Friday, 30 March 2012

Lush Caca Rouge Henna Hair Dye Review (First ever post!)

I have been dying my hair for years now and often feel guilty about the chemicals I subject it to. The last time I dyed my hair was about 6 weeks ago and it left my hair uncharacteristically dry and damaged. I decided to try henna and see if it was any good at blending my auburn roots with my dyed red hair.
Henna hair dyes are better for your hair as they don’t contain all the nasty chemicals that regular dyes do. There are 4 different Lush Henna hair dyes I chose the Caca Rouge one:
Our Rouge brick is the really red one. Use this if you are after vibrant red tones.’
Because I have a lot of hair I was told I would need to used one and a half bars which meant I had to buy two bars at a not so cheap £7.75 per bar.

The block has to be dissolved in boiling hot water and then applied as soon as possible. Having read some reviews of the product, and just from reading the name itself, I was convinced it was going to stink. I was wrong; the smell was a pleasant herby one. However, it is a very strong scent and did cause my poor, post-migraine self to vomit mid application (sorry for planting that image in your head) so it’s probably worth keeping a window open!
The application itself felt, and looked, like I was smearing fresh cow pat all over my hair. It was unbelievably messy; by the end it was all over my face, my arms, my t shirt, the floor... I definitely recommend covering your face in Valesline and covering the floor in newspaper. I then plonked a Tesco bag on my head and busied myself for 4 hours while it worked its magic.

I'm not squinting, I'm sultry 
I was really happy with the end results. It didn’t dry my hair like regular dye and it gave me lovely shiny locks. I think that saying it gives ‘vibrant red tones’ is pushing it a bit. I’d say the colour is a lot more subtle but it was great for enhancing my already red hair and it blended my roots fairly well. I would recommend this if you fancy adding a copper shine but for a more vibrant colour I’d stick to normal hair dye. 


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    1. Thanks :) I was pleased with how it turned out

    2. Looks gorgeous! I bought some henna today and the gal at the store said she likes to keep it on overnight to REALLY bring it out the red. I guess the longer it is, the redder it gets with henna.. :)

  2. Beautiful! I'm dying mine with caca rouge next week! Can't wait! x

  3. That is really beautiful! I'd love to try this out as well but I'm always concerned about the results. Don't want to end up orange, I'd loooove it if it turned out like your pic, it's really pretty! :)

    1. I do think has a definite orange tone to it but I read somewhere that adding paprika to it gives a more red hue. I might try that next time if I can stomach the smell!

  4. You look lovely in that picture sweet xx

  5. Even if you follow the aforementioned shampooing best practices to a T, you still risk compromising your color every time you go out in the sun. Even a few minutes unprotected can do a number on your dye. If you are going to be in the sun for long periods of time, try to wear a hat. There are also many great and inexpensive hair products available that contain an SPF, which can also help.

    Henna for Hair Color

  6. Amazing! But what color where your hair before this? (Just to know if I can have the same one with this) =)

  7. I think it's gorgeous! I'm about do do my dyed rwd hair with henna from henna color lab, but I don't think it's going to be the Ariel red I have now (from special effects). At least it won't have parabens. Great review!