Amla will not:
Amla powder can be used with henna to enhance the darkening and browning effect of indigo. For cooler shades of brown using a 1-step hendigo, the addition of ¼ amla to ¾ henna can minimize reddish tones, and help indigo bind better with hair for darker, more permanent color. There are 2 methods for using amla in this way:
Do not add amla directly to indigo as the acidity of amla inhibits indigo's dye release. Make sure the amla paste is mixed separately from the indigo paste, and add each separately to the henna paste.
Amla can also be used with henna alone (without indigo) to darken its color slightly, making it a little bit more brownish. It won't make henna come out brown, though, without added indigo. For this use, you can choose either of the methods described above.
Henna can sometimes relax waves and curls, particularly with repeated use. Wavies report this effect more often than curlies. Amla can add body and help prevent the loss of waves, and restore waves or curls loosened by henna. It can also make hair fluffier if henna has made it heavier or straighter. For this purpose, you can use it in your henna paste via either method described above, or apply it as a separate hair treatment:
Amla can also be used for added body in mixes including cassia or buxus, and has not been reported to affect the color from those dyes.Return to FAQ Page