“ Brand: Lush / Type: Hair Shampoo / Suitable for: dry hair „
I like to try new products from Lush and one of their most recent ones is quite different from anything they've done in the past. Basically, Lush have followed companies like Batiste and jumped on the dry shampoo bandwagon - is it any good?
The description on the Lush website suggests that Lush resisted calls for a dry shampoo for ages, preferring the luxurious and thorough approach to haircare, but finally gave in to demand from customers, forum members and staff. The resulting product is called No Drought and is designed for those days when you don't have time to do your hair, or when conventional washing isn't possible, such as at festivals.
I don't use dry shampoo all the time, but I use it more than I used to: I'm trying to cut down on how often I wash my hair, and sometimes use some of this to get my hair through the day.
No Drought costs £6.50 and you get 115g of product. It comes in the same bottle that 250g shower gels and body lotions come in (the dry shampoo is lighter hence why the weight is lower). This has the advantage that you can see exactly how much product you have left. The bottles are also ideal for recycling. The bottle has the usual Lush black label with a picture stating the use-by date.
I've used dry shampoos before and the principle is the same - sprinkle (or spray) it on to your hair, wait a short while and brush out. Most dry shampoos come in spray cans but with this one you have to shake it out of the bottle yourself. The shampoo doesn't have many ingredients. Cornflour and magnesium carbonate are included, as well as talc. These are the ingredients that absorb the oils from your hair and freshen it up. They are the same ingredients used in Lush's body powders and the principle is the same: to absorb moisture. 'Perfume' is listed as an ingredient - Lush probably don't want to release the exact details of their scent. Grapefruit oil and lime oil add a pleasant citrus fragrance to the product, and thus to your hair. Chemicals such as citral, geraniol, limonene and linalool are listed but these are only included as they are found naturally in the essential oils used.
Like Lush's dusting powders, No Drought has a light powdery texture. In fact you could probably use it as a body powder if you wanted to. It's a creamy white in colour. To use it, you can either shake some onto your hand and apply it to your hair, or else shake it directly onto your hair. I've used both methods and tend to prefer shaking it directly onto my head, as there is less waste this way. I always do this before getting dressed if I can, as the white powder does have a bit of a tendency to go everywhere, and I wear a lot of dark clothes! This is a definite disadvantage to using this product rather than a Batiste aerosol which can be directed straight at the hair.
The powder goes on white, naturally enough, which is somewhat disconcerting on my dark brown hair. I leave it a minute or two and then brush it out. It brushes out easily enough - there's no difference in this respect between this and Batiste (or another brand).
My hair looks more refreshed and less greasy at the roots after using this product. It has a bit more volume though not as much as with dry shampoo aerosols, and the volume could simply be the result of brushing my hair, not the dry shampoo itself. I don't mind this though as my hair has too much volume anyway! It often looks as though I've washed it the same day. It doesn't feel like that, as I can always still feel the product that I applied the day before, but I guess this doesn't matter so long as it looks good! The effect lasts a good few hours, and gets me through a day at work. I probably wouldn't want to leave it unwashed for the evening if I was going out, but if I'm going straight home I don't mind.
I really like the product's light, citrusy fragrance with the distinct scent of lime. Though the smell of Batiste is pleasant, I'm always concerned that the product is so popular and the smell so distinctive that everyone can tell I've been using dry shampoo! This isn't the case with No Drought and it's refreshing scent. I can still smell it on my hair after use for a short time. I can't smell it all day, but at least my hair doesn't actually smell bad.
My bottle of shampoo has lasted ages. I've used it loads of times - I'd probably be halfway through a can of Batiste by now - and can hardly tell I've used it. Therefore it's actually great value for money despite the high initial price.
Overall, I highly recommend this dry shampoo. It is just as effective as any other dry shampoo, with a lovely scent, and it lasts for ages. The only negative aspect is that it can be very messy to apply compared to spray dry shampoos, which is why I've given it four stars instead of five. I will definitely continue to buy it, however.
