“ Brand: Lush / Type: Hair Shampoo „
Reincarnate is one of Lush's solid shampoos, but also a Retro exclusive - which means it's only available (right now) online. It is sold in chunk sizes of 100g or more, but if you ask for a sample with your order they may give you one to try, or if you call up and ask :)
Reincarnate uses henna (note, Lush do a great range of natural henna hair dies!) as one of it's prime ingredients, and it's main job other than as a shampoo is to breathe a bit of life and colour back in to dark hair. My hair isn't died, but I wanted to see how the henna in this would effect my dark brown hair, so I ordered a chunk.
Asides from the henna, this has other gorgeous ingredients like rhassoul mud which seems to be great for just about everything hair and skin related! In this case, it's to soothe the scalp.
It also has rosemary and a nettle infusion - anyone familiar with home haircare remedies will know that a lot of herbs (these included) are great to rinse your hair with for shine and conditioning (read - improving the condition, not conditioning as in moisturising)
There are other ingredients, so please check before buying if you may be allergic to anything.
The shampoo comes in a chunk (cut from a larger block, like the soap) and is a flaky, hard brown lump. It basically looks and feels like a slightly softer chunk of henna. To use, I found it best to cut in to hand-sized lumps. I then wet my hair and simply rubbed the chunk from root to tips, massaged in a few times, rinsed then repeated. In the bath, while my hair was still wet, it felt as though it may be a bit dry the first time so I followed with some conditioner - but I've since used it with no conditioner and once my hair has dried, it hasn't felt dry at all - though I still like to use the conditioner any way.
After using, my hair felt very, very clean - which is great, as having oily hair means that a lot of the time hair care is hit or miss (even, occasionally, with Lush products). It looked shiny, glossy and soft. I'm not sure what it done (if anything) for the colour, though I did seem to notice tones and shades and lovely hints of chestnutty brown I wasn't noticing before - but that may have just been because I was looking for/expecting it. My hair isn't died, though, so I imagine if yours is died (with henna) it would have more of an effect.
Gradually, I am trying to work my way through all of Lush's products and an item I have tried recently is the Reincarnate solid shampoo. Lush are perhaps best known for their scented soaps and their bath products, but they also have a considerable haircare range.
Solid shampoo sounds like a bit of a bizarre idea, but really it's no stranger than the solid equivalent of shower gel - i.e. soap. Like soap, you rub the shampoo bar between your hands and apply the resulting lather to your wet hair in the shower. Alternatively, you can apply the wet shampoo bar directly to your hair and work up a lather that way. I've used several shampoo bars from Lush over the last few years so I know how it's done! The main advantage to solid shampoos is that they save on packaging so are far more environmentally friendly. In store, they are sold without packaging and if you order online they come wrapped in a clear film which looks like plastic but which is actually biodegradable. Also, they tend to last a lot longer than liquid shampoos so are better for your pocket. Being solid, they don't need to contain anything like as many preservatives either.
Most of Lush's solid shampoos come in round puck-shaped blocks, but this one, Reincarnate, comes as a solid block (a piece is cut from a larger block rather like a soap). A disadvantage of this is that it will not fit in one of the round shampoo bar tins, though it should be fine in a normal soap dish or container. My piece came as a rectangular block. It is part of the Retro range so is only available to order online. 100g of Reincarnate costs £3.95 and the shampoo contains no animal-derived ingredients, so is fully suitable for vegans.
Reincarnate is designed for dark hair, whether dyed or natural. My hair is naturally dark blonde, but I've been dyeing it dark brown for years, so the shampoo is suitable for me. It contains a number of special ingredients designed to make dull dark hair shiny and full of life, such as red henna which adds colour and shine, and seder powder which conditions and makes hair glossy. Sweet orange oil adds scent and fleeceflower root and nettle leaf infusion calms the scalp. Rhassoul mud, which comes from the Atlas Mountains and is a recognised skin treatment in Morocco, is designed to soothe itchy scalps. The shampoo has a delicious scent while solid - spicy and rich, it evokes the scent of incense and the atmosphere of outdoor Eastern markets. Having been to Marrakech myself, the scent of this shampoo reminded me strongly of my trip and brought a little warmth and exoticness into my cold dark London winter mornings.
The soap lathers up very easily and is simple to apply to my hair. There are two ways to use this shampoo - one is to rub the wet shampoo bar over your hair until you get enough lather, and another is to rub the bar between your hands and apply the lather to your hair. I tend to prefer the former method. After rubbing the lather on my hair, I rinse the shampoo out. I find this an easy matter with no residue left in my hair. Afterwards I apply my usual conditioner.
