Lush New Shampoo Bar is made with cinnamon, clove and peppermint to stimulate the scalp, boosting blood flow, stimulating hair follicles and promoting healthy hair. It's priced at £5.50 for a 55g bar
After using a few other solid shampoos now I find it much more convenient than the traditional liquid kind. You can either rub it on your hair and then massage the lather through, or lather it in your hands and use the lather to wash the hair. With the other bars I choose to rub it on my hair, but with this one I lather it in my hands, purely because the bit of cinnamon stick that's stuck in the top of the bar catches on my hair if I try to rub it through.
It lathers really well and the lather is thick and soft. It smells absolutely delicious, I'm a big lover of cinnamon so this is perfect for me but I know a lot of people are not keen on the scent of cinnamon so then I'd say avoid it because the scent is rather strong!
As soon as I rinse this out of my hair I can tell I'm not going to like the results. My hair when wet feels stripped and has that 'squeaky clean' feeling to it. Once dried my hair feels quite rough to touch and dry, and it looks dull and unhealthy.
I persevered with it for a while because I do really love the smell and I wanted to love it, but after a few days my hair was in terrible condition, very dry and static, so I had to stop using it. It took a few days of moisturising shampoos and intensive conditioners to restore it to a condition I was happy with.
Absolutely not. This ruined my hair, so I can't recommend it at all. I will be breaking mine into pieces and using them to scent my clothes drawers.
I recently decided to treat myself to some items from Lush and as I had liked the solid shampoos in the past, I thought I would try this one. I also bought a tin, as I had lost my previous one and I didn't want it lying loose in my bathroom.
A shampoo bar is a block of solid shampoo. There is no packaging with these (just a paper bag), so they are better for the environment. You can buy reusable tins, like I did, but the bar of shampoo doesn't fit properly when you first buy it. I do find that the tins are fantastic though, as they keep the shampoo bar dry and undamaged.
This shampoo has two aims:
To add shine
To stimulate blood flow and boost hair follicles
This shampoo has nettle and peppermint infusions to ad dshine to hair, rosemary and nettle absolutes to protect, sooth and clear scalp, and bay oil, clove bud oil and cinnamon leaf oil to stimulate blood flow and boost hair follicles. Peppermint is also meant to inhibit mechanisms that cause hair to fall out.
This shampoo appealed to me for two reasons
I love the smell of cinnamon
This shampoo is designed to stimulate hair follicles to maximise growth
While I was slightly wary of the claims to maximise hair growth, I figured it wouldn't hurt to try. I do find it's very difficult (if not impossible) to either confirm or deny this claim.
I love the smell of this shampoo; it smells very Christmassy with the cinnamon and peppermint. There is a cinnamon stick imbedded in it, so I take care to ensure I use the other side of the bar when rubbing this against my hair to lather it up. It does lather up really easily and produces lots of rich, creamy bubbles, although this may be because of the inclusion of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Personally, this doesn't bother my hair and scalp, but I know some of my friends do suffer from reactions to SLS.
It is really to use this shampoo bar. Personally, I rub some of the bar along the roots of my hair, and that seems to produce a lather, and I then use this to wash the rest of my hair. You can also lather up the shampoo bar in your hand, if you don't want to rub it over your hair. The lather is rich and creamy (probably the SLS) and you only need a tint bit each time, so a bar lasts ages.
I do have damaged hair, and I find that this isn't the kindest shampoo, so if like me and you have dry damaged hair, this may make it worse. However, it does leave my hair feeling really clean and shiny, so I use this about once a week to give my hair a boost. I do feel it is slightly too harsh to use every time I wash my hair though.
I would recommend this solid shampoo, as it does really leave my hair looking and feeling clean. It's just too harsh for damaged hair. I can't comment on the claims of this shampoo though, as I don't suffer from scalp problems, and I haven't measured my hair to see how much it has grown in the past 2 months. All I do know is that it leaves my hair feeling clean and shiny, though not as soft as some other brands of shampoo. I wouldn't buy this shampoo again, but it hasn't put me off the solid shampoos as I think they are fantastic value for money. I just don't feel this one is worth what I paid for it though.
Lush, the handmade cosmetics store, is most famous for its soaps and bath products but it also has a haircare range, including innovative solid shampoos. These work like soap: you lather up under the shower either by rubbing the bar between your hands or applying it straight to your head. Rinse out the resulting lather as usual and you are left with clean hair!
The most recent solid shampoo I have tried is the New bar. This is designed to both give shine to the hair and stimulate hair follicles to maximise growth. I don't have a problem with thinning hair, but I do seem to shed an awful lot of the stuff - one friend hates me going to stay at her flat because my hair ends up all over the laminate flooring! I hoped that this product would help with this and stop me shedding so much hair.
