Hair, Shampoo

Wasabi Shan Kui Shampoo

Another product I was excited to get my hands on when I took a trip to see the exclusives at Lush Liverpool Spa was Wasabi Shan Kui Shampoo. This shampoo is designed to promote hair growth and thicken the hair and that’s exactly what I look for. As a big fan of New Shampoo Bar, I knew I’d love this. Wasabi Shan Kui’s name literally means ‘Wasabi Wasabi’ as shan kui is the direct translation of wasabi in Mandarin Chinese.

Wasabi isn’t usually an ingredient you’d find in a shampoo but much like the cinnamon in New Shampoo Bar, it has greatly stimulating effects on the hair follicles to promote growth. Anything that creates a warm or tingly sensation on the skin means it gets the blood flowing to the area and that encourages the hair follicles to get to work. Wasabi is no exception to that rule and if you’ve ever tasted it, you’ll understand why. Lush use both Fresh Wasabi and Wasabi Decoction in this shampoo. Wasabi belongs to the same family as Horseradish, so Lush have included it also for the same effects. Horseradish further produces a large amount of vitamin C which is beneficial to maintaining collagen production, an important protein found in the hair and skin.

Further boosting these stimulating effects, we have Caffeine Powder and Menthol Crystals. Just as caffeine is a stimulant for your brain, it’s stimulating for your hair too, whilst menthol has a unique effect on the scalp. It can disrupt the hair fall cycle, allowing the hair to be retained for longer. If all these ingredients don’t encourage your hair to grow then I don’t know what else will!

To thicken the texture and give volume, Wasabi Shan Kui contains both Sea Salt and Epsom Salts. When salt dries on the hair it swells, creating a volumised effect much like when you’ve been swimming in the sea.

Obviously a good shampoo needs cleansing ingredients too, so Wasabi Shan Kui contains Fresh Lemon Juice and Agave Syrup, both of which have cleansing and antibacterial qualities. Agave Syrup is very much like honey in the way it adds moisture and soothes whilst Fresh Lemon Juice helps to enzymically break down excess oils, whist adding shine.

Furthermore, this new shampoo also contains Aquafaba and Olive Oil. Otherwise known as chickpea water, Aquafaba is full of proteins and other nutrients that strengthen and protect the hair. Olive Oil is mostly the same, but hydrates the hair too.

Although I don’t think I’ve been using this shampoo long enough to really notice a difference in the growth of my hair, especially seeing as I use other products to help with this issue too, I will say that it leaves my hair feeling soft and silky and looking healthy and thick. It kinda has a strange texture, the salt makes it slightly gritty, but that just helps get rid of buildup on the scalp and it doesn’t bother me too much.

I know everyone’s probably concerned about the scent of Wasabi Shan Kui but honestly it doesn’t actually smell that much of wasabi. Thanks to a mix of Orange, Lemon and Rose Oils it has a fairly uplifting fruity fragrance with just a hint of warmth in the background. So don’t let that put you off!

Wasabi Shan Kui is currently available online as part of this months Lush Labs release, so now’s a great chance to try it out for yourself! I’m really enjoying using it so I definitely recommend!

Ingredients

Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Wasabi Decoction, Epsom Salt, Hand Harvested Sea Salt, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Horseradish, Agave Syrup, Aquafaba , Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Fresh Wasabi, Caffeine Powder, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Rose Oil, Organic Sweet Orange Oil, Fresh Lemon Juice, Menthol Crystals, Gardenia Extract, Water, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Bicarbonate, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Perfume, Chlorophyllin, Colour 19140

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Hair, Hair Treatments

Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum

Arguably the best thing about Lush’s newest spa store in Liverpool is their wide range of exciting new haircare products and there were some that I couldn’t wait to get my hands on. My hair is very thin and often looks limp and lifeless so Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum sounded like it would be great for me. The name is a play on will-o’-the-wisps, which are ghostly lights in folklore though I don’t know why Lush chose this name for it.

The main ingredients of Willow The Wisp is a heavy load of Silken Tofu and Toothed Wrack Seaweed Gel. Tofu has a high protein content and heaps of vitamins which makes it fantastic for strenthening and thickening the hair. This, plus the high salt content is mainly what’s responsible for giving you that volumised feel. The seaweed gel is also full of nutrients and it also forms a protective barrier on the hair, giving it a shine and adding moisture.

This product doesn’t just contain Sea Salt, but Epsom Salt too. Epsom salts were discovered in the town of Epsom in Surrey where they’re found naturally in springs but essentially have the same benefits as regular salts, just with a different mineral content. When salt dries on the hair it swells, creating a texturised effect much like when you’ve been swimming in the sea.

