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Q:What would you say is the Minimum amount of time I should wait between chemically dyeing my hair & using a Lush Caca product?
Are there any recommendations for getting chemically treated hair ready to henna? Like using clarifying shampoo to strip out dye, putting henna over dirty hair, or lots of deep conditioning between chemical and henna dyes?Asked on 6/30/2015 by C
A:We usually suggest to wait at least 2 months after synthetically dying your hair to use henna. Henna acts as a varnish, staining your hair from the outside in, while synthetic dye breaks open your hair and dyes the cortex. This is why it's best to use henna with clean hair - it's easier for it to penetrate your hair! Using clarifying shampoos may help lift the chemical dye from your hair, but it's not necessary.Answered on 7/1/2015 by Serena from LUSH Direct
Q:My hair is dark brown almost black And I was wondering if this would lighten my hair to a brown I also have two highlights in my hair and it's a light brown will the henna make the highlights even lighter?Asked on 6/29/2015 by Lushlover101
A:Our Hennas do not lighten hair, instead it will give you an essence of the color if you have a darker hair type. Henna is also great for using as a treatment for achieving healthy and soft hair.Answered on 7/3/2015 by Kels from LUSH Direct
A:I have really dark brown hair and I didn't see any real change in my color. I have a few gray hairs and it covered that slightly so it may change the color of your highlights.Answered on 7/1/2015 by BekBek from Michigan
A:I didn't find that it lightened my hair, but it gave it enhances my red highlights and gave it beautiful shine and intense color.
Sent from my iPhoneAnswered on 6/29/2015 by Anonymous
Q:I'm interested in trying out this product but was wondering whether it'll damage my hair. I don't dye my hair because I hate how it sometimes makes hair dry and brittle, almost hay-like. Will the henna do the same?Asked on 6/28/2015 by Roxy from Miami Beach, FL
A:No, our henna will absolutely not make your hair brittle! On the contrary it will make your hair softer, shinier, and thicker, because the dye coats your hair rather than open up the cuticle! It's the best hair treatment you can do for your hair!Answered on 6/30/2015 by Pauline
A:Our Caca formula's are super-duper softening and ultra hydrating to the hair. I would seriously doubt and dryness from our Henna Hair dyes.Answered on 6/30/2015 by Alexander from Lush Direct
A:No, it will not damage your hair, unless you happen to be allergic to one of its ingredients. It has so many moisturizers in it that some people use it as a hair treatment to deal with frizz and flyways. When I use henna on my normally wavy hair it turns into defined curls for at least the next week. Hope this helps with your worries.
Sent from my iPadAnswered on 6/28/2015 by Anonymous
Q:Is it okay if I was my hair the day after applying the henna? Will it wash the color away?Asked on 6/27/2015 by Jay from Carmel, IN
A:It is absolutely okay to wash your hair after you apply our Henna. It shouldn't alter the color in any way.Answered on 7/3/2015 by Kels from LUSH Direct
Q:I have dark ash blonde hair, with highlights that get lighter as it goes down to the ends. I did the strand test, and the lighter parts were strawberry but there was no change to my roots. I've seen this change medium brown hair quite a bit, so I know my dark blonde isn't too dark to show the red. I did the test twice, the first time the henna got cold so I tried again thinking that was the problem, but same results. I cut off the corner of one of the blocks for a 1" test strand. Did I just not use enough? I know I had the consistency wrong as well, it was very runny when I applied. Thanks!Asked on 6/18/2015 by M from Ohio
A:The block that you used should have been sufficient! So it might be due to the consistency that you applied it. I suggest having as a brownie batter consistency rather than a runny liquid. Also, leaving it for a 4+ hours would work best and maybe starting with Caca Rouge then layering with the Caca Marron or Brun. I hope that helps!Answered on 6/19/2015 by Pauline
Q:I have brown curly hair, is a little dark. How the color will look? Also, does the color last?Asked on 6/13/2015 by Yi from Puerto Rico, US
A:On dark brown hair, this will give off a red tinge whilst making your current brown richer. The colour tends to fade over 6-8 weeks, but henna coats the hair and may not fully disappear until the hair grows out.Answered on 6/20/2015 by Sal
A:I have really dark, curly hair. I was trying to color the few grays I have and I tried this product, I really didn't see any color come through. I have really difficult hair so I wasn't shocked that this didn't really work for me.Answered on 6/14/2015 by BekBek from Michigan
Q:I'm pregnant right now, this product is safe for my baby and me?Asked on 6/5/2015 by Pao from Wallingford CT
A:In general, we consider all of our products to be safe for use during pregnancy, however, we recommend consulting your physician if you have any specific concerns about whether or not a product is right for you during pregnancy.Answered on 6/8/2015 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:Can I still apply Caca Marron to my hair if it's not warm but still mixed well?Asked on 6/3/2015 by I love auburn hair! from MS
A:Yes, you can, although it can be a little more difficult to apply once it has cooled down!Answered on 6/3/2015 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:Hi - You CAN, but I don't think I would. If it's not warm the color might not adhere well. I've noticed that when the mixture gets cold it gets kind of grainy and small bits start dropping off my head before I can get my shower cap in place. Nothing wrong with trying it that way however.Answered on 6/3/2015 by Anonymous
Q:Does this product cover resistant gray hairs?Asked on 5/28/2015 by Jojo from Ontario, Ca
