How to use henna

What happens when you mix the finest Persian henna, Fair Trade organic cocoa butter (100% traceable back to the source) and inspiration from the ancient Chinese tradition of carrying tea? Great results. No s**t.

Lush Henna is a natural, organic hair dye that works like a varnish over your natural hair colour to coat every strand in glorious colour. Using a herbal hair dye like henna has multiple benefits: every shade is completely unique to you; emerging roots look subtle compared to synthetic dye alternatives; and your hair gains an additional protective layer, boosting condition and gloss. What’s more, it’s a fun activity for a night in at home and with these instructions it’s easy to apply too.​

Which shade will you choose?

Indigo herb and ground coffee mingle with henna in Brun for above the shoulder smoulder in rich, chocolate colours.​

If you choose Rouge, you might want to pop the fire brigade on speed dial; fiery, brightening fresh, organic lemon juice creates smoking hot reds.​

mixes dark coffee with fresh, organic lemon juice to evoke autumnal warmth in all seasons with shining, chestnut shades.​

In Noir, indigo herb takes centre stage for gloss in deep, dark midnight shades. A touch of red henna promotes shine (but won’t bring out any red tones).​

How to henna:

Get your caca together! You will need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • Bain-marie or a heatproof bowl in a saucepan
  • Stirring spoon
  • Newspapers on the floor
  • Clips to section your hair
  • Dark coloured towels
  • Cling film/shower cap (optional). Protective balm, like Ultrabland or Ultrabalm.
  • Colouring brush to apply henna (or just use gloved hands)

Strand test:

To make sure you are completely happy with the results, always complete a strand test (this is particularly important if you have chemically treated your hair in any way). The colour will continue to develop for up to 24 hours after application.​

Add boiling water to a small amount of henna in a heatproof bowl and use rubber gloves to apply to a section of hair about half an inch wide. Leave for up to three hours, shampoo and rinse out. If you are satisfied with the colour after 24 hours, apply the henna to the rest of the hair.​

ps.) If over 40% of your hair is grey, remember to include some in your strand test. After using henna, grey hairs sparkle brighter than dark ones, so expect vibrant results.​

How to use:

(It’s as easy as 1,2,3,4)​

  1. Smooth a protective balm like Ultrabalm around the hairline - or beard line - to ensure your skin is not accidentally tinted.
  2. Break your henna block into chunks and place into a bain-marie or heatproof bowl over a saucepan of hot water. Cover the henna with boiling water and stir until the mixture resembles melted chocolate. The hotter the henna, the better the results.
  3. Wearing rubber gloves, apply the henna evenly to clean, dry hair. For best results, work from the roots to the tips, starting from the back of the hair and moving towards the front. During the application, ensure the henna stays comfortably hot in a bain-marie or saucepan.
  4. Leave for at least one hour; up to two hours is recommended. Rinse off your henna with shampoo. The colour will continue to develop for up to 24 hours (and up to 48 hours if you’re using Brun or Noir).

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Good to know:

  • Henna hair colour is safe to use as often as you like. Try multiple applications to build intense colour. 
  • Wrapping your hair in cling film or a shower cap and keeping it warm will give redder results; a long, steamy bath is ideal! Alternatively, leaving hair unwrapped creates darker shades.​
  • On grey hair, the colours will appear lighter and more vibrant. If you're looking for a more subtle shade, it may be best to layer up  multiple henna applications. Start with rouge before layering other colours on top. It's recommended to do a strand test on a hidden section of hair each time to test the colour before going all out. 

Ready to turn some heads? If you’d like to see others’ results using henna or share your own, check out the hashtag #LushHenna on Instagram and Twitter.

