“ Brand: Lush / Subcategory: Treatment / Texture: Cream / Type: Moisturiser / What it does: Restores, Moisturizes, „
This is a gorgeous hair treatment from Lush. I was given a generous sized sample of this from the Lush store in Manchester Arndale.
This hair treatment is suitable for all hair types. My hair type is coloured and dry and this treatment worked a treat to restore my usually dry/ damaged hair into stylish shiny locks. The treatment is rather thick and gloopy in consistency and it's an off white colour. I would describe the scent as very much a Jasmine scent - a gorgeous oriental scent with a touch of spice. The scent is lovely but it's VERY strong and you can smell it on your hair days after using it. I don't mind that though as I love it's scent, although some people do say that it's a little too strong! It does follow you around a little bit though!
I applied this product to DRY hair like the Lush assistant told me to. I left it on for around an hour to soak in and then I washed it out with normal shampoo and conditioner. The treatment is great! It left my hair soft and shiny and it was a lot easier to style. My hair was also quite fluffy and bouncy and I liked this as my hair is usually a little flat and lacklustre. The treatment is easy to wash out and I would recommend it to people with a similar hair type to mine. It doesn't rinse colour out of your hair either.
It is expensive at around £8 per 225g pot and you have to use a LOT to completely cover your hair. I was told that one pot would last me for around two uses, which isn't on the cheap side. This is a hair treatment for a few times a year, not a few times a week. My bank balance couldn't cope with that!
I am going to be bridesmaid for one of my best friends next week so recently I have been trying out plenty of intensive conditioners in a desperate attempt to get my hair in tip top condition ready for her big day. One of these conditioners is the H'suan Wen Hua conditioner by Lush.
What is the purpose of the product?
The purpose of the product is to give an intense moisturisation to thirsty locks and improve its overall condition. The product contains natural ingredients which promise to nourish and strengthen the hair. It also claims to leave your hair completely soft and coated with a beautiful shine.
How does it work?
The conditioner contains Avocado which is rich in fatty acids and vitamins enabling it to strengthen and condition the hair. It also moisturises the hair allowing it to maintain its elasticity meaning that it will prevent your hair from becoming brittle and snapping.
A rather unusual ingredient of Balsamic Vinegar is included because it rejuvenates the hair and coats it with a beautiful shine and prevents it from tangling. It also conditions the scalp. Water Cress helps to nourish the scalp, prevent dandruff and strengthens the hair roots.
The off putting addition of eggs may sound strange but its presence means that you hair will get a good dose of protein meaning that your hair will become stronger and healthier. Bananas are present in order to soften and hydrate the hair and to prevent split ends from forming.
Olive Oil is swirled into the mixture to moisturise the hair and leaves it in a better condition. Rosemary cleans the hair beautifully and thickens the hair while promoting its growth. And finally Cinnamon is included to serve much the same purpose.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used in a way that is a little different to normal intensive conditioners because you need to massage the product into dry hair. I take a generous amount and massage it into my hair paying particular attention to the roots and the ends. The product is supposed to be left on for twenty to thirty minutes which is actually a long chunk out of your day.
To combat this I put the product on my hair, wrap it up in a warm towel and then do some jobs around the house for half an hour. Once the time is up, I then rinse out the product thoroughly and then shampoo and condition my hair as I normally would.
Packaging and Price
The product comes contained within a black tub which has white writing on the front. This form of packaging means that it is easy to access the product and that you will be able to use every last drop without destroying the packaging to reach it. The product costs around £8 for 225 grams of the conditioner. It can be bought from your local Lush store or from the online website.
When I initially bought the product I thought the price was reasonable. But then I realised that you are supposed to slather the product on really thickly meaning that on long hair like mine, you only get around two uses from each purchase. This is my own fault for not reading the front of the tub properly but still, I was a little shocked!
The first thing you notice about the product when you remove the lid is the aroma of the product which is actually really strong. It is not the type of fragrance I would have chosen for myself as I like sweet smells but it isn't awful. It smells like spices, especially cinnamon and is quite pungent. The smell is clearly evident when it is on your hair but thankfully for me, the smell only faintly lingers on the hair once the product has been washed away.
The process of smoothing the product onto dry hair is a little unnerving and strange because it isn't something I would normally do. It can be a bit messy and even though the consistency of the product is thick and rich, some blobs can drop off as you are working it into the hair. For this reason, I stand in the shower while I am applying the product.
You do have a time consuming wait on your hands while the product gets to work so you can either wrap a towel around your hair and do jobs around the house or relax in the bath for half an hour if you can spare the time. Once you have shampooed and conditioned your hair, you'll find that all of the product has been removed from your hair and you can style it as normal.
The conditioner does make your hair really soft and it looks in good condition. I was worried that this product would make my hair look greasy and weigh it down but it did neither of these things. My hair seems full of body and voluminous. My hair no longer looks dry and although the split ends are still there, they don't show as much. The frizzy ends are tamed and I have experienced fewer breakages and less hair coming out when I brush it.
The product comes with a life line of only a few months due to the natural ingredients but as you only get two or three treatments out of the tub, you should find that you use the product in plenty of time. There are other intensive conditioners that you can try if you think the spicy aroma of this one might not be for you. These include Marilyn, The Hair Doctor and Snake Oil amongst others. Also available is the R And B hair moisturiser which I will also be reviewing.
All in all, this was a strange experience but one that left my hair feeling soft and in a better condition. It looks healthier, is full of body and is coated with a lovely shine. Despite being happy with the results, they haven't blown me away with the price in consideration so I doubt I would be repurchasing the product but I would be more than happy to unwrap this one as a present.
H'Suan Wen Hua Hair moisturiser by Lush
Well anyone who has read my reviews over time must realise that I cannot walk passed a Lush shop without being mysteriously drawn in and about two months ago I was in the Westfield Centre in Derby waiting for my husband who was having his hair cut and had a few minutes to fill in so off I went to play in Lush.
