Sunday, 6 October 2013

Caca Rouge, Lush - Review

In this post I mentioned that I would be using Lush's Caca Rouge before my holiday. Finally (sorry it's taken so long) here is the henna post.
For all you thinking "Caca whaa?" let me explain.. Caca Rouge is henna, a 100% natural dye made from the flowers of the henna tree and used for many wondrous things one of which being a hair colourant which comes in various colours - red, auburn, brown, black. It has none of the nasty ingredients that mainstream hair dyes contain and isn't damaging to the environment.

I first used Caca Rouge in 2008. The Swansea sun had bleached my lovely red locks into strawberry blonde - NOT happy. Being as Lush obsessed as I am, I popped into my local and explained my dilemma where I was given a sample. I have not looked back and when I feel my gingerness needs a boost, out comes the henna.

Before (Please excuse the messy hair)
Before (Please excuse the messy hair)
After, Henna, Caca Rouge
After
The aroma is very herby/woody. It smells a lot like leaves, forest and mud - in a good way. I like it, especially compared to the strong, pungent smells of chemical hair dye. A quick internet search provides lots of hints and tips of getting the most from your henna. Last year I foolishly wanted to make my hair even more vibrant so added a teaspoon of paprika to the mix. 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 quite short so 2 is enough.  You NEED rubber gloves as henna stains (Lush usually have a supply if you ask). I had orange fingers for a week and my nails stayed orange until I painted over them. Not good. You also need to protect your skin around your hair - the back of your neck, ears and forehead. The nice Lush people gave me a sample of Ultrabalm to do the trick. Try explaining orange ears to work colleagues...
Caca Rouge, Lush

Caca Rouge, Lush
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 have a lot of time spare and wearing old clothes or covered with an old towel.

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.
 Caca Rouge, Lush
Add hot water to form a reasonably thick paste. NOT TOO HOT!!! Remember, you are about to plaster this all over your hair. Hot water + scalp = Pain!
Caca Rouge, Lush
'Caca' is French for... yup, you guessed it... Poo!
'Caca' is French for... yup, you guessed it... Poo!
Apply all over your head, from root to tip. Henna thrives on heat so wrap your hair in cling film and 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.

Pop your gloves back on and rinse until the water runs clear, then continue with your regular routine. You may need to shampoo twice to make sure you've gotten all the bits out. Et voila! Beautiful, healthy henna-d hair.

If you are looking for a natural hair colourant without all the weird sounding ingredients in your usual dye, I would really recommend you try this fantastic product. I receive so many compliments from strangers on the colour of my hair, and I've converted a couple of my friends to Caca Brun and Marron and like me, they are hooked.

Have you ever used henna? Would you consider using this instead of your usual hair colour products?

Helen x

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13 comments:

  1. I really want to try this but I'm currently trying to get the old dye out my hair, then I want it lighter! So hopefully some point in the future I will try it out, I can see myself making such a mess haha! xx

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    1. I always have to sweep the floor and scrub the sink and bath afterwards haha. Defo worth a try when you fancy going darker again.

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    2. I always have to sweep the floor and scrub the sink and bath afterwards haha. Defo worth a try when you fancy going darker again.

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  2. Your hair colour looks lovely :) I don't dye my hair but may try this sometime as I don't like using chemicals x

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    1. Thank you :) I wouldn't dye my hair again. Nothing permanent anyway. I'll stick to henna. Very handy if you want to boost your natural color.

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  3. Never tried henna but it's worked out great on your locks :)
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

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    1. Thank you again for your nice comments. How did you link your blog like that?

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  5. Hiya! in reply to your comment you have to have pre-lightened hair. I love this colour though you look amazing!! xx
    cowbiscuits

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    1. Thanks fr replying so quickly! I wouldn't want to dye my hair until it's longer s maybe in the distant future I'll have really long hair, get some highlights, get bored of highlights then funk them up with bright colours haha. Maybe... Thank you for the help :)

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  6. I haven't used this product before, but it sounds very interesting! Thanks for sharing! :)

    Diana
    www.ManhattanImageandStyle.com

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  7. I use Lush henna and would never go back to chemical dyes. I go swimming so my hair is also protected from the chlorine.

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