The bar is bright red in colour and has the delicious scent of cinnamon. This comes from the cinnamon leaf oil, which along with clove bud oil and bay oil help to stimulate the scalp and hair follicles. Peppermint oil also helps to stimulate hair follicles. For shine, nettle and peppermint infusions are included while rosemary and nettle absolutes help to protect, soothe and clear the scalp. The bar is suitable for vegans.
I use the bar as described above, leaving it in a soap dish between washes. I make sure to tip all the excess water out so that it doesn't get soggy. I removed the cinnamon stick from the top - it doesn't really serve any purpose except decoration.
The shampoo isn't the most moisturising shampoo, so I always use a conditioner afterwards. This is fair enough though as I do have dry hair and always, always need conditioner. I get the feeling that the shampoo itself wouldn't be enough: although my hair doesn't get too tangled after use, it does feel a bit dry (albeit squeaky clean). I don't feel that the shampoo itself gives my hair a lot of shine, though it's hard to tell because of my use of conditioner. A big negative for me is the impression I get that the bar is stripping my hair colour. I dye my hair dark brown and I can see it running off in the shower when I rinse the shampoo out. I can tell that my hair colour is fading more quickly, too.
The bar does seem to be successful in preventing hair loss. I normally shed quite a lot of hair in the shower and have noticed that this seems to be happening a lot less lately. This is a very unscientific observation but it does suggest that the bar works to a certain extent. I'm not sure how it would affect those with severe hair loss but it does seem to be working for me.
The New shampoo bar is lasting a very long time: a month already and only half the bar is gone. This makes it better value for money than the £5 purchase price would suggest. Shampoo bars are better for the environment as they require no packaging and are ideal for taking on holiday as they are solid and therefore do not contribute to the hand luggage liquid allowance.
I probably wouldn't buy this shampoo bar again: the fact that it strips hair colour is a big no-no for me and it isn't quite as moisturising as I would like. However, I am impressed that it seems to have stopped me shedding quite as much hair and it might be worth a try for anyone who is suffering hair loss. It also lasts a long time. I couldn't decide whether to give it three or four stars, so decided to give it four, because it is a good product - just not quite right for me.
This product is one of the many lush shampoo bars. For those of you who haven't heard of shampoo bars before, they are simply shampoo without the extra water, surfactant and packaging. They come solid, like soap and are used exactly like soap, except for your hair.
The new shampoo bar was produced to stimulate the hair follicles to help your hair grow, and that's why i bought mine. It contains a mirage of ingredients designed to work together to stimulate the scalp and follicles for hair growth; bay oil, clove bud oil, and cinnamon leaf oil. There is also peppermint oil which is meant to stimulate blood flow and increase shine. Finally it contains rosemary and nettle extracts to protect and give your hair shine.
It comes in a bright pink colour, with cinnamon sticks embedded into it, wrapped in the lush paper. It does smell very strongly of cinnamon, which was actually quite a nice refreshing smell. You are advised to store the shampoo bar in the lush shampoo tin, however i keep it in an old soap dish that i had, and i think this is better as it allows the shampoo bar to dry out fully.
As a shampoo its very easy to use, you wet your hair, and sweep the bar over your head. Then work it into a lather around the roots, rinse out and follow with conditioner. The shampoo lathers up really nicely and is really easy to work into your scalp. You will get a strong hit of cinnamon initially, but this fades after a few weeks of use. One of my dislikes for this product is that it does leave my hair feeling "squeaky clean" and i really don't like that feeling, however after a rinse through with conditioner, it feels lovely and soft. Another of my dislikes is that the product contains sodium lauryl sulphate, which from a brand that prides itself on using natural ingredients feels like i've been cheated a little, but i won't complain as it works and would probably be much harder to use without the SLS.
When i dry my hair after washing it with this, i do find i have less flyaways, hair does seem smoother and softer. I don't think it really has any effect on hair growth, or if it does it is less minimal, but i do think it stops hairs from falling out, as i seem to have much fewer hair in the brush these days.
My main love for this product comes from the fact that it does the job while i'm helping the enviroment. That's a great thing to know :)
Appearance: A red circular bar usually containing one or two small sticks of cinammon. Looks quite nice but I would recommend a small dish or one of the Lush tins as the red colour can slightly stain a white bath/shelf.
Smell: I'm not usually a fan of cinammon and this shampoo is quite strongly scented but it doesn't linger.
Ease of Use: Lathers really well. I usually only need to rub three streaks across my hair and it produces tons of lather. Small pieces of the cinammon sticks can break off and get tangled into my hair but they wash out fairly easily.