I find that this shampoo helps keep my hair shiny and in good condition. I've had no problems with skin or scalp irritation although I'm not convinced that it actively helps my scalp - I've experienced no reduction in dandruff when using this. However my hair has appeared less dry than usual (this is also helped by my conditioner I assume) and also appears stronger to the touch.
I'm not sure the product lives up to its claimed of revitalising hair colour. Maybe this is because my hair is dyed with artificial dye, not henna, but I've seen the colour wash out when using this shampoo and it actually seems to have faded a bit quicker than usual.
I've also noticed that this shampoo hasn't lasted anywhere near as long as other Lush solid shampoos. It is soft and only lasted about a month, which makes it less value for money than some others in the store.
Overall, this is an OK shampoo bar that might be very good for someone who is a natural brunette or who dyes their hair with henna. For me, though, there are too many disadvantages for me to repurchase this product.
I have used this solid shampoo a few times in the past. It has now been discontinued and can only be purchased from Lush Retro. Boo!
The shampoo smells quite nice, although it wouldn't be a scent for everyone. Some people I have spoken to about it have said that it smells like cake and I would agree with them. It smells like one of those cakes with the currants inside it, yum! The shampoo comes in a solid block and you just cut off a small piece of it at a time. You only need a small amount of it each time as the shampoo itself forms a rich creamy lather and a little goes a long way with this. I would recommend keeping the shampoo somewhere where it's dry as it can shrink a little if it's kept somewhere wet and/ or somewhere with a lot of moisture.
The shampoo is easy to wash with as it foams up really well. It's really creamy and it smells even better when it's wet. It rinses off easily too and it leaves your hair feeling soft, shiny and bouncy. The lovely smell lingers on your hair after use and the shampoo is great for dark hair. I have dark hair which is coloured and this gem helps to lock the colour into your hair. It adds little tints of red to your hair if used regularly as it contains a small amount of henna. This is a lovely look and a popular look at the moment it seems!
I would recommend this shampoo for people with dark hair whether it's natural OR coloured.
I have just got back from my weekend in Ibiza and managed to travel with no luggage other than a handbag. Fitting everything that I needed into a handbag was difficult but one of the biggest problems was not being able to take any liquids over 100ml. I am a big fan of the solid shampoo bars and they are perfect for occasions such as this.
What is the purpose of a solid shampoo?
The reason this product is so fantastic is that it meant I didn't have to take any liquid shampoo with me as this serves the exact same purpose. It also meant that the weight I would be carrying was less and the amount of room that a bottle would have taken up was greatly reduced. The bar also lasts up to 50 washes which meant that, even though both my friend and I have long hair, we were able to share this little bar instead of both carrying bottles. Not only it is better for me, but it's better for the environment because there is no plastic bottle left over once the shampoo has all gone.
All of Lush's shampoos serve a different purpose. I chose this one for this occasion because it claimed to restore dull and dry hair which I knew mine was sure to become due to exposure to the sea, sun and repeated heated styling. It is also specificially made for dark hair like mine and promised to give it a gorgeous shine. As well as all this, it claimed to soothe and revive the scalp which I thought would be useful as I always manage to burn my scalp on holidays.
How does the product work?
Red Henna is included not only as a natural way to maintain the colour of your dark locks but also to improve its overall health. By working itself deep into the hair, it strengthens the strands meaning fewer snappages and split ends. The substance also gives the hair a glossy shine, making it look beautiful.
Rosemary is present because it stimulates the hair folicles and encourages the growth of healthy new strands of hair. It also nourishes and moisturises the scalp preventing dandruff which is never a good look, especially when your hair is dark. Fleeceflower Root is included because of its ability to improve the health of the scalp making your hair stronger and in a better condition.
Nettle Leaf nourishes the hair with vitamins and minerals and helps to prevent greasiness for as long as possible. The Rhassoul Mud which is included comes from the Moraccan Altas mountain and it is this ingredient which is responsible for soothing the scalp. Sweet Orange Oil stimulates the scalp and encourages the growth of the hair. Seder Powder is included to condition the hair and helps to add a healthy shine to your hair and Irish Moss Powder is included to serve much the same purpose.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used in the same sort of way as a normal liquid shampoo. It is to be used on wet hair and you smooth the bar over the length of your hair from root to tip until you have a good coverage. Then you need to massage the coating into your hair, paying particular attention to the roots and the tips. Once you have done this for a few minutes, you rinse out the product thoroughly and then follow it up with a good condtioner and style your hair as usual.
When you are not using the shampoo bar, you need to store it somewhere dark and dry because otherwise the product will just go to waste and you should never leave the product under running water. Lush do sell little metallic tins for this purpose but they can be a nightmare to open with wet, slippery hands and it's also difficult if you have short nails.
