1. Break henna up into large pieces and put in a heatproof bowl. 2. Add hot water and let steep. Mix to a batter-like consistency. 3. Put on gloves and apply from back to front, coating hair thoroughly. 4. Leave on for two to four 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.
This product does not contain animal products of any kind.
This product does not contain animal products of any kind.
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This product may melt if shipped to a warm location.
Mysterious blue-black hair color treatment
The darkest of our henna blocks, Caca Noir is made from a blend of the finest Persian henna and deep blue indigo hues to leave hair soft, glossy, and deeply conditioned. If you have dark hair, you’ll end up with a rich blue-black tint that blends magnificently with reddish hues. As with all our hennas, the more frequently you use Caca Noir, the more the color will intensify. After the first use, expect your hair to turn several shades darker. However, to truly release your darker side, keep applying every 4-6 weeks.
- For hair as dark as possible: Best suited to dark hair to create a mysterious blue-black gloss.
- Which way do you go?: Air dry for a bluer finish, or wrap in cling film for a redder glow to your locks.
- Feeling blue: Real indigo is made from the leaves of the indigo herb and has a history of use in traditional dyeing techniques.
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Q:I tried henna (caca noir) on my hair about 4 months ago. How long do I have to wait before I chemically dye it? I don't want to go lighter, just a dark color to cover my grays. I contacted a couple salons, and they said they will not dye a hair that's henna treated. Is there any chemical dye in particular that I should stay away from?Asked on 9/26/2014 by LEA from Seattle, WA
A:As far as I am aware of, there is no particular chemical dye that you should stay away from. I would suggest waiting about 4 to 8 weeks before using any chemical dye.Answered on 9/28/2014 by Anonymous
A:I can't imagine why the salons had that response. LUSH henna is excellent
for your hair and leaves it in better condition if anything, I have gone
back and forth between the henna and chemical dyes from a box, done at
home, to cover the stubborn grays and I have never had any kind of
reaction. I use Natural Instincts. I really wish I needed nothing but the
LUSH, which is how it used to be, but as I have gotten older, I find the
grays are VERY stubborn.Answered on 9/27/2014 by Nanote from Upstate NY
Q:My hair is dark brown with reddish highlights (natural) I've used the Brun henna and it was a lovely rich brown.I wanted something a bit darker but not black. Can I mix the noir and Brun to achieve this if so what ratio Brun to noir? I have thick hair a few inches past my shoulders (bra band.length) thank you!Asked on 9/15/2014 by Shi from san antonio tx
A:You can absolutely combine the two for a darker brown. As far as the ratio goes, I would recommend doing a test strand with a 50-50 mix and take it from there! If the strand is a tad on the lighter side, add more black. If it turns out too dark, add more brown! It's also important to remember that henna will naturally obtain richer hues as it oxidizes a couple days after the treatment.Answered on 9/25/2014 by Rene from LUSH Direct
Q:My hair is about 2-3 inches below my shoulder, how much of this should i use?Asked on 7/31/2014 by meredith
A:Depending on the thickness of your hair, you will likely need three or four squares. It is always best to start by mixing less, and adding more if need be.Answered on 9/25/2014 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:At least 4 blocks.Answered on 8/1/2014 by Nanote from Upstate NY
Q:Can this be used to dye eyebrows as well?Asked on 7/24/2014 by Annie
A:We only test our henna on the dyeing of the hair on the head. I would not recommend that you use it on your eyebrows as we can't safely tell you what the results would be.Answered on 9/12/2014 by Anonymous
A:i wouldn't use it for that. It's extremely messy.Answered on 7/25/2014 by Anonymous
Q:Hi, I have light brown hair (it has a little red in it) and I'd really like to get my hair to a dark black. Is my hair too light for the dye to make such a drastic change? Would it require multiple dye jobs?Asked on 7/21/2014 by Victoria from Houston, TX
A:It may require a couple of treatments in order to get the results you are looking for, as the Caca Noir tends to intensify and build each time you use it. We would suggest doing a strand test ahead of time to make sure you are happy with the results!Answered on 9/25/2014 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:I'm African-American with chemically relaxed hair that is naturally a dark brown but nearly black. What henna dye would be the best option to achieve a warm brown hue on my hair?Asked on 6/25/2014 by AmandaPanda from Davie, FL