Results: When my hair is wet, it can feel quite "dry" after using this, the shampoo makes my hair literally squeaky clean, all the dirt is gone and no residue is left behind. Once fully dry my hair is so soft, even if I haven't used conditioner. I haven't noticed any difference in the amount of hair lost during washing however and for a product designed to prevent/stop hair loss I would expect to see fewer strands in the tub/my brush and to see thicker hair.
The shampoo bars last much longer than bottled shampoo so I save money and because of their size I save space too; for these reasons I would recommend New to friends and family but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who wants a product to prevent hair loss.
Lush 'New' Shampoo Bar
I love lush, I have tried a lot of their products in the past year and I quite like their shampoo bars. I have tried three shampoo bars (including this one) including: Trichomania, which I did not like and Seanik, which I LOVE.
Lush description of the product
"Stimulating spice shampoo bar for tired scalps suffering from hormonal hair loss. In times of stress and hormonal change, like pregnancy and after giving birth, your hair can start to fall out. The New Shampoo Bar is for those times. We make it with bay, clove and cinnamon essential oils to stimulate the scalp. Nourishing nettle, peppermint and rosemary add shine and soften the hair." Lush uk site
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Nettle and Peppermint Infusion, Glycerine, Nettle Absolute, Rosemary Absolute, Bay Oil, Clove Bud Oil, Cinnamon Leaf Oil, Cinnamal, Eugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 73360, Cinnamon Stick
What is a shampoo bar?
A shampoo bar is a bar of solid shampoo basically. So instead of using a liquid shampoo the shampoo will be in a solid bar form. The bars are circular and each shampoo bar that lush makes has a specific function - like normal shampoo. For example, there is a shampoo bar for people who have oily hair, people who's hair needs volume, hair prone to dandruff and there is a shine shampoo bar too. I buy shampoo bars as they are better for the environment as they do not come with any packaging (except the yellow paper bag or the separate shampoo bar tin) and they last a bit longer than bottled liquid shampoo.
Appearance and scent of 'new'
'New' shampoo bar is a circular shampoo bar which is red in colour and as with the other lush shampoo bar (Trichomania excluded) it is looks like it is made up of small 100's and 1000's squashed together. This shampoo bar has pieces of cinnamon bark on the top of it, which just wash away as the bar is being used and worn away.
The scent of the shampoo bar is amazing! It smells just like cinnamon, it is gorgeous. When I open the shampoo bar tin that it is stored in, the scent just hits you almost immediately, the scent is very strong but for me it is not overpowering as I love the scent but some people may describe the scent as overpowering. I can not smell any of the other ingredients such as the nettle, rosemary or clove, to me it just smells like very strong cinnamon, which is really nice and it reminds me of christmas.
How to use a shampoo bar
A shampoo bar is very easy to use, but it does take a little bit of getting used too, especially if you have not used a shampoo bar before. I have had two other shampoo bars (not including this one) so they are fairly normal to me. To use the shampoo bar I just wet the bar and then rub it into my hair in a slight zig zag motion from the roots to the ends. I do this for about a minute or less as it lathers easily and then I rinse the bar off and let it dry.
I like using this 'new' shampoo bar, it does take a little getting used to, but using it is very easy. Firstly, I brush my hair throughly, as if you brush your hair when it is wet it is more prone to damage and breakages. I then wet my hair throughly and I also wet the shampoo bar.
To use, I just rub the bar through out my hair. I start at the roots and just wipe the bar directly over my hair in a downwards motion. When I get to the mid lengths and ends of my hair I find that rubbing the bar in a zig zag motion helps the shampoo to lather up well.
It does not take long to create a lather with this shampoo bar, it just takes about a minute to create a lot of lather and I think the zig zag motion using the bar helps create a really good lather. After I have applied the shampoo everywhere I then rinse off the suds from the shampoo bar.
I then just use my fingers to further massage the shampoo into my scalp and hair, to make sure that all of my hair has been cleaned throughly with the shampoo bar. Also head/scalp massage increase the blood circulation and can help your hair grow fast. After I have massaged the shampoo into my hair for about two minutes (I read somewhere that Richard Ward or another celebrity hair dresser said that you should massage your shampoo into your hair for two minutes). I don't really know why it has to be two minutes but I find that using this method my hair is super squeaky clean afterwards. I then rinse my hair which does not take long at all - the shampoo wash out very quickly and easily.
When my hair has been rinsed out it feels quite tangled after shampooing with this product and as my hair is long getting tangles is not good. I find that with nearly all of the shampoos I have been using recently that they do not tangle my hair but this one does and it is a bit annoying, especially when trying to brush my hair afterwards. After I have rinsed out the shampoo my hair does feel really clean but because of the tangles I have to put even more conditioner on my hair than I normally would. I have to use about a £2 coin size amount of conditioner and even after using this much conditioner my hair can still have quite a few tangles in.
