LUSH • Caca Marron • Hair Color
|Would buy this product again.||58%|
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Hazel
Never again. I bought the black version of this dye (caca noir) and it was the biggest waste of money! I found it extremely hard to apply, and the turnout was awful. It made my hair this really gross looking reddish brown shade. The next day I had to cover it up with a black semi permanent dye, because it just looked so bad. The reason why I had to use semi permanent instead of permanent is you have to wait atleast 3 months before using permanent stuff, because if you put permanent dye over henna it can go a greenish color. I believe you can have positive experiences with henna, but I wouldn't suggest anyone to take the henna route. Theres much better natural dyes out there.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I swear by this product. In fact, I'm sitting on the computer with the henna in my hair right now!
The pros of all of the Caca series (Noir, Marron, Rouge, Brun) is a long-lasting, vibrant colour that comes out extremely natural and doesn't damage your hair as much as other hair dyes would. If you're looking for a natural hair dye solution, this is the way to go.
The cons list is intimidating: it's messy to use, takes a long, long while (you're better off doing it on a day off) and can take a while to wash off, as well - it generally isn't the most user-friendly dye to use.
To me, it's completely worth it, though. I get compliments on my red hair all the time, and if there are no roots showing (my natural colour is ashy blond, so the roots are not too visible even when there are some), people think it's my natural hair color. I once used Brun and found it a bit dull, a sort of dark, dull brown - so I would go for Rouge or Maron or Noir if you really want black hair.
Things to look out for when using: it's best to grate a couple of squares off the bar into a bowl, using a grater you won't be using for food (ie get a cheap new one and then only use it for henna). Then add boiling water, and try to get the consistency of yoghurt in the mixing process. Touch the paste with gloved fingers, and when it's warm but not so hot it burns, apply it to hair. Once you've applied it all over, definitely cover your hair with cling film and then a warm hat or a towel. Leave on for minimum 2 hours, I prefer 4 hours or even 5 (just watch some movies while it's on!).
It's the best natural hairdye out there, and worth the trouble for me - for anybody wanting a super-quick, easy fix, though, I wouldn't recommend it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
Very very very very messy - but it's worth it to avoid permanent damage to your hair. This colour makes my medium brown hair soft and just a bit reddish, which glows beautifully in the sun.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Hazel
I wanted to try something different on my virgin hair without it being too drastic and caca maroon gave me just that. I really liked the reddish colour payoff it gave me, it is relatively cheap due to the bob length of my hair and received many compliments on the shininess of my hair. However the application is a rather tedious process, creating the right consistency is difficult, trying to wash the dye out takes forever and cleaning the bathroom of green stains takes even longer. Although I really liked the results it takes far too long for someone who is slow at doing things as it is, also I canít stand the scent of the block, which makes storage difficult.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I have used Lush henna for 2 years now because I love using a natural product on my already damaged hair. I've used the Maroon, Noir, and Brun so far. I have naturally light brown hair and my hair was a platinum blonde 2 years ago when I first started using this stuff. At first I loved that my hair was shiny an full after using the henna, I also loved the lovely array of highlights it also gave me. The downsides to the hennas are considerable though. Aside from the smell and the mess this stuff makes, oh and the insane amount of time you have to leave it on. I found that while it gives me highlights, it also unevenly colors my hair, and this isn't because I dont apply correctly, I've henna'd at least a dozen times. I find that my roots always end up alot lighter then the rest of my hair, and after about of month of having the color on, my ends turned green. Like 4 inches worth of green. I ended up getting most of it cut off, but that killed my length. I also find that the bars don't cover that much hair. I use 5 of the pieces to cover my mid back length hair, and it's like 28 bucks a bar, which I use every 3 months. Still cheaper then a salon, but expensive for a home system. Overall, I feel like I've spent enough time with the henna that I am ready to grow out my natural color instead of continuing this tedious and often unsuccessful process again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I've found this to be a great product.
Would also like to comment on Natalie's post about chemicals. Lush products are definitely all chemical-free. She posted a really cool website, though, that I hadn't heard of before: goodguide.com (the other website is under construction). Props for looking this up!