If you have been living on a secluded island and not read any reviews on Dooyoo or Ciao for years then you may not have heard of the wonderful cosmetic company called Lush. Lush make their products with as many fresh natural products as possible using little or no preservatives. They source their ingredients from countries where the environment is not damaged by the production of the ingredients. The ingredients used are vegetarian and none are tested on animals. There is always a date on all their products telling when they were made and often who made them as well.
Lush started as a mail order company called Cosmetics to Go but sound became Lush and spread into a number of actual shops. You can now buy Lush products in other countries of the world as well as in the UK so the word is spreading quickly.
After trying several different creams on my hands and arms and playing with the bath bombs with the lovely member of staff who was sharing her excitement for the products with me I spotted this strange sounding name in the hair area. H'Suan Wen Hua which tells me nothing as I don't speak Chinese so of course I had to investigate. If you are like me wondering about the name H'Suan Wen Hua (Shwan Wen Hwa - is a sort of phonetic explanation of the pronunciation!)it means the Chinese God of hair. Well, with a name like that, I thought it had to be good if the Chinese God of hair is involved.
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 larger size of 225g. 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.
On the top is the name and all the list of ingredients and some of these are;
fresh egg, fresh avocado, fresh banana, vinegar and olive oil, fresh bay infusion, fresh watercress, fresh egg, fresh avocado, fresh banana, Italian balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lanolin, rosemary oil and cinnamon leaf oil.
On the front we have the name again and Hair Moisturiser, God of Hair and instructions on how to use this
"Apply loads to hair, massage in and leave for 20 minutes, the shampoo out and condition normally"
There is also the round green label to say who made it and when I should use it by.
What Do I think?
Well I have read a few reviews about this product on Dooyoo and Ciao and the reaction to the smell is very mixed. Some love it and others loathe it. I quite like it and find the cinnamon and bay aroma is what hits me most, I certainly cannot smell the egg or that would have put me off. Other shave said they can smell the banana but it isn't obvious to me and avocado doesn't really have much of a smell anyway. I have just stuck my nose in the empty container and it definitely the cinnamon that is the most predominant smell.
The product is a thin creamy lotion consistency rather than thick as I was expecting. It is a creamy colour too. It spreads into your hair easily and does not feel greasy at all. I usually put it on at night and sleep with it on - looks really glamorous I assure you!! I do also add to the look by wearing a throw away shower cap so it is just as well I have a husband with a sense of humour I guess.
"Avocados are nutritious and softening, balsamic vinegar gives amazing shine, and watercress infusion is exceptionally high in vitamins and increases the tensile strength of the hair. Eggs are packed with proteins and coat the hair with a protective film.
An infusion of bay leaves is stimulating, toning and clarifying for the scalp."
Does it work?
Well yes I think so. I have very dry and slightly frizzy hair so I spend a long time conditioning and feeding it. I have now used the entire tub and I got five treatments from this tub and according to Lush the ingredients in the treatment are supposed to soften your hair, strengthen it and make it smooth and shiny. Well mine doesn't need strengthening but it does feel softer and looks a bit shinier after I have used it. I also like the way my hair smells after I have used it. Sometimes I only rinse it out and don't wash it with shampoo and my hair feels lovely an soft. I do usually have to ash it the next day but I feel my hair gets full value then. The treatment really is not greasy at all and certainly my hair does not look greasy in any way after this method.
How long does it last?
Well if you use it once a week it will last four to five weeks. I got five treatments out of my tub.
I kept mine in the bathroom and had it at least three months as I used it less frequently. I thought the overnight treatment had to be spread as I didn't want to frighten my husband away completely. I suppose you could keep it in the fridge but it does have a use by date on it and doesn't mention that it must be kept in the fridge like the fresh face packs do. My last treatment in the tub was a couple of weeks after the use by date and it still did the trick and hadn't grown mould or anything disgusting. I'm not too fussy about the use by dates as I am not ingesting the stuff so can't see that it can do any harm. It just may not work quite as well or the scent may be less powerful.
They do state that this has fresh ingredients and has a 3 month storage life before you should use it to get the best out of the product.
Would you buy it again?
Yes probably but not for a while as I have an Umburto Gianini one to use for a while and anyway I enjoy trying new products so it depends. I would certainly happily accept it if offered. I shall probably have a look to see what else is in Lush before I decide.
What does it Cost?
Well being a freshly made Lush product it is not cheap. The 225 tub is £7.60 but if you get four treatments from the tub it becomes more reasonable and I got five so even better value for me.
This is a Marmite product with its smell as you either love or hate it. The product is easy to apply and does the job of conditioning your hair. It does take at least 20 minutes and the longer you leave it the better it works I have found. If you can get five treatments from the tub then it isn't too expensive and provided you like the smell give it a try.
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For those of you who have not heard of lush - it is a shop much like body shop supplying hair, body, facial cleansing and moisturising products made me near to 100% natural ingredients sourced fairly from flar flung parts of the world, they test any of their products on animals and all most of all of their products are vegetarian and vegan friendly... oh and they'r all hand made!
As so much of their raw ingredients are exactly that - raw and not full of preservatives they tend to have a short shelf life and each product comes with a sticker telling you who it made by and when the best before is: much like food items at the super market.
They use 100% post consumer recylced packaging and/or no packaging at all, and won the global green packaging awards in 2008! so enough about the wonder that is the lush phenomenon...onto the hair moisturiser as it is described in the pot.
I like to think of it as a hair pack..like a face pack but for the hair. You apply it roughly 20 minutes before shampooeing and conditioning. Packed with the natural treats such as bay infusion, free range eggs (theyr good for your hair promise), avocado, banana, vinegar, olive oil, rosemary oil and a few naturual occuring preservatives + two man made preservatives this is one power packed moisturiser and nourisher for the hair.