After brushing my hair through for about 5 minutes I then leave it to dry overnight. When my hair is dry it feels very clean and fresh but it has absolutely no cinnamon scent at all, which is a bit surprising as the scent of the bar when it is dry and when I am using it is very strong. So overall, this shampoo bar leaves my hair quite tangled and with no scent at all, but it does leave my hair very clean and fresh. I also find that my hair is not weighed down after using this product and my hair does not feel oily or dry after using this shampoo - but it does make my scalp dry and in turn it has made my scalp flakey, which I did not have before using this product.
Storing a shampoo bar (tins and drying)
After using this shampoo bar I leave it on a dry piece of paper in a room other than the bathroom to dry. The shampoo bar needs to dry before you put it into a container as warm moist environments are environments in which bacteria can develop. I find that it only takes about two hours for the shampoo bar to dry fully.
I used to put my shampoo bars into normal plastic containers but when I bought this shampoo bar I also bought the lush shampoo bar tin (which is sold separately or if you buy two shampoo bars the tin is free). The tin is circular like the shampoo bars and it is made of a light weight metal.
When I tried to fit the shampoo bar in the tin, it does not fit, this shampoo bar is far too big for the 'shampoo bar' tin. So I had to keep my shampoo bar in a plastic container until it would fit into the tin. After about six uses the shampoo bar finally fits in the shampoo bar tin for storage.
I find that the main positive points about this product is the ease of use, it is just so easy to apply to my hair and it does lather up really well - and it tends to last a bit more than a normal bottled shampoo. And of course the scent, I love the scent of cinnamon so this is a great product for me. Also the shampoo is easy to rinse out, it does not make my hair feel weighed down or oily. And as with lush this product is suitable for vegans to use as it is not made with any animals products and it is made with mostly natural ingredients.
The main negatives points are the results from using the shampoo bar. I find that after using this product my hair is really tangled which makes it hard to brush through - It also does not scent my hair. I find that when I use this shampoo bar, it makes my scalp quite dry and in turn flakey - which I do not get at all, so unfortunately because of the disappointing results I will not be buying this product again.
I bought this shampoo bar from a lush store but it can be bought online too. I bought this product for £5 and the shampoo bar is 55g. I initially though that this was expensive but it does last quite a while and the shampoo bars do tend to last longer than bottled shampoos - for me anyway.
Overall, would I recommend this shampoo bar?
Overall, I would not recommend this shampoo bar as it is very good at making my hair tangled and difficult to brush through. I would not buy this shampoo bar again because it does not de-tangle my hair, the scent does not transfer, it dries out my scalp and it does not live up to its claims (which are that it stimulates the scalp, adds shine and makes hair softer - which it did not do, for me anyway).
*Scent is just gorgeous! but unfortunately does not stay in my hair
*Very easy to use
*Lathers up well
*Cleans my hair well
*Does not come with any packaging (expect the paper bag or tin)
*Rinses out very easily
*Lasts longer than bottled liquid shampoos - it does not last weeks longer but it does last longer than a normal bottle of shampoo would last me
*Leave my hair clean and fresh
*Price - although it does last longer than bottled shampoos
*The gorgeous cinnamon scent does not transfer to my hair
*Does not de-tangle my hair - actually it makes my long hair more tangled! and then I have to use a lot of conditioner afterwards
*Dries out my scalp - making it flakey which did not happen before using this shampoo
*Does not leave my hair very soft and manageable
Thank you for reading my review - this review is also available on ciao under my username labellavita1992
Every time that I wash, dry, straighten or brush my hair, I lose enough strands to make a very warm, woolly jumper. I still seem to have plenty on my head but sometimes it can be a little worrying and so when I was wandering around Lush one day, I decided to have a look to see if there were any products there to solve this problem. I shouldn't have been surprised when I found out that they did. That little shop has a solution for everything.
This product comes in the form of a solid shampoo bar and has the simple and straightforward name of New! It is designed to stimulate your scalp in order to promote the growth of new and healthy hairs. It has been specifically created for those who are losing hair due to hormonal factors such as stress.
The bar is fairly small and circular in shape but don't be deceived by its size because it is very long lasting. The bar is a reddish colour with some cinnamon sticks used to decorate it.
How does it work?
The product contains Cimmanon Essential oils which stimulate the scalp and therefore promote hair growth. It also prevents hair breakage which means that the hair that you already have will be stronger. It also boosts blood circulation meaning that plenty of oxygen can reach the skin cells in your scalp and they can develop properly.
