MuddyVelvetShop

Henna Hair Dye - Herbal Henna, Indigo, Cassia, Amla

Announcement    BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! HIDDEN GEM HENNA is now MUDDY VELVET :)
Out with the old, and in with the new. Nothing else has changed, but, you know, sometimes you just need to change your name ;)

Over the next few months, you may see our labels transitioning in an effort to reduce waste. However, all our ingredients and products are the same as before. If we release new formulations, we will let you know! <3

Thank you for your interest in Muddy Velvet! We love that you have come to explore our shop! This has been a very unpredictable time worldwide, and we understand that many of you wish to keep your hair stylish and healthy in a DIY way. We are here to help! Please enjoy customized shipping options for your orders, as well as a "how-to" guide in our "About" section, so that you can feel safe and secure while treating your hair to some love at home!

SHIPPING NOTE: Automatic free shipping on orders over $35 USD (USA only). To our beloved fellow Canadians, enjoy free shipping on orders over $60 CAD before tax (Canada only) - please use code "FREESHIP" upon checkout. If you’re local (Toronto/GTA/Wellington County), convo me to arrange a pickup at no extra charge :)In an effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19, shipping is subject to delays, and you may experience a longer estimated arrival time than usual. Thank you for understanding! 🙏

A note about our gems: LIGHTER shades to our shop for blonde-friendly hues are IN! From lightest (Top) to darkest (bottom). If there's a colour you want or are unsure about, or don't see in the shop, just let us know. We always want to offer you the best product for you! Keep in mind, although indigo is naturally occurring, some individuals may experience sensitivities. If you have sensitivities, please note below products which may contain indigo. Colors listed with an asterisk* are our classic gems! Recommended using alone or mixed together or with any other shade, They are our most versatile gems!

DIAMOND - Amla (colorless)*
FOOL’S GOLD - Cassia Obovata (neutral “henna”)*
MOTHER OF PEARL - Light blonde (sold out)
YELLOW MOONSTONE - Blonde
CHAMPAGNE QUARTZ - Golden blonde (sold out)
CITRINE - Honey blonde (sold out)
AMBER - Amber - contains indigo
SUNSTONE - Tangerine (sold out)
PHOENIX - Copper (sold out)
SARDONYX - Pure Henna* (sold out)
CINNABAR - wine red (red burgundy) - contains indigo
GARNET - Dark red -contains indigo
TIGER’S EYE - Light brown -contains indigo
BRONZITE - Medium brown -contains indigo
SMOKY QUARTZ - Dark brown* -contains indigo
LAPIS LAZULI - Pure Indigo*
BLACK ONYX - Henndigo kit (pure henna + pure indigo)* (sold out of sardonyx, we recommend using Amber or cinnabar as a substitute in this kit)
CAVERN CREATION: MUDDY VELVET - Pure henna GemJar (pre-mixed, made-to-order, local only)

Have a henna day! :)

<3 Tammy

Announcement

Last updated on Aug 28, 2021

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! HIDDEN GEM HENNA is now MUDDY VELVET :)
Out with the old, and in with the new. Nothing else has changed, but, you know, sometimes you just need to change your name ;)

Over the next few months, you may see our labels transitioning in an effort to reduce waste. However, all our ingredients and products are the same as before. If we release new formulations, we will let you know! <3

Thank you for your interest in Muddy Velvet! We love that you have come to explore our shop! This has been a very unpredictable time worldwide, and we understand that many of you wish to keep your hair stylish and healthy in a DIY way. We are here to help! Please enjoy customized shipping options for your orders, as well as a "how-to" guide in our "About" section, so that you can feel safe and secure while treating your hair to some love at home!

SHIPPING NOTE: Automatic free shipping on orders over $35 USD (USA only). To our beloved fellow Canadians, enjoy free shipping on orders over $60 CAD before tax (Canada only) - please use code "FREESHIP" upon checkout. If you’re local (Toronto/GTA/Wellington County), convo me to arrange a pickup at no extra charge :)In an effort to reduce exposure to COVID-19, shipping is subject to delays, and you may experience a longer estimated arrival time than usual. Thank you for understanding! 🙏

A note about our gems: LIGHTER shades to our shop for blonde-friendly hues are IN! From lightest (Top) to darkest (bottom). If there's a colour you want or are unsure about, or don't see in the shop, just let us know. We always want to offer you the best product for you! Keep in mind, although indigo is naturally occurring, some individuals may experience sensitivities. If you have sensitivities, please note below products which may contain indigo. Colors listed with an asterisk* are our classic gems! Recommended using alone or mixed together or with any other shade, They are our most versatile gems!

