Once you break it up, you then pour hot water over it and start mixing it. This takes a while and you have to keep the mixture warm all the while, until it's the consistency of brownie batter. Since I had super long hair at the time (more on that later), I used all the bricks and it made A LOT of dye (I ended up using about 90% of it)! Next, I started putting it on my hair - and it was MESSY! OMG, so messy. Once you get it on your hair, you have to wrap your head up in plastic and then wait for about 3 hours.
Then you rinse it out. And this is even messier than the application, good grief, it took forever to get that stuff out of my hair and my shower looked like I had potted plants in it all day long. But once I got it all out, my hair felt great and I got a nice red out of it.
Here's the color and my new hair cut. As you can see I did a big chop. I got so tired of having all that hair and decided to cut off enough to donate to Locks of Love. I'm loving the new 'do and haven't missed my long hair for a second!
So what are my conclusions about Lush's henna? I would say, if you want a natural, not stinky alternative to other at home color, then go for it. Just know it takes a while to develop and can get messy. I wasn't 100% satisfied with my results (mostly meaning that I need a bit of a brighter red, it looks a little brighter in the photos than it actually was). And I felt like it faded a little quicker than I remember my henna fading in the past. Would I buy again, probably not, I don't feel it was $26 worth the effort.
Now on to the Q & A!