Peppermint is also included which is enriched with many different vitamins and minerals and gives the scalp a cooling and soothing effect. Like the Cinnamon, it also improves blood circulation and stimulates the hair folicles which encourages hair growth. The product also includes Cloves which is a stimulant for the scalp
Bay is a spicy substance which improves the health of the scalp and fights against hair loss.
Nettle is included because it promotes a healthy scalp, nourishes and conditions the hair and promotes its growth while ridding the hair of dandruff. Rosemary is present in order to add shine and soften the hair.
How do you use it?
To begin with I wet my hair and then run my shampoo bar from the root to the tip of my hair to cover both the top and underneath. You will then have enough product in your hair to work up a lather. As this shampoo is designed to benefit the scalp, I take a lot of time to massage it in so that it can do its job.
What is the purpose of a shampoo bar?
The benefit of using a shampoo bar instead of a liquid shampoo is that is free from preservatives and as there is no large plastic bottles needed, then it's better for the environment. The bar contains no plastics which only give your hair a fake shine and can weigh it down. They are also fantastic for travelling as they are light, plus it can last up to 50 washes which is much longer than the life of a normal tiny travel shampoo.
The smell is strong and the cinnamon is dominant so if you don't like Cinnamon, you'll either have to grin and bear it or find a different product to suit you. Also evident is a cool freshness that I assume comes from the peppermint.
The product costs around £5 for 55 grams of the product and it can be bought from your local Lush store or from its online website. It needs to be stored somewhere cool and dry and Lush sells little metal tins exactly for this purpose. It is important to store it properly or it will be wasted. It would the equivalent of leaving your shampoo bottle wide open in the shower. Not a good idea.
This product has a very therapeutic and relaxing smell, although I've found that the strength of the aroma is fading with each use. The sticks of cinnamon are quite annoying and can pull your hair. I pulled the Cinnamon sticks out so maybe this is why the smell has faded.
It makes a lovely lather on my hair and it makes my scalp tingle which feels funny but I like it because it feels like its working. I don't think this product is suitable for everyday use especially if you have coloured or permed hair as it is very drying and won't give you any shine, but then it doesn't claim to so this isn't a criticism.
I use it about once a week followed by a really good conditioner and then use a more moisturising shampoo on the other days. It certainly adds volume to my hair and it looks fuller. I've also noticed slightly less hair falling out when I brush and straighten it. This product never makes my hair greasy and therefore, I have to wash it less.
All in all, this is a great shampoo which is handy for travelling, will prevent hair loss and thicken the hair that you already have. If you looking for a glossy shine, you won't get that from this product, but if you want fuller healthier hair then give this a try.
We buy our ingredients from suppliers who do not test on animals
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Nettle and Peppermint Infusion (Urtica dioica and Mentha piperita), Glycerine, Nettle Absolute (Urtica urens), Rosemary Absolute (Rosmarinus officinalis), Bay Oil (Pimenta racemosa), Clove Bud Oil (Eugenia caryophyllus), Cinnamon Leaf Oil (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), *Cinnamal, *Eugenol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Limonene, *Linalool, Colour 73360, Cinnamon Stick (Cinnamomum cassia) * Occurs naturally in essential oils Vegan
So another new Lush Product which came from Santa.
I had to go online to check this out as I didn't buy it for myself and I just discovered it is meant for thinning hair. Now I do not have particularly thick hair and it does fall our in droves but I am taking this as a personal insult! Anyway...
The cost of this bar is the same as all the other shampoo bars: £4.85/55g
I will shout how awesome this particular Lush line is from the rooftops, I love shampoo bars and will never buy another bottle of shampoo again. They last such a long time, take up a tiny amount of space in the bathroom (or luggage) and in terms of £ per use cost a lot less than any shampoo I would normally use.
This one in particular smells amazing (if you like spicy cinnamon, if not don't bother!) and is really warming on the scalp which I particularly welcome on cold winter mornings. If you are not a fan of strong smells though I would recommend you go for another bar as it can be very over powering.
It looks pretty much like all the other bars excpet that it is screaming red and it does have a stick of cinnamon embedded on one side. Beware the cinnamon stick however as it caught me by suprise one particularly tired morning when I poked it into my head. I cannot emphasise how much you dont want to be poked in the scalp by it!!
I didn't know anything about it's potential hair loss prevention properties but now I think about it is does leave my scalp tingling and I have noticed my hair looking thicker (but then that may be volume related as opposed to hair loss). I find that the shampoo bars leave my hair feeling fresher than liquid shampoo and that they dont sit as heavy on my fine hair so this leaves my hair feeling thicker anyway.
Overall another great product from Lush, would I say its going to stop you going bald? No I wouldnt, and to be honest if you are buying shampoo to stop hormonally lead hair problems I would recommend a good pshycologist check you over. But would I say it smells gorgeous and you should go buy one then yes of course I will.