As well as it’s thickening effects, Willow The Wisp is great at boosting shine and glossiness thanks to not only the seaweed, but also to Lemon and Lime Juices and Olive Oil too. As citrus juices are astringent, they add shine to the hair as their acidity causes the hair follicles to lie flat, meaning they reflect more light. Olive Oil is extremely beneficial to hair as it hydrates, protects and nourishes the hair as well as improving the tensile strength.

A couple of somewhat strange ingredients have also been included in this product and they’re Polyvinylpyrrolidone and Ethyl Macadamiate. Although they sound scary, each one is completely harmless and further benefits the hair. Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP is a polymer that thinly coats the hair and gives a gentle hold, to avoid you losing that volume right away. Ethyl Macadamiate is derived from macadamia nuts and also forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective from heat and humidity.

To use this serum you simply work a few pumps of the product through hair before drying and it’ll get to work. Lush suggest using it on washed damp hair but I don’t see why you couldn’t use it whenever you need a boost. It’s much like Sea Spray in that way but rather than simply spraying over, you actually need to work the liquid through the hair. I love the feeling of my hair after using this product, it definitely does what it says and I really notice a difference after using it!

The other thing I’m really loving is the scent! Willow The Wisp features a sweet fruity and rosy fragrance that you can really smell when it’s in your hair thanks to a mixture of Rose, Rosewood and Benzoin Resinoid. Whatsmore, Benzoin Resinoid is very protective for the hair, preventing it from losing moisture.

Lush are really taking great steps with so many great hair care products and I’m excited to try and write about more! I’d definitely recommend this fab product so grab one while you can as they’re currently online in this month’s Lush Labs release!

Ingredients

Silken Tofu, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Gel, Water, Propylene Glycol, Epsom Salt, Fine Sea Salt, Perfume, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Ethyl Macadamiate, Fresh Lemon Juice, Fresh Lime Juice, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rose Absolute, Rose Oil, Rosewood Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Cinnamate, Cinnamal, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 42090:2

 

 

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Hair, Hair Styling

Sea Spray Hair Mist

Sea Spray is the closest thing that Lush currently have in all stores to standard hair spray. It’s a great volumising mist that you spray all over the hair to give shine, body and hold.

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As you can imagine with a name like Sea Spray, this product is essentially a volumising salt spray. It contains Fine Sea Salt, along with mineral-rich Fresh Sea Water to increase volume. When salt dries on the hair it swells, giving a thicker feeling and appearance. Sea Spray also contains Glycerine and Carrageenan Extract which work together to hydrate the hair.

To keep that thicker effect lasting all day, Lush have added an ingredient called Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP for short, which forms a thin coating over the hair and helps to maintain it in the position you wish. PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s insufficient evidence that says that PVP is harmful for marine life, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product.

The quantity of PVP isn’t as strong as it necessarily could be, so even after using Sea Spray, there’s room for movement. I find that it fixes hair nicely, but not too much that it leaves it feeling crisp or rough. Furthermore, because PVP is water soluble, it’s very easy to wash out.

You can use this product on both wet and dry hair, but I personally prefer to use it on damp hair before blow drying. I spray it at the roots and it leaves a nice textured effect that helps my generally thin hair appear fuller. On dry hair, it’s great for when you’re going for a messier look and it also leaves a glossy shine, thanks to Grapefruit Oil.

The Grapefruit Oil, along with Rosewood and Neroli Oils give Sea Spray an uplifting and refreshing scent, which I find lasts on the hair for most of the day. Each one of these essential oils is proven to be antibacterial and cleansing, paving the way for healthier hair too.

In conclusion, Sea Spray is a favourite product of mine to really help against my lack of volume. The only downside I have is it really doesn’t look good when your hair is on the greasier side in the day or so before you wash it. It would be great if perhaps Lush developed a similar product with less moisture perhaps?

Check out this wonderful hair mist here on the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Carrageenan Extract, Fresh Sea Water, Glycerine, Perfume, Fine Sea Salt, Limonene, Linalool, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Neroli Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Rosewood Oil, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Citral, Farnesol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Methylparaben

 

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Hair, Shampoo

Rehab Shampoo

I struggle a lot with finding products that will benefit my hair, so even though I’m attempting to try each and every hair product Lush do, some work for me far better than others. Rehab is quite the all rounder when it comes to targeted shampoos so it’s pretty good for everyone to use as it’s effectively cleansing, and helps to get hair back into its natural, healthy state!

Rehab contains a fair few ingredients, all of which have different benefits. To cleanse and refresh the hair, Rehab contains freshly squeezed Pineapple, Papaya, Kiwi and Mango Juices. These fruits not only contain cleansing enzymes which break down dirt and oils but they’re also full of vitamins and minerals, giving the hair the essential nutrients it needs and leaving behind a healthy shine.