Comments (84)


about 2 days ago

Because I am lazy! and have natural red hair that I just want to boost a bit from time to time I often make up 1-2 squares of the henna rouge block as per instructions and mix it in equal quantities with jasmine and henna fluff ease conditioner then apply this to the hair and leave for 20-60 minutes Gives a nice boost but not too much, and gives the lovely gloss to the hair


about 3 months ago

First off a warning to anyone considering using Lush Henna - it does NOT wash out and does not fade. The colour will continue to darken after use, so please be aware of that - DO A STRAND TEST. Henna is a PERMANENT DYE !!! It is VERY hard to remove it - you can only lighten it. Lush Henna - used as instructed - all over hair will make your hair ORANGE! not red - see the pic of the guy on this post.. the orange bits - that is the colour. I have used Lush henna to create a beautiful golden colour. NOTE - I have red hair that faded in the sun to blond.. I wanted my red back. To do this I crumbled a FEW bits of the henna into hot water. Applied it to DRY hair for no more than 5 mins.. then washed out. This is the way I now use LUSH - AFTER making the mistake of using it all over, and starting to go orange - I panicked, managed to fade the colour with oil and vodka (yes - google it) and now - thankfully - my hair is perfect. BUT BE WARNED - this is POWERFUL stuff - it does NOT fade in 6-12 weeks the colour will get less intense.. but only marginally.. BE WARNED!!! PLEASE!


about 4 months ago

Would definitely recommend using Lush Henna - I will say though that if you are thinking of using it, make sure you're ready to commit to that colour as it's difficult to dye over henna with chemical dyes, in most cases you either have to have it stripped (which damages the hair) or just cut it off. I had light blonde hair when I first Henna'd my hair 6 months ago, using a mixture of marron and noir and it's still a mousy brown colour that I've tried dying over with dark boxed dyes, but the boxed dyes fade almost immediately because the henna varnishes the hair and prevents the dye from getting into the hair follicle


about 4 months ago

Hi, I bought a block of rouge but didn't get round to using it until a year later. I used it two weeks ago on naturally light brown hair but there are no obvious results. Could that be because the block of henna wasn't used until a year later? Any advice? Thanks


about 4 months ago

Hi, I'm Not From Lush But I Do Know A lot As One Of My Family Members Worked There(Also As I Love Lush To The Moon and Beyond) And Yes It Is Because Of It Being Old, I Found when Using Rouge To Use A Lush Dry Shampoo After Use To Protect It And When Using Certain Ones It Can Make it Look Even Nicer! The Colour In The Hair Dye Can Fade When Not In Use In Long Time Periods Unless Kept In A Good Temperature Hope You Found This Useful!

about 4 months ago

Hello, My hair is dark brown and I bought the black henna because I like them darker. A friend gave me left over of her red henna, also from you and I was thinking maybe creating few red highlights. Will it be ok to do it over the black? Or should I do the highlight first and then protect them doing the black? What do you recommand? Thanks


about 6 months ago

Hello I’ve just purchased my first henna bar from you guys,great video above,very interesting,but erm my question is this, I’ve brought the rouge bar,how red does it come out and I was thinking of useing trichomania afterwards to wash the hair as normal,is this a suitable product that won’t interact with the henna and therefor wash the colour out and leave bland and flat?


about 7 months ago

Hi, I need your knowledge please. I have used Caca Marron for a few months now. I would like to try Caca Rouge, but I am a bit afraid of becoming too sparkling red. My original hair colour is light brown. My questions are: 1. If I use Caca Rouge on my hair which have been dyed with Caca Marron, then later at the root regrowth there will be only Caca Rouge on, will there be a difference? (So does Caca Rouge make a different result when it is dyed onto Caca Marron?) 2. If I try Caca Rouge but I feel not liking it, can I simply dye it with Caca Marron again to have the colour I had before? I am really waiting to your reply.


about 6 months ago

Highly recommend it,I used one full bar of rouge and and one small cube of the noir because I wanted a darker tone I also added fresh ground coffee beans and chopped fresh cherries and WOW!!!! It came out chocolate/coffee/gingery red but not too gingery and my grey hairs are gorgeous copper highlights now,defo useing this agin


about 8 months ago

Hi, looking into getting one of the marron bars; my hair is currently a dyed light brown/chestnut would this work straight on it or would I have to strip my hair back to my natural colour first?
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