However, I'd just like to point out that I found goodguide's health rating very inaccurate. The ingredients it listed as having a health concern in Caca Marron were: lemon, cloves, coriander. Since these are all things that are used in food (cloves and coriander are spices), I think Caca Marron is pretty safe for your hair.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Bought Caca Marron on a bit of a whim. My natural hair colour has been looking a little flat lately and I wanted to perk it up a little. I had been thinking about it for a few months and finally decided to give it a go one day. I didn't find the setup process that difficult, just cut each square into 4 pieces and poured some boiling water over them and smooshed them til they melted. I used the entire bar, (which made it a bit pricey for an at-home hair dye) but my hair is quite long so I usually end up using 2 boxes of dye anyway. I did the application outside on a sunny day and MAN is it ever messy! Definitely looked like someone did their business on my head (Boyfriend had an awesome time laughing at me.) The smell was bleh but boxed dye smells awful anyway so this is just awful in a different way. pretty much did the opposite of what i should have done and just loaded the mush onto the top of my head and massaged it down to the ends without sectioning it off or anything which made it a bit more difficult and messy than it should have been. Then wrapped saran wrap around my head and chilled out for 3 hours. Showering it off was the worst part. I thought those coffee grounds would never come out! Shampood the hell out of it then deep conditioned with some argan oil conditioner and blow dryed. The result was a beauuuuutiful natural looking red-brown that totally breathed new life into my shaggy mane. It was soft and definitely thicker. My hair is naturally thin and boring brown, but my mom is a redhead so i do have some natural red highlights that were brought out by the henna. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with thin hair or someone that just wants a low maintenance natural (but better) looking hair colour. As a plus the Sales Associate at Lush gave me a ton of pointers and the store offers to do the first application for you for free if you feel a bit overwhelmed!!
Leaves hair soft and thick
Smells like old wet hay
Little bit pricey
Takes a long time (3hrs)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I wanted to love this, I really did, but LUSH's Caca Maroon just didn't cut it for me. Before using the henna I had read up about it and knew it would be harder work than box dyes, and much much more messy, but box dyes left me with an allergic reaction. Before starting the henna, my hair was about 3 inches shorter than my bra strap, and a light brown/reddish tint/ dark blonde color and all natural.
When using the LUSH product, I used 3 squares and followed the directions exactly. When it came time to put it in my hair, it was about the consistency of pudding, and matted my hair together. It was so matted together that it was very difficult to reach dry parts of my hair to coat them, and it looked like I had dreads (and felt like it too!). After my head managed to get covered completely, I did NOT saran wrap it, and left it on for around 3 hours. When I was washing it out it was unbelievably hard to get it out of my hair and it turned my shower dark green (walls, curtain, everything!). After I washed it all out and conditioned, I dried my hair to find out that it was GREEN tinted in the front (where my part is), and the rest of my hair got maybe one shade darker, but it was hardly noticeable. Even though henna is known to condition hair, my sometimes manageable hair felt like straw after everything was rinsed out.
Overall, I'm deeply disappointed with this product and don't even know if I'll use the rest of the bar. It was a pain to put in my hair, tinted it green for a few days, and didn't last long at all. Not to mention the smell is fairly obnoxious.
(NOTE: Make sure your shower drains really well before you rinse it out, or else you'll be stuck trying to figure out how to unclog the mess in a pool of deep green water)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
I LOVED this product. Especially because I *assumed* I was using a healthy alternative to drugstore hair dye.
That was until I discovered these 2 websites:
It turns out LUSH Caca Hennas are rated pretty much just as BAD for your health as most of the drugstore hair dyes!!
(See for yourself! Just search and compare on the websites.)
So LUSH must have some undisclosed, chemicals or ingredients hidden inside :(
It figures... Because no where on the package do they claim Caca is 100% natural.
So be warned... If you are going to use this product strictly to be more health conscience, you are better off buying henna powder and doing it that way because THIS IS NOT CHEMICAL FREE!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Other, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue
I have used the rouge a couple of times before and thought I would give this one a go. It did nothing for my hair at all. It turns out it was a 'bad batch'. So I really can't give it a possitive review when I went to all that effort and didn't get any result at all.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I used caca marron over very over processed bleached blonde hair, which was a soft pale ash in some parts and a very white platinum in others. I chose the henna as I'm becoming increasingly wary of chemicals and seek to avoid them where possible, hence the reason the blonde had to go.
I had read that the lush caca, especially brun and noir can go green on blonde hair and after some research I found out that this is because bleached hair has been stripped of all of its natural pigment and the dark hennas have alot of indigo but hardly any (brun) and none (noir) red tones. As anyone who has used them will know they have a lot of green pigment to them, when mixed the paste is a rather fetching mud green and in the absence of any red tones to counter act the green tones the green will appear in the hair. So the trick to avoid the green tinge is to add the red pigment back into your hair, before you attempt to go back brown.