As Always living the Lush Life,
"Every £ you spend is a vote for how you want the world to be"
I bought this purely because I loved the smell and not having a clue what it was supposed to do except clean my hair! It's supposed to be for thinning hair as the ingredients stimulate your scalp but I can't really comment on if it's effective for that. It doesn't volumize my hair at all if that helps, it actually makes it feel quite flat.
The smell is lovely, a mixture of cinnamon and cloves, but unfortunately this scent doesn't linger in your hair at all. For £5 it seems a bit steep for shampoo but it does last for absolutely ages, I bought mine 5 months ago and it hasn't broken into fiddly little pieces yet (this is what happens when the bar gets too thin)
Even though the scent doesn't last too long it does get hair squeaky clean, you can literally hear a squeaky sound as you brush your wet hair. I find it can get a bit tangled but a small amount of detangler spray usually does the job.
The bar itself is a bright orangey red colour and looks quite nice sitting in the bathroom, I'd recommend you let it dry out between uses though as it tends to go a bit 'squishy' if constantly sitting in the damp.
I'm not sure if this bar does the job it says it does but it gets my hair clean so that's enough for me. I think in future I will go back to the Jumping Juniper solid shampoo bar as it seems to make the 'fresh hair feeling' last longer.
Overall, just an average shampoo really.
So the concept of solid shampoo's was very new to me and I have to say its one of lush's more unusual products..which of course meant i had to try one!! hehe
I have been loosing hair like crazy over the last few months, and so the sweet little shop assistant helped me pick out new shampoo bar and explained how you use it. I have to say I left the shop still feeling a little confused and ended up using waaay too much the first time I tried it.
The shampoo bar is a red colour..well red and white bits to be more precise and had two cinnamon sticks in the middle. It smells heavily of cinnamon and cloves so those who dont like that spicey smell - stay clear of this shampoo. I on the other hand really love it and it reminds me of home :-) The key ingredients are sodium laureth sulphate, nettle and peppermint infusion, rosemary, bay oil, cinnamon leaf oil and clove oil and a few naturally occuring preservatives..
The shampoo bar concept is i believe to reduce the amount of packaging used (did you know 270million dollars worth of gas and oil needed for consumer packaging in the states alone.. also largest consumer of packaging in the world!!)... so i was more than happy to try it out. It is suitable for vegans but read all ingredients carefully if you have any allergies and conditions: ie pregnant women should avoid certain essential oils.
anywho anywho... back to NEW. I bought a shampoo tin to go with it, which however should be left open and the shampoo bar allowed to dry..turning it around every few hours to make sure it dries all over. This makes it retain form and last for upto 80 washes and equivalent to about 3 bottles of shampoo as lush claims...
To use this shampoo you will have to really drench the hair.. you can either foam it up in your hands and apply the pink lather onto your hair or rub the bar onto the hair directly. I did the latter and was really suprised at how much lather it produced - in fact i used too much the first time thinking this whole concept of solid shampoo was not gona work... as you lather your hair it gives off a rich aroma of cinnamon and clove and rosemary... the ingredients are created espesically to stimulate the hair follices to promote regrowhth and prevent hair fall.
I have to admit this shampoo worked pretty well in that respect, while i loose the most hair while shampooing my hair i only lost a few strands while shampooeing with this bar. However the shampoo did leave my hair with quite a few tangles as I was rinsing it out and I had to use the "retread" conditoner sampled i recieved. It supposed to be one of the heaviest conditioners produced by lush and it certainly is the business... it smoothed my hair right down.
after washing i blow dried my hair and was suprised at how much volume it added to my hair and this without any mousse too! I dont know if it just be but i noticed my hair getting a little curly even??? With continued use I was dissapointed to note that it stripped the recent dye job i got into my hair and the tangles which was suprising as my scalp is super sensitive yet this didnt seem to hurt it at all.
I really like the spicy smell of this shampoo and the fact it helped my hair stop falling out in chunks: it is also good for getting out all the gunk if you use alot of product or after a hot oil treatment/mask. I still find it alittle stripping on the actual hair itself and will only use once or twice week.
I would really like to try some other shampoo bars though, i love the concept and was pleasantly suprised at how well they foam up and cleanse the scalp.
I came across this shampoo bar on the lush website and started reading the reviews. I'd been looking for something to help with thinning hair and this seemed to be just what I needed. Most of the reviewers were saying it was a fantastic product that slowed down their hair loss, or at the very least was good shampoo, so I rushed out to buy it.
It's quite a small bar, but lasts for a very long time. I have very dry hair that doesn't need washing very often, so for me it seemed to last forever. It contains cinnamon, so it has an unusual smell, but not a bad one. It's easy to use and lathers up quickly and easily.