Pacakging and Price
Out of all of the other solid shampoo bars that I've tried, I think this one is the least attractive. It comes in a chunk that is almost square in shape and brownish in colour. Unfortunately, this one can't be bought from actual Lush stores and I had to purchase mine from their online website. It cost me around £4 for 100 grams of this product.
Firstly, I was a little disappointed with the aroma of this product. As I had to buy the product online, I didn't get the chance to smell the product first and I was expecting something a little more exciting and delicious than what I got. The smell is just earthy and herby and actually really boring. It isn't strong enough to be relaxing and there is also a bit of spice mixed in too that is not appealing to me. The aroma doesn't last long on the hair so it is not really a problem but I do like my products to leave sweet smells on my hair.
This bar is easy to use once you get the hang of the technique although this one seems to crumble rather than melt so you need to use this one more gently so that none goes to waste. It doesn't lather much but that's because it isn't full of the artificial ingredients that cause bubbles to form so I don't mind this so much. You can feel it working into your hair however so it still feels like it is doing its job. It is easy to wash out of my hair as it doesn't have any bits in it like some of the other bars do.
The product does clean my hair really well but it isn't as moisturising as I had hoped although I know that using this in extreme conditions is out of the norm and perhaps it will perform better now I am not in the sea and sun. Nevertheless, I imagine that without a conditioner being used afterwards, this would not be moisturising enough for me.
My hair didn't tangle and looked in a fairly good condition, when you consider the circumstances. The product didn't really make my hair shine or affect its colour other than brightening it slightly, but it did get my hair squeaky clean and removed all of the horrible salt and sand that had become stuck in it. After sharing this bar and using it plenty of times, there is still lots of it left so you will definitely get your moneys worth.
All in all, this product does clean your hair well and although it doesn't moisturise my hair enough, it doesn't dry it out either. I am happy with this product and will continue to use it until it is all gone but I won't be repurchasing simply because the results didn't blow me away and the smell isn't special enough for my liking.
Isn't is just the way, I loved Lush's Hard shampoo bar, it was perfect for my hair, lathering well and leaving my hair clean and shiny. But after my last bar began to run out, I tried to order another bar from the Lush website, only to find out it had been retired. And so the hunt was on to find a perfect replacement and seeing as I've recently started using Henna to colour my hair, I started with Reincarnate.
==What Lush Says==
Reincarnate brings your sad scalp and your fading dark hair colour back to life! It is the love child of two of our earlier shampoos and combines the scalp treatment of Rhassoul mud from the Moroccan Atlas Mountains with Persian red henna to revitalise your colour, plus sedra powder for gloss and condition. It smells like incense wafting from an eastern temple through the surrounding spice market.
As with all Lush toiletries Reincarnate contains as many natural ingredients as possible and is suitable for vegetarians and in this case vegans. It does, however, contain a number of synthetic ingredients that Lush describe as safe. Included in these are Sodium Lauryl Sulphate, a detergent that can induce skin and eye irritation, so if you're allergic to this then you will want to avoid Reincarnate. Among the 'natural' ingredients you'll find red henna, which will dye your hair (although I'm unconvinced as to just how much it will dye in the short period shampoo is in the hair), Rhassoul mud to soothe the scalp, rosemary, fleece flower and nettle infusion, which I imagine is to condition. Reincarnate also contains something they call Sedra powder, and to be honest I haven't a clue what that is and haven't been able to find any information about it on the internet either. These are only some of the ingredients for a full list please check the Lush website.
==Price, Packaging and Looks==
In store, reincarnate comes in a large block, and you can ask for a block to be cut off to fit your needs and budget. This block can then be left naked, wrapped in paper or placed in a paper bag (made of recycled paper). As I bought mine online, I only had the choice of buying in multiples of 100g (I only bought one) and it arrived wrapped in a cellophane type material that was actually made of vegetable starch. In either case, Reincarnate costs £3.75 for 100g, which is actually a good size block that will last me for several months.
My 100g of Reincarnate came as a largish oblong block, although as each piece is cut individually you might receive a square or even triangular piece. My block fitted neatly into a standard soap dish (you will need somewhere to store this), but obviously didn't fit into the Lush shampoo tin that is designed for their shampoo pucks. Looks wise, my Reincarnate is much darker than the picture above, and is quite a boring brown colour, without any bits in it. It's quite solid and looks rather like a bar of soap. Whilst dry I really can't discern any aroma coming from the Reincarnate, even though it does contain both perfume and sweet orange oil. The only real scent I can detect is an earthy smell with a very slight hint of henna.