I chose marron because I was afraid of going for the rouge :D I wanted red but not that red :)
Anyhow, it was a fairly uncomplicated process, I used four squares as I was scared of running out halfway through the process and having to go through the whole palaver of making another batch. In the end, it was a good job I did because there was just enough, my hair is just to my shoulders and not really that thick.
I didn't grate the blocks, i simply poured boiling water and a strong black coffee over them and left them to soak before heating it on the hob and mushing it all together to a smooth, yogurt like texture. With the help of my sister, we sectioned off my hair and began applying it to my hair, starting at the roots at the nape of my neck and working upwards and forwards. It took about 15 or so minutes to saturate my hair, as my sister was being very vigilant to coat every strand :)
The smell was okay, when dry it smells a bit like Turkish delight, when wet and warm it's not so nice but as it cools I found it more bearable and actually started to like it.
I left it on for 3 hours. I was planning on keeping it on for the four, but dries hard, my hair felt like wood, which was very amusing at first but very quickly becomes a literal pain in the neck when you can't move, I was scared my hair would snap off :)
Rinsing was okay, it took about 10 minutes. At first, I softened the mass of mud with warm water before massaging my hair, massaging really seems to help dislodge the gunk. The coffee grains feel very icky when rinsing out but once you have the main bulk off, I recommend using a shampoo and massaging, massaging, massaging. Once my hair felt clean I moisturised (twice) which again really seemed to make it a lot easier to budge the last of the henna.
A lot people swear by henna for its moisturising and shine enhancing properties, but I have to admit to not being that impressed. My hair was hard to comb afterwards and once dry it felt quite rough and looked a bit dry, especially the ends.
Colour wise I am pleased. It went a very soft ginger colour, its not entirely even but its not really that noticeable. The ginger is a nice natural colour, but its not the colour I am aiming for in the long run, I needed red pigment in my hair, which I know have and shall be using caca brun over it shortly to get closer the dark red/brown I am aiming for.
Overall I wouldnt buy marron again, only because it has served its purpose for me but I shall definitely purchase another lush caca in the future.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I have collar bone color treated Asian hair that I had dyed a dark bronzy brown. The dying dried my hair out and made it frizzy and dry, so I tried Caca Marron to try and recondition it and blend in my black roots while the dyed part grew out.
The price isn't terrible, nor is the packaging. I used a chef's knife to flake two squares and mixed it with hot water and coffee as directed until it was the "consistency of brownie batter" as per the directions. Now, this stuff really does look like caca. It turns a brown green with chunks of coffee in it. Use gloves. It stains your hands yellow and your nails brown.
Two squares wasn't enough and it was too thick to spread around, thickening once it cooled and getting stiff and flaking off when I tried to pull my hair back. I got about half my hair done, and was out. Frusterated, I washed it out, and was determined to try again.
Four squares turned out to be a little more than enough, and this time I added more water until it was the consistency of a loose cake batter. I did the saran wrap, and did not use an extra towel, and waited 5 hours, heating it briefly once or twice with a hairdryer over the saran wrap to really let the oils sink in.
Washing it out: Do an initial rinse in your kitchen sink, not in your tub. It stains the tub a nice green brown color which I had to comet off. Fill the sink up with water and swish your head around in it - most of the stupid, stupid coffee grounds they put in it (WHY????) will come off and sink. Do this a couple times.
I shampooed as usual in the shower several times. In days after I noticed I still had a little brown coming off.
Results: Right off the bat my hair had a nice red tint to it - on the parts I had already colored. No difference to my roots. What disappointed me most was that my hair was still damaged and dryish - not nearly as nourishing as I hoped it would be.
Overall the process was a PITA, without the results I hoped for.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I took a hammer to it and made it a really fine powder. I should have left it in for longer or it simply doesnt work for black hair. Washing it out, my hair felt really thick and healthy.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
I haven't tried this yet though I plan to but I was curious if anyone knows if they will cut up the big bar so I could just buy 3 squares of one color, or if they don't do that.
