As usual with Lush products it comes in the recyclable (take 5 empty clean pots back and you get a free fresh face pack) black pot in the smaller size of 90g for £6.95 so it is well worth saving your pots for this one . The pots have good screw top lids so they are air tight and liquid tight so things don't dry out nor do they leak in travel. I always use Lush pots to carry things in when travelling as they don't break and they are light and don't leak either.
Lush always describe their products in a light hearted way and this one they say;
" If your hair could dial 999 - this is who it'd call" and then "Give Hair Doctor a go - you'll love his bedside manner."
This is one of Lush's original products from when they were 'Cosmetic To Go' and at that time it was called 'Strandlooper'.
On the top is the name and all the list of ingredients and of course you get a date sticker and who made it sticker as well.
WHY BUY THIS?
This is designed for those with itchy scalp or hair in poor condition or if you jest fancy giving your hair a bit of a pampering.
The goodies in this are irish moss seaweed which is simmered to make a clear gel, Irish moss powder, extra virgin coconut oil, lanolin, almond oil, vegetable glycerine, soya lecithin and brewer's yeast are all thrown in to the mixture as all these are known to help condition, strengthen and moisiturise your hair.
As well as the conditioning ingredients Lush have added red henna and rosemary absolute which help hair to shine. Finally in order to help the scalp fuller's earth takes away excess grease while peppermint stimulates the flow of blood.
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS?
Well I damped my hair a bit then applied this through my hair; I used my scalp brush to ensure coverage all through. I then put on a throw away shower cap and left it on my hair for about 15 to 20 minutes while I read my book. If you are feeling very decadent you can add a fresh face mask at the same time and then put your feet up and hope someone comes along to give you a foot massage.
After leaving this on my head for the time I felt I wanted it there I then washed it off with just a little shampoo followed by conditioner. I did wonder whether to just rinse it off and not shampoo it but I felt it might leave my hair rather heavy. There isn't really much guidance given on what to do with this on the pot so I guess use it as you feel suits you.
I loved the fresh minty feeling on my hair it really made my head feel cool and tingly. I also loved the smell which is slightly medicinal and reminded me of a poultice my Mum used to put on us when we had splinters to get out. It does smell minty and kind of eucalyptus like. It is a bit like a medicated shampoo smell. (Vosene or similar). It is the sort of smell in a product that makes you feel it must be doing some good. It certainly feels lovely and cool on my head.
It rinsed out far easier than I thought and I did wonder whether to shampoo first next time then do the hair mask then just rinse it off and dry as usual.
My hair felt nice and normal after using this and my scalp did feel pampered. I can't say my hair was soft or specially shiny as my hair is NEVER soft or really shiny unless I use a shine serum or similar and even then it isn't really shiny.
My scalp wasn't particularly itchy nor do suffer from dandruff so I can't really say if it would help with that. I do however have a very eczematic patches at the back of my neck near my hair line and it certainly didn't aggravate this at all in fact it felt nice when I had the mask on as it was cool and i didn't scratch at all there for a few days.
WHAT IS IN THIS MASK?
I have described some of the ingredients and the benefits but we do have some more chemical sounding ones which required some investigation.
Cetrimonium Bromide is an ammonium salt used in hair and skincare products. It prevents static build-up that causes flyaway hair. Apparently it can cause skin and eye irritation.
Propylene Glycol some internet sites say it is toxic and dangerous while other say it is safe in food so not sure who is right here. Apparently it can be used in are used in applications ranging from cosmetics, household detergents, paints and automotive brake fluids which is slightly worrying. It is added to toiletries as a penetration enhancer so apparently it "alters the structure of the skin by allowing chemicals to penetrate deep beneath it while increasing their ability to reach the blood stream ". I'll leave you to decide on that but according to many websites this is in so many products we buy regularly.
Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate are there as humectants and emulsifiers and so allow water and oil to mix together. Not sure about their harmfulness as once again some sites say yes while others claim they are okay.
While some ingredients are somewhat questionable there are some really good ingredients in the mixture. I found it to be a nice treat for my hair but there was nothing really wrong with my hair prior to using this. Would I buy this again? Well, probably not if I had to pay the full RRP but if I had my five pots and could get it free then yes it is a nice product that makes me feel I am pampering my hair. My scalp felt lovely and tingly while it was on and that alone felt like it was doing some good.
I would say that if you have an itchy scalp or dandruff then go and ask for a sample first to see if it works before you spend £6.95 on this. If you have five pots spare then like me, you might feel you want to try something different then this is one option.
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