LUSH Henna-Caca Brun

3.9

61 reviews

78% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS



Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Blue

As I write the first part of this review, I have the product sitting in my hair, waiting for another two hours to be rinsed out.

This stuff stinks to the high heavens. It wasn't nearly as bad as I had originally thought - perhaps I'm not that sensitive to smells after all - but it hasn't got the nicest of scents. Herbal tea. Moldy leaves. It is a very pungent substance, indeed.

I have dyed my hair with a few chemical dyes before - alright, maybe more than just a few. The last one was roughly three months ago, dark brown. I've had no bad reactions with the henna and my chemical hair dye so far, and it's been on my head for an hour or so. I advise you to do a strand test first, just to be sure that it's safe for you to use.

I cut the block of henna in half so that I could use 3 squares for my thick curls that go a few inches past my shoulders. In hindsight, it was a little too much, 2.5 squares would have been perfect. I used the side of my cheese grater with smaller holes so that the henna would be ground up into fine powder, which it was. I tipped some coffee into the mixture (only to read online a bit later that coffee is pretty useless when it comes to henna, and if you do notice a difference then it tends to wash out on the first rinse). Ah well. If you're interested in hearing more about that, then search it up. I poured enough boiling water to turn it into that thin yogurt consistency that we supposedly need to aim for, but I think that I'll do it a little bit thicker next time so that it doesn't drip as much.

After laying down newspapers all over my bathroom and filling up the sink with hot water so that I could put the henna bowl in it, I began applying the thin green paste to my hair. It would slide through any gaps in my gloves and onto the newspapers below, so I tried to lean my head over the bowl. The mess wasn't nearly as bad as what I had been expecting, despite the mixture being runny. Just be prepared, watch where your hands and hair are at all times, and get something ready to wipe up any drips.

This stuff is drooling down the nape of my neck - whenever a spot starts to itch slightly, I know that the henna is trickling down that part of my skin. Probably not an allergic reaction, since the henna has also touched my hands and they look fine to me. It hasn't hardened on my hair yet and it's continuing to drip a lot. I suppose if I had wrapped up my hair it wouldn't be much of an issue, but I want a richer brown colour, with minimal red tones, which isn't much good for me since henna is red... oops.

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Three hours later. This stuff is beastly. When in the shower, it felt like I was washing sand out of my hair. It was so gritty, and turned the water into a dark, dark brown, similar to my emotions. Beastly, beastly stuff. It had given me a powerful headache that was driving me up the walls due to the strong stench that had been surrounding me for the last few hours. The grit was settling on the floor of my shower, so it got to the point where I got down on my knees and scrubbed the floors with a toothbrush to avoid any stains and cleared the wretched drain. Not how I want to spend a Saturday morning at 1am with a pounding headache, but it had to be done. I need a new place to wash this out of my hair, the shower doesn't cut it.

I can still see little dark balls of whatever was in those beastly bricks of henna dotted around my hairline. They didn't wash out on the first wash. The smell of mold is lingering. I am terrified of staining my clothes and my pillowcase when I sleep. If it isn't obvious, my complaints towards this product are that it is difficult to wash out and leaves behind a mess that threatens to leave stains. I don't really want to be hurrying around to wipe away every speck of henna that I see when dying my hair - especially since LUSH henna supposedly only lasts for 4-6 weeks - and the formula of the product is simply beastly.

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12 hours later, I've woken up to the smell of moldy leaves. There is no staining on either my clothes or my pillowcase, although it is dotted with tens of those little grit balls. I used this product to even out the colour of my hair, due to many chemical dye mishaps, and it has worked, save a few tiny sections of my hair that are beyond saving and shine with all their brassy glory. My hair is a medium brown and it's shining like a freshly polished floor. My curls are moisturised and bouncy.

Although I do like the results, which remind me of the day after I chemically dye my hair and the shine hasn't worn off, I'm not sure if I want to go through the process of putting it into my hair and rinsing it out all the time. Chemical dyes are far easier to use, but of course I can't use them now due to the henna, and I wouldn't want to anyway since they made my natural hair go all funky.

Mind you, I probably will end up using this again, when the shock and anger I accumulated from using this has worn off. We shall see.



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Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Wow! A couple days ago I made my first experiment with hair dye, because I was beginning to notice more and more white hairs cropping up. I used Herbatint hair dye, and not only did it give me an unappealing, unnatural reddish brown colour (when the colour I chose was labelled "ash"), it also made my hair feel like STRAW! I decided to put on Lush henna hoping that it would make my hair darker again and maybe look a bit more natural. I left the henna on for an hour and a half, and it felt pleasantly cooling on my scalp, and when I rinsed it out, shampooed and conditioned, my hair was as soft as silk, and now that it has dried, it is a natural looking chocolate brown, and it is sooooo smooth and shiney, I almost cannot believe it! Amazing!


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Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I've used the LUSH hennas and the Rainbow Lab hennas for about 3 years now- I recommend them both. I will say that years ago I used henna for the first time and it turned my hair into straw- it was a terrible experience. I learned later that you can NOT MIX henna with any chemical processing. I'd had my hair chemically straightened about 3 months before I tried the henna and wound up with a really unpleasant dry texture. Do one or the other, NOT BOTH. That turned me off to henna for a few years, then I tried it again.

