Hair, Shampoo, Shampoo Bars

Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar

As someone who uses stimulating shampoos and hair products such as New, Wasabi Shan Kui and Roots, I’ve often wondered why Lush don’t have a coffee-based shampoo bar as apparently caffeine is one of the best ingredients to promote hair growth and you so often see it used by other brands in their products. Cue the arrival of Dear John, a limited edition coffee-based shampoo bar.

The Dear John scent is an excellent fragrance to choose for a coffee shampoo as Lush actually describe it as having notes of coffee itself, without actually containing the ingredient; it’s actually Cedarwood, Clove, Vetivert and Coriander that make up the scent.

Why coffee is so often used in hair products is because of its caffeine content. It’s widely known that caffeine is an effective stimulant on the brain, but it has the same effect on the hair follicles too, increasing the blood flow to the area and encouraging hair growth. Caffeine also blocks the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a key player in causing male-pattern baldness. Lush have added both Caffeine Powder as well as Ground Coffee to this shampoo bar. The coffee grains actually act as an exfoliant on the scalp, removing buildup on the scalp and dead skin cells. Plus, every time you scrub away the dead skin, new cells will push out thicker, stronger hair.

As well as the coffee, the ingredients of the actual Dear John scent also have great effects on the hair. Cedarwood is antiseptic and balancing, helping control oil production whilst Coriander, Clove and Vetivert are all known to have stimulating effects too, boosting the overall desired effect of the product.

Other than its stimulating effects, Dear John is actually a great shampoo for adding shine  to the hair too. Coffee is more acidic than the hair’s natural oils which encourages the hair cuticles to remain flat, thereby reflecting more light than usual. Dear John also contains Molasses, which is very similar to honey in the way it helps to retain moisture into the hair and gives it a gorgeous glow and shine.  Lastly, Dear John Coffee Shampoo Bar contains Aloe Vera Extract, which is soothing and calming. Perfect for any irritation you may be coping with on your scalp.

After using this shampoo bar in the shower, I’ve definitely noticed it’s slightly more hydrating than New Shampoo Bar and smells so good when it’s in use. The ground coffee can take a while to totally wash out but it’s not hugely annoying. I notice my hair is a lot more sleek and shiny each time I wash with it. Sadly I can’t really say if it’s really helping with my hair growth as I’m using so many products that all have that same benefit, so it’s too difficult to say. I am loving using it though, that’s for sure.

Ingredients

Sodium Coco Sulfate, Fair Trade Organic Clove Infusion, Perfume, Ground Coffee, Cocoa Powder, Whole Coffee Beans, Cedarwood Oil, Vetivert Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Molasses, Aloe Vera Extract, Caffeine Powder, Citral, Coumarin, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool

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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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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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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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