I’ve dyed my hair A LOT in the past, in fact in the last 20 years the only time I’ve seen my natural colour was when I attempted to grow out my highlights last year. I say attempted because once they got to a few inches I got the urge to dye it again. I’ve had nearly every colour hair from jet black to bleached white but until a couple of months ago had never ventured into copper. As my hair is naturally brown with a reddish tint I thought I would give it a go and was really pleased with the result.
The only problem was that is washed out super quickly and I was left with a light brown colour, lighter in the areas that had bleach on. Instead of paying to have it done at the hairdressers again I researched into henna as someone had mentioned it to me. I looked at the Lush henna on their website and decided to try the Caca Rouge which is their reddish tint, they also do Marron which is chestnut coloured, Brun and Noir.
I’d read up on how to apply it, you basically add chunks of the henna to a bowl, I used 4 of the 6 and added some boiling water then stirred it up. You want it to be thick enough to stay on but not too thick as it won’t go onto the hair very well, if it starts to get too thick or you start running low then you can always add a bit more water.
I was prepared for the application being messy, and it was, but not actually as bad as I imagined and as henna doesn’t develop instantly you can clean the mess up really easily, unlike with normal dye which leaves a mark on anything it lands on. I did put a towel on the floor and wear old clothes though. I added it in sections and once I’d done it all instead of tying my hair up I criss-crossed sections over the top of my head, pressed down and it just stayed there. I then covered my hair in cling film as the heat helps the henna work.
I left it on for about 2 hours then washed it out, washing it out is a bit messy and takes a while as you have to make sure all the bits are out.
Overall though I was impressed with how simple the process was, guess the only thing is making sure you have lots of time.
Henna works like a varnish coating each strand of hair and it takes 24 hours for the colour to mature. I won’t go into too much details but if you want to read more about it then you can here. Oh and one thing that you have to be careful about is dying over the top of henna so do look into that.
Lush henna is vegan and the best thing is that it’s chemical free, even better than that, it’s actually good for your hair as it contains cocoa butter to soften it. And at £10.95 it will save me a fortune on trips to the hairdressers.
Here is the finished result, as you can see it’s a slightly lighter shade to the one I had above so next time I’ve going to try mixing half Caca Rouge with half Caca Marron as apparently that will tone it down a bit. I do like this too though, it will be nice to adjust the shade every time I feel like a change. I might even go for a Caca Brun in the winter if I want to darken it down further.
So I can definitely say that I’ve been completely converted to Lush Henna. It’s natural and such good value for money. In fact it works out cheaper than any hair dye I’ve ever used before, my hair is really thick and 4 blocks was enough so if you have thin hair you wouldn’t need much at all.
It gets a big thumbs up from me. I will never look back!