Update: So I tried it and am really happy with the results! Its super subtle just a slight red sheen to my hair thats more noticeable in the sun, but I wasn't looking for anything drastic so its nice. The grating wasn't that bad but it makes you wonder why LUSH doesn't just put it into powder form for you? I used three squares and it covered all my hair (really thick but only to my shoulders). The only thing that I could see complaining about is that I left it on for 13 hours and the result was extremely sublte which might be a problem for some people. Definitely wrap your head up, and the smell can be a little nauseating after awhile. Caca Rouge next!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Other
I would get my hair professionally coloured every 6-8weeks and have probably tried most colours, however it has really left my hair in bad condition and my bank balance in worst condition. then a friend recommended henna, and lush henna in particular. the colour of my hair after my last few colours was a vibrant red with a darker tone or red meshed in. my natural hair is dirty fair, and I do lve the red but it fades superfast and im fed up spending so much money maintaining it. i wanted to brighten up my very faded red hair so I bougt the Caca rouge and did a strand test, however it turned my hair quite a vibrant orange due to the faded red already in it. I'd only used a small part of the caca so stuck the rest on ebay to sell, and then bought the caca marron reading that it was brown and red... probably should have went this direction to start with. I did a strand test and it gave a lovely brown and red tinge, so last night i did the full head.
the process IMO was no more messy than using a regular home dye. I didnt grate the blocks, which i may try next time) but melted them down like choc in a bain-marie. it took about 10minutes. then i used a dye brush to cover my roots first then my hands to spread the rest over my hair. because it was clumpy it could fall out of the hair during the dying process, however i kept myself over the sink and had no problems here. my hair is short (see picture added above of side of hair) so it took me about 5-10mins to cover the head. i gave it a vigorous rub to make sure all was covered then wrapped my head in clingfilm,.
it was easier than normal home dyes IMO. there was no itchiness or dripping and i soon forgot about it (until i went to move car from front of house and realised neighbours could see me!) i left it in for 2.5 hours. then i removed the clingfilm and first I used the shower head to rinse off the layer of grit in my hair. thankfully my hair is short at the back with longer length to the sides so it didnt take too long to wash it out, i was a little startled to see the green wash out and had nightmares of a head of green hair, but could see off the strands that it was seemed fine. I then shampooed it, taking care to really scrub my scalp.
i washed it 3 times with just a standard liquidshampoo until i was satisfied that the grit and lumps were all out and that it was clean, then i added some aussie miracle moist reconstructor conditioner and left it a couple of mins then rinsed. it was bedtime by then so towel dried my hair and just put some Loreal elvive constructor serum that I usually oput in my hair before blow drying and slept on it.
Next morning I washed my hair again with Lush Karma Shampoo/comditioner bar.
My hair has turned out as the picture I've added above(side view of hair) its a gorgeous redish/brunette with a real healthy glow in the sun. I am very happy with the condition, it feels thicker. still traces of the henna smell but i suspect that will fade with a couple more washes. I will definately leave it in longer next time and have also been told the colour can develop over the next few days. I also think i may add a cube of rogue next time for a slightly redder tinge but in all I'm delights. I also have enough for at least 2 more colours. considering I was spending at least £65 GBP every 6 weeks, £7.25 for at least 3 henna sessions is making me feel more than happy, especially since im not damaging my hair as much now!
I am delighted with the results!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Medium, Cool Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Do not waste your time with this product. It's majorly overpriced, makes more of a mess than henna needs to, and I don't even know if it's pure henna. First of all, real henna is only red or orange. Any other color means that it contains either other herbs, or chemicals. You are much better off going to your local Indian grocery and getting henna powder there. The one I got cost $2.99 and I got more than one application out of it! I mixed mine with tea, let it sit for 4-5 hours, and then applied to hair. Leave on for 4-5 hours, then use a light conditioner to help you wash the grit out of your hair. All-natural beautiful color! You can freeze the leftovers for later use. Henna can be a bit drying, so deep condish afterwards. Great tips and how to get various colors at www.henna4hair.com (not affiliated)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
*Edited* I have now used this 3x, so there are some changes:
This is nice, good if you're bored w/your hair and want something non-permanent. My hair is in the pix^, originally a medium brown. Now, it looks darker/reddish indoors, and has an orangey glow in the sun.
I didn't follow the instructions.. with a bowl within a bowl, melting, bla bla... here's what I did:
1. If you have short/medium hair like me, take 4 squares and chop as finely as you can! Grating takes way too long. Put shavings in a bowl.
