“ Brand: Lush / Contains: Almond Oil, Nettle Leaf and Rosemary Infusion, and Beeswax. / Type: Hair Treatment „
I used to suffer from psoriasis as a teenager, and recently I had the horrible feeling that it had come back. My scalp was quite itchy and there were a couple of small scabs there (sorry for the graphic detail!) and also a little dandruff/dry scalp. I tried some dandruff-reducing products, including the Snake Oil scalp bar and Soak n' Float shampoo bar from Lush, but while these were quite effective on the dandruff they didn't stop my scalp itching as much as I'd like.
I had read a few things about Lush's Recon Scalp Treatment, and all the reviews seemed positive, so I decided to purchase a tub next time I made an online order (the product is part of the Retro range so is only available online). At £12.75 it was expensive, but the tub was a large 225g one and I'd heard that it lasted a long time.
Recon, being Retro, comes in a white tub rather than the usual black one. It is described as a "stimulating treatment for dandruff and sore or flaky scalps". The treatment contains herbs such as nettle leaf and rosemary infusion, essential oils such as almond, peppermint, menthol, lavender, rosemary and juniper berry, as well as fresh papaya. The product also contains beeswax and lanolin, which does mean that it is not suitable for vegans (although like all Lush products, it is suitable for vegetarians). Using it once a day for a week, and then one to three times a week, is supposed to get rid of the "meddlesome microbes" that cause dandruff and an itchy scalp.
The product inside the tub is creamy yellow-white in colour and smells of peppermint, a scent which is quite pleasant and more subtle than a similar product, the Snake Oil scalp bar. It was very thick, but easy to scoop out of the tub. I followed the instructions about using the product every day for a week before switching to twice-weekly use.
The first time I used the product the results were excellent - I noticed immediately that my scalp was much less itchy and there were barely any white flakes. This result was not achieved without much effort, however! Applying the product was very difficult simply because all my hair was getting in the way. Inevitably a lot of my hair got quite greasy in the process. When it came to washing the product off, I shampooed my hair a couple of times but it still came out slightly greasy - I had to shove it behind my ears throughout the day! On the other hand, on subsequent days after using the product I found my hair was in better condition, so the product seems to have gone some way to preventing my hair becoming dry.
After using the product for several weeks I can confirm that it definitely works to reduce dandruff, as I hardly have any at all. I wouldn't say that I never get a single bit, but it is much reduced. It also vastly reduces the itching of my scalp, which did used to irritate me quite a bit.
However, I have continued to contend with the fact that my hair does look greasy the day after I've used the product, although it's become less so since I've started to get the hang of it. You have to be prepared to shampoo your hair a couple of times in the shower, and even when you first apply the product you have to be careful not to use too much. This is very difficult when your hair is getting in the way! I've learned the right amount of time to leave the product on my hair. Fifteen to twenty minutes is about right - any less and the product doesn't have time to get to work on your scalp, but any longer, and my scalp tends to be irritated by the product and can sometimes be even itchier. For this reason it's not a good idea to leave the product on your hair overnight, although I did try a couple of times!
After using the product for several weeks, I haven't even reached halfway down the tub so it clearly lasts a long time. Therefore the initially high price seems like good value for money. I do recommend this product and want to give it a high rating as it works well. However, because of the initial difficulties using it and the greasy effect it sometimes produces on my hair (which is not a good look!) I'm deducting a star.
I would not say that I suffer with a problem scalp, but what I do get in bad weather is a tight scalp. Sometimes this is down to having a poor diet, not drinking enough water or even central heating. Stress can also play a factor in the quality of your hair. There are many things to consider when looking after the hair and it can become a difficult process to keep it in check.
Lush offer something to help with scalp conditions, not just for tight scalps, but for itchy scalps and people suffering with worse complaints. Although only available online, the product would be worth looking into if you want to look after your hair and scalp. I view this as a deep nourishing head treatment. You apply the thick creamy stuff to the head, working right down to the scalp so that it is all nicely covered. Make sure you allow time to work through section by section. Once this has been done, you can leave it on for anything up to fifteen minutes or so.
