I fell in love with lush hennas about 5 years ago when I was tired of chemically dying my hair and tired of my natural colour. If you have browny reddish hair like me lush henna is the perfect remedy!
HOW TO USE
Depending on your hair length, use a few chunks off the block of henna or use the whole block. (My hair is very long so I use a whole block) I used to grate it but now i just HACK away at it with a knife (please be careful.. don't do it when drunk.. I ended up in a & e)
Place your chopped (or un-chopped) henna in a bowl able to withstand heat (I wouldn't recommend a metal pan, I use an oven dish or one of those glass mixing bowls) Then pour boiled water onto the henna, gradually letting it melt. The best way I can describe the right consistency is when it looks like either.. cake batter ready to be poured into a tin.. an unhealthy horse's manure... or un-whipped double cream! :) The hotter the henna is when applied, the redder a result you will get, so you can keep your bowl with the henna in over another pan of hot water like you would melt chocolate to keep it warm.
Before applying the henna whack on your gloves (Lush kindly provide you with them) and line your hairline with Vaseline or if you're a Lushie ultrabland or ultrabalm! I get right into my ears and along my neck.
If you're applying the henna over a carpet (not the best idea) place loads of newspaper down beforehand! If you have a cat, warn them they will get little red paws so to stay away! I generally do my henna in my bathroom where the floor is easy to clean, in the summer I did it in the garden though and spent a while afterwards hosing it down..
Once you've oiled up your hairline..
You can divide your hair up into sections and smear on the henna, really rub it into the roots first as the roots will absorb the colour the slowest, then work down to the ends and equally mash it into your hair. My hair is very similar to the henna block I use (rouge) so I just throw it all over my hair quite carelessly. If your hair is lighter and patches may be visible.. take a little more care.
Once you've got it all on your hair will be like a big maliable piece of play-doh. At this point wrap your head in clingfilm (or persuade your housemate to do it for you) nice and tight so it's all sealed in!
The best time frame for letting Lush Henna sit on your hair is a minimum of 3 hours. If I'm in a rush I do 3 hours, if I'm feeling frivilous I leave it on for about 8 or overnight (PUT TOWELS ON YOUR PILLOW!!!)
Use loads of shampoo to wash it out, I stand under my shower for about 3 minutes to start just letting it all start to separate. It will make your bath go reddy brown but it should wash away, mine always does. I shampoo about.. six times then condition as I normally would.
TA-DAH! Silky red hair.
I'm obsessed with henna in general, on my hair on my hands anywhere..
I swear by Lush Henna for keeping my long hair beautiful, Henna acts as a varnish so it coats your hair rather than penetrating it and damaging your locks. It makes your hair super shiny and smooth, and I have no scientific references to back this next fact up.. but it SEEMS to smooth and coat my split ends every time I use it! For weeks! The colour does last a long time, I've been hennaing for years and now I can't tell what's henna and what's not, and my hair is in amazing condition! It's TOTALLY worth all the fuss. Just embrace the messy natural fun!
MY EXTRA TIPS!
- If you sleep with your henna on your head for the love of God put some towels down, it will run and will stain your sheets, use old towels!
- While your head is in clingfilm wrap a towel around it or an old hat for extra heat, this will enhance the red colour.
- Watch a really long film to pass the time.
- I may be a bit crazy with this tip.. but I add a little paprika to my henna mix! A little extra spice for my scalp and hopefully even more red! You can add a splash of olive oil for even more conditioning or some freshly brewed coffee for a deeper brown.
- Henna flies. I don't know how it evolved to be able to do this but it does. After hennaing my hair I find little dollops of henna all around my bathroom and I think my cat has gone crazy. It is just the henna though.. normally.. so wipe it off with a damp cloth if it's still wet, OR if it's dried you can just pick it straight off and it doesn't leave a mark!
ABOUT LUSH HENNA
Lush recommends you do a strand test if you've never used henna before, chip off a little bit of your block and use the same process over a small chunk of hair to check it is what you're looking for. Some people are allergic to henna dye so if you fear this may be you, do the test! And try to get a little on the more sensitive area around the neck just to see.
Lush hennas also have added little goodies in them which help, cocoa butter acts as an amazing hair treatment mask while it's on your head, clove oil stimulates the scalp and adds shine as does lemon juice.