Next, Rehab contains a trio of moisturising and protecting oils. Vitamin E rich Almond Oil has a conditioning effect on the hair, adding shine and softening the entire hair shaft. Olive Oil deeply nourishes and adds tensile strength to the hair, helping it to survive brushing and combing, and lastly Jojoba Oil lightly coats the hair with moisture and helps with its manageability. Rehab further contains a lot of Carrageenan Extract, which softens hair and soothes the scalp. I wouldn’t say Rehab is particularly moisturising, but these ingredients prevent it from being too drying.

Lastly, Rehab contains a few essential oils for their scalp toning properties. Lavender and Rosemary Oils are used for their balancing and soothing effects, making them ideal for any irritation on the scalp and they add shine to the hair as well. Juniperberry Oil is a great ingredient to cleanse and calm the scalp thanks to its sebum balancing effects and is soothing and very antiseptic, and Peppermint Oil stimulates the hair follicles, promoting new and healthy hair growth. The menthol it contains causes a disrupt to the hair fall cycle, prolonging the process of hair loss thereby allowing the hair to be retained within the scalp for a longer period.

In my opinion, I think Rehab is a great shampoo. It’s effectively cleansing and I really feel like my hair is so clean and refreshed whenever I use it. Not to mention it’s bright, fruity and minty scent leaves the hair smelling so fresh as well! It’s great for anyone with damaged hair, especially those prone to greasiness and works amazingly well with Retread Conditioner. I find that it really lasts you a long time, although it’s quite a thin consistency, it lathers up so well so you only need a little each time you use it.

You can check out Rehab here on the Lush UK website where you can read more about it’s expertly chosen ingredients!

Ingredients

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Carrageenan Extract, water, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamide MEA, Perfume, Freshly Juiced Papaya, Propylene Glycol, Fresh Pineapple Juice, Fine Sea Salt, Fresh Kiwi Juice, Fresh Mango Juice, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Oil, Juniperberry Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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Dirty Styling Cream

Growing up, I always had trouble finding hair styling products that suited my hair. Because my hair is pretty thin and gets greasy easily, something too heavy will cause it to look flat and something too wet will cause it to look too greasy, so naturally I’m always wary before trying a new styling product. However, I started using Dirty a good while ago now and I’m really happy with it.

Now I don’t use Dirty all the time, I change my hair length a lot and I prefer using Dirty when my hair is on the shorter side and Hair Custard for when it’s longer. The creamy consistency turns more into a paste when you’re rubbing it in your hands but still remains light on the hair and because of its matte finish, it goes completely unnoticed. Another major bonus is that a little goes a long way, so your tub will last you months for sure.

What causes the hair to retain it’s shape after using Dirty is Polyvinylpyrrolidone or PVP for short. PVP is a hydrocarbon-based polymer and because there are no official definitions of some types of plastics, a convincing argument can be made one way or the other as to whether PVP should be defined as a plastic or not. Even though currently there’s insufficient evidence that says that PVP is harmful for marine life but just to be sure, in the long run, Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. Other than this, Dirty also contains Japan and Candelilla Waxes to further help with the hold. Lush describe it as having a medium hold that’s perfect for everyday hairstyling.

Furthermore, Dirty isn’t just a one trick pony as it also contains ingredients to nourish and protect the hair such as Coconut Oil, Illipe Butter, Cocoa Butter and Linseed Mucilage. Linseeds are rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and oils and can be boiled to produce a gel like texture that is highly protective and gives hair extra shine. Because of these ingredients, Dirty leaves hair flexible and is actually very easily washed out or even simply brushed out without leaving any annoying residue that’s hard to remove.

In terms of scent, Dirty is obviously part of the Dirty range, yet doesn’t have any minty notes that the range is predominately known for. It’s got an earthy and woody smell of Sandalwood Oil, mixed with Pine and Oakmoss Absolute but there’s also grassy, lemony notes from an infusion of Balm Herb. Whilst I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite Lush smell that I’d desperately want in my hair, it’s refreshing and the scent remains in the hair a good couple of days after you last used it. What’s really unique about the Dirty range, is that even though not all of the products smell the same, apparently if you layer up each product, you get the true ‘Dirty’ scent.

Like I said, Dirty has been a staple of mine for a while now and continues to be one of the best styling products I’ve ever used, so I’d definitely recommend everyone at least trying it! You can check it out and purchase it for yourself here over at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Linseed Mucilage, Balm Herb Infusion, Japan Wax, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Propylene Glycol, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Stearic Acid, Organic Illipe Butter, Candelilla Wax, Triethanolamine, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sandalwood Oil, Pine Oil, Oakmoss Absolute, Linalool, Limonene, Hydroxycitronellal, Geraniol, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Perfume, Methylparaben

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Roots Hair Treatment

Healthy hair starts at the roots with a healthy scalp. Roots Hair Treatment was invented with those with ‘thine’ (thin and fine) hair in mind and is loaded with ingredients for your scalp’s health.

