How to use henna

Henna is the natural alternative to synthetic hair dye. It's easy to get glossy, rich hair colour at home, and we show you how to get the shade you want.

Our bricks are made using the finest-quality Persian henna, conditioning cocoa butter and gorgeous essential oils that leave your hair looking and smelling fabulous. Choose from four shades:

Rouge is a vibrant red that glints gloriously in the sunlight, with deep tones brought out by a pinch of coffee and shininess helped by fresh organic lemon juice. 

Brun contains indigo and a pinch of ground coffee to tint your hair a deep chocolate brown colour, with nettle powder to tone and soothe the scalp. 

Marron turns hair a shiny chestnut colour with autumnal tones thanks to a splash of lemon juice as well as a pinch of ground coffee that adds depth.

Noir is the one to use for a rich-blue black shade, as we've used lots of indigo herb here. We've also used a little red henna to add extra shine without bringing out any red tones.


You will need:

• Rubber gloves

• A bain-marie or a heat-proof bowl in a saucepan

• A spoon for stirring

• Newspapers on the floor

• Clips to section your hair

• Dark-coloured towels

• Cling film/shower cap

• Ultrabalm/Ultrabland to cover your hairline and ears

• Colouring brush to apply henna (or use gloved hands)


1. Firstly, do a strand test to check you’re happy with the colour (especially important if you’ve got chemically-treated hair) - the shade will continue to develop for up to 24 hours after you apply it. Just add boiling water to a small amount of henna in a heat-proof bowl and then use rubber gloves to apply to a strand of hair about half an inch wide. Leave for an hour or two, and then shampoo, rinse, dry, and leave for 24 hours.

2.To apply to the whole head if you’re happy with the strand test, chop up the henna brick into small pieces and drop into a bain-marie. Cover the pieces with boiling water, which melts the cocoa butter and releases the ingredients. Stir until the henna is the consistency of melted chocolate, adding more hot water if needed – the hotter the henna, the better the results.

3. Smooth Ultrabalm or Ultrabland around your ears and hairline to prevent stained skin. Wearing rubber gloves, apply the henna to clean, dry hair and work through section by section, back to front. Start with the roots and smooth through the length of your hair. Let it sit for one to three hours (for a redder shade, wrap hair in cling film or a shower cap) and then shampoo, rinse and dry. The colour will develop over 24 hours; apply as many times as you like to build a rich colour and shine.


Which shade is for me?

Rouge is the full-on red henna, turning blondes and greys into fiery redheads. Those with naturally dark brown hair will see a more subtle result; a warm natural red tone with a glossy sheen which will catch in the sun.

Marron will give blondes shiny hair the colour of autumn conkers. Brunettes will get a pleasing reddish tinge, though less pronounced than those using Rouge.

Brun will make blonde hair several shades darker, giving a rich coffee-coloured glaze. For brunettes, this is the shade to use if you want the conditioning benefits of henna without drastically changing your natural colour.

Noir is mixed with indigo to give a black gloss with a very slight reddish tinge. All hair will go several shades darker after using this shade.

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Always do a strand test first. Everyone’s hair is different, so you can’t be sure how yours will react to henna.

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Comments (35)


about 2 months ago

Can you dye over henna hair? i have used it 3 times and i really dont want it red anymore. I tried the rouge first and it went orange so i used the caca brun and its still bright red!! Can i dye over it???


about 2 months ago

hi i'm just old enuf 2 start doing stuff like this in mum's eyes & i don't really want 2 change my color 2 much b't i met someone a bit younger than me cant belive her mum let her b't her hair looked great. my hair is a sortove chestnut color b't getting a bit darker now and i was thinking of using marron 2 ad a hint of red but stay mostly the same b't am a lot nerv's & if someone could tell me how meny months it stays in for it would put my mind @ rest thank u


about 2 months ago

Hello everyone! I wanted to replay to girls who failed to cover greys. It happened to me, I bought maroon lush henna and it didnt cover my greys and the new grown 4cm part of hair and already coloured part was maroon. I went to Lush store in Westfield and they told me to first colour my whole hair with red one because that is the basic henna and it covers it all and u even the colours of your hair. Than after that you use the colour you want. So here I am, bought both brown and red preparing my self for 5 hours of being covered with henna hahaha and a bottle of red. :-) I will write you how it went.


about 3 months ago

I absolutely LOVE lush henna, so good and makes my hair much stronger and less prone to split ends. I've been using in for four and a bit years now and think I've found the perfect method.You dont need to do all of this fancy stuff. Roughly chop your henna, chuck in some boiling water till it makes a paste a little bit more viscuous than toothpaste. Lay newspaper down on your bathroom floot and stand fully naked (ruin less clothes and towels). Section your hair and start from the bottom, slowly working your way up. Twist your hair into a henna-y helmet. If you have fair hair and are using the rouge or marron, take an old mascara brush and coat your baby hairs in vaseline wiping of any henna that might stain them because they always go much brighter than the rest of the colour. Wrap your head in clingfilm and wipe any hena away from the back of your neck. Pop your head in an old showercap to prevent staining of any funiture (eek) as some of the oily, watery stuff might drip down. *EXTRA STEP* If like me your eybrows a paler than the henna,take the old mascara brush and come them through, making sure you wipe excess away from the edges and maybe outlining them in vaseline just to avoid any surprises! My last and probably most important tip: unless you are a veteran of henna, NEVER EVER do it on a sunday night if you have school/work the next day. You never quite know what you're going to get.


about 4 months ago

Hi I've got a few grey hairs on me beard, would it be ok to use it on that? Thanks.


about 2 months ago

Hello! It would be fine to use on your beard if you know for sure that you aren't allergic or that you won't have a reaction other than "Wow, I look completely amazing!" But you also have to make sure that other parts of your face, neck and ears will not be dyed as well as your beard. I recommend using Ultrabalm to cover these parts of your face to ensure that your skin will stay as is. Hope I helped!


about 6 months ago

Hi I have black hair and I would like them to go few shades lighter and I'm thinking caca marron will do the job? But what colour henna do you advise for black hair to lighten?


about 6 months ago

I have just used the henna noir, I left it on overnight. The hair feels really conditioned and the colour is nice. The only problem is that it didn't colour my grey hairs, is the henna good on grey hairs or is it not suitable for colouring grey hair?


about 7 months ago

Hi, I bought a marron color at the store. My hair is dark brown. I was expecting some red color in my hair and some coverage at the few grays i have. It didn't change my hair color at all nor painted the grays. I was aware that it would not cover them completely but at least I was expecting some color on them, like highlights. Was it the incorrect color for what I wanted?

Laura the Lush Lover

about 7 months ago

I want to dip dye my hair with henna, but I don't know how long the dye will actually stay in... I don't want anything TOO permanent, but I don't want something that will wash out straight away! How long does it stay for?
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