Tuesday, 29 January 2013

the game changers: Lush shampoos

BIG sea salt shampoo, €14.95 (approx) and New solid shampoo bar €7.49 (approx) from Lush.

I'm more than a little unfaithful when it comes to shampoos. I currently have no less than five on rotation (and four conditioners) and I'm terribly guilty of using a shampoo a few times before forgetting all about it as it fades into the abyss of my cabinet. However, I've currently worked out a hair care routine which ensures that my hair gets both the volume I desire and the moisture it requires and I plan to stay true to this tried and tested shampoo cycle - sort of. Currently I'm incorporating the above two from Lush as well as some goodies from Ojon and Kérastase - more from those later.

BIG is a sea salt shampoo which promises "lift and volume" - sea salt is often used in hair texturising and volumising sprays to give that ever coveted 'beach' hair effect. I know, it looks a little questionable in the photo above but it contains chunks of sea salt which break down as you wet and lather into your hair, giving a satisfying foam. Satisfying is the most apt word for this shampoo - it delivers noticeable results after the first wash. My hair feels squeaky clean (it is a clarifying shampoo so beware if you have coloured hair as overuse will strip the colour) yet there's a surprising amount of volume present for freshly washed hair. And, most importantly, my hair feels light, soft and appears shiny. BIG manages to clarify, volumise and moisturise without using less than a fifty-cent coin sized piece.

I've been using the Lush New shampoo bar for about a year and a half now and this is my fourth bar I've purchased. I think I'll always have one of these in my stash - it's fail-safe. New promises to stimulate hair growth as well as soothe the scalp. Lush state that "Healthy hair needs a healthy scalp as its foundation," and New has a huge amount of nice, naturally occurring ingredients such as nettle, peppermint, cinnamon and clove bud oil to encourage hair growth. Shampoo bars can be a bit daunting at first but they're easy to use - just run under the shower head, rub the bar in two or three circles around your scalp and then massage with your hands and you'll have a nice, cinnamon scented foam on your head. As for results - my hair has definitely been growing despite the abuses I put it through (bleach, home hair dyes, daily heat treatment etc) and the hair that stems from my roots is glossy and healthy. As for day to day effects, this doesn't do anything major to your hair in terms of volume but it's a nice one to use in conjunction with a volumising shampoo - such as BIG or the John Frieda Luxurious Volume.

Sounds too good to be true? Perhaps. There are definitely a few cons. The shampoo bars are a bit of a pain to store and I still haven't found an ideal place in my house to leave mine when it's drying (they get a bit melty when they're wet) but I think a plain and simple plastic sandwich bag is your best bet. The smell of either of these doesn't really float my boat but evidently I can get past the scents. And finally, both contain surfactants. Surfactants are basically what makes your blemish-treating facial soap, your shampoo, and your Fairy liquid foam. It's not great for your skin and can cause irritation and dryness in many people. New has Sodium Lauryl Sulfate at the top of its ingredients list and BIG contains a large amount of Sodium Laureth Sulfate, the lesser of the two evils. I was definitely surprised by this as it's something you don't expect from Lush. I get along fine with them, luckily, but if you are in any way sensitive maybe steer clear.

Overall verdict? While Lush can be a bit hit/miss and love/hate I've definitely found lifelong partners in these two. In combination they're ideal; New will treat and stimulate growth while BIG will volumise and clarify. They're not the cheapest and maybe not the most accessible if you're not near a Lush store but a little goes a long way and Lush do a great online delivery service - see Lush.co.uk if you're in the UK or Ireland.


  1. I love Big shampoo as well, I've never tried a shampoo bar before but New sounds good :)


  2. I've heard good things about this product, I'm so tempted to try it but Lush stuff is always so expensive

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  3. If ya haven't tried it den ya should go ahead and try it already.


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