Before I go any further, perhaps I should tell you a little about my hair, seeing as how effective any shampoo is depends a lot on hair type. Until recently my hair was blonde, but a few weeks ago I dyed it using Lush's Caca henna, and now it's various shades of light to mid brown with red highlights. My hair has never been dry tends to get greasy a day or so after washing and I generally have to wash it every other day. I do, however, normally use a conditioner, which leaves it silky soft and shiny. Just to be complete in writing this review, I've combined Reincarnate with my usual conditioners (Lush Jungle and American Dream) as well as using it without conditioner. I also blow dry my hair and straighten it once a week.
If you've never used a solid shampoo before using Reincarnate can be quite a strange experience, but I've been using solid shampoos in various forms for a few years now and think I pretty much know what I'm doing. After getting my hair wet, I simply stroke the bar along my hair and then massage the resultant bubbles in before rinsing. Living in a very hard water area means that I don't get very many bubbles with the first wash, but to be honest I don't think I've found a shampoo where I do (apart from the now discontinued Lush Hard that is). Rinsing is a very strange experience, where the water literally runs brown. I found this really disconcerting to begin with, but now simply accept that once the water runs clear, then the shampoo is all out. With the second application, I get lots of bubbles from just stroking the bar over my head a couple of times and then rinse again. After rinsing, my hair feels squeaky clean, there's still not really scent and I normally follow up with conditioner. Today, just for this review, I've not used conditioner and my hair has a slightly earthy scent to it and does feel a little dry (although I've not actually blow dried it yet).
On drying my unconditioned hair, it does feel clean and look shiny, but it also feel much drier than normal, so this really does need to be combined with a conditioner. I generally use Jungle most days and then American Cream once a week and combined with these my hair is always shiny, glossy and full of bounce. I really couldn't say whether the included henna has any effect on my hair colour, to be honest I really wouldn't imagine it would as I had to keep the henna on my hair for 6 hours when dyeing it. So I don't think the five minutes maximum while washing my hair will make much difference. Saying that, it's been a couple of weeks since I hennaed my hair, I've been using reincarnate for the four times a week since dyeing it and my colour hasn't faded one bit. So it certainly hasn't done any harm.
One thing I really don't like about Reincarnate is how messy it is. It's not a shampoo bar that can be left sitting on the side of the bath, as whenever it gets wet it leaves brown marks which will stain. I now keep mine in a soap dish, after staining the bath next to the taps.
Although I wouldn't say that Reincarnate is as good as Lush hard, it's a pretty good if messy shampoo. It leaves my hair clean without stripping out the colour and once you get over the idea of solid shampoo then it's much easier to use with less wastage than liquid shampoo. (There's no pouring out more than you need). It also works out far cheaper than even super cheap liquid shampoo, I've been using my bar three to four times a week four the last couple of weeks and it barely looks as if I've touched it. So if you have auburn, red, brown or even black hair (whether natural or dyed) then why not give this a try, even though I'm not convinced as to whether it has any actual colour enhancing abilities, it certainly doesn't strip colour from the hair. But if you have blonde hair, give this a miss and try the blonde instead.
I got a bar of Re-incarnte for my birthday and i was bit reluctant to use it! It does not look appealing and it doesnt have a great scent ulike most lush products.
I went onto my lush store and asked about the product and I advised to use it, as I have natural brunette locks and the henna in the shampoo will give me great shine and help make my hair more antural and give it some life!
So I bought some Veganese conditioner to make it soft after the wash and to give my hair a scent.
So In the shower - Re-incarnate does not come in the rounded shape alike the majority of lush shampoo bars. I found It rather bulky to hold in the shower and not as easy to use as the bar is quite big. I let my ahir get wet in the shower then i rubbed the bar over my head and ubder, then i lathered my hair. Another way to use shampoo bars is to lather in hands then rub the lather on hair, i did this with jumping juniper circular lush bar, However the block od re-incarnate is too bulky to do in hands so have no other choice. Now these products when you first rub on hair feels like you've done nothing. Rub three times on top of head and three times under. Put down the bar and lather up with your hands, amke sure you've got it everywhere. Leave 30 secs to a minute and rinse. The bars didnt really have much of a scent so I would dedinataley recommend using a conditioner.
The bars are around the £5 mark, and you can look at that two ways.
- Your paying more than you would for a bottle of dove/wash and go etc...
-Your paying less than a bottle of TigiBead Head/Mark Hill etc..
Now the benefits are theses shampoo bars last around 80 washes, i was my hair daily so thats 80 days, most people wash every other day thats almost 5 months! £5 for 5 months worth of shampoo is a bargain!
Re-incarnate has just been discontinued in the last month, but if onterested ask in store or via phone and they usually will arange to get you some. Its great for brunettes but you will need a continioner!
