Product Type: Lush hair care products
Newest Review: ... seems to it the way they prefer. I personally like to pour boiling water over the block (a bit more than enough to cover) and wait for ... more
Bit messy, but your hair feels LUSH
Lush Caca Noir Henna Hair Dye
Member Name: 0121spongebecca
Lush Caca Noir Henna Hair Dye
Advantages: beautiful hair colour, totally natural ingredients
Disadvantages: messy, time consuming
I bought this dye because I had yellow bleached hair and didn't want to damage it any further, and knew that henna being a natural substance would help my hair. I bought caca noir because I wanted the black blue tints in my hair. The sales assistants at lush were friendly and gave helpful advice for use and gave us an instruction sheet and two pairs of gloves.
The block itself looks awfully confusing to a henna virgin, and thankfully the sales assistants had explained what to do and we had a help sheet. If you were still confused you could look online where many people have made videos on YouTube. The instructions vary from person to person, and you soon find the best way of doing it for yourself, as everyone seems to it the way they prefer. I personally like to pour boiling water over the block (a bit more than enough to cover) and wait for it to soak a little. Then I start mashing it up with a fork. I've tried using plastic forks in the past because but they just snap and leave bits of plastic in the henna so use a normal fork. When I want to start smoothing the lumps, I put my gloves on and work through it with my hands, making sure the mixture is smooth but not too runny that it will dribble. a sort of mashed potato texture is right for me. I would advise buying a box of rubber gloves as you can get through them quite quickly and they're useful to keep around the house too. I would also suggest mixing the henna in a bowl that you don't mind staining much. Use old towels and put newspapers down too!
To apply I suggest you enlist the help of a friend or relative as it can be quite difficult and messy, plus its a good reason to get together and have a chat! I asked my mom for help and she started applying the henna on my roots in sections. To apply she used a hair dye brush which we bought from Boots rather cheaply, and this can be washed and re used. The paste can be a little bit difficult to apply, but you get used to it. Its not the sort of thing that you can comb through, and it starts to solidify after a while so you have to work quickly.
When you are confident you have done it all evenly and all of the mixture is out of the bowl and on your head, you can wrap it in clingfilm to help intensify the colour. For the best result I would leave it on for as long as you can, for the whole day if possible. I would not do the henna process if you are planning on going out or have to be somewhere on the same day, as you really want to keep it on for a long time. As the henna hardens, your head will feel a bit heavy, and some small bits of henna may crumble off where the clingfilm could not cover it.
Washing it off will take a long time too, and you really have to work through your hair to get it all off. It may seem like you have stained the bath but it comes off really easily. The end result if everything is carried out properly is really good, and your hair feels healthy and thick. The colour is really lovely and has blue/green tints which shine through really nicely. I would recommend if you are looking for a natural dye suitable for veggies and vegans, which won't harm your hair! :)
Summary: have patience and you will have beautiful hair!