I ordered this online so had no idea what it would be like until I recieved it.. I was a little put off by the smell, although my mum really likes it for some bizarre reason, the smell is pungent and spicy and slightly eggy. Hmm.. I left this on the shelf for a few weeks before finally braving the smell to try it! The texture is medium heavy and I find I need about 1/3 of the pot to cover my shoulder length hair.. 225g per pot may seem alot but you easily finish the pot in 1 or 2 treatments if you have long hair/alot of hair.
The instructions on the pot tell me that it should be applied to dry hair and left on for 20 minutes before being rinsed off. I did this the first time and used far too much and found it took a while to rinse out. I know wet my hands and run it through dry hair first to give it a little slip allowing me to use less product and to rinse out better. I leave it on for longer than 20 minutes as I want to have the maximum benefit from the ingredients so roughly I kepp in for an hour then rinse and follow with shampoo.
As my hair is now super short I do not need conditioner but longer haired ladies might want to condition their ends. I make sure when I apply it massage a fair bit onto my scalp and give it a good stimulating massage which has helped with my hair fall alot!
the final result??
after a quick blowdry i look at my hair, it feels incredibly soft and silky and has a lovely natural (as opposed to plastic) shine to it and i spent most of the evening just stroking my hair as it was soooo silky and lovely. It didn't leave it flat or greasy at all and the result lasts well into your next two washes. The smell however does linger for a day or two and if your not a fan then I really wouldn't advice you get this. Despite my intial distatse for the smell I'v grown used to it and while not pleasant for the results it gives its most definetly worth it. When I finish this pot I wil definetly repurchase as I really love the results, the fact it is natural and is a pre shampoo treatment as i prefer that to those deep conditioning treatments that leave my hair flat.
priced at £7.39 for 225g its not cheap but a lot cheaper then similar deep conditiong treatments by the likes of aveda and kiehl's so its not a bad purchase at all. It can be used weekly or every 2-3 weeks as a deep conditiong scalp and hair moisturiser.
oh in case the name baffles you (it did me) its supposed to mean: chinese god of hair = h'suan wen hua
I am cursed with very dry hair which is made particulary bad by the face that it is curly. Dry curly hair equals frizz!!! Because of this, I was very keen to try H'suan Wen Hua hair moisturiser from Lush - my hair most certainly needed some moisturising!
H'suan Wen Hua comes in a black tub containing 225g of the product. The name is written in white writing along with someinformation about the product. Lush hail this the 'God of Hair ' and I have to say I agree.
Before you buy this product I highly reccomend that you smell it, this is not a product I would suggest purchasing online because the scent is very very strong and its something you will either love or hate.
Personally I love spicy scents, especially cinnamon, so this really is the product for me. Upon opening the lid you are hit with warm spicy fragrance which is quite powerful but not overwhelming.
The product is thick and very creamy, it forms a very thick rim around the edge of the pot similar to the thick rim around a thick creamy yogurt - I give the tub a good shake to mix it all back together before applying.
H'suan Wen Hua should be applied generously to dry hair and then left for 20 minutes to work its magic. I found that the thickness of the product meant that it did not drip as my conditioners to when I leave them in, so there was no mess.
After 20 minutes wash the moisuriser out of your hair. Lush then say to use your conditioner as normal, however I do not think this is always necessary. The first time I used the product my hair was very dry pre-application, however the second time my hair had become less dry and frizzy ( as a result of H'suan Wen Hua I hope! ) and after applying the product my hair already felt very soft so I decided not to use any conditioner.
The scent from the moisturiser really lingers on the hair for a long time, even if you do use a scented conditioner, it will still be the moisturiser rather than the conditioner that you can smell in my experience.
At £7.10 per tub this does not come cheap, especially for someone like me who has very long hair. I managed to get on really great use and a second reasonable use out of the tub. Someone with shorter hair may find it more cost effective as they could perhaps get 3 or 4 good uses out of it.
As H'suan Wen Hua comes in one of the black tubs,it can be used towards the Lush face mask offer - collect 5 tubs, wash them and return them to your local store for recycling and they will reward you with a free face mask of your choice, the face masks are worth around £6, so its a good deal!
I always save my black pots and I give them a good wash out to remove all product before returning it, however with the pot from H'suan Wen Hua, no matter how hard I tried the scent just will not leave the pot - it really is very strong!!!!
This is a product which I plan to continue using, although I dont htink I will be able to use it regularly considering the price. It does work wonders though and it deserves to be called 'God of Hair' because my hair is now sort and shiney and it is a good week or twpo before it even begins to frizz up again after I have applied this.
Before I start there is only one thing I can advise you about H'suan Wen Hua- ask to smell it before you buy it. If you do not like the smell in the tub you will not like the way it makes your hair smell! And it is VERY strong smelling.
Having said that, I love the smell. It's like a... actually I don't what it's like! It contains bay infusion, watercress infusion, free range eggs, bananas, avocado, balsamic vinegar,extra virgin olive oil, rosemary oil, cinnamon leaf oil and some other bits and bobs, so basically it's a spicy herby salad dressing sort of smell! And all these random sounding things are basically there to make your hair amazing!
I've been using H'Suan Wen Hua for about 7 years, and I live in fear of Lush discontinuing it as they are sometimes wont to do when they have had a product around for a few years!
To use it you massage it into dry hair, and leave it for 20 minutes or so. Then you wash it out. You must shampoo and condition your hair afterwards though otherwise it doesn't all come out!
You will now find your hair is super soft and shiny! I, personally, find that my hair is even better after I have washed my hair the second time. But this is because I have very fine hair and I think it weighs it down until it has had it's second wash!
I also find that the smell stays in my hair for days. I love smelling my hair after I've used H'suan Wen Hua. This is why it's so important to make sure you like the smell before you use it, because it's going to be with you for a while!