If you have any questions while you're henna-ing you can call Lush's customer service line. The number is 01202 641 006
They're ever so helpful and full of beans, around my second time henna-ing I phoned up panicking about using metal utensils to mix the henna and whether it would make my hair green, they put my mind at ease.
The Lush hennas all have red henna in them, it's just the black henna "noir" which has indigo in it also with the red to even it out to a black shade!
I hope this was helpful and spread the henna love :)
The Rogue Herbalist
I decided to try one of these as my best friend had been banging on about them for ages.
These hair colourants are made with natural henna and there's a range of different shades. I decided to try the blue/ black shade which was called Caca Noir. The colourants are currently priced at £7.75 each and each block weighs 325g. For VERY long hair I would suggest buying two blocks as one block may not be enough. I have long hair and I used one and a half blocks for my hair. They smell quite "earthy" and natural. They don't smell horrible though!
The dye needs to be mixed before use. I grated mine into a bowl and placed the bowl over a saucepan of hot water until it had melted and then waited for it to cool down before applying the dye to my hair. I found it to be a messy process mixing the dye but after a few times I guess you would get used to it! The dye is easy to apply to the hair, although you need to leave it on a while longer compared to normal shop bought dyes.
After rinsing the dye off, which took FOREVER, my hair was left looking shiny, healthy and brighter. The dye covered my ginger roots well and it added a few reddish tints to my hair. It is worth it for what you have to go through! I had to leave it on for four hours as it wasn't really doing anything to my hair to begin with. For a more subtle effect you can rinse it off after a couple of hours but if you require a more reddish effect I would suggest leaving it on for four to six hours.
Messy to use but it's worth the hassle for shiny reddish hair!
Just after christmas I bought some of the paler red dye and my friend decided to put it on my hair. My hair is waist length but fine, but there is still a lot of it!
First we grated the bar using a plastic grater... not a good move I would recommend a metal one or your plastic sort of goes a funny colour.
we then mixed the gratings with boiling water and mixed it till it was a paste. then my friend painted it on to my hair section by section at the roots with a paint brush, it was just a normal one i found with my art supplies it didn't work very well.
she wrapped my hair in sections using cling film to stop the dye going everywhere, then once she had covered my roots took of all the cling film and dunked yes she put all my hair into the left over mixture and slopped it on in a haphazard way but we did manage an equal even cover on my hair.
I had loads of towels round my shoulders to stop it going down my neck! old towels as they get stained badly.
then all my hair was wrapped in clingfilm and a fresh towel put round my shoulders I then waited more than 2 hours during this time strange green gunk came from the dye on my hair it reminded us of silage.
once we had waited a while the cling film was removed and my head was stuck in the sink and rinsed my hair this didn't take all the grit like stuff from my hair, I had to shower it and shampoo it 2 or 3 times whilst brushing it out, took a good half an hour to get all the residue from my hair.
Once it was clean and dry it gave my mid brown hair a lovely reddish sheen it was almost gingery and even redder where i had old streaks in my hair. It also makes hair very soft afterward. I am planning to use it again. It smells much better than chemical dyes.
oh and use gloves My friend wouldn't her hands went red then green then yellow its off now but her nails are still stained!
My hair is brown but I want it black without using any harsh chemicals or products that are cruel to animals. I'd already tried powered henna without any luck so I thought I'd give the Lush henna blocks a go. I tried the Caca Noir (did you know 'caca' is French for poo?!)
I have long hair (it's just above my butt!) so dying it at home can be difficult but I found that applying this mud-like mixture is a lot easier than the liquid hair dyes as you have more control over it but it does make your head feel very heavy as it dries!
It doesn't smell that great and when I first started applying it I was a bit worried that it seemed rather green but don't worry - it doesn't dye your hair green!
Some people are put off by using these as they say it's too difficult or a lot of hard-work but I don't think it's more difficult than conventional hair dyes. It's certainly more fun!
I followed the instructions from the Lush website and I even left it on a bit longer than they suggest because I know that my hair is difficult to dye.
The result was that my hair is a bit darker than it was but it's not really noticeable and it's definitely not black. A big difference I did notice is that the tops of my ears and forehead weren't stained which usually happens with dark coloured hair dyes.
I'd probably use it again to darken my hair now that I know what the actual results are but I wouldn't do it very often.
Well... I used this once, mainly because they're so time consuming.
It's rather therapeutic, applying warmish gloop to one's hair, so I rather enjoyed the application of it.
When using this product grate a square of it into a bowl! It makes it so much easier to melt and stir the water in!