This shampoo is very nice and easy to use. It smells quite nice, a natural earthy smell. It's much better than fake floral scents of ordinary shampoos.If you really don't like it, don't worry because it doesn't linger. The block lasts a really long time, much long than my Trichomania because it doesn't have soft coconut or other stuff in it, so it is very hard. Not so hard as to be uncomfortable though! It has a slightly gritty texture, but nothing really noticeable. It lathers very well. It doesn't do what it's supposed to do on me, ie give me red highlights, which I'm disapppointed about. I took a star off for that. If I just use this with Jungle conditioner it doesn't moisturise my hair quite enough, so it's fluffy afterwards and needs more straightening.
However, if I use this with American Cream it's very nice.
Overall, I do like this shampoo, being solid means good for the environment as well, but for me it just doesn't have enough moisture in.
This is the first ever Lush product that I have used and if I am honest I had never even heard of this brand until I joined DooYoo. When I spotted a Lush shop last weekend whilst out and about, I just knew I had to buy something, anything as I have heard so many good things about this brand.
As I understand Lush makes and sells hand-made cosmetics but if you want to know a bit more about them as I could probably not tell you a whole deal, they do have a website - www.lush.co.uk
When I actually walked in to the Lush store the very first thing I noticed was the smell. It was an absolute overpowering experience - the amount of fragrances mixed in the air was something that would not be unnoticed by anyone. Whilst I am sure these all smell lovely in lesser amounts and in individuality, I did find it a bit too much because there were 10's of different fragrances all mixed together as all the products are stacked up without packaging.
The very strong fragrances didn't put me off though because I was simply intrigued by all these hand-made items. I had read about solid shampoos on DooYoo before and was quite interested in the concept of it. I have never imagined shampoo to come in any form other than the liquid form which I have used all my life. In the end I went for the 'Reincarnate' shampoo because I fell in love with the way it smelt.
'Reincarnate' cost me £3.70 for a block of shampoo weighing 108 g. Everything in the store was priced this way - you pay for the weight of the product you buy and everything costs a certain amount per kilo - a bit like fruit or veg for a certain price/weight. There were bigger blocks available but I went for this size which is a bit on the small size because it was the first time I'd be trying something by Lush and also because I did feel it was a little expensive.
So 'Reincarnate' contains henna and rhassoul mud which are supposed to add shine to your hair. The shampoo definitely does have a hint of henna smell to it, and the colours are quite dark I suppose of the combination of the two main ingredients. Apart from the henna smell I feel there is quite a rustic, musky smell to this, perhaps even with a hint of mintyness. It's quite hard to describe the smell any better but I did love it and the smell of it did actually sell the product to me.
To use the shampoo it's really quite simple. You wet you hair in the shower, and then rub the bar over your head until it gets lathery and then massage as you would do with a normal liquid shampoo. It actually lathers up very well, better than I thought it would. I think it lathers because some of the other ingredients in this solid shampoo are the same as what you would find in a regular liquid one. Anyway, upon lathering, I noticed that the lovely fragrance was released a little more which was lovely.
Now I usually condition after shampooing but after using Reincarnate I thought I'd leave the conditioning step out as I wanted to see the real effects of my new shampoo. Admittedly I did find my hair a little hard to handle after shampooing alone with Reincarnate - upon drying my hair also felt a little dry and unloved. My own fault though - the guy in the shop did say I would need conditioner afterwards but I didn't buy any. As far as I know there are Lush conditioners too, so might get one the next opportunity I have!
One thing I was quite curious about was whether the henna in the shampoo would change my hair colour. I have natural dark brown hair anyway and do not really want copper tones as I don't think they complement my complexion! However I cannot yet answer this as I have only used the shampoo twice since buying it, so I am thinking if it does colour my hair it will take more than two washes.
Right I think I've covered everything...therefore to summarise, I really quite like the idea of a solid shampoo. It sits quite easily on my bathroom shelf (although it does need to be in an open or closed container of some sort as it can get quite messy!) and smells lovely. And it cleans my hair which it is supposed to do!
One of the advantages of stumbling accidently into Lush shops is that they often give you little goodies to try. I love getting a bath bomb to try or a bit of soap but was a little disappointed a couple of months ago when a small slice of Lush Reincarnate Solid Shampoo was slipped into my bag. That makes me sound a bit ungrateful but I am very fussy about my hair care. I spend rather alot of money on my hair and my hair care bill is comparable and now I have come across a regime that suits me I am reluctant (understatement time here) to change what works so well for me. However I couldn't quite bring myself to throw it away mainly because the idea of a solid shampoo intrigued me. I just couldn't see how this would work but I will always try something once - I just wasn't sure when I would feel inclined to try it.