My hair is fine in terms of each strand diameter, but has a stupid amount of volume in its texture. It's about armpit length, and the kind of hair that dries curly but slowly straightens out over the next few days. I wash once a week, no-poo or something natural and gentle. It's dry hair, so it's very absorbent, too. Natural color is a medium warm brown with a lot of gold in it, becoming almost blonde by end of summer.

Things I have learned about henna:
1) In general, anything other than pure red henna will fade to red over time. Indigo and cassia are used to color henna, which is only/always red, into different shades of brown. But they don't last as long on the hair, so even when I use a dark brown color, it will eventually fade to more of an auburn/red in a month or so. I found that the dark shades of LUSH barely stuck at all, maybe 2 weeks at the most. I use Rainbow Labs henna for darker colors.

2) Water vs coffee vs tea as your liquid definitely makes a difference. If you want deeper brown than red, go with coffee. Trader Joe's makes a liter bottle of cold-brewed coffee concentrate- it's awesome because it's stronger than what you can brew yourself and it's pre-made! I've heard people say that the texture of your henna mixture should be like melted chocolate- I prefer mine thicker so it doesn't drip as much, more like greek yogurt.

3) I don't know who these people are who get henna color to stick after 1 hour but I am NOT one of them. I leave it on for 4 hours or more, usually I aim for 6. I have slept in it overnight, but find that it didn't do anything different than leaving it on for about 6 hours anyway.

4) If you keep it warm or wrap with cling film and a towel, it will be redder. If you leave it on your head cool & unwrapped, it will be darker and more brown.

5) Use it as an opportunity for a deep conditioning treatment. I mix my henna with whatever liquid (for me, coffee and cider vinegar) plus at least 2 T of olive oil, 1 T argan oil, 1 T vitamin E oil, and 10 drops essential oil (I use rosemary for scalp health and grapefruit for shine). I think conditioning with henna is NECESSARY to get the gorgeous shine and volume and to make sure your hair comes out healthier afterwards!

6) "Cook" your henna mixture long enough to watch the dye come out. When you start, it will be green. When it's ready, it will turn brown. I mix it in a glass pyrex bowl double-boiler-style inside a bigger pan filled with water over med/low heat. I stir it with a wooden spoon about every 5 min for 30-45 min until the color changes completely. I let it cool enough to handle, then take to the bathroom and apply it hot/warm to my head and leave it uncovered.

7) If you have thick hair- SECTION IT FIRST. I'll be honest, the total henna application for me takes about 2 hours. Plus the 6 hours to leave in and about 30 min to wash out- It's a day long job. But the results are way better and last longer than if I'm lazy. It takes me a long time to section my hair, I do 1 inch sections and twist then secure in little buns with bobby pins. When I am applying the henna (with gloved hands, no brush), I undo one little bun, smush henna into the roots, then draw it towards the end, applying more to make sure the whole section is caked. I twist it back up into its bun, secure, then move to the next one.

It took me years to troubleshoot this so I hope my information is useful for at least one person! It's true you have to do trial and error to find what works for you, but don't give up! I think it's worth it :-)

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Huge tip to all you ladies:
If you want something equally effective, way cheaper, much less messy, easier to use and easier to customize, go to your local Middle Eastern, Halal or South Asian store and buy henna for hair there. Some good brands are Jamila and Noorani. Lush is ripping you off!


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Brown

My hair was previously colored at Paul Mitchell, but it was fading more quickly than I wanted, so this was to boost my color.

I have thick but fine shoulder-length hair and used the entire bar, but I probably could have saved two or three squares. Make sure you add enough water: mine started out way too thick and I had to dunk my head in hot water to melt it through. I wore it for about twelve hours (I don't think I needed more than six) and covered my scalp with a Safeway bag. Apparently you can enhance the brown/reduce the red by using coffee instead of water and by not covering your hair (something about oxidization), which I will do next time.

Washing it out was a pain and my shower was a mess, but it finally all rinsed out after I slathered my head in cheapo conditioner. The end result? A really rich deep brown imparted with subtle reddish tones. And the shine is incredible. I'm aware I won't be able to go back to chemically coloring my hair in a salon anytime soon and am completely fine with that: I can touch up my hair with this once a month and call it a day.

The instructions were cleverly contained in the label, which I liked, but my only gripe with the product is the smell, like mold and hash. Really earthy and I wanted to gag at one point, but I can deal with it for the color payoff. Highly recommend, but make sure before doing it you cover your floor with newspapers and pick up shower cleaner.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

AVOID AT ALL COSTS. Do not believe the hype. Everyone claiming that this product does wonders must have abominabaly awful hair beforehand, and misuse is not an excuse as I followed the instructions exactly.