I followed the instructions and covered my hair in cling film, and I can tell you that I felt very attractive with green goo on my head sitting watching Michael Palin!
If you're used to hair dye products, or being bored for hours on end it is ok, but of course you can't go out while your henna-ing so it's best to do in an evening whilst watching your fave DVD's.
Whilst feeling like a pamper queen I noticed that the cling film was acting like a green house on my head, although this sounds odd it is a great way to keep warm on a winters night! (So that was a plus!!)
Anyway after hours of "fun" it was finally time to remove the cling film, and the gloop had set rock hard. So as I shampooed the green nuggets washed off my newly soft hair.*
*Good point: It works soooo well as a conditioner!
Anyway, as I shampooed I began to notice a rather pungent smell, not unlike the one I had encountered when I fell in a pond when I was younger. (So basically it was smelling pretty swampy.)
Now shampooing like a bat out of hell the green stuff was finally beginning to come to an end, as the last gunge-tinted water swirled down the plug hole.
The next morning my hair was dry and looking in the mirror I went to see if my hair had changed in anyway...
Apart from being gorgeously soft my hair hadn't got any darker at all. Maybe there was a subtle difference, but already having fairly dark hair it wasn't really noticeable.
Although I do adore lush this particular product didn't work that well for me. Perhaps I would have got a better result by henna-ing every week.
Last year for my birthday I desided to treat myself to a block of Caca Noir. My hair is a dark brown so i picked the Noir to make my hair darker, maybe even black. Knowing how good all the Lush products i had tried were I had high hopes for the Caca.
I used 3 chunks of the Caca and left it on for about 4 hours. It took absoloutly ages to wash off due to me having thick hair. When it eventually came off and no more lumps of dried caca were falling out and no steams of black dye were coming out, i found it had left my hair with a very slight difference to my natural colour. My hair had gone virtually a very very dark brown/ faint black. As I was a caca virgin I felt quite proud that it had gone that colour. But was very dissapointed when I woke up the next morning to find it was practically the colour it was originally.
Maybe it was my fault that there wasn't a change. Maybe I should have used all 6 chunks but anyway...
a few good tips about Lush's gorgeous hennas, save laboriously grating the henna on a cheese grater, whack it in the food processor for a nice fine chopping. alternatively chop it into it's little block and pour over boiling water, be patient, it will take about 10 mins to melt, but its lovely and smooth doing it this way.
i always put a squeeze of lemon juice in with the henna to release the full colour, although a small amount of strong black tea or paprika (for the red shades) works well too.
for a really good coverage dont just slap it on your head and try and work it in, you'll be there for hours! section your hair off from the back and apply to the roots first then once they're all done, you can apply to the length. i always wrap my head in clingfilm with kitchen towel stuck under, just around the back of your neck and up to your ears (it always drips from these places). i usually then tie a towel turban round my head,
1) to keep the henna nice and warm and improve the colour
2) to stop drips
and most importantly....
3) to save you looking like a monster from the black lagoon if anyone pops round (its always the postie at mine!).
Ive been using Lush henna for 5 years now and its far better than any other henna product out there, the shine and condition of your hair is amazing, try it and just wait for the compliments to come flying in!
I have been working with lush for over a year now and had never used the henna before yesterday!!! I just did a simple strand test with Marron (an assitant will be happy to give you a sample block with complimentary rubber gloves) and would highly recommend to those contemplating using it to have friend to help, particularly if you have long hair or are just clumsy (like me!). I already have very dark brown hair but i had natural highlights and was hoping that the Marron would give my hair a bit more depth and wanted the lighter tones to go more chestnutty! I only left my tester on for 2 hours and when i go to dye my whole head next weekend, i think i will leave it in for 1 or 2 hours extra. I haven't stopped stroking the dyed patch of hair all day! so so soft!!! and i can definately see a more rich, reddy, chestnut brown, much nicer compared to my natural hair colour! and it isn't as messy as i anticipated and i would say that i will probably find it easier to wrap whole head in clingfilm than just the strand which was slightly awkward. oh yeah, and i would also say that it is excellent value for money for such a high quality product. When you see other hair colourants in shops, you are probably paying a rediculous amount for what really is a mixture of chemicals wrapped in layers upon layers of packaging. At lush, you get what you pay for.
