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Lush Deep Dive: FAQs About Henna Hair Dye


(catchy intro music)
(water splashing) – Hey everybody, we are
talking about henna. So Henna has been used
for thousands of years, originating in Indian
culture, in African culture and used for decorating the
skin as well as the hair. So that tradition has
continued through the ages and we’re lucky enough to have four henna products here at Lush. We have four different colors so we have rouge, which is red. We have marron, which is
like a chestnut color. Brun, which is brown, and we have noir, which is black. So the rouge is red henna only and then all the other ones
have the addition of indigo. And indigo is also kind
of originates in India. It’s also just another
really simple plant. So it’s the mixes of the
color between rouge and indigo that give you the color variations. Depending on the texture of your hair and if you have processed it before, the color might take up a little bit more or a little bit less. So because Hasenta’s hair is
almost like slick with health, it’s gonna give this lovely glaze of color but it’s not gonna be anything too crazy. However, if your hair is quite long, so that’s usually gonna
mean it’s drier at the ends or it’s just, it’s been
in the world longer than the rest of your hair, it is gonna suck up the color
and stay around a lot longer. That also goes for if
you have very curly hair. That means that the cuticle of your hair is kind of fanned out
’cause it’s curling around and so the henna just
has more opportunities, more little nooks and
crannies to settle into. But what color is it gonna be? It’s gonna be a little bit
different for everybody. The porosity of your
hair is going to affect how much color it takes up and the lightness of your hair. If you’re starting out with lighter hair, it’s gonna look more vibrant because you’re starting off with a lighter color. If you have a darker hair,
it’s just gonna give you that lovely sheen of color,
and then it builds over time. People who use this for years on end have the most rich, beautiful color because it kinda builds on itself. One thing that I would
definitely recommend to do if you’re not sure, it’s your first time, is to do a strand test and to do a strand test,
what I would recommend to do is to get a lock of hair from, you know, from underneath here,
just pull that forward, do a little strand test and then let that sit
for a couple of hours and then see what you got. That’s gonna give you
a really good indicator of how the rest of your
head it gonna look. So if you like that, go for
it for the rest of your head. Because you had mentioned that
you had done some processing, what I’m gonna do is
I’m gonna kind of stick to just the roots first.
– Okay. – And then I’m gonna kind of come back and do all the ends and
that way it will just get a little bit more time on
the roots where the hair has had that break. The more porous the hair is, the more it’s gonna take up the color. So we want to kind of like
even it out a little bit by giving some more time to the root and a little less time to the end. In the grand scheme of
things, it, you know, won’t be like a ton of time but it will be enough that it will give
it some more even color. Up to like, about here–
– Yeah. – That’s super healthy. And then you can see like
a little more effects of the processing after that. So when it is a little more
processed, that’s gonna, basically what it’s doing is kind of like ruffling up the cuticle of your hair and so, if you imagine the henna, it just wants to like settle into every little nook and cranny. So if it’s like nice and slick, it’s gonna gloss over that color, but the further down you go, the more nooks and
crannies it has to sit in and then so, like the more it’s gonna be a bit more like an opaque,
vibrant color there, so we just wanna give like
that little bit of extra time where it’s not gonna hold as much color and a little less time where
it’s gonna hold a lot of color. – That’s super interesting. – Yeah.
– Thank you. – Just always thing that henna is like a tone on tone color. If you just imagine putting
on rosey colored glasses and look at your hair
that you have streaks in, you still see the streaks. So it’s gonna be very much like that. If you want a more opaque application, you can just keep doing it over time but if you are wanting
to go completely solid, henna is more of a tone on tone color. We’ve also gotten questions like can you do it on your eyebrows. You could, I’m just gonna say if you do that, just be like super careful. It’s hot, like this is warm. It is hair, very close to your skin. – Hair grows back. – You can take that for what it is. So you’re gonna make that judgment call, you are an adult, you
can do what you want. – That’s right.
– I would say this is not an eyebrow dye, you take that and dow hat