A:Henna has a very hard time adhering to hair without pigment, which makes it particularly difficult to cover grays. If you choose to try it out, make sure to do a strand test ahead of time to see how it works for you!Answered on 6/1/2015 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:I have waist length light golden brown hair. My questions are: how red will this turn my hair and how long will it stay that color? It takes forever for me to grow color out of my hair and it'd be nice to have a way to change it up every so often without stripping it with harsh chemicals.Asked on 5/15/2015 by Curious about Henna from Oklahoma
A:Caca Marron definitely has a red hue to it, but it is more of a red-brown rather than a bright red. Henna doesn't fade in the same way that chemical color does so it will stay in the hair longer than synthetic dye does.Answered on 5/19/2015 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:My hair is much shorter than yours, but it was light golden brown before I used the Caca Marron. (It was virgin re-growth after losing it all to chemo.) Caca Marron is not a bright red, it's more of a reddish brown. The red really shows off in the sun. It's what I would call "semi-permanent" as it very gradually washes out. For long hair, and particularly if it is thick, you will need to use at least 4 of the 6 segmented squares, maybe even the whole block. You can mix the marron with some brun if you're really afraid of the red. Follow the directions and be sure not to mix it too thickly or you won't get even distribution. The best way to apply is to put the bowl of hot caca in the bathtub and lean over to glop it on. All the mess will stay in the tub and it washes out easily. I cover my hair with a disposable plastic shower cap and then wrap an old cotton sock or towel around my neck to catch the drips. The smell of coffee and tea will stay with you through 2 or 3 washings, but it's not strong enough for others to smell. If you're looking to avoid chemicals, caca is the way to go. I say go for it!
SusanAnswered on 5/18/2015 by Anonymous
Q:My hair is a medium thickness and comes just below my shoulder blades, how many blocks of the caca marron henna dye should i use?Asked on 4/19/2015 by Mika
A:One block is sufficient for one application. How many squares of that block you need is up to personal preference. You can always mix more squares as you go, depending on how much you find you need for your desired outcome.Answered on 4/20/2015 by Sal from LUSH Direct
Q:Hi. I have black and thick hair and I want to change the color to brown. Does the Marron henna work on my hair? What the color would be changed into? Feedback is appreciated.Asked on 4/15/2015 by Rascal from Charlestown, MA
A:Caca Marron will give you hair tons of glamorous gloss and shine as it coats each cuticle with this natural hair color. That being said, it cannot lighten hair and so if you have black hair you won't see much change in the actual color of the hair.Answered on 4/16/2015 by Anonymous
A:I have darker hair and it gave me a nice red glow but also kept some of the
brown. The only worry is that it may be difficult to work it through your
thick hair.Answered on 4/16/2015 by Anonymous
Q:I want to have a more plum kind of color or tint mixed with the red/brown color. Someone at lush told me I could mix beet juice or red wine in it, I was wondering how much I should mix or if there are any other suggestions to get that color? And how long I should leave it on?
My hair is currently a reddish-brown.Asked on 4/9/2015 by kels
A:Our hennas are expertly formulated to work as stand-alone colors without the need to add anything other than water, but you are more than welcome to experiment if you like! The henna should be left on for a minimum of three hours to achieve the results you are looking for, but a strand test will give you a proper idea of the time frame that is best for your hair.Answered on 4/10/2015 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:If I should perform a strand test and find that the henna doesn't settle well (my hair is bleached), would I be able to return the rest of the bar? Would it still be able to be used, if so? I wouldn't want to waste a whole bar if it doesn't work for me!Asked on 4/6/2015 by Ceena from Philadelphia
A:You are more than welcome to return the bar if you find it doesn't work well for you. Unfortunately, we are unable to sell it afterwards since it has been used so if that is a concern for you, it might be a nice idea to re-gift it to someone who has been looking to go a shade darker as well!Answered on 4/6/2015 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:I have short hair and have never used anything to color it. I'm ready to try something to richen my existing brown w/red highlights. Does this product work well on short hair?
Also, do you have to use a special shampoo like you would for a chemical hair dye?
Thanks!Asked on 3/19/2015 by Mystified Missy from Grand Rapids, MI
A:Our Caca Marron would be great to enhance your current hair colour and it would work perfectly on your short hair! Our Copperhead shampoo bar would be a wonderful choice - it's perfect for colour-treated hair and the henna in the shampoo bar will also help to make your hair incredibly shiny!Answered on 3/20/2015 by Meg from LUSH Direct
A:I use about 1/3 a bar for my chin length hair, which makes it even less
expensive. In my hair it does a good job of bringing out a bit more of my
red highlights, especially when I have time to leave it for a couple of
hours.Answered on 3/19/2015 by Anonymous
Q:How do you do a strand test? Do you leave it in for the same amount of time? How do you keep it from getting into the rest of your hair? How much of the block do you use? Also, since it's a messy process, are the stains on the sink/floor/wherever permanent or do they clean up?Asked on 1/16/2015 by Kelsey from United States
A:You will need to pluck out a long strand of hair, leave it on for however long is necessary (usually 2-4 hours) and use as much as you think you'll need. You should be able to avoid stains by covering the areas with newspaper. Also, there are directions on the back of the Henna package.Answered on 3/21/2015 by Bri
A:To be honest, I have never done a strand test because it always seemed like
too much of a hassle. Not just for LUSH henna but even for chemical dyes.