All Lush hennas cover grey hair aswell but becareful when using rouge or marron, as grey may come up a little more vibrant! the same applies to blonde hair: use rouge on that and you will really go red!
hi did any one notice alot of hair loss. i did and it has left me quite depressed and i now have a thinner head of hair. it was the caca noir i used and never had problems with any other colour. it was coming out in lumps and i hope it grows back .
I just discovered LUSH Caca Maroon (Maron), and I think it's GREAT! Here's a tip: Rather than attempting to "smash" it or grate it, cut it with a knife as if you are cutting VERY VERY thin slices, this will cause each "slice" to flake off. I put a papertowel down on the counter top under the henna block. When it had been grated, I picked up the paper towel and dumped it into the bowl.
I put the caca into an aluminum bowl, and turned on the tea-kettle. I also boiled a saucepan full of water. Once the tea-kettle had come to a boil, I mixed a bit in with the caca. (Mix and grind a bit with the back of a spoon until it's the consistency of double whipped cream, or stirred yogurt.)
After mixing it with boiling water, I put the aluminum bowl over the boiling water in the sauce pan and brought it straight to the tub (it kept the henna a bit warm while I was applying it) and did everything leaning over the bath. MUCH LESS CLEAN UP! Have your cling wrap ready ahead of time. I cut off a long piece of cling-wrap and draped it over the toilet (LID DOWN OBVIOUSLY!) Then, once your head it covered, you just have to reach over to your pre-cut cling wrap. No need to walk through the house or bathroom with "caca balls" falling from your head.
I returned to the bathroom and removed the cling wrap while leaning over the tub, and turned on the tub fawcet to rinse. (NOT the shower head!) My hair is rather short, so this may not work as well for those with long hair.
I was sort of nervous of results (In 26 years of life, I had NEVER dyed my hair before!) so I only left it on for an hour. (not much color difference, since my hair is DARK brown). I did it again the next day and left it on for a few hours, and I have reddish-brown highlights. I will return to LUSH soon for the Caca Rouge in order to kick it up a notch and get the BRIGHT red I was too nervous to buy the first time!
I usually colour my hair with a bright colour of red. This is usually a bright one from the Live range. Ages ago I read all about Lush's Les Cacas Rouge and was intrigued. I'd never used henna before and wondered if I'd get the result of bright red hair that I love so much. At the time I'd never been into a Lush store and ordered it online (with various other things!) When it did turn up I wasn't all that impressed. I comes in a huge block which looks like a rather chunky bar of chocolate. For ages I never used it, as I was a bit of a chicken really. After reading a review saying how bright it left your hair I dug it out and thought I'd give it a try.
It comes wrapped in greaseproof paper so all good for the environment. When I opened it up and smelt it I thought it smelt of other henna's I'd smelt before. It is hard to describe but it is a nice smell although it isn't something you'll think smells so nice you want to sniff it again and again! The Les Cacas itself is in blocks so you can break off the exact amount you want each time. There are four different colours, Caca Marron (gives shiny chestnut hair), Caca Rouge (gives bright shiny red hair), Caca Noir (gives shine and depth to black or brown hair) and Caca Brun (gives shiny brown hair). So there is a good range and picking one you fancy shouldn't be a problem.
Henna is a natural product and comes from a plant. It has been used for thousands of years to brighten hair and henna is also used for temporary body art. Allergic reactions to henna are extremely rare and using it instead of the conventional hair colours is much better as you are less likely to suffer any irritation. It is supposed to give your hair a shine so even if it doesn't colour it that much I figured that at least my hair would be in better condition for using it. Caca Rouge only contains 6 ingredients so you can see how natural it is. Red Henna is the main ingredient but it also contains cocoa, fresh lemon juice, powdered rosemary, clove bud oil and perfume.
Lush does say that is best that you carry out a strand test first before using it. I never did this but then I've never experienced any problem with using chemical colorants so thought it was unnecessary. Luckily it all came out ok and my hair never turned green! They do say that because it is a natural product that everyone's hair will react to it differently. So for those who worry about that type of thing then it would be best to do the strand test to be on the safe side. They also emphasise that with bleached, coloured, sun lightened and chemically processed hair the strand test is extra important. Again I ignored this as my hair is bleached in places and coloured. For those with grey hair then be warned as they will take to the henna more and be brighter. Of course this could look really nice and be what you want. The same applies to bleached hair as well.