There is a warming feeling as it works through the hair shafts, penetrating deep down and soaking into the skin. This feeling is probably the peppermint and almond oils which are moisturising the shaft and scalp. Rinsing with a warm water, it takes a while to get it all out, especially if your hair is longer, so allow enough time to wash properly. Your bath might need a rinse after too.
Results are good though. My experience with this left my hair soft and the crown of the head feeling less tight. You know if you rub it back and forth, well it felt looser and relaxed, which is a good thing. The snag is the price tag, which at twelve quid a tub is dear. However, I usually spend this on deep conditioning treatments from Loreal, so it is not totally out of reach. You should only need to use this once a week or every two weeks I reckon. For people with scalp issues or for anyone who wants to treat their hair to a special indulgence.
It has been a while now since I have used a Lush hair treatment or product and whilst I love to try out different types of shampoo to keep my locks in good condition, the using of a hair dryer and my GHDs often lead to dry ends and a dry scalp in parts and there is nothing worse than walking around with white flaky bit on your lovely black top or sitting in your office repeatedly scratching your head like you have lice making your scalp sore and in even worse condition than before. Usually I buy Bain Gommage from Kerastase which is an anti-dandruff shampoo to deal with the problem, even though it isnt dandruff which is causing the actual problem, so the sale rep in Lush suggested I tried Recon for 2 weeks to see if there was any change in my scalp and hair condition.
When buying a product for your scalp it is always a good idea to find out whether you do suffer from dandruff or a dry scalp because a lot of people confuse the two and use the wrong products to deal with the problem. So what is the difference between a dry scalp and dandruff, wellwith both problems visible flakes of skin are present. However, dandruff is usually associated with small white flakes in the hair and upon clothes but the scalp itself is not generally itchy, red or inflamed.
Dandruff is also usually cleared quite effectively by using an anti-dandruff product daily for two weeks. But If your scalp feels tight, itchy, irritated, inflamed or dry and the dandruff product you have bought and used has limited effect in treating the condition, it is likely that you suffer from a sensitive or dry scalp. If this is the case then you need to change your shampoo and conditioner to one which is highly moisturising with aloe vera to help soothe the itching and irritation and possibly find a hypoallergenic shampoo at the same time or ask your hairdresser to recommend a brand to you.
Lush Recon is sold in the lovely black pots like those the face masks, body lotions and other hair products are sold in and for the 255g pot you will be asked to part with £12.75 of your hard earned money, so whilst it is expensive for the small amount you get for me it is cheaper than Bain Gommage and therefore should it prove its worth, a saving.
To look at Recon to me reembles a tub of Cocoa Butter, the colour is very similar, although in my own opinion the aroma of this is far better, inside the tub, the hair and scalp treatment looks like it could be a solid but when you dip your finger in you find that it is slightly thicker than your average condition, but not as thick as it looks. So a slightly creamy orange looking colour, Recon has a slightly minty to smell to it but as you apply it to your dry hair there is a mix of smells and aromas which come to life.
When it comes to using Recon, you use it like a pre-wash treatment, I was assured that this was the best way to use it. So I ran a hot bubble filled bath, grabbed my pot of Recon along with the book I am currently reading (Frankie Boyles Biography for those of you who are interested) and the first thing I did was dip my fingers into the tub and scoop out a small blob of Recon and liberally applied it to my hair making sur that I massaged it well into my scalp, as I would do any other scalp treatment that I have used in the past and then you leave it on your hair and scalp for up to15 minutes to give the oils and other scalp mending products a chance to work. Then once those alloted 15 minutes have passed you simply wash it from your hair using warm (not hot) water and you might need to repeat this process a few times to ensure you have managed to remove all trace of Recon from your hair, I have found that this can be quite difficult to remove from your hair the first time you attempt to wash it out, but once you have completed your shampooing it has by this time been completely washed out.
The aroma as I previously mentioned has a slightly minty to smell to it, which to me is divine, I do like mint smelling products as long as they are not too overpowering like Tee Tree products. Within Recon there is as expected a whole long list of ingredients and they start with Almond Oil which is used to help relieve irritation, inflammation and itching whilst being kind to the skin and acting as a moisturiser. Peppermint Oil which gives this product the slightly minty smell that I mentioned is
used because it helps to cool the skin and llike the Almond oil it reduces redness, relives itching and calms irritations. Lavendar oil has soothing and anti-inflammatory benefits and is used to treat skin problems such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis to name but a few. Juniper comes next and like the other ingredients mentioned so far it also hosts anti-itching, inflammatory and soothing benefits on the skin and is especially useful to people suffering with scalp problems such as dandruff. The final ingredient is Nettle Leaf which conjures up all kinds of images of stinging my scalp as I used to my legs as a child, but surprisingly because of its anti-inflammatory properties it helps boost hair growth, so it works in a similar way to all of the other ingreidents Lush have chosen to include within this product.
