This is what I did to get a red tint on my natural strawberry blonde/auburn hair with the henna—was not looking to completely dye it.
When I was little I had strawberry blonde hair that I loved, but as I’ve gotten older, my hair has gotten darker. I’ve never dyed all of it, but I have done cap highlights (good) and at the beginning of the summer I let my mom do touch on highlights on me (awful). Needless to say, I had some streaky blond bits and massive roots when I decided to do the Henna.
I read a review from a girl with hair like mine who left it on for 20 mins and got a nice tint of red, which is what I wanted rather than an all over colour change. I decided to do two test strands to see how much time I needed to get the results I was looking for. I cut small sections out (like 20 hairs)-but I have thick long hair. I made sure to include some of the highlighted bits too (as the henna will absorb super-fast in those sections). I mixed a little bit of henna and put it on the strip. One I checked at 20 and then 30 and the other I left for two hours. The one I left for two was a super badass colour but way to bright for me at this point—like a shiny penny. Maybe I’ll go for it when I really want a change, it is pretty awesome! Anyway, the one that had processed for 30 mins had a red tone instead of blonde—which, as I said, is what I was looking for. I will say that, if I were going to go full out, I would leave it on for many hours. Even the girl in the store (who henna’s frequently) suggested that. It apparently will deepen the colour. I’m also interested to see how the colour will intensify.
Okay, so I chopped the henna up with a big knife—like you would chocolate—and put the plastic bow in another bowl of hot water. Then I poured in a little water at a time and let it sit a few mins and then stirred with chopsticks until it was smooth brownie batter consistency. Yes, it smells like hay and ass, but once you get used to it it’s not that bad and I also think it’s a million times better than ammonia. Maybe it’s only because I left it on for 30-40 mins but today my hair smells like my shampoo/conditioner, though once and a while I get a tiny whiff of hay that isn’t unpleasant.
The process isn’t that bad. It’s kind of funny actually—and is VERY messy. I put lots of newspaper down on the floor. Kind of wish I put it on the walls because occasionally a blob would fling and splat if I moved my arms too much. I would suggest you do this outside and just be done with it, but with the weather getting cooler just try to be careful and wipe white surfaces ASAP!!! Anyway, I scooped it onto my head, squishing around the roots and then did the ends. Sectioning was hard so being precise didn’t really happen. I used the whole block (because my hair is mid back and very thick) so I had a lot to gob on and massage around. I tried to make sure it was everywhere by using mirrors. Wrap in cling wrap and start twiddling your fingers—or cleaning up the mess (on your skin, all over the bathroom, etc) haha. I waited a full half hour because it took about 10 mins to get the stuff on and I do start the timer once the first blob goes on my head. So that was 40 mins for me. Do your test strip. If you don’t want to cut it off, do it under your hair at the back.
Washing out was bad but not that bad. First, I filled the tub ¼ and dunked my head a few times, working it out. Drained the tub of the DARK BROWN/GREEN water-hahah. Then I plugged the drain again and put my head under the running faucet, then dunked a few more times. Then I got in the shower and did one shampoo. I was trying to conserve water so I did a lot of dunking and it did help. If you fully submerge your heard then kind of run your fingers through your hair, it does come out. By the second shampoo, I could less little “seeds”. Finally, I put in conditioner and used my wide tooth comb to gently comb-from the bottom of the hair up. Dunk, dunk, and you’re done. My bathtub is green where there was soap scum. It’s like exposing my cleaning sins. Guess I will have to work harder this time! Oh, one last note about washing out. Make sure the water runs clear or you will have drips next time it rains (the girl at Lush told me this).
Anyway, I put my product in and styled and was very happy with the SUBTLE changes. In my opinion, it was worth the work, and really only took me an hour once I started. Someone at work looked at me and said “wow! I never noticed how red your hair was before—looks nice!!” I’m so happy to be back in the red head club-and glad that I didn’t have to destroy my hair or the environment to do this!
Next time maybe I’ll go full on-who knows.
I’m interested to see it oxidized in a few days.
Update: It's two days later and the colour still looks great! I'm so pleased. I've has so many compliments! People are talking about how brown my eyes are. They are saying things like "wow, I never realized how red your hair is! It looks great!". I'm going to keep up with the 6 week maintenance--next time I may leave it on longer!
After going from jet black to red, my hair was in bad shape, damaged and dry from repeatingly bleaching and dyeing. I decided to try coloring with henna not only because my hair was so damaged, but also because I got sick of spending so much time and money at the hairdresser- when colored red with chemical dye, the color faded within a week- I only had the perfect color three days a month, just after visiting the hairdresser.
My hair is naturally chestnut brown, and I was worried the henna wouldn't dye my roots in the correct shade, I wanted bright copper red, like the rest of my hair. Luckily, when left on for 10 hours, Caca Rouge manages to make even my brown roots copper red.