A:Henna works to add color to the hair, but unfortunately, won't lighten the hair at all. If you are looking to go from a darker color to a lighter one, henna won't likely give you the results you are looking for. By using the Caca Brun, you will likely just notice a little more shine to the hair, and perhaps a subtle difference in the sunlight.Answered on 9/25/2014 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:I have hair that goes to my knees and is fairly thick and naturally soft black...my question is, how much will I need to cover that much hair? I typically use about 3 or 4 bottles of chemical dye when I color my hair but I'm trying to get away from chemicals and find something that will actually cover the grey that's been popping up lately. HELPAsked on 5/25/2014 by Doaner from COLORADO
A:You will likely need at least two full bars of the henna, maybe even a little bit more depending on the thickness. It is probably best to purchase three, and you are always more than welcome to return the third if you don't end up using it.Answered on 9/25/2014 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:Wow, I don't think I've ever seen anyone with hair to their knees! To be
perfectly honest, and even though I am a hugh LUSH fan, I think it may be
very difficult to cover that much hair with this henna. I too have and
still use chemical dyes and as you know, the consistency is liquid, cream
or foam and relatively easy to disperse though hair. The henna
preparation, however, is the consistency of thick-ish mud and not so easy
to spread. You would be able to cover your scalp I guess but trying to
adequately cover all the rest of your hair would be tricky. You
would really have to do it outside because the mess would be considerable.
Even when I had really short hair, the mud-like henna would wind up all
over the bathroom sink; I learned to spread it with old newspaper first.
And then you really have to leave it on for several hours to get the
result. I hate to sound like Debbie Downer but I am trying to be helpful.
Finally, to answer your actual question, I used one square (1/6 of the
block) for short hair above my ears. Now that my hair is chin length I
would use 2 or 3 squares or 1/3 ot 1/2 of the block. In your case I would
guess you'd need at least 2 full blocks. Which by the way is close to $50
US. Hope this helps, :(Answered on 5/27/2014 by Nanote from Upstate NY
Q:Should my hair be clean when I start this process? Should I wash my hair first or can i just start with dirty hair? Thanks!Asked on 4/14/2014 by Excited about henna from Jacksonville, FL
A:Your hair does not have to be freshly washed to apply the henna as long as there is not a lot of product buildup on the hair!`Answered on 5/3/2014 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
Q:I have hair about 2 inches above my elbow that is medium thickness and my friend has hair about the same length but very thick. We want to dye our hair with this henna. How many packages of henna should we buy? I was guessing 2 but I'm not sure.Asked on 4/8/2014 by ChicaLoo
A:Your hair will probably only require one block of henna (all six squares) but your friend's will probably require one and a half to two full blocks (9-12 squares.)Answered on 4/11/2014 by Kendra M from LUSH Direct
A:You'll probably need a whole block (all six sections) for the length of
your hair, but your friend will need a block and a half or so for her
length and thickness.Answered on 4/9/2014 by Anonymous
Q:I was told by a Lush employee to use a blender or grater for my caca noir and use luke-warm to cool water if I wanted the blue-black to show through, because the heat will kill the indigo, and then keep it uncovered. Is this true? Or does not having the hot water stop the henna from processing correctly?Asked on 3/19/2014 by Val from Ann Arbor, MI
A:There's no need to grate or blend your Les Cacas, as you just need to heat the little blocks to melt them into a lovely dye. You will need to use heat, the product should not be lukewarm or cool, or else the bar will not melt or take to the hair. If you have any further questions, please give our experts a call at 1-888-733-5874Answered on 4/2/2014 by Megan from LUSH Direct
A:I had not heard of this method before, so I just gave it a try. I grated
the henna block, just like the employee had said (I used the tiniest
grater, to get it as fine as possible) and let the mixture sit in my hair
uncovered for almost four hours. I can tell you that I did end up with
darker results than normal. It's much closer to black, and while my hair
is naturally super dark, I can really see the difference, but as for the
blue half of that blue black you're looking for, I don't think it achieved
that. I have a lot of different temperature lights in my apartment (I'm a
professional product and landscape photographer) and have checked it out
under the varieties I have. The temperature of my hair color is pretty
neutral. There's no blue showing up, but at the same time, there's no
red. I hope this helps answer your question! You'll definitely get a much
darker brown-to-black if you grate it, use the room temperature water, and
don't cover it, but a bold "blue-black" will not happen with the Caca Noir
block. Sorry!Answered on 3/19/2014 by Anonymous
A:It is somewhat true.