After washing my hair a few times I noticed that it was even drier than usual, but I continued to use the shampoo in the hope that it would stop my hair loss. I thought dry hair would be better than thinning hair and I wanted to give it a chance.
After using the shampoo for several months I started to get dandruff, which I'd never had before and my scalp felt flaky and itchy. My hair was dry, dull and lifeless and the shampoo had had no effect whatsoever on my hair loss. I stopped using the shampoo immediately and my hair and scalp are much better.
For me, this shampoo was awful, but a lot of people disagree, so it's probably worth a try. I think I'm in the minority disliking it.
Another wonderfully smelling offerering from lush. I bought this as I was trying to get way from the long lists of chemicals in shampoos, as I knew that some shampoos gave me temporary dandruff.
Also the bar is without packaging, so can be stored in a soap dish or even in a reusable tin so its ecofriendly too. And quite cheap since the bars last longer than a normal botle of shampoo.
The bar was dead easy to use - just lather up like a piece of soap. The oils felt stimulating - it contains cloves and cinnamon. There are actually pieces of cinammon stick on top of the bar!
It smells really nice, like pretty much all of the lush range. I know it said it's for thinning hair, but I didn't find out until after I used it.
It left my hair really clean and smeling lovely - without the dandruff, but it was a bit too drying for my hair which was at the time bleached and dyed purple - happy hair times!
I would recommend this to be used on natural (undyed)hair only, and you cold even get your man to use this as the scent is warm and spicy - not flowery at all.
If you do have bleached hair make sure you use a lot of conditioner afterwards - lush do the solid conditioner too so you can still reduce the number of bottles heading for the landfill.
It was after a visit to my doctor that I decided to try this shampoo!!!! At the dreaded time of the month my hairbrush gets clogged with hair - there is loads!!!
The doctor said it was probably down to hormones rather than it being alopecia, so why don't I try something more natural before asking for pills and such.
I was a bit sceptical - and worried as it would be a disaster on a global scale if my hair started falling out so I thought I would give it a go.
So off I trotted down to Lush and was pointed in the direction o this little red bar. It smells very spicy with an overtone of cinnamon and is aimed at hormonal hair loss - way hey I thought this should do the trick!
Sadly I have to report this hasn't done the trick while it smells nice and cleans the hair very well I noticed no difference whatsoever in the rate I lost my hair just before my period was due.
I have since tried a few other things to try and stop it but the thing that has proven to work the best is don't wash and brush it a lot for 1 week. I have taken to just putting it up and not really doing much else, it seems to have stopped so much coming out though so while it works this is all I will be doing.
The bar did smell good and left my hair in good condition, but it didn't do what it was supposed to, so if this is why you were thinking of buying it - don't it will not help you. If you just want to try it because you like the smell then I recommend it as it leaves your hair smelling nice and really clean.
As mentioned in an earlier review, I was once at a time in my life, where I needed (yes NEEDED) to spend an extra £7 in Lush pronto. Now I know what you're thinking, for me, this would not be hard. Heck I was stood at the till I could have picked up a temple balm/lip balm/solid perfume and been more than happy, but I could see the steam seeping out of the boyfriends ears already and figured that to ease in the news of my extra spending (to get a free goodie bag you see!) I would spend this £7 soley on him. Generous little soul aren't I?
Flashbacks of my boyfriend whinging; "I'm 23, and I've got to have a comb over!!" as he styles his hair came to the forfront of my mind. Now seriously, it's not that bad, but if you listened to him you'd think it was! There is a little bit of his hair that is thinner than the rest, but he is by no means bald and you wouldn't notice it unless he pointed it out to you (every single day of your life....!!).
Anyway, I remembered Lush do a shampoo bar called New which can help with hormonal hair loss, they state if it's hereditary, tough luck learn to love it. Now, I very much doubted this had anything to do with hormones, but there was a chance it could have been. More so than this though something I had learned on work experience (at a hairdressers) stuck in my mind; there had been a psychological style test done, giving people a treatment that was supposed to stop baldness but didn't have anything in it that would, and because people believed it would work, and stopped worrying about the hair loss, it did work!
There's only one problem with this theory, in that it's hard enough convincing the boyfriend that anything from Lush works in the first place. But heck it's worth a try, and if it doesn't work I was pretty sure it would get his hair clean and have a load of beneficial ingredients in there, so it wouldn't be a waste of money.
So as with all Lush things, it doesn't just promise to do something with either nothing to back it up or with a load of scientifical, chemical mumbo jumbo to confuse into thinking it works. No, it has real, ingredients that actually work and have some reasoning behind them.