The price is currently £7.10 for 225g, and that's enough for 4 or 5 uses (depending on your hair length). When I first got H'suan Wen Hua years ago I was told to keep it in the fridge because that will help keep it fresh (i suppose with avocado, eggs, and bananas etc you wouldn't want to keep it somewhere warm) The packaging doesn't say you need to do this anymore, but I still do.
Oh, and H'suan Wen Hua doesn't mean 'god of hair' in cantonese or anything else (I checked!) but it's so good, I'll forgive it. :)
I absolutely love this stuff.
First off, I blowdry / straighten my hair a whole lot more than I know is healthy for it, so finding a conditioning treatment that actually worked (and not only for the first hour or two) was always going to be a challenge.
After trying countless numbers of other conditioning hair products available from Boots, Superdrug etc I decided to pop into LUSH to see if they had anything available to suit my needs. After a quick talk with a Sales Assistent I headed to the the till with both 'H'Suan Wen Hua' and there 'Retread' conditioners.
LUSH describe this as the 'God of hair' and a 'Mega treat.' Both of which statements I wholeheartedly agree with! Before I discovered it my hair was course and dry, especially after using a hairdryer, and I would have to use my GHD's a few times on each section of hair until it felt smooth. Now it's soft, silky, deeply conditioned & requires little to no straightening as 'H'Suan Wen Hua' smoothes it almost 100%!
I use it weekly (or thereabouts) using around a third of a tub (my hair is thick and sits just below the middle of my back) each time, so at £7.25 a tub (I think?) it isn't cheap, but definately worth it in my opinion. Although LUSH only state that it needs 20 minutes, I apply to dry hair then wrap it in a warm towel and leave it there for as long as I can. After rinsing and shampoo-ing/conditioning as normal my hair feels the best it ever has!
I will always continue to repurchase this as and when I run out! I also don't personally understand all the complaints about the smell - Although not pleasant, I don't think it's disgusting at all. In fact it faintly reminds me of Big Red Gum and that could never be a bad thing!
As Per normal ive read a few other reviews on this product to get a feel of opinions out there before giving my own.
What I always find funny is peoples opinions on smells; I would think most people are united on bin Juice & sick being really quite disgusting, however the vast range of smells out there people have varying opinions on, I can think of certain perfumes & aftershaves that id quite happily sniff on said bin juice before applying that perfume!
So anyway i'm warbling here, what i was going to say was that I really liked the smell of the Lush Suan Wen Hua Hair Moisturiser. I was given a wee sample pot by the ever helpful Lush staff. II could understand how the smell might offend some people but i like it. I will always have a sniff of the pots in Lush anyway so if something is truely repulsive i wont buy it (that is with the exception of the soak & flaor shampoo bar)
So bathtime arrived, this time i popped in a Lush Avobath bath bomb, lit the candles and jumped in. i then applied the hair moisturiser to my dry hair; it does have a consistency of thick salad dressing, but then this is Lush and i expect to have non conventional textures. One of the previous reviewers said her mixture was brownish; mine was completely pale cream. You are supposed to leave this on for 20 minutes then wash your hair twice afterwards & condition. As I was going to bed afterward (foolish timing really) I decided that rather than wash this out I would sleep with it in. Morning arrived complete with fantastic hairstyle! I then did the 2 wash & condition. My hair was quite fantastic afterwards, its done the job of conditioning very well. I do have quite dry thick hair so it does need a good drink from time to time. Despite washing with the exceptionally fragrant soak & float shampoo bar I could still smell the mask in my hair; in fact there is still a faint whiff even now & thats a day & a trip to the pub later!
I'm off on 4 months of traveling come November so I will buy a tub of this to take with me to use after a couple of months of Thai tropical sun abuse!!
Here I am sitting writing this review, whilst drifting down from my hair is an aroma that can only be likened too that of the rice that comes with some microwave curries, you know the type with those little pods in to give it flavour? Well my hair smells EXACTLY like that.
I had been put off buying H`Suan Wen Hua mainly by its description of "salad dressing for the hair" on the Lush website, leaving me thinking it would smell, well, like salad dressing and I like my smells girly and sweet thank you very much!
However, I could not deny, it's abundance of ingredients would no doubt do a lot of good for the hair but I always thought I'd buy Jasmin and Henna Fluff-Ease when I eventually got around to purchasing one of these pre wash treatments from Lush, because in theory it sounded like it would smell nicer.
All that went out of the window after reading a recent review of the product and the results sounded so great that I decided to put the results before the smell and go for it. I could get this one by as an essential in that it could be somewhat of a hair rescue after holiday.
When I went in the shop, the product didn't smell great, well; it smelt as I've already described it. I smelt the Henna and Jasmin Fluff Ease while I was there, and actually disliked that more as it was very over powering so I went with this like planned.
So I wasn't expecting this product to smell nice, and it didn't smell awful as such. I quite like curries but I don't want to smell like one so as long as the smell washed out or got masked after washing this out then I could live with it.
I had initially planned to first use this before an interview I have on Tuesday. All I can say is oh my gosh I am so glad I didn't! After washing my hair thoroughly, conditioning it and spraying it with stuff to try to mask the smell I still just stink like curry!