Adding all of those together for me the Peppermint and Almond oil are the two most dominant fragrances and both of them an absolute delight to smell as you use this product on your hair. However, once you have managed to remove Recon from your hair how does it feel? My scalp was feeling cool and not as hot as it does feel when the dryness of the scalp is really irritating me, so for that I already feel quite blessed, I am not wanting to grab ice cubes from the freezer to cool down my head after using this. Instead my hair is soft and smooth which I wasn't expecting and after two weeks of using this product my scalp is completely clean and clear of any sign of dryness and white bits on my clothes and gone is the wanting to scratch my scalp thus making it sore and me miserable, infact it is absolutley brilliant and I am totally delighted with the outcome. So much so that I would go as far to say that should the problem flare up again, which I am in doubt it will, its only been 4 weeks now since I stopped using Recon, more because I ran out than anything, but I suspect the problem with raise its ugly head soon but in the meantime I am flake free, scratching free, irritation free but soft smooth hair which is a delight to deal with left instead.
Also paying £12.75 for 225g in a black pot might put you off buying it intially but that post lasted me four whole weeks and I used to every day for two weeks as Lush state that you should and then every other day if you think there is a need to. As it was my first time of using it, I was determind to get rid of this problem which had been annoying me for a month and therefore I did use it for two weeks every day, then every other day for the third week and then twice a week and even now there is still over a third of the tub left for a quick blast if I think my hair and scalp need it. For storage purposes it goes in the fridge to keep it cool and as fresh as possible.
As a product, although slightly expensive for some people, I do recommend trying this is like me you have tried so many products over the years which either dont work at all or if you are lucky they work for a short period of time because this is a brilliant product and I love it.
Sometimes I suffer with psoriasis on my scalp which has meant I've tried a few different things to try and combat it. On a visit to Lush a few years ago I noticed they were selling a product called Recon. It claimed to keep scalps soft, supple, and on you head - not on your shoulders. With this I had to give it a try.
The treatment itself has quite a medicinal scent to it, and is very thick with a graininess to touch. It also feels quite greasy.
My psoriasis is only in two patches around the nape of my neck, so I just apply it where needed. I wouldn't recommend applying it to the whole of your scalp unless it was really necessary as it is quite difficult to wash out. It's quite tempting to slather this on as well, but you don't need to. Having fairly long hair means that I have to try and part it where it needs applying to avoid getting it all over my hair. My dad who suffers from a dry scalp, has very short hair (where he does have hair lol) and found putting it on easy to do when he has used it.
You need to leave this on your scalp for ten to fifteen minutes; I usually put it on then have a bath. When it comes to washing it out it is quite difficult and needs quite a bit of elbow grease. I normally shampoo and rinse twice to make sure that it's all out, otherwise I sometimes find that I have greasy patches left which don't look or feel nice.
When you first use Recon you are advised to use it daily for one week and then afterwards just once a week, so the pot does last for a while.
This really does work for me though and after a couple of applications my psoriasis had cleared up and with the weekly application it kept it at bay. After a couple of months I stopped using it and although it did come back, it soon went again when I started to use the Recon.
Although it isn't the easiest to use, it worked far better for me than anything I had tried previously.
Sadly Lush discontinued it as a main line in the shops, but it is still available to buy online through the Retro range for £12.50. With standard delivery costing £3.95 it could work out quite expensive unless you are buying a few other bits at the same time. This is a real shame for me as it really did help, and although I can't quite remember how much I paid for it as the second pot I had was a present, I think it was more likely £8 or £9 but it may be a smaller size.
I still have some of the second pot left and it is past its use by date I have still been using it if I have needed to and it still works as it did before.
When the time comes to replace it, I won't hesitate in getting another pot of it because it really is a life saver for my scalp.