DIAMOND - Amla (colorless)*
FOOL’S GOLD - Cassia Obovata (neutral “henna”)*
MOTHER OF PEARL - Light blonde (sold out)
YELLOW MOONSTONE - Blonde
CHAMPAGNE QUARTZ - Golden blonde (sold out)
CITRINE - Honey blonde (sold out)
AMBER - Amber - contains indigo
SUNSTONE - Tangerine (sold out)
PHOENIX - Copper (sold out)
SARDONYX - Pure Henna* (sold out)
CINNABAR - wine red (red burgundy) - contains indigo
GARNET - Dark red -contains indigo
TIGER’S EYE - Light brown -contains indigo
BRONZITE - Medium brown -contains indigo
SMOKY QUARTZ - Dark brown* -contains indigo
LAPIS LAZULI - Pure Indigo*
BLACK ONYX - Henndigo kit (pure henna + pure indigo)* (sold out of sardonyx, we recommend using Amber or cinnabar as a substitute in this kit)
CAVERN CREATION: MUDDY VELVET - Pure henna GemJar (pre-mixed, made-to-order, local only)

Have a henna day! :)

<3 Tammy

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A collection of all-natural, premium, pure herbal hair dyes and masks that are suitable for sensitive skin and all hair types. Give clean beauty a go!

I created Muddy Velvet through the pursuit of healthy hair care following a bad reaction to chemical hair dye. I offer fresh, Body Art Quality (BAQ), triple-sifted, 100% natural, organic, authentic Indian henna and indigo powders that contain no added chemicals (NO PPD!), are hypoallergenic and contain superior pigmenting properties to other henna products. I've taken extreme care in searching for a product that is suitable for all: individuals with skin sensitivities, individuals who are looking for chemical-free products to add to their beauty regimens, as well as anyone who is just looking to try something different! Hidden Gem Henna is designed specifically to enhance your experience with using henna for your hair. Muddy Velvet washes out beautifully and will leave your hair feeling smooth to the touch! Treasure your hair with Muddy Velvet. Also suitable for use as body art!

OFFICIAL MUDDY VELVET PREPARATION CHECKLIST
1. Muddy Velvet powder packet(s)
2. Wooden or plastic bowl
3. Wooden or plastic fork/spatula (or handheld mixer works great!)
4. Boiled water (hot, not scalding – don’t want to burn the plant.) or regular lemon juice (or both)
5. Cling wrap (to cover the prep bowl and your hair after you apply mix to hair)
6. Vaseline (for your hairline to prevent stains)
7. Disposable latex/nitrile or dish gloves (to protect your hands from stains)
8. Shampoo (clarifying is ideal, and baking soda if you're "no-poo")
9. Apple cider vinegar (optional – this is secondary hair rinse, to ensure cleanliness)
10. A couple old towels you don’t mind getting stained (to cover your hair, and the floor, and any other surfaces you don’t want to stain)
11. A big butterfly hair clip to section hair or hold up hair
12. A bottle of cheap conditioner – Aussie brand (moisturizing) works well and smells great!
13. Deep conditioning hair mask (optional – but this really helps the hair smell great and feel smooth afterward!)

HENNA PREPARATION (+ ANYTHING CONTAINING HENNA; 6-24 Hours Prior to Application):
1. Empty packet contents into bowl.
2. Using gloves, gradually add the water (and/or lemon juice) to bowl of henna and mix until you reach a yogourty, thick-soup (but not too drippy!) consistency. This may take a several minutes.
4. Cover mix and allow to sit for 6-24 hours in room temperature (this allows the dye to release in order to leave a wonderful stain on the hair). To check for successful dye release, uncover the henna mix after a few hours and look for a darker, reddish layer on the surface of the mix. if you mix it up a bit more, you’ll see the underlying mix will have a lighter green tint. This means your henna is ready to be applied! FREEZE IF planning to not use until later.

HAIR PREPARATION (1 Hour Prior to Henna/Indigo Application):
1. Shampoo hair using clarifying shampoo (or baking soda if you’re “no-poo”), rinse.
2. Optional - Rinse again, this time with apple cider vinegar (this acts as an astringent and will make sure hair is squeaky clean! Literally!).
3. Allow hair to dry at least 80%.
4. Do not apply any hair products following the hair rinse! You need squeaky clean hair for henna to stick.

HENNA AND/OR INDIGO APPLICATION (Once Hair is Cleaned – USE GLOVES!)
1. Place a towel on the floor for protection, and protect any areas from staining.
2. Section hair using various clips or ties.
3. Using gloves, apply Vaseline to hairline.
4. Using same gloves, apply henna generously to hair in sections, starting at the root to ends, ensuring that henna is covering hair strands thoroughly, top and “underneath” sections. Squeeze henna through hand and hair if you have to get it all in there. Don’t be afraid of using “too much”.
5. Once finished applying henna to hair, cover hair with cling wrap to help the dye bind with the hair. Cover wrap with a towel to add warmth and to protect from leakage.
6. Immediately clean any areas that henna may have fallen to or stained.
7. For HENNA, leave in hair for 2 hours or overnight. For INDIGO, leave in hair for 1 hour and rinse out.
8. Rinse out with conditioner only. For best results, follow up with deep-conditioning treatment.

