For a few years now my hair color has started to change. My natural medium-to-dark-brown was getting random threads of silver here and there. And if I ever decide to let it go, I’m sure the silver will be quite pretty. I’m just not there yet. (By a long shot.) So I’ve been dying my hair. I started with dark brown and made my way to black. After over a year of dye, however, my hair is starting to feel the damage. (Yes, even dark dyes can wreck your hair-who knew?) I decided it was time to give Henna a try. Specifically Lush’s Caca Noir henna.
I read a few dozen reviews, and opinions were mixed, but trending to “like”. One of the common complaints was a dislike of the scent. I smelled the bar. Hmm…it smelled sort of like a Lush store. No big deal…
Back at home I started to cut up the henna bar. That changed the scent a bit. It was described as “earthy” online. Yes. It sort of smelled like a Lush store and cut grass. People are crazy…
Once I had my hot water ready and I started to mix, the scent changed yet again. This time it was a little less pleasant. Still sort of earthy and grassy, but kind of like that smell you get when it’s been raining a lot of leaves and grass start to rot a bit? Not horrible…but not exactly great.
Once I started to apply the henna to my hair the scent changed yet again. As it was starting to sit and dry it smelled like a Phish concert. I’ve actually never been to a Phish concert. I’m just guessing. But I’m pretty sure this is what it would have smelled like.
After a few hours it was time to wash it all out of my hair. Words cannot express how hard it was to wash out. My hair was hard as a rock. (You don’t wrap the Noir dye in plastic if you don’t want red, so it gets thoroughly dry.) And now my hair smells like a Phish concert in the rain.
Your hair is dry. The smell is gone. You think all is well. And it is. Until you shower in the morning. Then the smell is back. This time it’s not like a wet Phish concert. It’s more like the smell you get in your trash after you’ve used your juicer to make something green. But I’m pretty sure that’s the last of the smelly hair. At least until you put on the henna again.
Oh, yeah…did I mention? I’m totally doing it again when it’s time for a touch up.