you need to do with it. – I wouldn’t leave it on my
eyebrows for four hours but, – I can’t see you right now,
do you want me to just like, maybe not, maybe not. So some people have talked about like can you do this in a metal bowl? Yes you can, the reason
that that is out there is because a lot of henna does come blended with aluminum salts and they can have a
reaction with the metal bowl and that can actually
cause the henna itself to distort the color. We don’t use any aluminum salts. It’s just the pure leaf and so you don’t have to
worry about that at all. Henna can sometimes be a little
bit controversial because people have said it has
reacted with other hair colors, things like that, and that is because of additives
that are used in some henna that are metallic salts. So metallic salts are used in
pretty much all synthetic dye to enhance the color. We do not use that so we’re
just using that pure leaf, simple things like clove
bud oil, lemon juice, coffee grounds, and then
building it into this block of cocoa butter so that it carries on as a really nice, creamy moisturizing treatment. We built into this brick of cocoa butter, it’s also like having a hair
treatment at the same time. So you’re getting the carrier
for all of this color, is a rich, creamy cocoa butter and so that is gonna make the
hair feel really, really soft. So your hair feel like it
has had a hair treatment and been colored at the same time. So a lot of the times when
you’re dyeing your hair, you’re walking away with hair
that is in worse condition, but this way you’re actually getting hair that’s in better condition
than when you started. I’ve totally done it on myself. It’s not hard, if you’re
used to dyeing your hair on your own, it’s just like that. It’s just that the mix
is a little bit thicker, which is actually kind of cool because like you can see, (women laughing) this isn’t really going anywhere like it’s kind of become
this sculptural element. So if you were doing
this at home by yourself, you can use a brush like this, you can also just like use your fingers. – Yeah.
– And definitely wanna wear gloves because it stains. It is the same stuff that people do henna tattoos on their skin. So, all it want to do in life is stain. So I would definitely recommend, get an old t-shirt and
reserve a dark towel for this. – All my t-shirts are old t-shirts. – Sweet, then you’re good to go. – Good. – A lot of people ask, how
long do you leave it on. That is a really good question. I know that some people have
lots of difference theories about this, but think of this like a team. So like once you warm
this up and get it going, you’re kind of like activated almost, it’s only gonna stay active for so long and that’s about two to four hours. So once it’s gotten past that time, it’s not really gonna
give you anything else so I would say save your pillowcase. Some people talk about sleeping in it, I don’t think you have to do that. It’s really gonna give you
about all it’s gonna give in about that two to four hours. And if you want to build
on the color or add more, I would recommend doing it again. Like another full application. Just adding more time isn’t
necessarily going to give you a brighter, more richer color. So if you’re looking for a more, I would say wash it out and go again. We also get questions about
what do you do in the meantime. So do you wrap the head up, do you not. And the answer is it depends
on what color you want. So it actually is something
that you want to think about when you are letting your hair sit because the amount of
oxygen your hair gets will affect the color. Let me get scientific for a second. Rouge will develop on it’s own. It doesn’t need extra oxygen. Indigo does. So if we were dying your
hair brun, noir, or marron, you would wanna make sure that your hair had that extra oxygen
so if you had your hair piled up like this, you’d
wanna like separate it out and kind of like give all
the hair a little bit of air bx oxygen develops indigo. And indigo does take a
couple of days to develop so when you wash your hair
out for the first time if you’re like oh, this
isn’t quite as dark as I expected, give it a couple of days because the indigo will
keep developing over time. If you are doing rouge,
it doesn’t need that. So you can totally just wrap your hair up and you’re good to go. If you have something like this marron, that’s got a little bit of red and a little bit of indigo or both, but we wanna play up the
red part, we would wrap it. Keeping that oxygen away from the hair is gonna keep, kind of like
inhibit the indigo a little bit and the reds will come out. But if you leave it open, the indigo will be a
little bit more prominent. We do also get questions too
about can I save my henna? Like say you made like the full brick, and you didn’t use all
