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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Hair, Hair Treatments, Hot Oil Treatments

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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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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Hair, Hair Treatments

#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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Hair, Hair Styling

The Hairdresser’s Husband Hair Mist

I’ve been hoping that Lush would do a hairspray ever since I first started buying their products. I use hairspray almost every day to keep my style in place and it’s so difficult to find a decent product that’s not in a heinous aerosol container. Although most hairspray cans can be recycled, they often end up in landfill because they have to be 100% empty, otherwise they get categorised as hazardous waste.

The Hairdresser’s Husband is rather unique in the fact that Lush have designed the packaging with a detachable spritzer. The idea is you buy both the product and the spritzer the first time around and then you continue to buy the refill product and reuse the spritzer! It’s far better to reuse than recycle as most spritzer type attachments have difficulty being recycled anyway. I absolutely love this idea and hopefully Lush will pave the way forward for other companies to follow suit.

In terms of the product itself, the main ingredient that causes the ‘hold’ in the hair is Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). 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 no evidence that says that PVP is harmful for the environment, just to be sure, in the long run Lush are trying to find an alternative to this product. PVP forms a thin coating over the hair and hardens, allowing it to hold its position. I find it fixes the hair just as well as most other brands of hairspray do with just enough room for a restyle should you wish. The great thing about PVP is it’s easily washed and brushed out without leaving any residue or crispness behind.

The Hairdresser’s Husband also contains Fresh Grapefruit, Orange and Lemon Extracts as well as the essential oils from all three fruits. Anything citrus based encourages the hair cuticles to lie flat, reflecting more light for a fantastic shine! These ingredients are also great for breaking down any excess grease you might have on the hair! It also contains an ingredient called Ethyl Macadamiate, which is derived from macadamia nuts and forms a thin coating over the hair that’s highly protective and repels moisture, ensuring your style sets and stays all day long.

As you can imagine with a heap of zesty and refreshing citrus ingredients, the product’s scent is unmistakably citrus based. It’s the same scent as a perfume Lush currently have as part of their gold label range with the same name. This perfume was designed as a homage to hairdressing and to replicate intoxicating salon-like smells of shampoo and hair spray. As well as Orange, Lemon and Grapefruit the scent also contains Vanilla, Tonka, Oakmoss and Lemon Myrtle.

It’s a sweet, sexy and juicy citrus fragrance that really lingers in your hair as if you were wearing the perfume itself. I’ve had a lot of compliments about the ‘perfume’ I’m wearing when it’s simply just this hairspray!

In conclusion, I think The Hairdresser’s Husband is one of the best ideas Lush have had recently. I’m so grateful to finally have a hairspray that is completely recyclable and reusable, yet still works effectively. I’m really hoping this makes its way into all shops soon.

Ingredients

DRF Alcohol, Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Water, Limonene, Fresh Grapefruit Extract, Fresh Lemon Extract, Fresh Orange Extract, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Ethyl Macadamiate, Brazilian Orange Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Lemon Myrtle Oil, Tonka Absolute, Vanilla Absolute, Cetrimonium Chloride, Anise Alcohol, Citral, Coumarin, Oakmoss Extract, Farnesol, Geraniol, Linalool, Perfume

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Conditioners, Hair

Veganese Hair Conditioner

Veganese was Lush’s first ever vegan conditioner, as all of the others at the time it was invented contained Lanolin, which is obtained by pressing sheared sheep’s wool.

Veganese is a fairly light and gentle conditioner so it’s great for all hair types. Its base is actually made from seaweed! Nutrient rich Agar Agar Gel is softening and moisturising as it coats each strand of hair, but because its so light, it doesn’t weigh the hair down.

Veganese also contains both Rosemary Infusion and Lavender Flower Infusion. Lavender and Rosemary are both antibacterial, soothing and balancing, which will really help with controlling the oil production and alleviate any itchiness and irritation on the scalp.

The conditioner’s smell is a refreshing lemony scent. Veganese contains both Lemon Juice and Lemon Oil. Because Lush have added in Benzoin Resinoid, it provides a sweeter note to the product’s perfume and prevents the lemon from being too sharp. It’s a nice perfume and one that subtly stays in your hair after washing.

On the hair, the acidity from the Lemon causes the hair cuticles to lie flat, meaning your hair reflects more light and looks beautifully shiny. Lemons also have antimicrobial and antiseptic properties and are full of enzymes that help break down excess oils.

Benzoin Resinoid creates a thin protective film on the hair, preventing it from losing moisture and further enhancing shine.

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As I mentioned, Veganese is a relatively light conditioner so you might end up using a lot if you really like to nourish your hair with a lot of product, but it is easily washed out. I’m currently in the process of finding the best conditioner for my hair and I’m really agreeing with Veganese; my thin hair can be prone to greasiness and I’m not really someone who would use a rich conditioner anyway, so the consistency is perfect.

After drying, I definitely notice a nice vibrant shine in my hair and it feels bouncy and soft, without feeling heavy in the slightest. Maybe Veganese is the one for me!

Ingredients

Agar Agar Gel, Fresh Rosemary Infusion, Lavender Flower Infusion, Cetearyl Alcohol, Water, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Lemon Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citral, Limonene, Perfume, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

 

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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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