I purchased this with the intention of gaining lustrous dark chocolate brown hair in the vein of Zooey Deschanel or Anne Hathaway, but to no avail. My hair was originally an average medium brown and after leaving this shite on for 3 hours, leaving crumbs everywhere, my hair was a red-tinted medium mahoghany colour, which is really making it sound nicer than it looks. As for the "conditioning" powers of henna - rubbish. My hair was already in admittedly good condition as I regular use oils through the ends, but there was literally no change. Seriously, save your cash and try an alternative from a health foodshop.

Big disappointment.


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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Grey

I purchased my full-length review on LUSH.com. The short version is that this product is decent. I screwed up the first time & didn't let it sit long enough and didn't cover all my hair, so I had a blonde "halo" while the rest of my hair was a really nice brown. It actually managed to match my roots to the rest of my hair, which is seriously impressive. I just cover the block in boiled water & let it melt itself down. The smell is awful but it's not that messy if you get someone to help you. Just make sure you use LOTS of plastic bags and gloves. The henna is expensive at $30 after tax where I live. But overall it's a great product if used correctly.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I had recently decided I did not want to put chemicals on my hair every month. I've been going grey since I was 12 and have experimented with every colour under the sun. My hair needed better condition. I did a fair amount of research before decided on cavalry brun lush henna. My hair was a ash dark brown/black. The application - You need to be repaired... This is messy... I covered my bathroom with towels, put cling film and vaseline on my ears and forehead and made up the henna. First time I used two and a half blocks cut up roughly and heated in a glass bowl over a saucepan of water. I added coffee and white wine vinegar. The reviews I had read mentioned this would both tone down the red and help cover grey hairs. After about 20 minutes it was a thick green goo. I didn't mind the smell too much. I took the bowl to the bathroom and put it in a sink of hot water to keep warm. I attempted to use my colouring brush but soon went for grabbing handfuls and just rubbing it onto my head and scalp. Make sure you use the gloves! It went on ok... A few clumps dropped onto the towels and the sink but to be fair after I had wrapped my hair in cling film and added a towel it took no time at all to tidy up. I left it on for five hours and went about my day. When I washed it off I'll admit it took ages, it splashed everywhere in the shower. I used a cheap conditioner to remove the sand like texture to my scalp. Again it cleaned up easierly. Results - beautiful shiny conditioned hair, the greys went a dark blonde colour but have blended. The tone of the rest of my hair is much warmer. I thought my hair looked thicker and longer (suspect this is due to the henna covering the hair shaft). I redid the process to see if I could get a better coverage on the blonde roots (second time went much easier as I knew what to expect and I left it on overnight) the only change I made was I didn't cut up the henna, I put whole blocks in the bowl over the water - this took slightly longer to melt down but didn't feel as sandy as the previous application even though I made it to the same thickness (thick double cream). My greys are still not colour matched to the rest but I will concede they look more natural. I have had sooo many comments on how shiny and healthy my hair looks. I plan on purchasing the black and the red henna on payday and mixing them to see if I can cover the greys better. I am a henna convert. It's harder work but the results are worth the extra effort. Plus the melting the block of henna makes me feel like a crazy alchemist. Considering I spend £8.50 on enough henna for three applications means this is a money saving product for me. Now I need to find the perfect combination to zap the last of my stubborn greys and I shall be very happy.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I was recently advised not to put any more chemicals in my hair to colour it. I've damaged my hair to where I needed to cut about 3 inches off, it looked unhealthy, and I was getting comments from friends and family on how damaged my hair looked.
This is what brought me to henna. This was my first time trying henna for hair dye, and I was really excited in that it both deep conditioned, and coloured your hair. After having a disaster of a first attempt at melting caca rouge in a non heat resistant glass bowl, I went out to buy caca brun.
It was messy of course, but didn't smell that bad. I was careful to wear gloves and use some ointment around my hairline, ears and neck so that I wouldn't stain my hands, so it wasn't terribly messy. I also needed to put A LOT of paper down in the bathroom. Little chunks of henna flew all over my bathroom.
It wasn't that hard to apply to be honest. I let it sit for maybe 2.5 hours, I did cover my hair in plastic wrap, a plastic bag and an old t-shirt.
The colour is AMAZING, I know that it will take a few days for the colour to really enhance but I love how it looks now. I didn't get full root coverage of the red that I had previously in my hair, but it just looks a little auburn.
But my hair is softer, shinier, and just feels healthier. It's even kept the curl that I put in it, so it definitely seems healthier.
I would recommend this product to other's, as well as continue to use it for future dyes, unless of course I find better henna (this was my first try at henna hair dye).

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

I really, really like this for my dark brown hair. I've stopped using traditional color and am using this to even out the weird pseudo-ombre between my strawberry blond ends and my dark brown roots and it really works. Color is nice and uniform and with an incredible shine. Took off a lippie for the smell and the cleanup but neither bother me enough to sacrifice my new healthier, one-color hair. ;) You need to use way more than the website tells you - though my hair is shoulder-length, it's incredibly thick and I needed the whole expensive brick to cover everything.

The price is nuts for something you have to clean your shower after using, but it's a quarter as expensive as my normal salon process so I can't really complain. But I do really wish it were cheaper.




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