After dyeing with henna for three months, my hair is in noticable better condition. It does feel a bit coarse just after coloring it, but a good conditioner takes care of that.
The best thing about dyeing with Caca Rouge is that the color doesn't fade like it did when I got it colored with chemical dye, I do my roots and also the rest of the hair to freshen up the color once a month, and the color stays just right until the next time I dye it.
I use a whole block for my long, very thick hair, which means I now spend 6£ a month on hair dye- even coloring at home with drugstore dye would cost me three times as much. I also spend less money on deep conditioners and other treatments, as my hair is in better shape.
Will definitely continiue using Caca Rouge- I don't really have a choice, anyway, as dyeing over the henna with chemical dye supposedly is a very bad idea. I'd keep on using henna anyway though, as I love the results.
I have been using Lush Caca products for several years now. After using the Caca Noir and the Caca Marron I have pretty much switched over permanently to the Caca Rouge for a number of reasons. Mostly because I find the indigo gets very drippy and really doesn't have that much effect.
Here's some of my expert pointers on use:
1) Don't grind or cut it up! Put the squares you want to use in a zip lock bag. Then stick that in another bag. Then get out a rubber mallet and pound away on it (or if you have weak little tyranosaurus rex arms like me, have your hubby or brother or whatever do it). Powders it within 5 minutes. If you don't have a rubber mallet, stick the bags between two layers of cardboard and use a hammer.
2) I mix mine with cinnamon/cardamom tea (for scent and the tannins) and add lemon juice and clove powder. If it ends up too thin, I add a little extra loose henna from the local indian grocery. I do this the night before and then heat it up in a double boiler the next day.
3) Summer is the best time to henna. The sun keeps the henna warm and helps the color set for one. For two? RINSE THE HENNA OUT OUTSIDE WITH A HOSE. This will save you hours of clean up and frustration! Hours. I also have my husband apply the henna outside, as this cuts down on mess. Seriously, take it outside. You will be 1000% happier.
4) If I get a bug to henna during the winter or other inclement weather, I rinse out in the laundry sink or the kitchen sink. JUST NOT THE BATHTUB FOR GODS SAKE. Again, saves on a huge amount of clean up time. Do the final rinse in the shower, but to get most of it out, either do it outside or in a non porcelain (or already messy) sink.
5) Hold off on shampooing as much as possible. The longer you wait, the longer your henna will last, at least in my experience.
6) Get someone to help with the application. My husband loves to put it in because, as he points out, how often do you get to slop mud in your wife's hair with her permission?
7) Seriously, leave it in 4 hours MINIMUM and preferably longer. And make sure you get some heat into the mix. It should be just as hot as you can stand it going on, and then either sit in the sun for a good portion of the time or get your hairdryer out and blow hot air on it occasionally.
This hair dye is great. It's going to take many dyes to get my hair the color I want (naturally dark brown, wanna go dark red) but that's fine, I always enjoy dying my hair with this.
Application: somewhat messy. Use shea butter or Ultra Balm/ect. to protect your hairline & line the floor with newspaper for easy clean up. Having help when henna is new is a plus.
I use a cheap hair color application brush, it's a BIG help & eliminates glove waste.
Smell: I like it. Earthy and rich. It does become less noticeable though.
Wash out: takes some time but it's easy. Use a utility sink if you have access to one. Massage your scalp and hair with your fingertips/fingers, not your nails.
Time: I leave it in at least 12 hours. The longer you leave it in the darker it will be.
Final results: super soft, shiny & a redder every time.
I use mix-ins. Chile powders, paprika, wine, cinnamon (surprise to me). It helps hair get redder.
Getting closer to my ultimate hair color after about a year and a half of dying it every month (sometimes twice a month). I'm going to leave it in for a full 24 hours (or more) today. I have about 2.5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, about 2 tablespoons paprika (2 different colors), 2 tablespoons cinnamon & a shake of YELLOW turmeric in with my 1 square of Caca Rouge. If you aren't sure of how much to use, start with LESS then you think you need an cook up more if you need it.