The first thing you notice with Roots is it’s minty fresh smell. In this product, Lush have used three types of mint to stimulate the hair follicles for growth and disrupt the hair fall cycle, allowing the scalp to retain the hair for much longer. It’s also what gives you the tingling sensation when you’ve applied it.

The best way to apply this product, is like it says on the side of the pot – grab a comb and divide the hair into sections, exposing the roots. Slather the thick treatment directly onto the roots and scalp, especially in areas prone to fallouts and thinning and give yourself a nice head massage for 10-15 minutes. Simply shampoo out and lightly condition if needed.

Although personally I do condition my hair lightly after using Roots, I know a lot of people who choose not to. It’s actually very nourishing anyway due to the Honey and Olive Oil inside it. Both are supremely nourishing ingredients for the hair and help to protect and strengthen.

Lush have also chosen to add Nettle Infusion to balance dry skin conditions, soothing Neroli Oil and antibacterial Grapefruit and Sweet Orange Oils to add shine.

From someone who actually suffers with ‘thine’ hair, I can safely say that Roots is an excellent product. It goes perfectly with New Shampoo Bar because of the similar ingredients and benefits. I use it almost every time I wash my hair and I’ve noticed a considerable difference in the amount my hair falls out since I’ve started using it, I really doubt I’ll ever stop buying it! The 225g pot lasts at least 5 or 6 uses if you’re just applying directly to the roots.

Check it out for yourself on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Fresh Mint Infusion, Water, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Citric Acid, Propylene Glycol, Honey, Peppermint Oil, Sweet Orange Oil, Spearmint Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Nettle Absolute, Neroli Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

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New Shampoo Bar

Shampoo Bars have been around for a while now. Yet their popularity has soared since a change in the way we view plastic packaging and a post went viral on Facebook about Lush’s bars. Using a shampoo bar has so many benefits compared to using bottled varieties. Reduced plastic consumption, the ability to easily take them travelling, smaller carbon footprints to name but a few.

Like with all solid shampoo bars, to use you simply get them wet in the shower, lather them into your hands like you would with a bar of soap, and apply the silky soft lather to your hair like you would with normal shampoo.

This particular bar is great for those suffering with hair thinning, hair loss or bald patches and those prone to fall outs. Spicy scented ‘New’ gets its name from it’s ability to promote hair growth, giving you ‘new’ hair.

It contains a lot of ingredients that are considered stimulating. This means that they boost the blood flow in the applied area which in turn stimulates the hair follicles. New contains spicy Cinnamon Leaf, antiseptic Clove Bud and Peppermint, which gives the shampoo bar a slightly tingly sensation when using, which is when you know it’s working. Not only is Peppermint great for hair growth but the menthol content disrupts the hair fall cycle, allowing hair to be retained by the scalp for much longer.

New Shampoo Bar also contains Nettle and Rosemary in it’s formula. Nettle is also a stimulant but can be used to balance dry skin and help improve the condition of the scalp and hair as it’s full of vitamins and minerals. Rosemary is super cleansing and antiseptic but also has lovely calming properties to protect and soothe.

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New bar was the first shampoo bar I tried and it helped massively. Personally I was having trouble with my already thin hair prone to falling out, but now my hair feels a lot stronger and thicker due to regular use of this wonder shampoo!

A lot of people may be put off by the scent when you hear that it’s mainly a warming, cinnamon kinda smell but it’s so gentle and subtle you can definitely look past it for all it’s benefits! Plus once it’s washed out, you really can’t smell it at all.

A nice added touch with New is that it features a little wooden stick embedded into it on one side with the hashtag #BeCrueltyFree and a web address for Humane Society International’s global Be Cruelty Free campaign: EndAnimalTesting.org

The hashtag and address are also in simplified Chinese as it and English are the two most used languages on social media. New Shampoo Bar also happens to be one of Lush’s most popular products with it’s Chinese customers and sadly Animal Testing is actually still a legal requirement in their home country for most types of beauty products.

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Keep an eye out for posts on other solid shampoo bars because there’s a lot to talk about with them so I’ll be sharing some more details as I eventually post about each one but in the meantime, check out New and the rest of the range on the Lush UK Website. You’ll also be able to find lots of helpful and interesting articles on them!

Ingredients

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Nettle and Peppermint Infusion, Perfume, Eugenol, Glycerine, Nettle Absolute, Rosemary Absolute, Clove Bud Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 73360, Wooden Stick

 

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