I use a grater and I use luke-warm water.
Here's some more info:
The color is much more intense if you do it again
the next day or, better yet, for 3 days in a
row. If you have that amount of time, this, to
me, is the best method. Break up the block so you
can use it 2-3 separate times. This depends on
your hair length. I have shoulder-length hair.
Use a cheese grater – this seems to work best on indigo.
When pouring the water just remember: you can
easily add some more water, but it's much harder to take it out again!
If you would like the blueish tint, you should go
with colder water – water at 50 degrees Celsius
(122 Fahrenheit). Do not use boiling water
because the indigo activates within 15-30 minutes
so you don't to waste extra time for the dye to
cool down before you can get it on your hair.
To thoroughly rinse it out of long hair you
really need to stick your head under a bath faucet (or a hose, if its summer).
Use cool (not hot) water to rinse.
Rinse it out with just water – no shampoo, conditioner, or hair products.
Using a wide-toothed comb helps to get some of the grit out.
Use shampoo and conditioner the day after all 3 treatments.
I hope this helps.Answered on 3/19/2014 by Anonymous
Q:why is my hair green after using this product and how do i get rid of the greenAsked on 2/21/2014 by the girl who waited from oxford uk
A:Baking soda may help, but it will probably strip away the rest of the color too.Answered on 7/31/2014 by meredith from md
A:Caca Noir should only be used on hair that was black or dark brown prior to application. Otherwise, lighter hair will turn green tinged due to the henna plant. We always tell customers to do a strand-test on a small, hidden patch of hair before applying the henna to your entire head so that you can see exactly how the henna is going to work. Washing your hair more frequently will strip the henna faster, but it is a permanent dye so it will take some time before it is completely gone. Look for shampoos with more naturally stripping ingredients like citrus juices, sea salt, and vinegar to help with this process.Answered on 4/2/2014 by Kendra M from LUSH Direct
Q:I have dark brown hair but after my first application of henna my hair turned red. i applied it 2 more times and my hair turned light reddish brown which does not look so great on me. after all 3 applications the roots appear to be the black that i crave and the rest is a light reddish brown. on all 3 occasions i left the henna hair dye for over 7 hours.
what do i have to do to get all my hair black or darker?Asked on 2/5/2014 by anny from miami, fl
A:The red in this henna (as well as all of our henna products) will be more pronounced if it's covered or exposed to heat as it sits in the hair, so if you tend to cover your hair when you apply Caca Noir, try leaving it uncovered, and the darker side of it should come through more. I'd recommend trying this with a strand test first, just to make sure!Answered on 3/25/2014 by Brandy from LUSH
Q:Does this fade over time, or will I have to cut or bleach my hair to remove it?Asked on 2/1/2014 by RM from United States
A:Our hennas are permanent dyes so while you might notice a slight fading over time, they will not fully wash out of the hair. We recommend doing a strand test with the product ahead of time to ensure that you are happy with the color before committing to coloring the whole head.Answered on 3/21/2014 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:It will fade over time. I don't think that the combination of
bleaching and henna is a good one. I wouldn't recommend it.Answered on 2/1/2014 by Anonymous
I want to try this product.I want to use it to cover up my grey hair. My concern is, if I use this will I get more grey hair like other chemical based hair colors?Asked on 1/13/2014 by nam1800 from dallas, TX
A:Henna is a gentle hair dye and is not responsible for causing grey hairs. However, grey hairs are extremely stubborn and difficult to dye with henna, so you might end up with an undesirable green hue to your hair if you have a lot of them. We suggest testing the henna on a small, hidden section of your hair to see what the results will be before applying it to your entire head.Answered on 3/8/2014 by Kendra M from LUSH Direct
Q:I have natural blonde, never dyed hair. I want a new color for just a short amount of time and then for my hair to go back to its natural. So would this damage my natural color? And would it fade to a strange color? I have shoulder length hair I shampoo every other day. I just want to be able to get my natural hair back without doing anything extra.Asked on 12/27/2013 by Becka from Buffalo, NY