Colouring your hair yourself can be messy and Les Cacas is no exception! In fact I'd say it is far messier than usual hair colorants so you've been warned! You don't get provided with plastic gloves so you'll need to get some from Boots or somewhere similar first. I bought loads a while back in case the ones they usually provide you with split. They do say to use rubber gloves but I just can't imagine using a pair of marigolds! It is also advisable to wear clothes that you don't mind getting messy.
Once you've done all that then you need to get a bowl and crumble some of the block into it. They don't suggest how much to use so this is trial and error really. It all depends on how much hair you have and how effective you want it to be. The first time I only used two blocks. Now I tend to use four, as my hair is long and the brighter the better! I've actually grated it into a bowl before but I found this took me ages and it wasn't easy. The block is really hard but it has grooves so I now just get a knife and saw away. I've found this much quicker and easier. Admittedly when you're mixing it all together it is easier if it has been grated but my preferred method is now to hack it up into little pieces. Obviously which ever you find easier then stick with. Once you have got your desired about of henna in a bowl then you need to pour boiling water over it. Again there is no exact amount stated but you need to whip it into an unwhipped double cream consistency.
If you haven't grated it and like me have fairly big chunks then it is best to leave it to soften for a few minutes. I get rather impatient and try whisking it straight away but this takes ages. So it would be best to boil the kettle, soak the henna and then go and do something else for a few moments! It does soften and you need to whisk it so there are no lumps. On one occasion I didn't whisk it enough and when I applied it there were several lumps which just ended up falling out of my hair. So it is best to take time making sure the consistency is right or it'll just get wasted.
Once it is ready then it is ready to apply it. The henna is now looking like gunge and it isn't as runny as other dyes would be. I found it harder to make sure that all my hair was coated. The consistency was fairly thick and this made it a little harder. Perhaps I should have added more water? At this point I considered it but I already had a huge dollop on my head and I thought by stopping and getting more water I'd make a mess. So I persisted and eventually covered all my hair. As I have bits bleached and my hair tends to be different colours in places I wasn't too bothered if I'd missed a few bits, as it wouldn't really notice with my hair.
As soon as I was finished I wrapped my hair in cling film. They say that this gives it a redder look so I thought it would be best to do so seeing as that is the effect I want! If you would prefer a browner colour then leave it unwrapped. I found that I didn't need to tie my hair up or clip it up as they suggest though. The henna held my hair in place where I put it very well. The cling film of course is also excellent for making sure none of it comes out and stains anything. Lush suggests you leave it on for at least one hour but says that you can leave it on for as long as you like. In Lush Times I remember reading that one person applied it before going to bed and left it on for eight hours over night. I don't think I'd fancy this though, as I'd make a huge mess no doubt! I actually kept this on for eight hours in the end but I did it during the day and I carried on doing things I would normally. The only difference it made was I looked silly and I couldn't go out the house! Plus there was a knock at the door and it meant I couldn't answer it or I'd have given that person a shock!
After I'd finished I quickly went round to make sure I hadn't left any stains anywhere. I'd made a bit of a mess in the bathroom but the henna cleans off easily. I did splat some on some of my PJs though. I wasn't wearing them but they were close by. I never realised until after I'd finished and quickly put them in the wash on a boil wash! The PJs in question are a pail pink and after spraying them with Vanish they still have left a faint mark. They aren't ruined but if you really look you can see a slight discoloration. So make sure you haven't anything that can get ruined close by!
Normally when colouring my hair I use Vaseline around my hairline to stop bleeding on my forehead. I haven't needed to do this with the henna though, as it was easier to control when applying it. I did get a few bits on my forehead but by the time I finished and wiped it off it hadn't stained.
Eight hours later
I pealed the cling film off and my hair resembled a huge dry cowpat! There is no other way to describe it really. After having it on so long it had dried and my hair was almost solid. So without further ado I jumped in the shower to try and get it all off. I just wet it and massaged it at first to try and free it. This did take a while and I was surprised at the colour that the water was running. It actually looked like mud with a hint of green. It was really gritty and felt like I had loads of salt in my hair. After a good rinsed and trying to get the worst of it out I decided to shampoo it. Lush doesn't state you have to shampoo your hair but I found it easier to get all the henna out. In fact, I used double the amount of shampoo to what I would normally and really rubbed and massaged loads to get it all out. After what seemed ages the water ran clear. I then conditioned my hair and rinsed that out.