2. Brew up some very strong coffee, pour it in.
3. Add some vanilla to hide the GROSS herbal scent... and some olive oil.
4. Boil some water & add ... stir until you get a runny/pudding-like consistency. It will seem like a lot!
5. Run to bathroom & smear into your hair. It's like mud/horse poop. Smush it around to coat every strand. Your head will feel weird & heavy. It's going to drip everywhere, so wear something u dont care about. Don't worry if it gets on your skin... I've done this without gloves, and it doesn't stain! Just clean yourself off afterwards.
6. Wrap your head in saran wrap, and put a hat on over it to lock in the heat. Tuck paper towels around your hairline to absorb the greenish liquid that WILL ooze out & stain things. Distract yourself for 6 hrs.
7. Remove saran wrap 'shell' & rinse head in sink. When u get the horsepoop sludge out, use a mild shampoo to get the rest out.
8. Wait for the color for develop. Your hair will smell weird for a day or 2... but it will be sooooooo silky, shiny & have a cool reddish tinge!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue
I bought this prduct because I didn't want to put a load of chemicals in my hair, and I wanted a non-animal tested way to colour my hair. I read about LUSH's hair henna, and thought i'd try it out. I have just passed shoulder length medium brown hair, that I have never coloured with henna/chemical dyes before. I was wanting a deep red hair colour. By red, I mean actual red, not ginger/orange.
I was debating between 'Caca Marron' and 'Caca Rouge'. Caca Rouge was meant to give you more of a bright red hair colour, but when I went into the store and asked the shop assistant if she could tell me more about the hennas, she explained that she colours her hair with Caca Rouge, and her hair was bright orange, and I mean BRIGHT orange. This gave me a fright, so I opted for the Caca Marron, seeing as it's description was to give you 'deep red, chesnut hair' (well, along those lines anyway...) So I thought, well this is perfect for me. The shop assistant gave me a free 'Lush Times' with my hair henna. (The LUSH newspaper) She explained that towards the back of the magazine there was a two page spread about their 'Caca' range. When I looked at he back, there was a picture of a girl who had coloured her hair with Caca Marron, and her hair was the exact colour that I wanted. So I thought great. There was also step by step instructions about how to prepare and apply the Caca Marron.
The henna came as a large chocolate like block, squared into six sections. The shop assistant also gave me a sample block, for a strand test. It was all in paper bags, all good for the envirnment. The shop assistant told me to make sure to do the strand test.
When I got home, I knew that I wouldn't have time to do my hair. I was worried about how it was going to turn out, so I did the strand test. It did nothing. the piece of my hair I used to test stayed exactly the same colour.
The next morning, judging on my strand test, I thought how bad can it go? The shop assistant the previous day at told me 2 blocks of the Caca block was enough for my hair, as its just passed shoulder length, and not that thick. I got into an old t-shirt, and the pair of rubber gloves that were given to me with the LUSH henna. So I grated the two blocks into a heat proof bowl. A lot of people say this takes ages, but I found it fine. I boiled the kettle, and bit by bit, I added boiling water to the mixture, just until it was an unwhipped double cream consistancy. The stuff is dark green in colour. Some people love the smell of it. I personally hated it.. It's quite..hayish. I spread the mixture evenly from roots to tips. I wrapped my head in clingfilm as the 'Lush Times' instructions said. Make sure you don't get the henna anywhere. It stains. People say it's very messy, but I didn't find it that messy.
After feeling and looking like an idiot around my home for 7 hours, I washed it off. The shop assistant said 4 - 5 hours would be fine, but I wanted to make sure. I took off the clingfilm, and put my head over the side of the bath. It was like green gloop all over my head. And heavy on my head. I added conditioner to my hair before trying to wash it out, I had been told it helps, and maybe thats the reason I found getting it out not too difficult. I shampooed it, and thats when it all started to REALLY come out. The water wasn't running clear. (still green) so I shampooed again. After that the water ran clear, and I dried my hair.
It says that the henna takes a while after your hair is rinsed to develope, and show up the colour. When I has just rinsed out my hair, my hair was just a dark chestnut colour. Once it dried, it was still that colour. I was dissapointed at that stage. I then looked it up online, and I read that it can take up to 24 hours for the henna to develope. So I was hopeful that it might still change to the colour I desired. It was late at that point, so I decided to hit the sack.
When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I did was run into the bathroom next to my room, and check my hair. Ignoring my tired eyes from the previous late night, I examined my hair. It now had a slight auburn hue to it, and auburn bits in various places. The condition of my hair was GORGEOUS. It was so silky and glossy, really soft.
