Hey Everyone! Today I am giving you a review and walking through my experience using Lush Henna Hair Dye.
Lush Henna Hair Dye is a natural alternative to chemical hair dye that uses Cocoa Butter and Henna as its main ingredients.
They have several color options that range from red tones to indigo tones which can basically produce red, light brown, or dark brown hair. If you are trying to lighten your hair then this is not the right product for you.
For three years now my hair has looked unhealthy and thin because of constant bleaching. Trying a hair salon, I paid almost 100 dollars just to still look blonde. I searched for healthy and cheaper alternatives when I stumbled upon Lush Henna Hair Dye. Serendipitous?
**I used the Brun Henna**
Before giving you the important tips and advice, let me walk you through my process.
To be noted: I have never dyed my own or another’s hair before!
Using Lush Henna Hair Dye “Brun”
This is my “before” picture.
My highlights are grown out a lot, but you can clearly see the damage and how it does not look natural or flow nicely. I really needed a fix and also did not want to spend hundreds of dollars at a hair salon.
I used “Brun” because I wanted a nice chocolate brown color, but not too dark. I also wanted to avoid red tones although I would like to try it in the future.
When you open your package there will be the block of henna, a pair of gloves for the application, and instructions on how to use it.
The instructions are very straight-forward, but it helps to watch videos or read posts like this one so you know what to expect!
It will be a lot easier to melt your henna bar if you chop it up into small pieces.
Many reviews say they regret not cutting it up smaller, but if you see the pieces I broke mine down into – it was easy to melt and mix.
I placed the blocks into a large bowl which I will recommend the bigger the better to avoid any splashing of the henna or hot water. Then using boiled water from a kettle I SLOWLY added water while mixing.
I did not stop until the consistency was that of chocolate pudding. Once you get the consistency you have to wait until it is cool enough to place on your scalp! You do not want to burn your head.
My hair is long but thin so I actually did not need a full block and it managed to stay warm during the length of my application. You may need to keep it wet and at the consistency, if it takes you longer to apply.
Make note that I never applied hair dye to my own hair or others before so I was very nervous that my hair would come out blotchy and uneven.
Start by separating your hair into layers and then working from one side to the other and from root to tip. Having blonde ends, I made sure to really coat them.
I only used my hands with gloves to apply it. Many people use brushes, but I am here to tell you that you can do it without a brush.
When my hair was covered with the henna I made sure to sculpt it on top of my head to make sure it stays – and yes it feels like mud is in your hair.
After two hours, if you can compare it to the freshly applied picture, you will see that the henna is very dry at this point. I feel like I could have waited a little longer, but since it was my first time I wanted to do the minimum time.
Washing it out definitely required work, but if you use hotter water and shampoo it should come out no problem. I washed my hair twice with shampoo and then once with conditioner and had no flakes left in my hair!
I am thrilled with the results, I absolutely love this product.
The application process was stress-free when you take your time and understand what you are doing and it costs way less than a salon.
I definitely only needed to use half a block so this will make it cheaper again!
My blonde is a light-brown/caramel color while the rest of my hair is a darker brown and it is exactly how I wanted it.
I am going to try a darker/richer brown with a red tint for the fall so I will definitely update then!
Things You Should Know About Lush Henna
It can be messy
It is important to make sure you are careful and try to make a plan where you can clean as you go and minimize your mess.
- Stick to one location: I did all of my work in the bathroom.
- Wear clothing you do not care about.
- Place a dark towel or garbage bag at your feet to catch anything that falls off because trust me it will.
- Once the henna is applied make sure your hair is comfortably on top of your head where it will not hit off or stain anything. The henna should make it really easy for you to control where your hair goes.
- Jump in the shower to quickly rinse your body but make sure not to get your hair wet!
- Put balm or Vaseline on your forehead, neck, and ears to avoid any staining.
- Wear gloves!
- Wash clothing, dishes, and anything else right away so that it does not stain.
- After you wash out the henna in the shower make sure to rinse and wipe down the tub/shower.
I am a very messy person who has never dyed hair before and I managed to use Lush Henna Hair Dye without any trouble. Even the cleaning was not difficult as long as you acted right away and did not let anything sit.
Red Hair vs Brown Hair
I noticed in many reviews people complaining about their hair coming out red when they wanted it to be brown or vice versa. As it turns out if you want the red tones you need to trap the heat in while if you let the air interact with the henna it will be more brown-black tones.
If you want more red in your hair it is recommended that you wrap your head after you applied the henna. I have seen some people use saran wrap and others use shower caps. I did not wrap mine as I wanted more of a brown tone. When I washed out my henna my hair was not red at all.
There are certain products like Rouge and Marron which may give customers more of a reddish tone and I sometimes wonder if the bad reviews are from improper applying or they used the wrong product. I’m sure everyone’s hair reacts differently as well.
Give Yourself A Lot of Time
It is recommended that you leave the henna in for 2-4 hours. I only let mine sit for 2 hours and my reasoning was
- I do not know how it would turn out, so I did not want it to be “too” intense the first time. The next time I use it I probably will use it for 3-4 hours.
- The henna was clearly dry and seemed ready to wash out.
In a few review videos, I watched I noticed many people saying they made the mistake of washing the henna out too soon. You should examine the henna and if it is still “wet” then maybe you should wait to wash it out. Mine looked like chunks of clay which is how I knew to wash it out.
Preparing it also takes some time as you need to first cut it up, melt it, mix it, and then let it cool to a comfortable temperature for application.
Once you apply it, the time this step takes will depend on your hair type, you have to wait 2-4 hours until you can wash it. The washing it out and then drying or styling it will take some time as well.
You May Have Difficulty Dying Your Hair Chemically For a Period of Time
I have not experienced this myself, but from what I read, since Lush Henna is a permanent dye, you may have difficulty using chemical dye in your hair for a while afterward and it could be difficult to lighten your hair again.
Just make sure you ask someone who is an expert on hair!
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