Hair, Hair Treatments

Curl Power Curl Pudding

Okay real talk. My hair is straight, thin, flat and definitely not dry, so a product called ‘Curl Power’ definitely isn’t targeted to someone with my hair. I actually bought a pot of this for a friend whilst visiting the new spa store in Liverpool and in true reviewer spirit, I had to try it for myself too.

Curl Power is designed to help style afros and curls, whilst hydrating and protecting the hair at the same time. It features a gorgeous biscuity and caramel-like scent with a hint of coconut that strongly reminds me of coconut macaroons.!

The main two ingredients in Curl Power are Linseed Gel and Molasses. Linseeds are rich in proteins, minerals, vitamins and oils making it a great component in a haircare product. The gel Linseeds produce when boiled is highly protective and locks moisture into the hair. Molasses is a thick, black tar like substance which is a byproduct from a long process of making sugar. On the hair, it’s very similar to the effects of honey, helping to retain moisture and giving a gorgeous shine.

Where both of those ingredients are added to help lock moisture in, you obviously need ingredients that actually add the moisture too. Often curly and afro hair tends to be dryer so it’s fitting that Curl Power offers a lot of hydrating and moisturising effects. Cocoa Butter is combined with Jojoba Oil, Argan Oil, Coconut Oil, Soya Lecithin and Lanolin to really add hydration. Argan Oil has many benefits for the hair as it is naturally soothing, conditioning and full of antioxidant vitamins. The high levels of fatty acids it contains are wonderful at deeply hydrating the hair. Argan Oil is also known for its restoring and repairing qualities. Soya Lecithin is a fatty substance that occurs naturally in soybeans and Lanolin is known as ‘wool wax’ and is obtained by pressing shorn sheep’s wool. Both are highly emollient and protective, deeply locking in moisture.

We aren’t stopping there as Curl Power contains a number of other impressive ingredients too, it would seem Lush have really pushed the boat out with this one. Silken Tofu & Aquafaba are added for their softening effects and also because they are full of proteins, perfect for strengthening damaged hair. Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten is also full of proteins which will increase the tensile strength of the hair to make it less susceptible to breakage. It also adds volume, texture and condition to the hair, preventing it from drying out and helping to define those curls.

Coconut Vinegar is made by fermenting coconut sap and water for up to a year. This little-known culinary ingredient gives hair gloss, shine and a soft texture. It is also nutrient and amino acid rich – perfect for keeping the hair strong! Ethyl Macadamiate, derived from macadamia nuts, coats each hair strand and adds protection against heat and humidity, allowing your curls to stay bouncy and light. Lastly, Curl Power contains PVP to give some hold.

After trying a tiny amount in my own freshly washed, towel dried hair, it actually made it feel so soft and hydrated. There was a very slight hold but you don’t get any of that hard, crispy effect you can get with some hair styling products. It didn’t weigh my hair down that much either, something I’m always really concerned about when trying out new haircare, especially ones that are so rich with ingredients; it even gave it some volume surprisingly! What’s more, the scent really lingers and I could smell it around me all day!

Now I’m probably not the best person to really give an honest review of this product, just because it’s not designed for someone like me. But, I have heard some really good reviews from others with different hair types and coupled with my own experience, I reckon this is a really great product!

Ingredients

Linseed Gel, Water, Molasses, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Cetearyl Alcohol, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propylene Glycol, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Silken Tofu, Coconut Vinegar, Aquafaba, Argan Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cocoa Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Soya Lecithin, Lanolin, Behentrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate

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Damaged Hot Oil Treatment

Reminiscent of indulgent hot chocolate sticks, hot oil treatments are great for a cosy, pampering night in. Damaged is great for hair that is just that, whether it’s caused by heat, chemicals or bleach, this hot oil treatment is full of ingredients to replenish and restore.

If you’ve not used one of Lush’s hot oil treatments before, you fill a mug or empty black pot up with boiling water and stir the wooden stick in until the product has completely melted. Allow the treatment to cool for 20 minutes before applying to dry hair. Sit back and relax for another 20 minutes and shampoo and condition as normal. It’s very simple, it even has a little guide on the wooden stick should you get confused.

Damaged contains incredibly nourishing ingredients that deeply hydrate and moisturise the hair such as Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and Almond Oil. Olive Oil is amazing at improving the tensile strength of the hair and protecting it; Almond Oil is conditioning as well as being full of vitamin E and lastly rich Avocado Oil is a wonderful ingredient which is protective, strengthening, conditioning and full of vitamins, nutrients and minerals. These ingredients are also fab at boosting the hair’s shine.

