Update On My Henna Haircare

A few posts ago, I shared my feedback and experience with LUSH’s Caca Rouge Henna. It was everything it promised to be and I was genuinely pleased with the results. As is the case with henna, because it is not permanent dye, the vibrancy of the red fades away with time and with every wash. Although the red tint of the henna still glowed a bit in my hair in natural daylight, I personally felt like I needed to re-boost my hair with that fiery red.

As much as I loved LUSH Caca Rouge, I wanted to try a different type of henna.

So I headed over to my local Indian grocery store and picked up a bag of 100% natural henna powder for $4.99. This henna is sifted into a thin powder specifically made for henna body art which actually produces the reddest stain because it is more concentrated. I stored the henna package in the freezer for maximum conservation until I was ready to use it.

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This time, my plan was to leave the henna in my hair overnight. I figured I might as well since the last time I left it in my hair for six hours and bummed around the house to kill time. In that same period of time, I might as well sleep!

And so that’s what I did! After I finished applying henna all over my hair, I twisted my hair up into a bun and secured it on top of my head. This step is the most important: I wrapped saran wrap tightly around my hair/head, then I put on a plastic hair cap and as a final touch, I wrapped a dark colored t-shirt around my head for maximum drip-free protection. I looked like Erika Badu at this point but trust me you don’t wanna wake up with henna smudged on your pillow, or worse, your face! I placed a dark towel on my pillow and went to bed (read: this is why I wrapped my hair on top of my head, so it would be more comfortable to sleep in).

The next morning after a seven hour sleep, I made my way to the shower and unwrapped my hair when I was inside the shower – highly recommend to avoid dried pieces of henna paste to crumble down on your bathroom floor as you unwrap! My hair felt slightly stiff, like hardened mud. I couldn’t wait to wash it!!

I thoroughly rinsed off my hair with warm water as I watched the water turn a reddish orange. After shampooing my hair twice with Godiva from LUSH and after conditioning with Retread from LUSH, I gave my hair a final rinse with cold water until the water turned clear.

Et voila – fresh shiny red hair!


14 responses to “Update On My Henna Haircare”

  1. Hi thank you , do you help me a lot …………..i love your color hair! i gonna make these today. thanks ,thanks .

  2. ohhhh so beautiful!!!! I want super bright red too, I tried Indian henna for 1.5 hours twice for now and it`s not bright red, my real hair colour is light brown, I guess I should have kept it overnight. Was this colour much different from LUSH Caca rouge henna? LUSH is quite expensive….I would like to know did LUSH henna give you any brighter red?
    Thank you in advance!

    1. Hi Sasha, thanks for your comment! 1.5 hours is definitely not enough time to leave henna in in order to get a noticeable colour. I liked the Caca Rouge from Lush however I prefer the Indian henna because it is much more affordable!

  3. Woow! πŸ˜€ Your hair reacts so well to henna! I mean, this red is honestly spectacular. I also bought some pure henna and still gathering courage..
    I noticed your hair is naturally curly (as is mine but a little more on the wavy side), how come your hair is so non frizzy and straight in this picture? πŸ™‚ Are you magical? ^^

    1. LOL that’s sweet, thanks for your kind comments! I think you should just go for it! (only if your hair is a natural canvas, i.e. if your hair is not already chemically dyed, otherwise the henna won’t react well to it). Honestly, LUSH shampoo and Deva Curl Conditioner help tame my frizz, and my biggest secret is I don’t wash my hair every day, I only wash once a week πŸ˜‰ And use a cotton t-shirt to dry your hair, it will help reduce frizz πŸ™‚

  4. HI!! I was wondering what your natural hair color is and what you mixed your henna with to get this goregeous red πŸ˜€

    1. Hi Christine! My natural hair colour is chestnut brown! I actually didn’t mix anything with it! I truly find that leaving it in overnight (or 7+ hours) deepens the colour and makes it more vibrant! Hope this helps!

  5. G’day ….It does looks vibrant . Could you please supply me with the name of the Indian Henna so I can search online to purchase. Appreciate it.


    1. Hello Nadia, sorry for the delay in responding! The Indian henna I used is called “Quality Brand”. You can view it here: https://www.makeupalley.com/product/showreview.asp/ItemId=176605/Quality-Brand—Henna-Powder/Unlisted-Brand/Hair-Treatments Enjoy!

  6. […] blog is no stranger to my praise for henna. Whether it’s the LUSH Caca Rouge or Indian henna,Β henna is my main signature “secret” to maintaining healthy hair and a unique colour. […]

  7. What was the recipe you used to create the paste? as I know many places suggest things like lemon juice, tea, other powders ect.
    I’ve been looking for a really good red/orange henna recipe and I love the outcome of this one!

    1. Thank you so much, Megan! You are right about the lemon juice – but when I wrote this blog, the only thing I mixed with the henna was hot water.

      However now when I do my henna, I do add a few drops of lemon juice! I also let my henna mixture sit for a few hours in the bowl (min 3 hours – max 8 hours) before I apply it. I have found that method helps with colour release!
      Hope that helps!

  8. Hi,
    If you don’t want to keep the henna in long you can always much it with red wine and let it sit overnight. The next day you out the henna on your hair for an hour. I have light brown hair and used henna for about 5 years and this always worked really well for me. The henna needs to be mixed with something acidic for dye release and I love how the red wine effects the color. It didn’t ever fade either.

    1. Ooh awesome, thanks for the tip! I do like red wine! πŸ˜‰

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