There is Nettle Infusion and Nettle Absolute which are loaded full of great things such as calcium, chromium, zinc and protein as well as B complex vitamins, and vitamins A and C. It helps regenerate hair growth and giver thicker, fuller hair as well as adding shine. Calcium promotes healthy hair growth. Zinc is vital for healthy hair as it is responsible for cell production, tissue growth and repair and maintenance of the oil glands in the scalp. It helps hair growth and also prevents dandruff. Hair is actually made of protein, so a lack of this can cause baldness and thinning, so protein can actually improve hair growth. Vitamin A is key for producing healthy cells and tissues in the body and hair, and also prevents clogging of the sebaceous glands, which provide vital lubricant for the hair follicle, therefore assisting growth. Without vitamin A the scalp can thicken and hair can become dry and develop dandruff. Vitamin C helps prevent split ends and hair breakage, therefore making hair look healthier.
Peppermint Infusion promotes hair growth as well as helping to treat dry hair and also removes dandruff.
Rosemary Absolute stimulates follicles and helps hair grow stronger and longer. It is believed to slow down, or even completely prevent premature balding and graying of the hair. It's also great for dry, flaky scalps and therefore is good at treating dandruff. It also adds shine to hair.
Bay Oil is often used to combat hair loss and stimulates the scalp and treats the general health of it.
Cinnamon Oil also stimulates the scalp and the follicles and encourages hair to grow.
Now in all honesty, despite the impressive ingredients, all of which working together to combat hair loss and promote thicker fuller growth, and despite the fact that Lush products do normally do what they promise to do, I didn't have high hopes here. I mean, is there really anything that can stop hair loss? If so, there wouldn't be bald people walking around would there? Although I guess you could wonder the same about why there are spotty people walking around when there are products such as Babyface and Breath of Fresh Air around(!)
I held of reviewing this for quite some time, as I wanted to wait and see if there were any results, although I fully didn't expect there to be any improvement in hair growth. What in fact happened, shocked even me, a devoted Lushie. I am, honestly sure that the thin patch looks a lot less thin. Looking at him now I can't see anything there. I asked him what he thinks and he just grunted and hasn't really said that there has been an improvement, or that there hasn't been but I'm sure of it. He's been using it now for about a month. I'm not sure exactly how it's working as if it was promoting new hair growth you would expect some parts to look shorter and tufty which I haven't noticed, but yet it does look thicker and fuller. I'm not sure how exactly it's worked but it has. It's not a miracle cure but there is a more than noticeable improvement.
I have also used this on myself, despite me having more than enough hair for several people. However I can hardly review something if I've not used it myself, and also it seemed a better option than the other shampoos at my fellas house.
I have to say I can't believe how amazing this shampoo was on my hair! I never for myself would have chose this, as I don't suffer from hair loss or dandruff, and although the shampoo isn't advertised as a dandruff shampoo the ingredients clearly do treat it. For me it doesn't technically do anything that I need doing, so I wouldn't have expected it to be particularly great for my hair.
However, after using this the first time I let my hair dry naturally. My hair goes curly when left to dry naturally, but with no product on this is normally in a dry, frizzy sort of mangled bush way. However after using this for the first time I let my hair dry naturally (largely because it was Sunday and I was feeling way to lazy to bother with the hassle that is drying my hair). The result was soft, tumbling curls. My hair didn't look dry, frizzy or matted. It looked soft, and healthy and the curls looked better than when I've used "curl" products or actually actively tried to achieve curls. When the fella got in, he actually commented on how nice my hair looked - now that is saying something!
I've since used it on other occasions and each time my hair has felt and looked soft and in good condition and really easy to manage. I was so impressed even though I didn't expect to be. Out of the three shampoo bars I've tried, this is without a doubt my favorite. It made my hair look and feel better than Ultimate Shine and Hybrid despite the fact these two are advertised to either condition or add shine to your hair, and this one isn't; yet the results from this one were so much better.
The shampoo bar has a sort of spicey smell to it but in a nice way - you won't walk around smelling like a curry house (like with H'Suan Wen Hua), it's a sort of sweet spicey smell, I quite like it, it's definitely very unisex. I'd like on a personal level for it to smell really girly but I guess considering it's use as a hair loss shampoo the fact that it is unisex is essential, and the smell is nice, and certainly very un offensive to either sex.
The shampoo bar is £4.50 but will outlast several bottles of cheap shampoo, and is a lot cheaper than salon brand shampoos with not nearly as many beneficial ingredients in (it will also outlast them too). My boyfriend has been using this now for a month and I've borrowed it the odd time and there is still over three quarters of it left.
Stimulating spice shampoo bar for tired scalps suffering from hormonal hair loss / In times of stress and hormonal change like pregnancy and after giving birth / your hair can start to fall out / Fortunately this is usually temporary although it's a distressing thing to happen /