Before stepping out the shower I had to quickly clean it as there was grit like henna up the walls and all in the bath. It is funny as well I applied it the henna was nice a smooth. After quickly towel drying my hair and looking in the mirror I could clearly see it had changed the colour of my hair. I was delighted to see that it wasn't green as the cling film had a yellow/green tinge to it. The result was good but I wouldn't say that it was bright red. It came out a lighter shade than I thought it would. Although it wasn't how I expected I still wasn't disappointed. It came out as a light brown with a hint of red. This could be because my hair is bleached in places though.
Once my hair was dry it was the same colour as it was when it was wet. The claim that Les Cacas leaves your hair shiny is true and this I am glad of. It has also left my hair smelling really nice. Another good thing was the fact that my scalp hadn't been coloured as it does usually. Although it hasn't left my hair looking awful I wouldn't really buy it again. After having it on for 8 hours I thought the result would leave me with bright red hair. If you didn't want something as bright then this is for you. So I'd recommend it but only to those who desired a subtle effect and can tolerate the messy process of using the henna and then washing it all out. Each time I have used this the colour has lasted an average amount of time. Reds tend to fade quickly and this is no different.
All Les Cacas are £5.95 for a 325g block. It does sound expensive but really it isn't as you get many applications out of a block. This does depend on how much you use each time but I've managed to get 4 out of one. So really it is much cheaper than conventional hair dyes.
*The title refers to the meaning of Les Cacas - yes it means what you think it means!
I'm a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to my hair. I like to have it very shiny, and one colour all over.
I first used Lush Henna a few years ago, and since then I have used it a few times a year, to add shine and even out my hair colour.
-My first time-
The chalkboard above the Les Cacas Henna blocks promises "No sh*t hair colour and shine" and I wanted to know how these strange looking green blocks would make my hair a luscious mane.
There are 4 different colours of Lush Henna available to buy:
Caca Rouge- traditional bright red
Caca Marron- chestnut
Caca Brun- glossy brown
Caca Noir- shiny black
I have used traditional henna before (Body Shop) and did not really like the red colour so I bought the Caca Brun. The ends of my hair are lighter than the roots from the sun and I prefer an all over colour so I hoped this would do the trick, as well as making my hair nice and soft.
Henna from Lush costs £5.95 for 325 grams (6 squares)
If you want to use a credit card, there is a minimum charge of £5 but you can use that as a good excuse to treat yourself to some bathroom goodies!
You can buy the henna from any Lush store, or from their web site at www.lush.co.uk
The site also lists all the store locations, ingredients and instructions for applying the henna.
The block will be served to you wrapped in a plastic bag and if you buy it from a store you will usually get some free samples of Lush products. I got two free products! I was also given a sheet containing the instructions. The blocks are a dark green colour and smell very strong (so don't keep them in your knicker drawer unless you want to smell like you have been rolling around in the bushes!) They can crumble a bit if they get crushed in your bag so be careful.
Each colour of Caca Henna contains specially selected ingredients to enhance the effect upon your hair.
Caca Brun contains these special ingredients:
Ground coffee- to enhance and deepen the brown colour
Nettle Powder- helps to condition the scalp
I will not go into too much detail over the instructions, just give some hints that are not mentioned by Lush.
- Pour Boiling water over the blocks in a pan or bowl, then mash the blocks with a spoon so they break up a bit
- I heated the henna up on the hob on a low heat (although this is not recommended, I do not have a bain-marie as suggested on the web site) and kept stirring it until there are no lumps
- Make sure the consistency is fairly thick or else the mixture will not stick to your head, it will just drip off
- Be warned, it smells very strong (a natural smell of plants and herbs which some find unpleasant) so do not do this at the same time as there is any food cooking in the kitchen!
-Put newspaper across the floor as henna can stain
- Apply the henna to your hair whilst standing in the bath as it will drip onto your carpet/furniture otherwise
- Make sure you apply it to all of your hair, not just the top parts
- If you have long hair, use an old clip to pile all your hair on your head out of the way for the time you have to leave it on
- Wrap your hair up in cling film to get a red tinge or leave it open for a browner colour
- Leave it for at least an hour, longer for a more intense colour.
Wipe your ears and neck after applying the henna- my back was covered in the stuff!
It is suggested that you wear rubber gloves for the application but I didn't as I find this difficult (another reason is that I don't think my flat mates would be too happy if the rubber gloves were covered in henna!) I scrubbed my hands after and the henna mostly came off apart from a brown tinge underneath my fingernails (which has now gone, the day after).
