At the start of this year, I got my hair dyed ginger and absolutely LOVED it (I seriously don’t know why I wasn’t born ginger). Unfortunately, though, I have very sensitive skin and found that my scalp reacted badly to red chemical hair dye, so had no option but to give my hair a break. Recently, I began getting a bit bored of my natural hair colour again, and so when a friend told me about Lush’s henna hair dye, I was intrigued.
Henna hair dye is plant based, and Lush’s henna is blended with Fair Trade Cocoa Butter and therefore not only dyes your hair, but also acts as a nourishing treatment. This really appealed to me as I’ve always been concerned about the nasties is artificial hair dyes. To find out more information on Lush’s Henna hair dye, visit their website, or click here.
First things first, I want to highlight a few things to note before dyeing your hair with henna:
- Always do a strand test! This is super important as although henna is a very natural product, it is possible to be allergic to it. I made sure I did a strand test as my skin is really sensitive even to a lot of gentle products. Secondly, it’s really important to get an idea of what sort of colour you’re going to end up with. If you have chemically treated hair or greys it’s especially important as this may affect the results. Henna dye is great, but the downside is that if you don’t like it it’s virtually impossible to correct, as you can’t chemically dye over the top of it. It is also permanent, so make sure you’re definitely ready for the commitment!
- It is possibly THE messiest thing you will ever do in your life. I was lulled into a false sense of security by watching the chirpy woman from Lush on YouTube easily apply the henna without even a hint of any mess. This IS NOT the reality. However many old blankets or papers you put down, it will go EVERYWHERE. By the time I was finished, the blanket was covered in it. So was the rest of the kitchen floor, the passageway floor, the showeroom floor, the hob and the work surfaces. Not to mention myself and especially the bottom of my feet which was especially gross. Once you’ve applied the henna, wrapping your hair in cling film is the best bet for stopping it dropping everywhere, however this does affect the colour (makes it brighter) so you might not want to do this. Once your hair is sorted, your gonna need to deep clean your house, shake off all your clothes/sheets outside and shower your body. Once the development time is over, do NOT wash it off in a bath because it won’t work; too many lumps are going to come out and your water would be disgusting in a matter of seconds. You’ll need to persevere whilst washing it out in the shower and it will again go all over, but just keep rinsing the sides of the shower and it will be fine.
- Don’t forget to use balm on your forehead/hairline/ears/neck because henna stains. I just put vaseline on very liberally and it was a life-saver. I did get a bit of staining around my hairline and on my ears (because for some reason I forgot to balm them) but I dread to think how bad it would’ve stained if I didn’t put any on.
Having said all of that, I don’t want to put you off, because I’m totally blown away by my results. My hair has never felt so nourished and healthy, the colour is just what I hoped for and my hair is super glossy. To get this result from my original hair colour (mousy blonde) I wrapped my hair in cling film after applying the dye and left it on for 3 hours. This was a bit of a risk but it definitely paid off when I got the result I wanted! The only thing I’m worried about now is how long it’ll last. My hair has never taken to dye very well and it tends to wash out A LOT initially. I’ve washed my hair once since dyeing it and a lot did come out but it still looks similar in colour, so I’m hoping it was just excess. The only other problem is that I’ve missed some bits on my roots so would make sure to concentrate on them more next time, but this isn’t a fault in the dye itself, just my application! Apart from these minor issues, I’m over the moon with my results and just wish I’d found this gorgeous (and affordable) product earlier!
Here are my henna results!