No Drought Dry Shampoo - £6.50 for 115 g
According to Lush - No Drought Dry Shampoo can be used:
Whether you're with friends at a festival or stuck comb alone; for a quick freshness boost, no wash, just go
Now I can be a real advocate for laziness sometimes, and when I had laser eye surgery I wanted to be extra careful that I got no water in my eyes after the surgeon warning me just how much it would hurt. (Obviously this would have done so much less damage than water)...
So I figured if I was going to be lazy with the hair washing I may as well smell good while I did it.
This product does smell wonderful all citrusy, and fresh. And it does seem to get rid of the greasy feeling to your hair. It is also apparently suitable for vegans.
How to Use (from the lush website)
Puff directly into the hair or onto hands and work through.
However that was the end of the good points. It is difficult to apply. It comes in a bottle that has a small hole in it, with no direction nozzle and no aerosol. I am quite blonde, and even though my roots are dark blonde it left behind a talc looking residue, and even when brushing it through vigorously it was difficult to get rid of those.
I really couldn't recommend this as it's really rubbish and left my hair looking worse than when I started...
Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo
From all my reviews on here I'm sure some of you will know that I am a huge Lush fan and in particular I love their range of hair care products. After using their range of liquid and bar shampoos I don't think I could go back to the standard supermarket fare. Therefore, it was inevitable that Lush's No Drought dry shampoo would eventually make its way into my shopping basket.
I do tend to wash my hair on a daily basis but a good dry shampoo can be a real lifesaver on those days you are running late or on a Sunday when you just can't be bothered. I've used a few different dry shampoos to date but I was really pleased to find that Lush had created their own version.
What Lush say about No Drought dry shampoo - "The fine powders in this will absorb grease from the hair, whilst still being easy to brush out without leaving a white, dusty look to your hair."
What I say! Don't believe them.
Let me explain....
If I'm honest the main downside to the No Drought dry shampoo is the application that Lush have opted for, the previous other dry shampoos I had tried had been an aerosol dispenser. The aerosol dispenser really helped to make sure that you didn't end up with the problem Lush have created - what I have affectionately term - talc hair.
Lush have just supplied the No Drought dry shampoo in one of their standard bottles, the same type as you would have for liquid shampoo or shower gel. That means to apply the dry shampoo you either have to puff it out directly onto your hair in clumps then blend it in or pour some out onto your hands and then try and smooth it in. Either way I have found the application of this dry shampoo to be a bit of a hassle.
And by that I mean it's hard to get the product applied evenly, instead often on me it looks like I have patches of talc on my hair and I have to spend ages trying to make it look nice and blended in. If I'm honest I sometimes I feel that applying this dry shampoo successfully can be so much of hassle, I often think it would have been far easier to go and just wash my hair.
It might be best to try a little of this product on your hair in a shop before you buy it, I can imagine that it would work best on lighter hair colours. When I bought the No Drought shampoo I had quite dark brown hair and I think that played a huge factor in the dry shampoo looking a little talcum like and not blending as well as I would have hoped.
However, having said all that if you do manage to get it applied to your hair either by just combing it through with your fingers or brushing it in, it does smell delicious and fresh. The smell of the dry shampoo is probably its strongest positive point, it smells lovely just as you would expect from Lush. The No Drought dry shampoo has a sweet fresh lemon smell that does linger on your hair for a while after you have applied it.
In fairness, the dry shampoo does work well after you have managed to get it applied. It does take that greasy/grimy shine off your hair that often shows up if you stop your regular routine and combined with the great scent it does make your hair look and smell much, much better. I don't use mine often anymore but it will be coming with me throughout the summer whenever I go on camping trips. I can live with a little talc look if my hair feels much better and smells lovely. It's just at home I would rather stick to setting my alarm that bit earlier and making sure I have enough time to wash my hair.
Sadly, from me this No Drought dry shampoo only gets two out of five stars, but don't let me put you off it because I have read some positive reviews. I just believe that this isn't the perfect all round solution that I was hoping for, therefore, my advice regarding this Lush product is TRY before you BUY.