So, apart from the positive experiences other people had had, the other thing that convinced me this would be an absolute saviour for the hair was the impressive list of ingredients. There is Fresh Bay Infusion which is antiseptic and astringent and is great for stimulating and toning the scalp which makes it perfect for greasy hair or for clearing dandruff. It has Fresh Watercress Infusion which is exceptionally high in vitamins, particularly in vitamins A and C and also has high amounts of iron, calcium and folic acid in it. It gives the hair strength and is a great cleanser. It also has fresh free range raw eggs, which I doubt you would find in many products! These are rich in essential proteins and strengthen the hair follicles and give the hair volume. They can be particularly good to use when hair starts to thin or you begin to get a receeding hairline. Eggs also help keep the hair tangle free and helps to prevent split ends. Another fresh ingredient is fresh bananas which are full of nutrition and are very moisturising and they soften and control the hair. Yet more freshness in the Fresh Avacado which hydrates, nourishes and moisturises and have a perfectly balanced Ph. They're very rich in minerals and are perfect for treating dry hair. There's also Balsamic Vinegar which stimulates the circulation and opens the pores, allowing all that goodness to get inside. They give the hair glossy shine and soft texture and smooth the hair shaft. They encourage the cuticles on the hair shaft to lie flat which gives it a shiny light reflective nature. As well as making the hair appear shiny it also conditions the hair. Olive oil nourishes and conditions the hair whilst also improving the strength and elasticity therefore helping protect against split ends. Rosemary Oil stimulates the hair follicles and hair growth and can slow down or actually prevent hair loss and grey hair. It also soothes dry, flaky scalps and can clear dandruff. It can also darken grey hair over time, and stimulates the roots and scalp. It also well known for promoting hair growth and making hair grow longer and be healthier. As well as all this it eliminates dryness and is an excellent conditioner!
Writing all this out now, even after using it makes me think - wow this is amazing I HAVE to use this! Then I remember I DID use it and it didn't do anything for my hair. I can't explain why, as usually Lush things do what they're supposed to but this just did nothing for me, it's so strange.
This technically should have made my hair soft, shiny, tangle free, protected from split ends, covered my greys (yes I have them) and nourished and moisturised my hair. Unfortunately it did none of this and I can't tell you why!!
My problem with this product, believe it or not is not the scent. I don't want to go around smelling like a curry obviously, but if I had gloriously shiny healthy hair then I could live with it. However, this does sweet diddly squat for your hair. I'm being serious, this did not one bit of good for my hair.
I gave this a fair trial. I used it initially just after I got it and I left it on the recommended 20 minutes, although it was tingling so much I did fear my hair falling out as I washed it. After this use, no difference in hair. Same to wash, same to condition, same look and feel after washing. The only difference was, it reeked. I gave it another go before going to France. This time I put it on before my Geo Phyzz bath, wrapped my hair in clingfilm and left it on for the full hour I was in the bath. This way I felt it would have maximum chance to do good, with the heat and the length of time. Again, no difference in any aspect of my hair other than the smell. The smell whilst having the stuff on my hair was more bearable this time as the clingfilm muted it some what and the Geo Phyzz was stronger. Finally I tried it again after France and before Mexico. Third time lucky? Nope. I left it on about ten minutes this time, thinking maybe since longer periods of time hadn't worked it needed to be on less time, but again my hair was exactly the same as the previous two times I'd used it, and two the hundreds of times I've not used it.
I can live with sitting with something on my head tingling and reeking something awful, if it actually does something to my hair, but strangely for Lush products, this did absolutely nothing!! This was a waste of time, a waste of money and had only one effect on my hair, a negative one, the smell!!
This was without a doubt the worst and most disappointing Lush product I've ever bought and I definitely wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I hate to waste things but I don't think I'll even finish the tub. It was £7.25 for a 225g pot which would probably do about 4 treatments on my very long hair and much more for short hair. It's quite expensive but would have been worth it as a hair treat if it had worked, I seem to be alone in not liking this product which makes me not understand even more but I would swear on anything this didn't make even a tiny amount of difference to my hair, other than the smell of it!
Living in a hard water area is always going to play havoc with your skin, hair and scalp and much of the time, despite changing shampoo and conditioner in the hope that my hair will become soft and sleek. Every now and again I like to treat myself to a hair mask or a conditioning treatment which I leave in for a certain amount of time to give my hair and scalp an extra conditioning. A hair mask or conditioning treatment is a bit like a face mask in that you hope to get rid of the impurities and product build up that could be causing unnecessary problems such as a dry scalp or greasy roots. My own stylist at my local salon told me that I should actually use a conditioning treatment regularly; either once a week or at least twice a month given that I live on a main road in a very busy city and that alone can lead to minor hair issues.
So, here I am in Lush again with a friend who had never been into a Lush shop because she found them to be too smelly. After constant whinging at her to come into the shop with me on a promise that once you are in the shop you cannot actually get the same smell inside as you do outside and it is true, within the Lush store that I go to, it doesn't actually smell of anything until you stick your nose onto a product to smell it.
Anyway, I wanted something that would give me a deep condition whilst protecting my blonde locks whilst at the same time eradicating the frizzy mess which was dry in parts and greasy in others and on the whole just generally looks tired and feels a bit of a mess. So the Lush assistant suggested I try H`Suan Wen Hua which is a bit of a mouthful to pronounce and it simply means The God of Hair in Cantonese. This product is a pre-wash conditioner that is designed to give your hair extra nourishment and as Lush sell it using the following statement "It's Lush salad dressing` for the hair, a nutritious treat which makes hair more healthy and pleased to be alive". Lush currently stock three differing types of pre-conditioners for the hair and all are available online.
So with my tub of conditioner I am a very happy person because I had been in and out of a Lush shop in 20 minutes and usually it is three times as long. My friend was also armed with a nice selection of goods to try for the first time, so that's another Lush Virgin cracked ha. The product itself arrives in a large black pot with a pull off lid which retails at £6.95 for a 225g tub and for that £6.95 you get approximately 10-15 uses of the product depending on how often you use it and how much you use at any one time. The last product of this kind that I used was Retread which was more of a conditioner than a treatment and the price doesn't vary too much so I am more than happy to pay to use it.
Armed with H`Suan Wen Hua I get home and immediately read the instructions I have been given. When removing the lip the first thing you notice is the oddly coloured cream inside the tub which isn't quite yellow but it isn't bright white either, although with a name like H`Suan Wen Hua I would have thought it would have been quite an exotic colour, however the best colour to describe it is off-white and it is quite a thick textured cream which means a little goes a long way and it should last longer. Like most Lush products upon the tub there is a date sticker to tell you that this particular product has a shelf life of three months and that it had been made in store on that very day by 'Michelle' and the name of the person obviously differ per store.
