Lush Caca Noir Henna For Hair

My mother managed to find my mobile a few days ago,  and as I decided since my hair looked a bit dull I thought I would record my henna routine.  I’ve been using Lush products for years,  so when I was younger and wanted to dye my hair every colour under the sun my mother asked me to try a natural alternative before using anything damaging,  and I chose Lush’s Caca Noir henna block.  I think I’ve been using the Caca Noir for around two years,  so although it gave me a nice dramatic colour change initially,  I now only use it for the maintenance of my colour and the added condition and volume that I get from the product.  Retailing at £7.50 for six blocks I think it’s pretty purse friendly,  with hair my length all six blocks are needed but for shorter styles less can be used and the remainder carried over for the next treatment.

You will need a large bowl,  a grater,  a pair of gloves,  a block of henna,  and if you want, some coffee as I find it gives a nice shine to the hair.  As the henna comes in a block I find grating it into a powder gives a smoother final mixture,  it takes a while to grate but the mixture is much easier to work with.  The gloves are needed to prevent staining of your hands when you’re working the henna into your hair,  if like me you forget you’ll end up with hands reminiscent of a cursed Dumbledore.  Henna is infamous for being a messy process so to keep your bathroom as clean as possible I would recommend cover the entire floor with old,  dark towels.

I add about two teaspoons of coffee to the henna powder.  I was instructed to add enough water so that it was the texture of thick yoghurt,  I find that there should be a little resistance when being mixed but it must be a definite liquid,  in short, easily spreadable but not runny.

About half way through the process of applying the henna I always found that it would become too cold and stodgy to easily smooth through my hair,  it tugged painfully,  so I had a brain wave and this time I used the ban marie method  (suspending the bowl over a second bowl of boiling water)  to keep it nice and warm.  I think it’s best to separate off the layers of your hair then concentrate on the under layer first,  as just “winging it” can make application really unnecessarily difficult as the layers will stick and clump together.   For a hint of red to the final colour wrap clingfilm over your hair but for the indigo in  the Caca Noir to really shine through leave the hair open to the air,  but be prepared for a bit of fallout!  I leave the henna in for 8 hours but it’ll still work if you leave it in for as little as 2 hours.

This is my hair before,  it was dry,  had fly aways,  and was quite lacklustre.

This is my hair now,  I find it thicker,  shinier,  and the frizzy bits smoothed.  Although the picture doesn’t show it,  my hair has actually been darkened especially at the roots.

For someone who is looking for a natural change this is a great option as it won’t create that boring monotone look you get with a chemical hair dyes,  you’ll get beautiful highlights.  It also has the added bonus of being a vegan non-animal tested product!  I’d give Lush’s Caca Noir 8/10 and since I love the results so much the only reason why it doesn’t get full marks is because of how time consuming the whole process is and how potentially messy it can be.