the change of my face colour? Please advice.

  20. RICHA
    May 23, 2018 / 11:16 am

    M in Delhi. Pls let me know the brand name to buy the original product from online.

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