I wasn't dissapointed with the results, but I wasn't exactly over the moon either. It wasnt what I was hopeful for, but I still liked the colour. I have yet to do it again, in hope for a redder colour, as it is said that with every application, the colour intensifies.
We'll just have to wait and see!
I'm giving it a 4 in overall rating, because although it didn't turn the colour I wanted, it did go a lovely colour, and when I re-red the description, chestnut with a red glow, it does fit how it turned out. It just wasnt the red I wanted. And the condition of my ahir afterwards was gorgeous. It looks good, but not what i wanted.
3 for the price. It was Ä10.45, and for three applications on my just passed hsoulder legth hair, thats pretty good.
I gave it 5 for package quality, because there wasn't loads of packaging. It's all recycled, and there wasn't any annoying packaging that you have to fidget with. Just the Caca in a paper bag. I thought that was good, because it's all you need.
I would buy this product again, but next time, I would get the Caca Rouge & the Marron, and use one block of each, that way I would be more of the red colour that I want.
There are for different types of Cacas.
There is Caca Brun - For deep brown hair, subtle.
There is Caca Marron - For brown chesnut, with a red glow.
There Is Caca Rouge - To turn grey/blonde hair into bright orange.
There is Caca Noir - For black/blue/burgundy coloured hair.
Hope this is been helpful to anyone who wants to try the Caca Range.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Blue
I initially used caca rouge on my mid brown/auburn hair to bring out the red which was becoming more muted as I got older. As the henna works as a stain it is hard to judge just how it will turn out on each individual's hair and I think I misjudged the lightness of my undyed hair resulting in a bright orange mop with the caca rouge. So the next night I dyed again with caca marron. This gave a much more natural chestnut but still vibrant red colour which I'm chuffed with. It's a pain in the bum to apply And clean up but worth it in my opinion, especially considering how much you'd spend in a salon. It left my hair wonderfully shiny and soft for a couple of weeks and I only used half the £7.50 block on my long hair so £3.75 a pop isn't bad at all. One thing I would recommend is to just stick the block, square by square in your blender- all that unecessary grating is eliminated in seconds!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
I absolutely positively adore this product! It is my HG of hair colours, and I have a feeling I will never stop using it.
I started searching for a hair colour that wouldn't ruin my baby fine hair, but at the same time give me something more exciting than my own golden-to-mousey brown.
On my hair it gives the most gorgeous auburn colour, with a wonderful gloss. It doesn't particularly fade, but the growth isn't a harsh line either.
I have gotten nothing but positive comments, and if some foundations give you a "my skin but better" look, this one is definitely a "my hair but better" product. It looks exciting but still natural.
I use this colour about once a month, and I love how I can use it and know that it's good for my hair rather than ruin it.
I have to admit that at first I wasn't too keen on the scent. It is very herbal-y and quite strong. I have gotten used to it though, and it's not entirely unpleasant. It's definitely stronger on wet hair, but once it's dried it's only obvious the first couple of days (I wash my hair every day with conditioner only)
I know some people find applying henna a bit messy, but I don't find it too bad. I prepare my paste by grating the block (I use 1/3 to 1/2 of a block each time on my fine, just short of shoulder length hair), and then I add a little bit of boiling water and stir with a plastic spoon (a heat proof baby spoon from ikea). I then let the paste sit for about 5 mins to let the powder swell a bit, then I add more boiling water to make quite a creamy paste.
On with rubber gloves and in to the bathroom! I gloop the paste on all over my hair, but I start at the roots to make sure that they are covered the most. I really work the paste in close to my scalp, then massage all over my head.
After this I tidy up with a face muslin and slap on a few layers of cling film around my hair.
I know you are supposed to be able to use it without cling film, but I would be too concious about getting the stuff everywhere, plus I like the redder colour.
I leave the henna on for a minimum of 2 hours, usually 3-4.
Then rinse - I soak my hair under the shower first of all to try to get rid of as much as possible. This is where it can get really messy. Fortunately I have a completely closed shower with good pressure, so it's easy enough. If you have a low pressure shower and lots of hair, this would probably be quite a chore, and possibly better to do in a bath to really soak it out.
After I get as much as I can out of my hair I use 1-2 rounds of conditioner to get every bit out. Sometimes I use a quick hair mask while I'm at it.
The colour will oxidise and deepen over the next couple of days.
I cannot praise this product highly enough and will keep repurchasing without a doubt!