caca rouge mama

How to dye your hair with Lush's Henna Caca Rouge Mama

This is my 3rd time using Lush Caca Rouge Mama Henna on my hair in the past 2 months. I’m trying to build up a deeper colour (I have naturally dark brown hair).

This is my hair before the Henna treatment. Note: I have thick hair and it is currently almost to my waist and yes very messy thank you. If you have shorter hair you will not need to use as much of the product as I am.

Prepare your bathroom! I cannot stress this enough. Henna is MESSY and you will need to take precautions.
We ran out of newspaper so I just ripped up an old magazine.
TIP: Your feet will stick to the newspaper/magazines and move them from their places so I like to use a lot of talcum powder on my feet to stop this from happening.

I have a lot of hair so I use 8 blocks of henna (it’s just enough). They come in packs of 6 cubes for $25.
6 cubes will be enough for anyone with shoulder length to bra strap length hair. (Or thin waist length hair). And you should only need 3 or 4 if you have shorter than shoulder hair.
Using a knife, chop it all up as fine as you can (this is time consuming so put on some music).

Sometimes the staff at Lush will give you some gloves and a small tub of ultrabalm (so nice of them!). Make sure to apply ultrabalm to your ENTIRE face, ears, inside ears, all over your neck and all over your arms. Trust me.

Now it’s time to get creative. Find an extra large garbage bag and make yourself a dress. (Rip arm and head holes). Now lets get cooking!

I like to add 1 tbsp of paprika, 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar and 2 tbsp’s of red wine to get a deeper red but you don’t have to add anything but water if you don’t want to.
Mix it all up in a double boiler, adding boiling water and stirring until you have a brownie batter consistency.
(I also take a jug of boiling water into the bathroom with me, to add as I go along to keep it hot).

This is how it should look. Yes, just like baby diarrhea!

Now get busy applying the henna to your roots (DO THIS FIRST or you’re gonna have a hard time). Start at the base of your neck and work your way forward. Massage it into your scalp and try not to miss any places.
Once your roots are covered, divide your hair into two sections (one either side of your face) and begin covering the length of your hair.
The henna will dry and crack off and scatter over your bathroom, this is normal. Keep pulling apart the dreadlocks you have created to make sure ALL the hair is covered.
Tip: Your hair will look like you have tree witch lady dreadlocks. This is a good way to find out if you will suit dreads!

FINISHED! Pile all the hair on top of your head. Distribute your hair evenly because the Henna will harden and it becomes VERY heavy.
Now we just need to cover the hair with cling wrap.

OK. Well done, if all went well that should have taken you about 1 to 1.5 hours to get it all on your head.
Now we wait. I usually wrap my head in a towel and the Henna has a tendency to drip/leak.
I will post an update once I’ve washed it all out in 5 hours time.

When first washed out don’t be alarmed by your new found Gingerness. It takes approximately 3 or 4 days for the color to mature. I’ll update each day with a photo so you can all see!

Happy Henna-ing!


Now, to make your life easier I suggest dunking your head in a bucket of warm water to get the majority of the gunk out. NOTE: If you are uncoordinated, I do not suggest this method.

This is about 20 mins after washing out my hair.
Tip: Do NOT use shampoo. Conditioner only x2

& This is once dry. LOVE IT!
I’ll edit it again in 2 days time with an updated photo of the final product!

Hope you all enjoyed, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask!