|Caca Rouge, Lush
|Before and after using henna|
The aroma is very herby/woody. It reminds me of muddy walks in the woods. I love it, especially when compared to the toxic bleachy smells of regular hair dye.
A quick internet search provides lots of hints and tips of getting the most from your henna. A few years ago I wanted to make my hair even more vibrant so added a teaspoon of paprika to the grated henna. Biiiiig mistake. My hair wasn’t a luxurious red, but a bright Charlie the Clown orange! The good thing with henna is that is does fade… eventually. Meanwhile I just had to embrace the orange.
Lush’s Caca range (Rouge, Brun, Marron, Noir) are sold in blocks of 6 squares. My hair is shoulder length so 2 blocks was more than enough. In the kit you are supplied with basic instructions and a paid of rubber gloves. You NEED to use the gloves as henna will stain your skin. I once had orange fingers for a week!
As it stains, you also need to protect your hairline, neck and ears. The nice Lush people gave me a sample of Ultrabalm to do the trick. Try explaining orange ears to work colleagues…
|Henna, gloves & instructions|
|Huge block of henna|
If you are used to chemical dyes, be prepared for mess. This is all best done in a kitchen or bathroom where carpets won’t get stained. You’ll also want to wear old clothes or cover yourself with an old towel.
An Easy Guide
1. Break off enough squares and grate them. This is quite a tedious task so I’d recommend getting a strong, eager male assistant to help.
|Henna and hot water|
|‘Caca’ is French for poo. You’d never have guessed right?|
3. Apply all over your head, from root to tip. Henna thrives on heat so wrap your hair up in an old towel, or even better, cling film. Leave for at least an hour.
The longer you leave it, the better the results. In the past I’ve left it unwrapped for half an hour and saw zero results so definitely wrap and leave for as long as you can. I’ve even slept with it and washed it out in the morning and had amazing results.
Et voila! Beautiful, healthy henna-d hair.
Have you ever used henna? Would you consider using this instead of your usual hair colour products?