We originally used a recipe based on Michel Garcia’s 1-2-3 vat, created nearly 10 years ago. Since then, we’ve made some changes and developed different recipes that will allow you to control how light or dark your vat is.
Types of Vats:
There are four main types of vats that you can build. Use the information below to decide which one is best for you.
|Fructose||Clearest blue||Dyes lighter than henna or iron||Seems to perform best when aged for 2-3 days, and when warmed before use.|
|Fructose Shakealotta||Clearest blue||Dyes lighter than henna or iron|
Fastest vat to set up
|Seems to perform best when aged for 2-3 days, and when warmed before use.|
|Henna||Warmest blue/yellow cast||Dyes darker colors in fewer dips||Requires extra step to set up as the henna should be dissolved and strained separately.|
Benefits from a 3 day aging.
|Iron||Coolest blue/gray cast||Dyes darker colors in fewer dips|
Can be used at room temperature without reheating
|Recommended for adults only as iron is unsafe for babies, children and pets.|
Should not be used with silk or wool as it can damage the fibers
For more details on the different types of vat and how they compare to each other, see our deep dive into all four vats on our blog.