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Q:I have medium brown hair, but my hair always pulls red when I dye it. Would Coco Noir be a better option than Marron or Brun b/c it is indigo based rather than a red base if I do not want to make my hair pull red?Asked on 6/16/2015 by Carey from Washington, DC
A:Yes, definitely, because the indigo will make your hair blue black rather than brighten the reds.Answered on 6/19/2015 by Pauline
A:Yes, the Noir would give you the best results. My hair does the same thing when I try to dye it, but I've never ever had red results from the noir.
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Q:My hair has been dyed many time before mostly unnatural colours. And right now I have a very short undercut with brassy blonde and my natural dark brown on the side and brassy blonde and silver on the top. Will the silver portion make the dye come out more blue-y?Asked on 4/28/2015 by Cayn
A:The main henna in our Caca Noir is indigo, which will not work the best for blonde hair and will turn blondes into a greenish-blue hue. I would suggest a layering our hennas, starting with our Caca Rouge because it dyes blonde a lot better and then from there work your way to Caca Noir!Answered on 4/29/2015 by Pauline
Q:Does the henna used in these blocks contain metallic salts or any added ingredients?Asked on 3/12/2015 by Deanna
A:Our Henna does not contain metallic salts. All of our ingredients are listed online, on each page for each product. There are no ingredients we use that are not listed on our website. Our Henna is super gentle and ultra nourishing!Answered on 3/21/2015 by Alexander from LUSH Direct
Q:i have black naturally curly hair. I have dyed my hair with henna in the past, and it relaxed my curls to the point of having bone straight hair for a year...is this product any different? has anyone with curly hair noticed a difference in their curl pattern?Asked on 3/11/2015 by curly sue
A:Our Caca hair colors are actually specific recipe's that we have created that use Indigo Henna as a color ingredient. They are designed to be super gentle and hydrating on the hair. They do not claim to change the natural curl or shape of your hair in any way. The Henna will coat the hair, giving it a bit more volume but I can't say it will straighten or curl you hair with any confidence as it is not intended for this purpose.Answered on 3/21/2015 by Alexander from LUSH Direct
Q:After dying my hair with the henna, would I still be able to heat style it as normal? Would the henna affect the outcome?Asked on 3/4/2015 by Melanie from Webster, MA
A:You're all good! Feel free to style as normal - your hair will be incredibly soft, shiny, and nourished, so go ahead and style away.Answered on 3/8/2015 by Meg from LUSH Direct
Q:My mother can't use hair dye products that has ammonia or such chemicals in it. Can you tell me if this product would be safe for her to use? she wants to try this but is wondering if it would be safe?Asked on 2/22/2015 by sabahkhan from Vienna, Virginia
A:Henna is natural and doesn't have harsh chemicals like peroxide or ammonia, so it should be safe for anyone. Unless she's also allergic to an ingredient, then it should be fine. :)Answered on 3/21/2015 by Liv from Jacksonville, FL
A:All of our ingredients are listed online beside each product on the website. There are a tone of great nourishing and protecting ingredients in our Caca's that make the recipe's super effective. Ingredients like Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter and Irish Moss Powder. These recipes are super effective and gentle.Answered on 3/21/2015 by Alexander from LUSH Direct
Q:Does it can cover white hair for elders?Asked on 1/29/2015 by amy from FL
A:No, our Caca Noir does not cover grays. Although, if you'd like to try our Caca Rouge that actually gives really amazing gray coverage, it will just be a bit of a process achieving a darker color, because you have to layer the hennas to get to your desired black hair.Answered on 2/14/2015 by Anonymous
A:It will have *an* effect, but not anything near the same effect as it would on hair that has not grayed. I think it's a combination of the loss of pigment and the change in texture that occurs with gray hairs, they are very tricky to color. I would definitely spot test it before applying it to your whole head. I know I have received samples of other products in store, but I am not sure if they offer it with this product- can't hurt to ask! I have tried all of the options, and all provide a light reddish effect on my grays. Caca rouge and caca maroon tend to be more orange, while caca brun and caca noir have a bit more brown to them (but not a lot).Answered on 2/5/2015 by Jaime from Seattle, WA
Q:Hello! My hair is naturally medium to dark brown with lighter ends from sun exposure. It's also very thin, but very long, probably a half inch past my elbows. I haven't dyed my hair in a long time so I want to try something new! I want to darken it up to almost black and I'd love to have the indigo-purple accent with it. I need to stay away from red! I read that the noir henna sometimes has a blue tint with dark hair, so I'm hoping this would be the best choice.