Damaged Hot Oil Treatment further contains Guar Gum (like in most conditioners) to reduce static for sleeker, more manageable hair; Fine Sea Salt to add some texture and lift and lastly Vanilla Absolute, which is more for it’s fragrance but it is additionally soothing and antibacterial on the skin and scalp. The sugars in vanilla also act as a humectant, preventing moisture loss.

I think Damaged smells really great, like icing sugar and vanilla ice cream, but it’s a very subtle scent and sadly doesn’t linger in your hair after using it. But let’s face it, you shouldn’t be choosing a hair treatment based on smell anyway!

My hair is naturally more on the oily side of things rather that dry and as far as I know isn’t actually damaged at all, so in all honestly I probably didn’t need to use this product, but I’m glad I did. I tried it for the first time the other night and my hair felt so soft and rejuvenated afterwards, without being too greasy or heavy as it was easily washed out. With my medium length hair I only needed to use half a mug full of the treatment but it will last up to four weeks so I can use it another time soon!

In conclusion I’m super impressed and my hair is definitely thanking me for using this treatment. If you’re looking for a little pick me up, Damaged might be a great option to go for!

Ingredients

Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil, Organic Avocado Oil, Guar Gum, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Fine Sea Salt, Cream of Tartar, Perfume, Citric Acid, Vanilla Absolute

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#Gains Protein Spray

If you’ve been reading my blog a lot, you’ll know that I have a lot of issues with my hair. It’s thin, it’s flat and it’s prone to fall outs, so I’ll try anything to give it more life and strength. #Gains is designed to do exactly that, it’s full of protein-rich ingredients to really replenish and add strength inside and out.

This product features a few new ingredients that Lush haven’t often used before. Fresh Wheatgrass Juice made up of almost 70% chlorophyl and is highly rich in nourishing vitamins, minerals and protein, and it’s also antioxidant and conditioning. Alfalfa is considered one of the most complete and nutrient-rich foods ever tested and is full of minerals, vitamins and many different essential amino acids, which form the building blocks of protein. As well as this, Alfalfa Juice is a great help to the hair’s brightness, elasticity and growth. Jackfruits are giant fruits native to India and Malaysia and their high protein content has actually given the fruit a reputation of being a miraculous food source that could help eradicate famine. All these ingredients are among the most protein-rich out there.

#Gains also contains protein derived substances such as Hydrolysed Wheat Gluten, the essential amino acid Leucine and something called Arginine HCL which are used to protect and repair each individual hair strand. They are attracted to keratin (the hair’s protein) and cover the hairs, helping split ends come back together again.

Hair products aren’t really known for their amazing and unique scents but #Gains smells absolutely incredible. It’s fruity, sweet and intoxicating and if you were to blindfold me and hold it up to my nose, I’d be convinced it was candy. Jackfruit has a musky and unique aroma that often reminds people of fruit chews and juicy sweets so I imagine that’s where I’m getting the idea from, but we also have Clove Bud, Geranium, Lemon, Orange and Vanilla each adding something unique to the scent. It’s really unlike anything Lush have ever produced before and you can smell it in your hair for hours and hours after.

Of course, Lush don’t just use ingredients for their fragrance as each one has it’s own benefits for the hair too. Clove Bud, like most spices, has stimulating effects on the scalp, promoting hair growth. Geranium Oil is antiseptic and helps to balance out oil production. Vanilla is soothing and humectant, which means it forms a barrier preventing moisture loss and Lemon and Orange have wonderful cleansing properties. Citrus fruits are renowned for containing AHA’s which are enzymes that break down excess dirt and sebum. #Gains also contains Fresh Lemon Juice for this same effect and also because of it’s shine-enhancing abilities.

Lastly, #Gains also contains a silicone alternative called Ethyl Macadamiate, derived from nutrient rich macadamia nuts. This coats the hair and adds protection from heat and humidity, without weighing it down.

I am absolutely loving using this and I don’t just use it on freshly washed hair either, it’s great as a detangling spray and I’m honestly using it almost every other day and noticing great results. This coupled with Willow The Wisp Thickening Serum is doing wonders for my hair. A really impressive product I must say.

Ingredients

Water, DRF Alcohol, Alfalfa Juice, Jackfruit Puree, Fresh Wheatgrass Juice, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Ethyl Macadamiate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Limonene, Fresh Lemon Juice, Behentrimonium Chloride, Clove Bud Oil, Geranium Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Arginine, HCL, Leucine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Colour 60725.

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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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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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