So what led me to give in and try this product out? Well one of the advantages of having two showers is that when we're getting ready to go out we can have a shower at the same time (well you can do that with one but sometimes it isn't practical - or you don't have the time!). The disadvantage is that sometimes you don't take your products out after you and then when you need them (and this normally happens after you've got into the other shower), you realise they're not there and have a panic. But on this occasion I remembered that I had this sample in my Lush drawer so necessity or probably more accurately laziness and curiosity had me trying out this small slab of dark grey/brown shampoo.
I have to say this was one of the most unappealing products that I have seen so far in my Lust quest. At this point the only information I had about the product was that it was called Lush Reincarnate. I had no idea of ingredients or what it was meant to do for me. It was quite exciting because I was looking forward to this impromptu use of a product that I thought I would really hate (probably because then I could justify carrying on spending a small fortune on my current hair care knowing that nothing else was as good). I was really setting off into the unknown.
The smell was strange. If you expect it to have the quirky fragrance twists of other Lush products you would be disappointed. Herbal is a good description but it also reminded me of how an empty box of liquorish allsorts or fennel tea smells. It didn't smell strongly of these things - there was just a hint. But whatever it did smell like it was earthy and warm with a hint of spice - not any particular spice but it was like how a spice shop smells. I wouldn't say that made it exotic but it certainly made it 'interesting'. That didn't bother me because my current shampoo isn't exactly floral but I wasn't overly sold on it. However I thought it may have improved once it was diluted with water and applied to my hair. I must admit that I did stare at it in my hand for a while wondering what to do with it until I gave in and found the paper wrapper that I had hastily ripped off in the bin. OK so you have to wet hair, rub product all over hair and then massage into lather and then rinse. It doesn't say if you need to use it just once or if you can reapply a second time.
So I wet my hair. My hair is very coloured and I have quite normal hair with a sensitive scalp. Something happened immediately that had me worried. As I rubbed this bar over my head some got onto my scalp and I immediately got a tingling, burning feeling. I just hoped that this was a "doing you good" feeling and that I wasn't going to have to clear a snow drift off my shoulders. I rubbed the bar all over my head and down to the tips of my shoulder length hair twice in total before I put the bar down I began to massage my hair and I have to say that the product didn't produce that much lather. I know we live in a very hard water area but I would have expected more. My immediate thought was not positive. One thing I did notice (or didn't depending on how you look at it) was the strange smell that the dry product gave off. It was there but it was very faint and this was quite a bonus really. My scalp was really tingling now so I deciding to rinse it off.
Now I am used to my hair being very heavy with moisture after I have washed my hair and very smooth. It isn't tangled or frizzy. After I had rinsed it my hair was clumping together - I was going to have to dig out my detangling comb. I was not amused but just as I was about to drop the remainder of the bar into the bin I noticed myself in the mirror. Yes my hair looked like a bird's nest but it looked brighter (I know it was wet but you can tell these things). As I touched my hair it felt really squeaky clean. And then I lifted my dark brown hair up to reveal my dyed red panels and they looked fantastic. The sun streamed in through the window and the natural red tones of my hair shone through. My scalp also looked clear and surprisingly it wasn't red as I feared it might be. My normal shampoos (I use two sorts) ensure that my hair colour fades less quickly and my scalp is kept clear. Then I use the conditioner and a brightening treatment once a week to revive my coloured hair. This shampoo had brought the brightness back and at a fraction of the cost of this brightening treatment. The bin lid was closed.
I decided on this occasion just to get the detangling comb and not use a conditioner. I just wanted to see how my hair looked after using this shampoo. It was quite hard to detangle my hair but once I had my hair looked shiny and smooth. I dried it with the hair dryer and my hair had a lot of volume in it. Normally if I want that much volume I have to use a volumiser. This was quite a bonus too. I was beginning to see a couple of my regular hair care purchases being made redundant and replaced by this one new product. Once dried my hair look quite healthy and shiny but it felt a little dry. Then again I hadn't used a conditioner. And thankfully my scalp didn't react and it was kept clear.
I waited a week to use the product again - in fact I used it instead of my scalp treatment shampoo. Usually after I use that shampoo I use its complementary conditioner and my colour brightener. On this occasion I just used my colour conditioner and when I dried my hair it was like I had used my usual products. With the conditioner my hair was manageable and still had quite a bit of volume but not as much as it had without the conditioner. I was very impressed this time. I have now been using the product for a month and I love it. I still have loads of this small sample left and as long as you store it in a soap dish this product (if you don't it leaves a bit of a mess) lasts really well and so for me is really economical. At £3.43 per 100g bar this product is great value. In fact I now have decided that I will need to use the remainder of my usual scalp treatment and brightener up and then I won't replace them - well I will but with this product instead. And with the savings I will make from buying this product I will buy more Lush products/make up/bath products etc.