So...I have been dying my hair quite a bit and it was in crappy condition so I decided to henna it therefore I CAN'T die it for a long, long time because it wouldn't take or work now. I basically but this on to force myself to stop coloring my hair! Anyways...here on my thoughts on the LUSH henna as this is my first henna experience. I put it in a plastic baggie and hammer the living daylights out of it until it was a powder. I used red tea in the mix and some extra lemon. I left it sit for 16 hours like another review suggested for the color to fully develope. I didn't find the prep time to be time consuming like others suggested but I bet if you didn't hammer into a powder it would take FOREVER for the blocks to melt right. I would highly suggest breaking it down but thats just me. When I went back 16 hours later I added some more boiling tea, stirred and applied. The texture of the henna was extremely gritty and felt like mud even though it was thinner like a yogurt consistency. Once my head was covered, which was a feat, I put on a processing cap from Sally's and a ski cap. I feel like the processing cap is a better bet than cling wrap because you don't have to worry about it sliding as much. Another thing is people said about the application is that it's messy but I didn't find that to be so either. Not any messier than any other hair dye. So, I left this mixture on my hair for 5 hours. I then stuck my head under the faucet for what felt like forever until most of the mixture was out. I then spent 2o minutes cleaning out the bathtub. I found the rinsing out to be the most annoying part overall....between actually rinsing and shampooing it was a feat. It took my shampooing 3 times and conditioning 3 times and my hair still felt gritty! Also I felt like I lost alot of hair when trying to get this crap out! My hair felt really straw-like when wet too, but softer on the dry down. I wouldn't know if the henna made it soft or the pound of conditioner that I used to get the nasty feeling out of my hair so I can't tell you about that one. The color, which is the most important thing, is okay. It looks natural which is a plus but nothing to write home about. It's a soft red-brown in most areas but where my old highlights are its more of a orange brown. The red isn't very bright though which I expect it to be since I let the dye set and release plus I cover my head AND left it on 6 hours! Overall, not worth the 6 hours of work for me! I may do it again before summer is over and rinse my head out with a hose outside to save on the mess! Also maybe sitting in the heat with the hat on will help. Who knows? If I get better results the next time I will let you know!
**I used 3 blocks BTW and my hair is med. thickness at collarbone length***
EDIT-changed review from the 3 to a 4 since my fiance whom Ive been with for 6 years informed me this is his favorite haircolor he has seen on me EVER! Lets just say I color my hair A LOT so that is saying something serious. I would give this 5 lippies if it conditioned my hair better but it didn't. ALMOST PERFECT.
I have been meaning to do a review on this for a while now, but I knew it was going to be a long one! Finally! I am so in love with this hair color. I'm a natural redhead with copper hair that has gold reflection in the light. I love my natural color, but as I've gotten out of my teenage years, I noticed that the color washed me out a bit and was becoming much more dull that it was previously. I didn't want to stop being a ginger, but I also didn't want it to be obvious that I was using dye. I tried everything from high end hair colors like Chi and Matrix, to drugstore ones like Garnier and Clairol. Even the ones that you can buy from Sally's like Ion and Clairol Professional. While I had the best results from Clairol Professional, the problem that I kept having was that the dyes either turned barn red, or didn't show up at all, and they always faded so fast and grungy looking. So I decided to switch to henna after doing lots of research to make sure that I was willing to do the work. I was actually surprised at how absolutely perfect it all worked out.. The mess wasn't that bad, the color was perfect, it left my hair healthier than it started, the price tag was very reasonable, and since I work across the hall from a LUSH store, very convenient. I have done a lot of experimenting with the henna (one test resulted in turning my hair ends green), and finally came up with a perfect mix and way to slightly change the color. My mix for my perfect medium rouge:
To prep, I wash my hair twice, without conditioning or adding any leave in treatments, so my hair will absorb the most product from the henna. It is ESSENTIAL to brush my hair before shampooing, otherwise I'm a tangled mess.
2 cups boiling Pomegranate Tea
2 finely chopped blocks Caca Rouge
1 tbs Paprika
1 tsp Ojon Restorative Treatment
I apply it to dry hair and putting the extra henna in the freezer for root touch ups later that month. I wrap my head in Saran wrap, followed by tin foil, followed by a beanie and leave in for 1-2 hours. Since I'm a natural copper, I don't need to leave it in for a very long time to get a bright red. Others may have to leave it in for about 5-6 hours. After the time has passed, I then fill the bathtub up, and swish my hair around for about a minute, rinse in the shower, shampoo twice, condition, and dry.
It gives me a great red that is the most natural looking I've ever gotten from a hair dye. People ask me if it's my natural hair color, which to me, is verification that it's a keeper. My hair was thicker, healthier, shinier, and the best part, NO BUILD UP! I'm a extremely crazy about keeping things clean on my scalp and hair, since I'm left with gorgeous hair that still feels like hair (not silky slime like other colors) I know that my hair is still in a healthy state.
Sometimes I do like a change and have found a way to lighten, and darken the henna. This is where the experimenting came into play. Some of it good, some of it terrible. But here are my two ways of lightening and darkening the henna:
To lighten, mix 1 cup distilled water with 3 tbs raw honey and 1 tbs cinnamon. Apply, wrap head in plastic, and let sit for 2-4 hours. This may take a few applications, but it lightens the henna without making it look like a different color.