A:Our hennas are permanent hair dyes, so I would not suggest using them if you are interested in something that will only last a short amount of time. Further, blonde hair does not take the henna dyes very well, and your hair may end up an undesirable color (greenish, blueish, or orangeish.)Answered on 2/26/2014 by Kendra M from LUSH Direct
Q:I have hair that's somewhere between medium and dark brown hair, with lighter ends from sun exposure. I'd like to get deep deep brown hair. Might that work with this product (or another henna?) I don't want to go completely black.Asked on 11/15/2013 by lj
A:I would recommend that you try our Caca Brun henna instead of the Caca Noir. Caca noir contains indigo, which can produce cool blueish-purple highlights. Caca brun has a warmer tint to it and will likely turn your hair a chestnut brown. The "deepness" of a henna dye increases over repeated applications, so if it doesn't happen the first time, keep trying. I would highly suggest trying a strand test before use!Answered on 11/28/2013 by Anonymous
A:I too have medium brown as my natural color (with ash overtones and a noticeable amount of grey). If you're going for a deep brown, I'd recommend the caca brun over the noir. Caca noir contains indigo, which produces cool bluish-purple highlights. Caca brun has a warmer tint. The "deepness" of a henna dye increases over repeated applications, so if it doesn't happen the first time, keep trying. Good luck and have fun!Answered on 11/17/2013 by Anonymous
Q:I have partial highlight in my hair. How long should I wait before use henna on my hair?Asked on 10/20/2013 by Apple from Wood River, IL
A:This may be dependent on how light your highlights are upon use. In most circumstances, it will make your hair looks more natural and darker. I would highly recommend you try a strand test on your highlight before use.Answered on 11/28/2013 by Anonymous
A:I had permanent highlights in my hair for several months and still decided to use the henna on my hair. It worked out fine for me. It really depends on how light your highlights are. If they're really light, you may want to wait for them to fade out a little bit if you want your hair to all be one color. For me, it made my highlights just a little bit darker, but I like it because it looks more natural. Honestly, if you follow all the instructions on how to use the henna, you should be fine. Practice makes perfect!Answered on 10/21/2013 by Anonymous
Q:I have been chemically dying my hair for years. I have naturally dirty blonde hair and I dye it dark brown. I used the noir color for a dark color and it did not take. How long should I wait until I use chemical hair dye? Or would attempting to henna my hair again give me better results?Asked on 8/25/2013 by Alicia Sias
A:We definitely recommend waiting at least 6-8 weeks before switching to a chemical dye simply because they treat the hair much differently. Indigo henna will continue to darken over the course of a couple of days so you will likely find that it intensifies day by day. You are more than welcome to use it again, as the color will likely build with a second application!Answered on 10/9/2013 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:My hairdressser friend said to wait at least 6 weeks before or after any chemical treatment.
My best results with the Caca Noir is to divide the entire block into three and to use it for 3 consecutive days. I leave it on for 3 hours and rinse with cool water. I shampoo and condition on the day after the 3rd day.
Also, using a cheese grater helps me.
If you want the blueish tint, as do I, use cooler water - water at 50 degrees Celsius.
I hope this helps.Answered on 8/25/2013 by Anonymous
Q:Has anyone ever tried combining the CaCa Noir Mama and the CaCa Marron? Do the colors blend well?Asked on 7/18/2013 by Bets from PA
A:Many customers find success with mixing henna colors, or doing an initial treatment with one color, and then a second treatment with another. Feel free to do what works best for you, and as always, we recommend a strand test ahead of time to ensure you are happy with the results!Answered on 10/4/2013 by Melissa S from LUSH Direct
A:Yes, is the short answer. I have all the henna colours and mix them according to the season. AND if you've made the henna too runny you can add coffee to thicken it.Answered on 7/30/2013 by Karin from East Timor
Q:can you dye your hair different henna colors? Ex: I did it black now i want red, can I do that with different henna?Asked on 6/26/2013 by missy
A:You can certainly mix and match with our hennas, as you can re-apply them as frequently as you'd like, but if you go for a darker shade, do take note that henna cannot lighten dark hair, so it wouldn't be possible to do directly from black to vibrant red.Answered on 10/4/2013 by Brandy from LUSH