The ingredients within this H`Suan Wen Hua conditioner are quite wide and varied and as Lush cleverly described it as a salad dressing for hair it is no surprise to learn that amongst the ingredients are Watercress, Fresh Free Range Eggs , Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil to name but a few. However, these ingredients have been cleverly put together to give your hair that extra nourishment because the first ingredient that you come across is Fresh Watercress Infusion which is packed full of vitamins which are needed to give your hair strength added to that is Balsamic Vinegar which is used to give your hair a natural shine, a lot of people I know actually use vinegar as a hair treatment because it works so well with your natural oils and when used in this way helps to stimulate circulation and open up the pores encouraging a glossy shine and soft texture. Fresh Bay Infusion again is another ingredient which works with the Balsamic Vinegar and it is used to stimulate and tone the scalp and this is especially beneficial to those people who have greasy hair, a dry scalp and need help clearing dandruff. Fresh bananas are used not only for their high vitamin content but also for their moisture properties because they help to soften the surface of the your scalp and skin to help it absorbing moisture and finally we have fresh avocado who's natural oil has a perfectly balanced Ph and are rich in minerals but also naturally rich in a fine oil, which hydrates, nourishes and moisturises the skin which means they are excellent for ageing, chapped, peeling or drying skin. As always there are also many other ingredients that can be found on the Lush website.
Putting all of these ingredients together doesn't actually give you one of those over-powering Lush smells which linger throughout your household once you have used it. The best description of the smell I can give is that although it wasn't unpleasant it didn't make me go "oooh now that smells amazing" but no one ingredient dominated the smell which is just as well because I didn't want to be walking around smelling like I worked in a fish and chip shop stinking of vinegar.
So I lathered my hair in this pre-wash conditioner, because you are supposed to use it before you shampoo and condition your hair in the normal manner and whilst in the Lush shop I was told to take a handful and plaster it all over my head ensuring that I covered my hair from root to tip and it must be applied to dry hair, not wet hair and as you apply it massage it into your head as you would with your conditioner to allow the ingredients to interact with your hairs natural oils. The most important thing however is not to wash it off after a few minutes, you can leave it on for up to 20 minutes because the longer you leave it on your head the more time it has to work its magic. So, after those magical 20 minutes I head straight for the shower, hoping that not only did I have the hair of a goddess as I had been promised, but that the smell didn't linger because the longer I left it on my head the more I disliked it. When it comes to washing this stuff off your hair it is really easy, thankfully it doesn't dry upon your head so you don't have to spend hours picking it off and manically rubbing your scalp to remove any excess cream, and you simply use warm water and rinse it all away. From here you shampoo your hair following your normal routine. After my hair had part dried, I always like to finish it off with the hairdryer and the first thing to strike me was the shine which had appeared on my hair, not something I had been used to seeing for sometime.
My hair once completely dry was not only soft and smooth, there wasn't a frizzy hair in sight and my natural shine was definitely back, it was almost like someone had given me a new head of hair. Straightening my hair was also a new challenge completely because running my GHD's over my hair which I always section up into bits was a doddle, not having to go back over it with straighteners, it went poker straight with no fuss. The only problem is that I can still smell the blooming stuff on my hair, not quite a potent as it was before but it was still there, even after I had shampooed and conditioned my hair and that smell remains there for a good few hours after you have styled your hair to perfection, but given that my hair is near perfect it is a problem I am willing to put up with.
I have now used H`Suan Wen Hua once a week for three months and my pot is almost empty, there is about an inch worth of product in the bottom which isn't enough to cover my entire head of hair so I have to invest in a new tub if I am happy enough with it. Will I invest in a new tub, well despite the horrid smell I definitely will purchase more H`Suan Wen Hua and hope that it continues to re-create my lovely shiny head of hair which is frizz free, tangle free, whiffs a bit but on the whole looks and feels amazing. The only thing I would change is the smell, because whilst I usually buy things I like the smell of, I bought this product without smelling it because it sounded like a god send and had I smelt it first I wouldn't have bought it.
My first thoughts when I opened the tub and had a sniff were ewwwwww! I immediately regretted not smelling it in the shop. I was in a bit of a rush and I was meeting someone. I went into Lush with the intention of something to help deep condition my hair. This is what the lovely Lush assistant at Covent Garden recommended. I did ask about Arabian Bright as I remember reading a review on that and it being good for coloured hair. She told me they no longer sold that (oh well) and said that H'Suan Wen Hua would help even the most damaged hair into ravishing locks again. I trusted her, bought it and went on my merry way.
I didn't even stop to look at what was in it and lets be honest the name doesn't give much away. For those of you wondering H'Suan Wen Hua (no I don't know how to pronounce it either!) means the Chinese God of hair. On later inspection I noticed banana was one of the ingredients. I HATE bananas so I kept putting off using it. On reading the other ingredients it started to sound like an evil salad dressing. Had I made a mistake I wondered?!
***What is it?***
H'Suan Wen Hua is a hair moisturiser. It's used as a treatment for when your hair is in need of major nourishing. You apply it to dry hair, leave it in for 20 minutes and then wash it out and follow with your usual shampoo and conditioner.
***So what is in this weird concoction?! ***
I won't list all the ingredients but it contains Fresh Bay Infusion, Fresh Watercress Infusion, Fresh Free-Range Eggs, Fresh Bananas, Fresh Avocado You get the idea I think! There are a few other things but I should point out now that because the ingredients are fresh it only has a shelf life of 4 weeks. It isn't kept refrigerated and no where does it state that you need to keep it in the fridge at home either. Just don't go leaving it near a radiator! The smell would be terrible!