As the hour passes, the henna will go hard- resist the temptation to pick at it like I did as you will leave crumbs of henna everywhere! I still have them on my bed as I type!
When it comes to rinsing off time, USE A SHOWER. In fact, I would even say don't henna your hair if you don't have a shower. Using a shower head is the only way that you will rinse all of the henna out of your hair. I did the henna at home once, where we do not have a shower, and could not get all of the bits out.
Make sure you have rinsed it all out thoroughly (until the water runs completely clear), and then shampoo and condition it as normal.
Ok, so results time...unless you have used the Caca Rouge, or if you started out with mousey hair, do not expect drastic results. As I already have dark hair in a fairly good condition, using henna does not make a drastic difference. It does however, even out my hair colour and add extra shine and softness. My hair feels a lot smoother when I run my hands down the length of it and is much easier to brush after henna-ing it.
Unlike some dyes which contain peroxide, Lush Henna does not leave a strong smell on your hair, just a plant-type smell.
When you apply Henna you know it is a natural product that will not ruin your hair. Lush Henna is made from completely Vegan products, and as with all of their products, is not tested on animals or made from any ingredients tested on animals.
Henna is only suitable for people with mousy-dark hair and not blondes. It will not lighten hair, and can be used on grey hair but it is recommended to do a strand test before hand.
I have used Caca Noir since I wrote the original review and it made my hair a lovely glossy, blue/black colour.
Oh, and who ever said I, or any other female was sane? Women do all sorts of mad things for vanity, having pubic hair ripped out is an extreme example. So I think in contrast to that, sitting with a green poo on your head is nothing really!
I've been using henna for years. Only now because my hair has some grey that I've actually needed to dye my hair. I really don't want to use the hair dye you can buy in supermarkets and drugstores (chemists in UK lingo), or beauty supply places. I have a sensitive scalp and regular dye makes my scalp sting, so you just know that those regular dyes aren't good for you! I've tried using different brands of henna to cover the grey. Light Mountain says they cover the grey but it's a TWO step process and it just lightens it a bit and makes your grey bits very orangey! So if you use the LM brand it's double the *fun*, ie, you have to henna your hair two times in one go in order to make it work properly if you're using it to cover the grey. (I'm being sarcastic about the word *fun* here....it's not fun by any means). (This is just one example of another company). Lush Henna is better than any other henna I've used because it got the grey the first time! It's not a weird orangey color that you get with other hennas when they cover grey. Also, the terrible smell you smell with most hennas (referred to in other reviews as "caca" and "baby poo", I think of it as a yucky dirt smell), does not apply here. I put Caca Rouge Mama on my hair and wrapped put a plastic bag on my head and played on the internet for 2 hours till my husband awoke. The smell was okay, even slightly pleasant! Lush puts a lot of better smelling herbs in their products than your regular henna company. Now the downside of Lush Henna. It comes in hard bars that look like gigantic chocolate bars. Only it's henna. This was the first time I'd used it and I was mixing and mixing with hot water for a long time. I have an idea though. Next time I use Lush Henna I'm going to put it in a plastic zip bag and bang it the night before till all the bits are smashed up. I hope it wo
rks since I really like this henna. Ok, the grey. I know some of you might want to know about the grey. Objectively speaking, it's the best henna to cover the grey. Looking in the mirror I see that it covered the grey pretty well! I have really thick curly medium brown hair. The grey bits just look like red streaks! Nice! Overall I would recommend Lush Henna to anyone who wanted to dye their hair or cover the grey. Oh the price I paid...because this is the USA was about $20.
Yuck. Nasty. Gross. Ewwwww. I don't know how many ways I can say it, but Lush "Les Cacas" hair henna is just so very disgusting. What amazes me is that I actually managed to stand having THAT on my head for an entire hour. The silly things we women do in the name of beauty! The henna looks like pond scum. It smells not much better. It is also a pain to use. You have to break off chucks from the solid block, mix with boiling water and then prepare it using a bain marie (hot water bath for you non-cooks.) Then comes the torture of having gritty, smelly, sewage-like paste on your head for an entire hour. They don't call it caca for nothing! And the results? Not worth so much suffering! Perhaps my dark brown hair ended up with a bit more shine, a few more chestnut highlights. Still, I have acheived similar results using Lush Sea Henna, which is a thousand times more pleasant to use. If you insist on trying this, make sure you follow the directions exactly and do the recommended strand test.
A natural way to add red tones to your hair /