Sunday, 6 October 2013

How to use Henna from Lush. Caca Rouge - Review

recently mentioned that I would be using Lush's Caca Rouge before my holiday.
For all you thinking "Caca whaa?" 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 or your hair.
Caca Rouge, Lush
Caca Rouge, Lush
I first used Caca Rouge way back 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 and was given a sample. I have not looked back and when I feel my gingerness needs a boost, out comes the henna. As you can see from the (slightly grey) picture below, my hair becomes quite strawberry blonde and light. After using henna, BOOM. Radiant red.
Before and after using henna
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
Henna, gloves & instructions
Huge block of henna
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.

Freshly grated Caca Rouge
Freshly grated Caca Rouge
2. 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!

Henna and hot water
Henna and hot water
'Caca' is French for poo. You'd never have guessed right?
'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.

4. Pop your gloves back on and rinse until the water runs clear (may take a while), 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

16 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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    1. If you ever dye your hair then I really would suggest you try this one. Better results and better for your hair.

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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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    1. The results last so much longer from henna too. I find normal hair dyed fade quite quickly whereas henna sticks.

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