Now this is a big thing for me so what is in this wonder product that has dragged me kicking and screaming from some of my usual hair care products and what exactly is it supposed to do? Well very simply this shampoo is designed to aid your scalp and improve your dark hair colour. It uses Rhassoul mud from Morocco to cleanse your hair and scalp and Persian red henna to bring out the red tones of your hair. In fact for those who are interested this soap is an amalgamation of two earlier Lush shampoos Plantational and Buddha Bar. And I'm quite glad they did combine them. The gloss and shine is provided by Sedra powder. Now I have no idea what Sedra powder is but it works! The other active ingredients are Rosemary, Fleeceflower root (rich in Lecithin which is great for conditioning the hair and fleeceflower is used in Chinese medicine for its anti ageing and rejuvenating properties), Nettle leaf, labadnium resinoid (sounds weird but it is an extract from a member of the rock rose family and has an earthy fragrance and antibacterial properties), orange oil and irish moss powder (which has deep conditioning properties). As you can see this product has been quite nicely and carefully put together to make the most of some unusual but useful ingredients.
All in all I would say that if you have heard of solid shampoos and been too worried or scared to use them then don't worry and give them a go. I'm not sure how good Lush's other solid shampoos are but if you have normal to greasy brown hair then you should really give this product a go. I wouldn't recommend it if you do have dry hair as it does dry your hair slightly but on the other hand if you have a really good moisturising conditioner then go for it. I never thought that I would give up some of my beloved hair care products for a product like this but I have and I am really happy with the change.
I could go on forever about Reincarnate, I love it so much! It's the only henna shampoo i've used that's had any real effect on my hair. Of course, being only a shampoo, the effect isn't immediate but after a few washes I had a sprinkling of copper brightening up the natural brown of my hair. Its great for normal/oily hair, although I don't know how well people with dry hair would fare with it. It makes my hair feel a lot cleaner than liquid shampoos and of course I appreciate the absence of traditional packaging. It isn't very conditioning but it isn't really supposed to be. I still need to use a seperate conditioner to stop my hair drying out but I much prefer this to "2in1" shampoos and conditioners, even Lush ones. An added bonus is that it lasts a very long time, being solid. Definitely my favourite shampoo, and i've been using it for years now which I think really speaks for itself!
Reincarnate solid shampoo is by far superior to the old henna shampoo Arabian Bright (god that was terrible runny and left dodgy looking stains all over the bathroom!)
As I mentioned above this shampoo has henna in it, red henna to be exact. Now don't be scared this doesn't contain enough to dye your hair a different colour, what it does do is give your hair a really deep conditioning.
The henna in it will make your natural colour more vibrant and if like me your hair is all different colours (naturally!) it will accentuate some colours so it looks like you have very subtle low lights!
This one smells very spicy and exotic like something you would by in a souk.
As well as henna to condition your hair this has rhassoul mud to condition your scalp. It leaves your scalp feeling moisturised but not greasy and your hair looks rich and full of colour.
The best solid shampoo for those of us with dark hair
Reincarnate is the only shampoo I have tried from Lush and I was first drawn to it because of the henna content, although I was skeptical about whether it would actually change the colour of my mid-dark brown hair. I liked the shampoo I was using before - Timotei Henna Extract - but suspected that Reincarnate would be more effective at giving my hair the red tones. I am pleased to say that it has subtly changed the colour of my hair now that I have been using it for around a year (slightly less I think). In the sunlight there are definite red tones, but out of the sun my hair is as dark as ever, which is exactly what I was hoping for but didn't believe I'd get!
I also wanted to try this shampoo because I hated throwing away so many plastic bottles. When you buy a slab of Reincarnate it is wrapped in greaseproof paper. I store mine on the windowsill next to my shower and as I am the only one who uses that shower it stays nice and dry when not in use. I put it on top of the plastic lid from an old cocoa tin, I advise finding something to put it on before you buy it because it will not fit the shampoo bar tins available at Lush.
Since using Reincarnate I have almost completely stopped using conditioner. I find it is gentle enough to not need conditioner all the time to stop damage and without conditioner my hair has more volume and is less flat, but I have naturally straight hair. It cleans well four washes out of five but I find I have to use traditional liquid shampoo on the fifth wash otherwise my hair starts to feel sticky and I get this icky grey stuff on my hair brush. I think the grey stuff is a result of living in London and I just didn't get it before because conventional shampoos are stronger. I want to find another Lush shampoo to alternate with that will remove this build up so if anyone has any recommendations lets me know!
I also really love the smell of this shampoo. It's not for everybody and it's earthier than Lush describe but I adore it. I think it's an acquired taste, like dark chocolate and red wine.
