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April 26, 2012

My Experience With Using Henna Natural Dye

Before (direct sunlight), after first wash, second time after two washes. It looks a little more like picture #2 in real life and on camera.

On Earth Day I experimented with using Henna hair dye for the first time. I don’t know too much about Henna yet so if I say something that doesn’t sound right, let me know!

It was weird…. I’m definitely more used to box hair dye from the drugstore.

I purchased Caca Rouge Mama from Lush (the reddest color they make). It was my first time at Lush, the store was wonderful.

[Update: I use this henna now as a mix in with my DIY red color depositing conditioner and prefer it over this method.]

Here is the instructions, as explained by Lush:

  1. Cut the henna block up into small pieces and put in a heatproof bowl.
  2. Add hot water and any other additives you’d like and let steep. Mix to a yogurt-like consistency.
  3. Put on gloves and apply from back to front, coating hair thoroughly.
  4. Cover in cling wrap for a more vibrant red. Leave on for one to six hours.
  5. Rinse, shampoo, and condition hair.

The only thing I changed was that I repeated the entire process twice. I didn’t think it was red enough the first time so I repeated it because I had read that Henna builds up in your hair over time and gets more vibrant. It didn’t quite work out for me. My hair is redder but not as bright as I wanted it to be. I was hoping for more of an orangy-red rather then dark auburn.

My thoughts on the whole experience? I’m not sure I would do it again since I had no guarantee of the color I want. It’s great that it doesn’t damage my hair like other dyes do but I didn’t love the process. When I was trying to wash it out, I had a lot of trouble. I think it took over five minutes of massaging my scalp before I could get the product out.

What I may try is adding additional ingredients to my Henna. I’ve read of people adding honey, tea, coffee, etc. to manipulate the color and make it brighter. I’ve also been reading up on Henna glazes and those seem nice to add a little color but not too drastic of a change.

Henna is permanent so I’m stuck with this color for awhile. What I’m going to do to make it more to my liking is using honey lighting treatments to make the color brighter. I’d like to note though that I do look better now in pink! Haha.

So that is my review of the Caca Rouge Mama from Lush. I’m curious now how other henna’s measure up.

Have you used Henna before? What was your experience? Do you have any tips?


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  • Carol

    just make sure you continue that you will fish my studies. thank you so much,

    April 26, 2012 at 12:50 pm Reply
  • sue

    Try using a different henna, body art quality henna. Different hennas give different results.
    Look to this page for more advice and recipes

    July 27, 2013 at 9:08 am Reply
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