INDIGO APPLICATION (To Be Used with Mixed Henna OR After a Henna Treatment):
1. Apply Vaseline to hairline around head.
2. Empty contents of Indigo packet into bowl. The powder should be green! This is normal. You can also add the indigo into a pre-mixed henna to achieve a brown hair color.
3.Using gloves, take mixing utensil and slowly add lukewarm water only to the indigo and mix until you reach a yogourty, thick-soup (but not too drippy!) consistency. The mix will begin to turn blue. Indigo releases its dye immediately and must be applied to hair as soon as it’s mixed.
4. Apply to hair immediately (still wearing gloves!) and leave on for one hour (Indigo has a quick demise rate and will not stain the hair well after one hour). Cover hair with cling wrap and towel.
5. Rinse with conditioner and apply optional conditioning

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    Hi! My passion for clean haircare stems from my own bad reaction several years ago. I've done a ton of research on the benefits of henna, and am now offering my own line of pure henna and indigo powders.

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Last updated on Jun 16, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Do your products contain any chemicals?

Absolutely none. Zip. Zilch. Zero. No chemicals. No PPD. PPD-FREE. It's that goood. ☺️

What does Indigo powder do?

Indigo is the same stuff that dyes denim blue! Once the powder is mixed, it begins to immediately release the blue dye and you should see a hint of blue tone. You can use it to dye cloth and stuff, and your hair. On blonde hair it might look green, so maybe don't do that. That's why it's always recommended to get a henna base dye first, and then dye with indigo for a brown-black effect. It's different on everyone, so I am working on getting some before/after hair pics with different hair colors!

TL;DR: Pure Indigo (such as HGH's) dyes denim blue. When mixed with henna, makes hair brown. When used after a henna treatment, makes hair very dark brown-black.

How do I prepare the henna powder?

Henna needs time to release its dye, at least 6-24 hours covered in room temperature. At minimum, all you need to do is mix it with warm-hot (not boiling! It's plant powder, you don't want to burn the plant!) water until a yogurt-like consistency is obtained, cover and let sit for at least 6 hours. Freeze the mix if you aren't going to use it within 24 hours. You can also add in other ingredients like blueberry juice, almost anything that stains. There are lots of great sources out there and you can experiment with the henna!

Are your powders permanent?

Our powders contain extremely strong Lawson pigment content (2.8) and will stain just about anything it comes in contact with! On hair, it's pretty permanent. It will grow out with your hair and may fade over time but it will also make your hair strong and healthy the more you layer it on. Root touch-ups are A-OK and easy to do since the rest of the hair needs very little maintenance! That's a win in our books!

What are the best ways to store the powders?

Unopened packet: as of June 2020, the current batches of all product will last until July 2021.

HENNA: Mixed and frozen: up to 6 months from date of mixing. Mixed and left at room temperature: 24 hours, use within 24 hours, or freeze.

INDIGO: DO NOT FREEZE PURE INDIGO ONCE MIXED. Indigo has a very quick demise and dye effectiveness ceases after 1-2 hours. Easiest way to combat this is to add only as much indigo as you need at a time, saving the powder for later. Will fade over time and grow out with hair.

All other powders can be frozen up to 6 months once mixed.

How are your powders packaged?

Hidden Gem Henna is specially packaged to optimize freshness and longevity. The powders stain so well that they don't need to be used very often (every 1-3 months, or more frequently if you really want!). We understand what it feels like to half-use a product and forget about it for a year...and then can't use it. This isn't the case with Hidden Gem Henna! Our powders are double-sealed fresh in India in a clear plastic bag that is then placed in the foil packet. This double-seal ensures an extra-long shelf life so that you really can enjoy the henna powders as they grow out with your hair. This way they are protected from UV damage and unnecessary demise. Cherish your powders so that you can treasure your hair ;)

Can I dye my eyebrows and/or eyelashes with henna?

Many people have used henna-based powders to tint brows and lashes (typically light brown/dark brown colors). It is not recommended to use pure red henna as the color can be somewhat "striking". Keep in mind that the color is expected to last for approximately 4 weeks. It is recommended to thoroughly research application instructions before you attempt this (i.e. get your hands on some mascara wands!).

Can I lighten my hair after using henna?

It is very difficult, if not impossible, to lift red henna pigment from hair. If you henna your hair and then wish to go blonde using chemical dye, you will face some challenges. Your best bet is to speak with salon experts for advice on this issue! When you use Hidden Gem Henna products, it is assumed that you're willing to try out healthier ingredients for your hair and lifestyle, and an understanding that blonde/brightening colors are largely achieved with chemicals. However, if you know of a chemical-free way (eg. lemons!), send them over so we can add to our recommendations! :)