Review: Lush Caca Noir Henna Hair Dye

Friday, 14 September 2012

I've been thinking about dying my hair darker for quite a while, and after hearing about Lush's henna hair dyes - a nicer alternative to hair obliterating chemicals - I thought I might as well give it a go.  I got two blocks of Caca Noir, made with indigo and henna, which is supposed to turn any hair colour a few shades darker with either a reddish or blue-ish tint depending on whether or not you allow the henna to oxidise.  

You get a block of green herby stuff, and chop it up and add water to it.  I'd read that some people found it better to grate it, and tried briefly but decided it'd take too long and settled for roughly chopping it and adding boiling water.  It mixed very well, and turned into a paste.  You're supposed to make a paste with the consistency of double cream, but mine started out a little on the thicker side because I was worried about making it too runny.  I diluted it after a couple of applications.

Once it's all mixed, you heat it over a pot of boiling water as henna is best used hot, and then apply it to your hair, starting with the roots and going to the ends.  I was absolutely awful at this, because I stupidly decided to do it in the kitchen because the kitchen is easier to clean stains off of than my pale coloured bathroom, but forgot that I'd need a mirror.  By the time I realised this, the dye was on and threatening to drop off onto the carpet, so couldn't run to get one.  The end result is, of course, that I have patches of hair that I completely missed out.

It's a really messy, time-consuming task.  After applying it, you then need to leave it for two to four hours.  I left mine for three and a half before the weight on my head forced me to wash it out, which also took ages, because the dye goes a little grainy and difficult to remove.  It also STINKS, and the stink won't get out of my hair.  After half a day of having nothing but that smell in my face, it's starting to make me feel a little sick so I've had to tie it back.

After a few hours, there wasn't a whole lot of change to my hair colour, but because indigo is supposed to continue working for up to 24 hours, I tried to reserve my judgement for the day after.  It's a bit darker now, but still not really that nice.  It's basically just a slightly darker shade of mousier grey-brown with what I swear are hints of green here and there.  Not really what I was hoping for after being told that it would make my hair a nice chocolatey brown or black.  And, of course, because I missed patches it looks kind of weird, but I haven't had time to go over it again today as I'm also in the middle of packing for moving back to uni on Sunday.



I already rather miss my natural hair colour and can't figure out whether or not this particular item is properly permanent or not thanks to conflicting reviews (some say that it's permanent, some say that it fades out but the pigment remains in the hair and so is considered 'permanent', others say it washes out).  I don't know who to believe, so I'm just going to have to wait and see!  In the mean time, I'll just have to deal with looking like a swamp monster in certain lights.

Would I recommend it?  Eh, I don't know.  I absolutely love Lush's products but I am definitely not going to be using this again.  I guess that if you think that the brown it turned my hair is nice, go for it?  The result was not at all worth the vile stench of it (which is still in my hair, after several washes) and the amount of time and effort it took to use and then clean up after.  Judging by other reviews I've read, it seems to work better on hair that's already a darker brown as a way of brightening it up and making it sleeker, rather than dying lighter hair super dark.

Have you ever tried any of Lush's dyes?


  1. I've been tempted to see whether or not I could make my hair even more ginger with the henna dyes but so far I've always been content to leave my hair to do whatever. But I have a friend who loves them to pieces and even requested that we sent them to her while she was living abroad.

    Also, I think that because it's henna it will eventually fade/wash out. I just can't tell you how long that will take. :/

    1. Yeah, I know some people who completely swear by henna! I do much prefer it to chemical dyes because it's left my hair feeling really soft rather than brittle and horrible, but it's just so much faff. I think the red and brown ones from Lush generally have better reviews than the dark one that I used anyway, so maybe it's worth giving it a go some time? :3

  2. Do not use henna over commercially colored hair. It's safest to wait at least 2 months after a commercial dye job, before using henna. Some women have had no problems waiting only 1 month, but again, that's what the strand test is for.

    henna for hair color


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