So now you know what in it I'll tell you what Lush claim they will do you your hair. The banana and avocado is supposed to soften the hair, the watercress will strengthen it. Olive oil and lanolin is supposed to make your hair strong and smooth and rosemary oil and balsamic vinegar to make it nice and shiny. It sounds great doesn't it?!
I bleach, colour, blow dry and straighten my hair. So it's fair to say that I abuse it more than I should. When I last got my hair cut I had quite a bit chopped off because I had so many split ends. I decided there and then that I needed to start treating my hair with a bit of respect. I also would like to get it back to the length it was before.
***Back to the smell and appearance***
When I opened the pot again I actually thought it didn't smell as bad as I first thought. Perhaps the thought of bananas repulsed me so much? The more I smelt it the less overpowering it was. The smell of the watercress and bay infusion is more prominent. Luckily I couldn't smell the banana at all. It has been likened to a salad dressing and I have to agree. The mixture is quite thick and it looks like paste. It looks a bit yogurty but the consistency is much thicker. I tipped the pot upside down and it stayed put.
So I decided I couldn't not use it now as it didn't smell as bad as it initially did. I scooped loads out the pot and massaged it into my hair. I paid special attention to the ends of my hair and didn't apply any to my roots. I can get greasy hair so I thought this would be best. After I had applied liberal amounts I wrapped my hair in cling film. I read somewhere (Lush Times I think) that this helped it work quicker. So looking rather sexy (opps I mean silly!) I decided I'd keep it on for as long as I could. They say on the pot to leave it in for 20 minutes but the Lush assistant told me that she left it in for up to an hour. The smell of it isn't so bad when it's actually in your hair. Maybe the cling film helped!
The moisturiser is quick and easy to apply. It doesn't drip everywhere as the consistency is really thick. When I colour my hair I usually tie it up but with this I just pat it into place, put the cling film over it and it stayed in place.
One hour later
***Washing it out***
Taking the cling film off I discovered that my hair was still moist and the H'Suan Wen Hua was still on my hair. My hair was very silky when I started to wash it out and it was very manageable. The smell was also quite pleasant. I didn't expect to like the smell but I wouldn't go and far as saying that I loved it.
It didn't take long to rinse all the treatments out completely. Once it was all out I followed with my usual shampoo. It is recommended that you condition as well but it wasn't really necessary. After the shampoo was rinsed out of my hair was really smooth and felt wonderfully conditioned. I did use a conditioner though as I thought it wouldn't hurt.
After towel drying my hair it was more manageable than it has been in a very long time (my hair has gone through years of abuse!) So the claim that it softens and makes your hair smoother is definitely true. The smell of the H'Suan Wen Hua was still apparent even after the shampoo and conditioner. I thought that the smell wouldn't be so obvious as the scent of the shampoo would possible mask it.
I decided not to blow dry my hair on this occasion. As it dried I noticed that my hair was shiny so this is another claim that is true. Once it was completely dry it was very shiny and I was delighted with the results.
Normally when brushing my hair easily knots and becomes elastically and will then break. This time the brush just glided through.
One thing I have noticed is that it's stripped some of the hair colour away. I hadn't long coloured it so maybe I shouldn't have used this so soon. The treatment was recommended (I told her I coloured my hair) and it states its for all hair types. Normally my hair colour does fade quickly but there was a huge difference before and after using the H'Suan Wen Hua. After much thought it's possible that the vinegar stripped the colour off.
Personally I shall not be buying this again and only because it stripped my hair colour a little. For anyone who doesn't colour their hair then I really do recommend it. For those that like to brighten up their hair like me then look for something more suitable (I know I will be!) H'Suan Wen Hua does actually do all the things that Lush claim it to. My hair was left shiny, soft, smooth and stronger than it was before.
The pot contains 225g, which equates to roughly 4 applications. Of course this all depends in the length of your hair. My hair is just below my shoulder and I used more than enough. It costs £5.95, which isn't a huge amount, and it was worth it.
I hit the bottle! Stop thinking gin or my latest trick the cocktail menu ( shudder) I'm talking about the hair dye bottle here! In hairdresser speak I've got what's called "processed hair".Unfortunately a combination of dye,hi lights and the straightners have left my crowning glory feeling dry and rather lack lustre. Emergency treatment was needed to restore the crowning glory to it's normal healthy shiney state! Whilest doing what I always do in London - no not drink tsk! I hit the Lush shop. Having selected my bath bomb's, soaps and assorted other smellies I asked the assistant if she could recommend a decent hair conditioner or mask. Instantly she came back with a tub of H'suan wen hua. Recalling several opinions which lent heavily on a rather nasty smell - smells like a nursing home being one I recall vividly I did have my doubt's about this rather small tub of purported hair miracle. But the crowning glory needed help fast. H'suan wen hua is another of those Lush goodies with a rather silly name. The nice people at Lush named the product after the chinese god of hair! Marketed as a mega hair treat it is supposed to work a miricale on your crowning glory! H'suan wen hua is sold in a plain packaged tub remenicint of a small Ben and Jerry's ice cream tub! - Lush don't go heavily on frivolous packaging as it's the stuff inside that matters. At £5.25 for a small 225g tub it's not for every day use! First impressions always count on opening the tub I did that sniff test. I was waiting for my nostrils to be asailed by that familair stale urine smell - I'd add that my water works are fine just if you've done my job for the number of years you become an expert on the smell of urine! What I did notice was yes it did smell slightly odd, sort of oil of cloves like but not quite! A further sniff and it wasn't unduly unpleasant but it wasn't pleasant either bay l
eaves and vingegar came to mind! Those nice Lush people market it on their website as a kind of salad dressing for hair, given the list of ingredients I could actually see why! H'suan wen hua contains a rather odd mixture of ingredients from Balsamic vinegar, Bay leaf and water cress infusions, egg and banana to name a few of them! Having used an assortment of hair masks in my time, I was expecting a more thicker constituency then it is. Not exactly runny but neither super thick either! Following Lush's simple instructions I scooped out about a quarter of the tub and plastered it on my dry hair, then spent about 20 minutes with that odd smell wafting around - it was definetly oil of cloves it really was! Prehaps they'd just forgotton to add it to the list of ingredients! After 20 minutes I then shampooed it off and used my normal conditioner. I would recommend that you did shampoo it off due to that smell even with a shampoo it lingers slightly! After drying and using the straighteners I went to have a closer inspection of my hair. It felt softer and less coarse and slightly more shiney. I've actually used H'suan wen hua 4 times now and it has definitley perked up my crowning glory. Given the price of it and the fact I managed to eek out 4 treatments on my short hair I'm not too sure how economical it would be for people with long hair. But I would recommend it if you're like me and subject your hair to near daily abuse!
