How to Use Lush Henna Hair Dye

Brilliant hair color, naturally

Love the sound of a natural, cruelty-free hair dye? Our henna hair dyes may be just the thing!

If you’re used to using conventional hair dyes, our hennas may look like curious inventions: they come in solid bricks that look like oversized chocolate bars, and are unpackaged except for a simple recycled paper sleeve. Have no fear—we’ve compiled all of our henna know-how right here to ensure you’ll get the best results possible!

Choosing your henna color

Before you select your shade, you should know that because our hennas all-natural products, they’ll produce natural results. That means they won’t lighten your hair, and if used on previously-dyed hair, the resulting color will look different on the colored versus virgin hair. Now let’s choose your shade:

Brun is a rich chocolate brown shade that will add depth and shine to any hair color.

Noir is our darkest shade with a touch of indigo for lustrous raven-colored locks. This one is best used on hair that’s already medium-to-dark in color.

Rouge is our reddest henna shade. Results will be vibrant and fiery on lighter or gray hair, and darker locks will take on a deep crimson sheen that’s especially visible in the sunlight.

Marron creates a sophisticated chestnut hue when applied to medium hair, and a brighter auburn shade on lighter or gray hair.

I’ve got my henna, now what?

Here’s where the fun starts! First of all, we insist you do a test strand in an inconspicuous area before you go ahead and henna your entire head of hair. Follow the instructions below, but only mix up enough dye for a 1-inch strand of hair. After washing out the henna, wait 24 hours as the color will continue to develop. If you’re happy with the results, go full steam ahead.

Applying henna

Applying henna


Here’s what you’ll need for a successful application:

- Rubber gloves

- Heatproof bowl

- Saucepan

- Mixing spoon

- Cling film (optional)

- Dark-colored towels

- Newspapers to protect the floor

- Clips to section the hair

Let’s get started

1. First, lay newspapers down where you plan to do your application. There’s no question: things are bound to get a little messy! 

2. Break your henna into a few large pieces in a heat-resistant bowl and add hot (nearly boiling) water sparingly. Mix with your spoon until it’s the consistency of melted chocolate, adding water as necessary. For shoulder-length hair and longer, use the entire brick. For shorter hair, use half of the brick or less.

3. Place your bowl in a saucepan of simmering water to keep it warm while you apply. Ensure the henna is cool enough to comfortably touch the skin, then get started.

4. Wearing your rubber gloves, apply the henna to your dry hair. Work in sections and apply from root to tip. Please note: henna should never be applied to broken skin or anywhere near the eye area.

5. Leave the henna on your hair for two to four hours. Note: indigo, which is present in Marron, Brun and Noir hennas, requires oxygen to develop to its full rich color, so be sure to expose your hair to the air during this time. For Rouge henna, feel free to wrap in cling film.

6. Wash the henna mixture from the hair using warm water and shampoo—it may take a couple of washes to completely remove the henna. Finish up with conditioner.

Voila, now revel in your shiny, gorgeous locks.

Note: we do not recommend chemical processing (conventional dye, perm, relaxing etc.) on hair that’s been dyed using henna.