Value for money is great as it's the cheapest of Lush's solid shampoos at £3.50 for 100g (I always end up buying more though because the lumps they've got cut up in store are always bigger than 100g). It lasts absolutely ages. Like I said before I've been using this for around a year - and I have only bought it twice! The second piece is still mostly there. I have quite long hair and some times double wash too.
The idea of using a solid shampoo can seem rather novel to beginners. I must admit that I myself approached lushs solid hair care range with high suspicion at first. We have spent of much of our lives squeezing liquid products that to discover alternatives is a bit of a shock to the system. Unfortunately Reincarnates appearance does little to inspire confidence in the buyer. It is a browny, yellowy colour and with its speckled appearance looks rather like weathered sandstone. The smell is a rather peculiar one. Supposedly it is similar to incense and spice but I cannot detect this. It is near impossible to describe its actual smell however, so I recommended that you smell it before purchase. The shampoo is sold in round discs of the solid shampoo and a Sales Assistant will cut you a slice of 100g and any higher multiple of this. Your chunk is then rather lovingly wrapped up in tissue paper, labelled and placed inside a bag. This service is fairly traditional, yet quirky and a refreshing change form the High Street shops. However one problem I have found is that the prices given to you for 100g of the product are generally not large enough. Cutting an exact 100g chunk proves to e difficult and with new members of staff fairly time-consuming. Usually the mark is missed by several grams and you actually buy a larger amount and consequently spend more. Its not usually a big deal but just something to bear in mind.
To use a solid shampoo for the first time is rather a noteworthy event. Firstly the hair must be thoroughly drenched. Then simply take the bar and rub it in circular motions around your head. The shampoos are more natural than other brands and so lower in the chemicals that cause frothing. This is not bad thing as these chemicals can strip hair of oils. However it does render reincarnate a little tricky to use as you dont really know for the first few times if you have used enough product. However on rinsing this problem is rectified. Beforehand massage the shampoo on your head into your scalp to stimulate blood flow and so t increase hair health. On rinsing the hair will squeak loudly when tugged gently,, to indicate that product has been removed. The shampoo actually has a shorter rinsing time that normal shampoos and so is brilliant for those always in a hurry.
Effects Vs Promises
Reincarnate is rather ambitious with its promises. It assures that you will receive a heqlthy scalp from the Rhassoul mud and condition and shine from sedra and gloss and colour from henna. After using the product my scalp did feel nourished and after several months of use my hair did begin to show red gleams dancing in sunlight. However this effect is fairly long-term and requires patience. The biggest failing of the product is that it leaves hair lifeless and abused. All oil is stripped from the cuticle, explaining the loud squeaking of the overly clean hair on rinsing. Even with a moisturising conditioner cannot undo the damage. The scent of the hair is not amazing either. I repeat the smell is weird, but not really in a nice quirky way. However using a scented conditioner completely masks it so I shall not slate it too much. I shall be especially kind because at the end of the day the product may not live up to its cosmetic promises, yet it lives up to its ethical ones. It requires less packaging than liquid shampoo and is preservative free. Furthermore it is not tested on animals ad is suitable for vegans. Therefore it deserves credit and I wonder how fair it is to compare I t to other products from ranges where animal and environmental exploitation are what contributes them to being better.
Value for Money
100g costs £2.95 and this makes reincarnate one of Lushs cheapest solid shampoos. A single bar lasts for approximately three moths providing it is not left in the shower are and is allowed to dry out. This makes reincarnate incredibly good vale for money.
Reincarnate contains: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate , Stearic Acid , Red Henna (Lawsonia inermis) , Glyceryl Stearate & PEG 100 Stearate , Rosemary Infusion (Rosmarinus officinalis) , Fleeceflower Root Infusion (Polygonum multiflorum) , Nettle Leaf Infusion (Urtica dioica) , Cocamide DEA , Soya Lecithin , Rhassoul Mud , Labdanum Resinoid (Cistus labdanum) , Sedra Powder , Orange Oil (Citrus dulcis) , Irish Moss Powder (Chondrus crispus) , *Limonene , Perfume, so a collection of fairly natural ingredients.
The solid shampoo is one of Lushs best. In the long-term I is good for creating subtle red highlights and can keep the scalp healthy yet only you can decides if it is worth it if slightly heavy hair is a consequence. For those who think it almost is the shampoo could be used every othjer wash and this would prevent build-up and so give hair some more vitality. Although it ahs its failings I do respect it for its morality and therefore endorse it to all, as an ethical alternative.
Henna shampoo for healthy scalps and dark, shiny locks / Reincarnate brings your sad scalp and your fading dark hair colour back to life! For dark hair /