of it, you can’t really. It would be like trying
to save a cup of tea. So this is kind of in an
active state right now, now that it’s steamy and
warm and freshly brewed. So that’s when you need to use it. It’s another one of those
things that kinda depends. It depends a lot on the
texture of your hair. So if you have really super
healthy slick virgin hair, like Hasenta does, it’s probably not gonna last as long and it tends to fade a
little more at the roots than it does at the tip. So instead of having this
hard line of like oh, you obviously dyed your
hair three months ago, it’s gonna be a lot more of a blend. But, if your hair is not very porous, you haven’t done it before, it’s meant to kind of be like
a demi-permanent hair color so you probably want
to do it again in like six or eight weeks or something like that. But if your hair has been processed and is like holding the color
a bit more, you could wait. – So yeah you can henna over dyed hair but you cannot dye over hennaed hair? – Yes because the way
that synthetic dye works is it gets up inside your hair and changes the color in your cortex. So the cortex is like the
middle part of the hair where your color is housed, your pigments. – Okay.
– So, henna is different in that
it just glazes over the top of your hair. So if you henna first, and then go to apply
bleach, synthetic dye, perm, relaxer, anything like that, unpredictable results
because what’s happening is the synthetic dye is opening up the hair, pushing that henna inside, applying a chemical process to
it that isn’t meant to happen and it’s just, can’t tell
you what’s gonna happen. – Yikes. – So I have a lot of gray
hair you might have noticed, and I am totally cool with that but not everybody is and
they would like to use henna to cover gray and they ask,
is it gonna completely cover? It is gonna still be
that tone on tone color. So usually what you get are kind of like little sparkling effects that are tinged with the
color that you have put on. Having said that, I will say, that I have seen heads of
hair with significant gray go to a really beautiful consistent color. And you do that through layering. It will continue to build if
you want to keep doing it. So we consider like a tone
on tone kind of color. But imagine if you do that again, it will literally be like
tone on tone on tone. So if you want it to really get that like rich, rich, rich color, you can continue to build on it. – Awesome. – The cool thing about henna, usually with other kinds
of dyes and processes, you need to wait several
weeks before re-approaching. You don’t really need that with henna. You can even do it like two
applications in the same day. – Oh. – But two applications in the same day is more effective than leaving
it on for twice as long, does that make sense? ‘Cause you’re using like fresh, steamy, – Yeah, that does make sense. – Freshly steeped.
– Steeped. Steep your hair for two to four hours. – Exactly.
(woman laughing) – For best results. – If you want a more opaque coverage, you can achieve it with henna and you do that by doing
a second application. So, you could do the same
color, just like bam, wash out, do it again, wash out, or you can layer the colors. If you’re really wanting like
a nice, dark, rich color, what I would suggest to do is
to actually start with a rouge and get it kind of a base color down, and then follow in with a noir. And what happens is the colors
layer on top of each other and it reads as just rich, dark color. Noir is mostly indigo and
indigo is a navy blue. So if you already have really dark hair and you’re using noir, you’re gonna get that really
great like blue, black sheen. Which people love in
dark, dark black hair. But, if your hair is a little big lighter, and you’re wanting that dark, dark color, if you don’t have much to go on yet, it’s gonna read a little bit blueish. So when you add that red, the red and the blue kind
of cancel each other out and just reads as a dark. So that’s a really good way
to get more solid coverage and a nice, dark, even color. (catchy music) (women laughing)

12 thoughts on “Lush Deep Dive: FAQs About Henna Hair Dye

  1. As a licensed hairdresser, if you ever plan on changing your hair color DO NOT use henna. You can not lift out / bleach out henna. Your only option will be to grow it out/ cut it out.

  2. Sounds crazy but I LOVE!!!!! The smell of this henna! Very earthy and coffee and musky. Sounds gross but it smells great!😉 and made my hair look awesome and nothing like it came from a box ( thank God)! So good for your hair compared to chemical dyes. I have super long hair (down to my bum) and needed a full brick. Messy but fun! Just use a trash bag on the floor so you don't stain anything. I never use chemicals in my hair and never will. But when I get board I LUSH henna!💖😉

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