No drought Dry shampoo is available in most Lush stores and online
£6.50 for a 115g bottle
I am a huge fan of dry shampoo, infact like GHD's, I have no idea how I managed to go about every day life without it and now that I have got it, I don't envisage not using it. I have to date tried many brands of dry shampoo and they have all done a pretty good job and when you lead a busy lifestyle or are going away for the weekend and don't have time or want to spend time washing and drying your hair, products like this just make life easier.
Recently I have treated myself to a few Lush products, mainly because the Hubs and I have had a few weekends away and its nice to treat yourself to some lovely bath and shower products every now and then. I had every intention of purchasing some shampoo bars which I really like for my hair especially in the summer, but annoyingly my local Lush store didn't have the product in that I wanted, so instead the shop assistant asked me whether or not I had ever used Dry Shampoo... is the Pope catholic was my response and yes I had and I really like Batiste which did everything I wanted it to do. So said shop assistant showed me a new Lush product called 'No Drought' which is their own version of a dry shampoo and I needed no further encouragement to purchase it and quickly shoved the bottle into my basket and went to the check-out before I needed to ask for a re-mortgage. This product costs £6.50 for a 115g bottle.
As with most Lush products which are sold in a bottle, this one is a clear plastic bottle with a label wrapped around the middle in black with the familiar white lettering telling you that you have purchased 'No Drought' and that it is a dry shampoo and it says "Whether you're with friends at a festival or stuck comb alone. Easy to use. Grapefruit and Lime scented, oil absorbing powder. For a quick freshness boost, no wash, just go" and the very familiar Lush Logo is also visible. Lush claim to have invented this product a few years ago but failed to launch it and did so only because of a Lush fan saying it was at the top of her wish list. Anyway, this bottle also features a black flip top lid and through the bottle you can see a talcum powder looking product.
The only thing I had wondered having paid for this product was how I was going to use it because every other dry shampoo that I had used to date was in an aerosol can and needed little or no help in distributing the power because you simply shake the can and spray. With this product it is a flip top lid with no immediate giveaway as to how you would use it. Anyway it is infact very simple because there are two different ways in which you can use it and the first one is to 'puff it' directly onto your hair and by doing this, it simply means to point the bottle over your head and squeeze the bottle, it is much easier than it sounds once you have done it a few times and it does make combing it into your hair really easy to do using your fingers. The second option of putting this onto your hair is to put some onto the palm of your hands and then onto your head and hair and comb through, again using your fingers.
As soon as you lift the lid on the bottle you get a really wonder tangy fragrance which is immediately noticeable because it is quite strong, but really nice at the same time, the sort of fragrance you would expect from Lush. The fragrance is derived from two main ingredients which are Lime Oil which is an uplifting oil which makes you feel awake but on the skin and indeed the hair it helps to clear oily and congested skin, a problem for those of us who often suffer from greasy hair at the roots. Grapefruit Oil which also revives and makes you feel alert and awake. Again like Lime oil it helps clear congested oily skin and at the same time Grapefruit Oil helps promote hair growth. The come Cornflour and Talc, two ingredients which helps to absorb the excess sebum which makes your hair look and feel greasy from the roots of your hair.
So once you have managed to squeeze some of this onto your hair, the lime and grapefruit fragrances are really noticeable at this point, as is the fact it looks like your hair has gone from blonde to white in nanoseconds and as soon as you run your hairbrush through your hair, you notice immediately that there is no dry shampoo left at all. With products like Batiste, I have found that I have to watch how much I use because I find it becomes quite difficult to brush out if you over-use it. This product however seems much lighter and therefore much easier to brush out of your hair.
Does it work though? Well I was not disappointed because it worked really really well, I was actually really impressed with it because it left my hair feeling lovely and clean, it smelt wonderful and whereas with something like Batiste I would use it to avoid washing my hair for a further day, with this I can leave my hair for another two days before I become too self-conscious and have to wash my hair. The fragrance however is still really noticeable until you wash your hair.
This has become one of my favourite Lush products and my favourite dry shampoo. Just when you thought a product couldn't get any better, this one does and is. It is much more expensive than Batiste and other similar products but given it is not an aerosol I am much happier to pay that little bit more especially because I think it does a much better job on my hair. So this product is it for me, until something can do a better job, I am sticking with 'No Drought'.