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Hello Lovely Angels,
Most of us are well aware of the benefits of henna as a deep conditioning treatment and also its dyeing property, right? I had dry hair and a few years back, a friend suggested that I try henna packs once/twice a month for conditioning purposes. As henna can also be a bit drying, I was advised to use a bit of egg white and yogurt along with it.
I have been following this ritual on and off for a few years. I was really impressed that it made my hair soft, shiny and healthy on regular use, but a major con was that it turned my hair kind off orange-ish. I absolutely hated this colour. I wanted my hair to be dark chocolate 😛 😛 but after a disastrous experiment with Garnier hair colour in my teenage years, I was skeptical about trying on any more chemicals!!!!
So, about a month ago, when I read about Lush Henna Caca Brun, which claimed to provide the conditioning effect as well as giving that burgundy dash of colour, I had to try this one.
How Lush Describes Caca Brun:
The subtle coffee-coloured one. Caca Brun is made with black and red hennas, plus ground coffee for a deep brown shade. It makes your hair smell like a fresh espresso for a few days. Clove bud oil adds to its spicy scent and we use powdered nettle and seaweed for extra shine and softness. Caca Brun gives your hair a magnificent shine. We recommend it for people with a mousy, undecided hair colour. It’s time to make your mind up and come out really shiny brown!
910 INR for 325 g. (I found it to be economical in comparison to any hair colour brand. You get 6 chunky blocks. For my medium length hair, I just needed one-and-half, so I can store it and re-use later for touch-ups).
The SA just wrapped it up in a paper and handed it to me. I wasn’t at all impressed. There wasn’t any manual, no mention of ingredients or how to use. There was no mention of manufacturing or expiry date. The SA checked on his computer and said that the expiry date was August 2013. The only thing that I liked was these floral motifs over the blocks. I had to search Lush’s website to know more about this.
(See the pics , these blocks are quite big).
Fair trade cocoa butter, indigo henna, red henna, ground coffee, nettle powder, irish moss powder, clove bud oil, citral, eugenol, geraniol, citronellol, limolene, linalool, perfume.
Directions For Use: (according to the website).
1. Cut henna up into small pieces and put in a heat-proof bowl.
2. Add hot water and let steep. Mix to a yogurt-like consistency.
3. Put on gloves and apply from back to front, coating hair thoroughly.
4. Cover in cling wrap for a more vibrant red. Leave on for one to six hours.
5. Rinse, shampoo, and condition hair.
Tips: Always do a strand test first. Use face cream (or Ultra Bland) around your hairline and ears to protect skin. Wrap hair in cling film for a redder color. For darker, richer colors, leave on longer (up to six hours).
My Take on Lush Henna Caca Brun:
I am happy with this product. It conditions and nourishes my hair well and also imparts a dark chocolate-mahogany tinge to my hair. It is free of chemicals that are usually used in hair colours. It does not irritate the scalp. I have not experienced any hair fall, but I have faced one problem, I have one gray hair and even after using this product twice, it failed to cover it, don’t know why!
I saw some videos regarding how to use this product. I came to know that the blocks had to be grounded to powder or grated. I chose to powder it as I don’t have a cheese grater. The next step was to boil water (to the temperature I can tolerate) and add that to the henna slowly with continuous stirring to form a cake-like batter/yogurt-like consistency. I used a plastic bowl and a plastic spoon for mixing. I then divided my hair into sections and then smothered the paste with my hands (with gloved hands).
I applied it on dry, shampooed hair (without conditioner). The first time I used it for 5 hours, without covering my head in shower cap, washed off using a conditioner and shampooed finally a day after.
Result After First Application: I didn’t see much difference in terms of colour. The only thing was that my head looked less orange. My grey hair was as it is, but my hair was soft, shiny and well conditioned (even better than my regular henna packs with egg and yogurt).
The SA had advised me to re-apply again after 7 days for better colour. I did so after 13 days as I was stuck up with some work.
This time, I kept it for 6 hours. For the initial 2 hours, I left my hair open, but then decided to cover it up as I had to do some home cleaning 😛
I washed it off first with Dove daily therapy conditioner and then shampooed it clean with Dove daily therapy shampoo (I didn’t wait with one-day gap). After drying, I applied a bit of hair serum.
Result After Second Application:
I got mahogany tinges and a lovely dark chocolate colour, but again that stubborn strand of grey hair wasn’t at all affected.
Pros of Lush Henna Caca Brun:
- I loved the colour it imparts.
- No chemicals.
- Smell is good, of different herbs, essential oils and henna.
- Leaves my hair soft and shiny.
- It’s from Lush, no animal testing.
- Economical hair colouring option.
Cons of Lush Henna Caca Brun:
- Not sure about grey hair coverage.
- Availability. They have only one store in Kolkata at present. Otherwise, you have to shop online.
Would I Buy Lush Caca Brun Again?
Yes!! I love the colour, as of now, I am not worrying about that one grey hair, its way better than a hair colour session at a salon and thousands spent on a single sitting!
Would I Recommend Lush Caca Brun?
Yes! If you want a bit of colour to your hair and also save it from chemical abuse, this may be your answer. Also, it is available in three other shades- caca rouge-auburn red; Caca maroon-dark red; Caca noir-black with blue highlights
(both the pics are taken after second application and after shampooing).
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