To darken I tweak the mix of henna. Instead of using Pomegranate Tea, I will use red wine (for a deeper burgundy) or coffee (for a richer, more brown red).
Also, a note on clean up, I found that using my hands with gloves was the best application. It feels more controlled, and you don't tend to drip as much. But with the Caca Rouge, if it drips on a hard surface, it's very easy to just wipe away. The Brun, Marron, and Noir have a much bigger tendency to stain, so bare that in mind if you're mixing colors, but the Rouge doesn't stain my sink or tile. Good luck ladies! I hope that all of us discover the wonder of henna and kick those nasty chemical dyes to the curb!
1) im a brunette.. and indian henna dusnt even tint my hair. Caca Rouge did manage to leave a Hint of red. Not to overwhelming and plenty of glossy shine :)
2) given texture to my hair.It really does look healthy now.
3) Given my hair a lot of volume :) i <3 big poufy hair!!!
3) Indian henna powders require yogurt and lime and tea... hell lot of mess!! Caca Rouge jus needs steaming hot water.
1) if u dont grate it... a whole chunk takes long to melt. and you have to keep stirring.. sooo u will have to grate it.. its a longer process and lil tiring too but its da better alternative!!!
2) the frangrance is lil over da top kinda lingers on for the next two days...sumthng like a mix of spice and aromatic oil.
3) takes long to wash out.
If u can tolerate all of the cons mentioned above!! this is a product u shud definately use. I think had my hair been lighter the color would be more prominent.
I love Lush Henna! It has totally rejuvenated my hair. I had ruined my hair by changing the colour every few months. Red/Black/Red/Brunette/Red/Blonde/Red. With some stripping and bleach washing thrown in. A year ago I almost had a split end on every hair. It was breaking off mid strand. It felt rough and I just hated it. But no way was I cutting it. I love having long hair so I had to find a way to fix it. Now it is soft, very shiny and I get compliments on it most days.
No more nasty chemicals = beautiful hair!
The drawbacks of the Henna is it looks like manure and it has to be left on for 6-8 hours. I leave it on overnight. Oh and it takes a bit of work to wash out the next morning.
It is worth it though. Have a look at my pictures, 2009 pic and 2010 pic. Big difference in shine and the vibrancy of the colour.
My natural hair colour is strawberry blonde so my roots are a vibrant bright red colour. The colour also lasts longer than any other red I've used (a lot). Including Salon colours. I plan on using this forever!
Some Tips for using it:
1 Be prepared for a mess! I put down newspaper and clear away anything that might get splashed and once I have it in my hair, I clear up.
2 When rinsing it out try to get most of it out first under the water, then put in lots of conditioner and with that in try to get most of the bits out. I just keep rubbing it, then shampoo, rinse apply more conditioner and try to get it all out, shampoo, condition.
3 I just chop up the block into little bits rather than grate it. I did that the first time, it takes ages to do and I had a sore arm the next morning!
4 Now I only do the roots. So I mix it up quite thick and cover the roots. Mix the rest with conditioner and apply to the length.
5 I always try to deep condition my hair for the days before I Henna to lock in the moisture. I also use a boar bristle brush right before I put it in to get all the tangles out and to really smooth out my hair.
I wanted to dye my hair for a long time but I was always very afraid of chemical hair dyes. Henna seemed like a good option but unfortunately it didn't work on me. Black hair is so difficult to dye! I guess if I want any colour I will have to resort to chemical hair dyes.
This product did give a very slight tint to my hair but you would only be able to tell in bright lighting. The cocoa butter made my hair softer so that was an added bonus. But the worst part of using henna, in my opinion, is having to clean the washroom and bathtub after rinsing it off. It will splash and stain everything. Almost gave me a backache!
I have not used the LUSH Henna. But this is just a general suggestion for people who love using Henna. I was born in India and my mom always used henna to color her hair. Actually, the chemical hair coloring started in India only a few years ago, and still color is something which only like 30% of the people use I believe. And in my teenage, I started using it as well because it conditioned my hair and made it shiny. I still use it on my hair , and I always get great results. So, my suggestion is that if there are any Indian grocery stores near your place, you can get like really cheap henna from there. It is probably 3 or 4 bucks. Or if you have an East Indian friend, you can ask them to get you henna from India. It is only like 2, 3 bucks over there. The way my mom and me made the henna paste was- take an iron pot, boil tea and use that water to mix henna, add an egg, 1 or 2 spoons of coconut or olive oil or any other kind of oil, aamla powder, and sometimes few drops of lemon juice and yougurt as well. We made at night and used to apply it in the morning and leave it for atleast 4 hrs. It is definitely messy to wash, but it is a natural 3 in 1 treatment for hair- coloring, deep conditioning, shine, softness without any chemicals.