I've always been OK with the results; just lucky I guess! I can answer
your last question however. The henna does not seem to stain sink or floor
so there is no problem there. It is a messy process, rather like putting
thick mud on your head and clumps fly everywhere. It helps to put down
newpaper to catch most of it. BTW, the henna never seemed to color my skin,
either, which is an advantage.Answered on 1/19/2015 by Nanote from Upstate NY
A:For a strand test, directions for this are on the henna package. Just take
a half a block and heat it and apply to a small part of the front of your
hair. May take up to 30 mins to take, my hair is thick so it took over an
hour for the full application. have fun kelseyAnswered on 1/16/2015 by Anonymous
A:I have used henna for over 20 years. Lush is the best I've found. Personally I never do a strand test, but... I would take a small section in the back or underneath. Coat it with henna and cover with plastic bag. Maybe a hair rubberband at the top of the bag? Leave on at least an hour. Henna leaves a splattered mud mess but it doesnt stain my sink or floor. It will stain clothing though, I wear a black tank top when doing my hair.
I say screw the strand test. Henna leaves my hair only slightly darker. I have sandy brown hair. I go for caca brun mixed with caca marron. The result is rich brown with red highlights. Henna leaves my hair wonderfully silky conditioned with glowing glossy red highlights. Henna simply fades gradually, no roots ever. Chemical dye has never touched my hair.
I say go for it! Good luck!Answered on 1/16/2015 by Anonymous
A:I didn't do the strand test, but I can answer your other questions. It is messy prep and does get everywhere when you are doing it, but it cleans up faster then any normal dye. I found that once I wrapped my head with the henna on it for it to sit, I started wiping down the counter immediately and had no problems and no staining. I used a rag I didn't care about to wipe it up in case it did stain and it didn't even stain the towel.Answered on 1/17/2015 by Christine from Denver, CO
Q:I have dark brown hair and would like an auburn color. I am afraid the Caca Marron wouldn't have much of an effect on my hair. Would I be better off using Caca Marron or Caca Rouge?Asked on 1/11/2015 by anonymous
A:If your hair is already quite dark you might be better off using Caca Rouge to give you an auburn tint. Either way, definitely do a strand test ahead of time to make sure you are happy with the results!Answered on 2/15/2015 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:I have dark brown hair and the ends are ombred to a light brown almost blond color. I am looking into using this product but am worried about how it will look on top of my previous ombre. Will the color from the henna ombre with my hair color?Asked on 1/2/2015 by Kaitlyn from Stony Point, NY
A:The henna will treat the different base colors in your hair differently, so you can expect it to show lighter on the lighter areas and darker on the darker areas. It's always best to do a strand test ahead of time to make sure that you are happy with the results.Answered on 2/13/2015 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:I"m a swimmer and i brought this and i was wondering if the Chlorine would effect the color and time. Like Chlorine is know to make hair dyes turn a green and i wonder if the Henna might do this also. Also i was wondering if it would decrease the color with time like hair dye.
Thanks MauraAsked on 11/28/2014 by The swimmer
A:Henna acts as a varnish and is permanent so there are no worries about the dye decreasing in colour. Also, it won't turn green, because it is completely natural!Answered on 11/29/2014 by Anonymous
A:I've never done chemical hair dye but I have seen the 'green' effect post chlorinated pool on others, Yikes!! I've done henna for 30 years regularly. I've also swam in a chlorine pool with no color change. However I know chlorine is horrible for your hair, I think it also shortens the lasting duration of henna treatment. Good luck!Answered on 11/28/2014 by Anonymous
Q:I did a strand test and it still is not red enough. I left it in for 2 1/2 hours. I like the brown color, but want more red. Can I mix the rouge with marron?Asked on 11/17/2014 by Tiffany from United States
A:You can mix the colours as you wish to create your own unique hair colour! If you're looking for a more intense red, I would suggest wrapping your head in saran wrap after applying the henna and blow drying it every now and then to keep it warm.Answered on 11/19/2014 by Serena from LUSH Direct
A:You probably could but it will also get redder of you wrap your hair on Saran wrap while it is on
Sent from my U.S. Cellular® SmartphoneAnswered on 11/18/2014 by Anonymous
A:At one point I wanted more brown/black and asked if I could mix marron with
noir. The answer directly from LUSH was a definite YES. I did mix blocks
of the different hennas so you can do it with marron and rouge and
experiment until you get the look you want.Answered on 11/18/2014 by Nanote from Upstate NY