My question is, how much of it would I have to use with my hair length and texture to get it like this? And what tips should I do to aid in a darker and blue-purplish tint?Asked on 1/19/2015 by Kayla from Lafayette, IN
A:I would suggest using 2 - 3 packages for hair of your length, it is hard to say exactly without seeing your exact hair thickness. I would always get the extra and air on the side of caution. The reason Caca Noir has such a lovely dark color is because we use indigo. Indigo develops through oxidization, so instead of wrapping your hair in plastic (like we recommend with the reds) you should have it exposed to the air as much as possible. I even suggest moving it around to let it air out in other sections as it develops.
As with any henna color, to get it's deepest shades possible you can layer it. So if you want your hair to be darker after the initial application, don't be scared to layer on another one to get the effect you are looking for.Answered on 3/21/2015 by Lana from LUSH Direct
A:Hey! I have long hair (about to my waist) and I had never dyed my hair before... My hair is dark but I wanted that indigo look and to kind of get some good color out of it (more depth) so I used the Noir. I used a whole block... it was kind of messy, so definitely be prepared to clean up after, but it works amazing. Looooove the color. I left it in for about 8 hours (slept with it wraped) and since it was wrapped it didn't oxidize as much as I wanted and it ended up just black with a teeny bit of blue/red hue in bright light, but more black than anything. I am going to use another block tomorrow to get the indigo affect I wanted and to condition my hair. The smell is VERY strong, but herbal-y and I like it... but it's very strong. If you want blue; keep it unwrapped and keep it in for a good long while. It's really conditioning and made my hair super shiny and strong.Answered on 2/16/2015 by Michele from St. Louis, MO
Q:One block = how many henna treatments? Is one block for one application?Asked on 12/31/2014 by Blakew
A:Hi there! Thanks for your question! Yes one block of henna is for one treatment!Answered on 1/2/2015 by Anonymous
A:i can safely say it depends on how long your hair is.... if short possibly
5-6 if long about 3Answered on 1/2/2015 by Anonymous
Q:I dyed my hair with Caca Noir and liked it a lot. However, I want to go darker. How long do I have to wait to use the henna again? Can I do it right away?Asked on 11/29/2014 by Cats from Philadelphia
A:Our Henna is safe and gentle to use daily if you really wanted to do so. If you want it darker then you will have to keep reapplying henna until the desired effect is achieved.Answered on 12/3/2014 by Jenean from LUSH DIRECT
A:you can use it again the next day even if you feel you need to go darker.
It is all natural so you're not hurting your hair.Answered on 12/1/2014 by Anonymous
A:I've heard that you cannot use permanent dyes after a henna dye-job but,
unfortunately, I'm not sure if another coat of henna would damage your
hair. If you know anyone who has some experience with hair/cosmetology, I
would ask them for a more definite answer!Answered on 11/29/2014 by Anonymous
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:Former cosmetologist here. I'm actually reading the reviews because I'd like to switch to henna rather than chemical as well. Here's the story with Salons not wanting to mess with it. They teach us (probably within the first few weeks of school) that Chemical hair color used on top of METALLIC dyes can (and via chemistry class style demonstration) actually combust. Now, that demo was literally a strand of hair that was colored with metallic dye and then immediately saturated with chemical color. HOWEVER! The LUSH henna does not appear to actually contain the metallic elements that cause this. I suggest doing a thorough strand test on the most recently colored section of your hair first. Get a cheap box of color (usually the harshest), cut a good strand of hair, soak it in the color for at least 30 min, rinse and dry and if that doesn't damage it, you should be fine. (Just throw out that box color after the strand test though, don't actually use that mess on your hair.) Hope this helps!Answered on 5/6/2015 by Chriss from Charlotte, NC
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