I am sitting here stinking. My kids have been round spraying the air with deodorant, I stink so badly. In fact, I can hardly stand it myself. I smell just like the contents of the bins belonging to the filthiest students you could ever imagine. Oh, and the bin’s been left out in the sun for a couple of months. With the lid off. Get the picture? So why? Well, no, I am not dirty myself. Well, my mind may be, but my body isn’t too bad. The problem is Lush. Yes, the Lush I am always raving about. Lush that is beautiful, colourful and sweetly perfumed. Except, it appears, for the H’Suan Wen Hua hair moisturiser, that is. This stuff stinks. When you consider it contains stuff like fresh egg, fresh avocado, fresh banana, vinegar and olive oil, I guess you can see why. You can actually smell all of those jumbled up together to make the evilest and smelliest gunk imaginable. It also looks vile. It is a beige-brown colour like long-past-their-best mashed bananas (which it probably is, to be honest) and has the consistency of toothpaste, but creamier. Sorry, I can’t look at it any longer, let’s move on. I put it on my hair almost twenty minutes ago, so very shortly, I shall be off upstairs to wash my hair – hurray! It had better have worked miracles, I can tell you! Still, at least once it’s massaged into the hair, it doesn’t look so bad. In fact, it looks okay, just like you’ve got conditioner in your hair really. It’s not like having a facemask on, you could answer the door with only minimal embarrassment. But you would stink the whole street out. Time to wash it off. Back soon… Well, I washed it off which took quite a while. After it has been wet, it is easy and soothing to massage it into your hair for another minute or so, before you rinse it off completely. The water runs brown (nice!) until it is out of your hair, then it is time to shampoo a
nd condition your hair as normal. I used strongly scented Avon shampoo and Supersoft conditioner, hoping they would get rid of the H’Suan Wen Hua smell, but they didn’t. I still smell of oily bananas on a bed of eggy avocado. (No, I wouldn’t eat that either!) I brushed my hair through after all that, expecting it to be completely tangle-free and the bristles to glide through my squeaky-clean and beautifully soft hair – but they didn’t. So far, I am disappointed but I will let my hair dry naturally and update you on how it all turns out later. In the meantime, let me fill you in on a few more details about the product itself. It is packaged in a standard white plastic tub with the Lush logo on the top. The tub contains 225g of the smelly stuff, which sounds a lot but it tells you to ‘apply loads to dry hair’ which I did and there’s only about half a tub left now, after just one ash! So unless you have very short hair, I would think you’d only get two or three uses out of this size tub. For £4.95, that’s not a lot really. Each tub has a shelf life of three months. On the top, it will tell you who made it and when, as well as the use by date. I know I have mentioned some of the prominent ingredients already, but just to let you know a few more, it includes fresh bay infusion, fresh watercress, fresh egg, fresh avocado, fresh banana, Italian balsamic vinegar, olive oil, lanolin, rosemary oil and cinnamon leaf oil. I would love to tell you it smells delicious, but it doesn’t, so I won’t. I’m not sure whether you store it in the fridge or not, it doesn’t say on the tub or in the Lush Times newspaper and they were kept on a shelf in the shop. But with all that fresh stuff, you would expect to keep it refrigerated. If you do, just remember it will be cold when you put it on your head! You apply it generously to dry hair, massage it in, l
eave it on for twenty minutes (get a nose peg!) then rinse, shampoo and condition. So it’s easy enough to use, nothing too complicated there. Lush Times gives us a bit more info on this pre-wash hair moisturiser with the unusual name (apparently from a Chinese god of hair). The ingredients are supposed to soften your hair, strengthen it and make it smooth and shiny. Rather comically, the newspaper states that the product’s ingredients have “been likened to salad dressing but please don’t waste this on your food.” I’m sorry, but if anyone put this on my salad, I would probably go off lettuce for life and have to dash to the toilet very quickly. Half an hour later – hair still wet, still stinks, but feels reasonably soft. A few hours later… Well, surprisingly enough, my hair is wonderful! It feels soft, silky and I can run my fingers through it without finding any knots or tangles. It is clean, shiny and looks quite movie star like. I almost feel like I’m in a L’Oreal ad or something, very ‘flickable’. It does still smell, but only vaguely. If you sniff the hair <cough splutter> there is a definite twang of old avocados. But otherwise, it did deliver and managed to do all it promised. Next day… Well, my hair just needed a quick and painless comb through and it looks as lovely and <ahem> lush as it did yesterday. Oh and the avocado smell has *almost* gone… Will I be using it again? Well, I will be finishing the tub and I might well buy similar products from Lush again, but I doubt it’ll be this one. While the results are very impressive, the smell is just too awful to cope with too often. P.S. I’m not great at Chinese, but I think you pronounce H’Suan Wen Hua as Huh! You Spent WHAT??? Well, that’s what my husband thought anyway ;-)
This one is named after a Chinese hair god; use it to restore your hair's yin and yang to a perfect balance /