I don’t get excited about hair products. They’re not my forte, my cup of tea… they‘re just not my bag (baby). I view them in the same way that I do many bathroomy-type toiletries, something to be chucked in the trolley while doing my weekly shop. The truth is, you’ll rarely find me scouring online beauty emporiums for styling products and high-end shampoos. I’d rather spend my money on lipstick.
Which is why LUSH have surprised me with this bottle of shampoo.
LUSH Rehab shampoo describes itself as a “restorative and repairing” shampoo with extracts of pineapple, papaya, and olive oil to moisturise and “take your hair back to its healthiest, glossiest state”. You wouldn’t know any of this without reading up on it because frankly, it doesn’t feel or smell like a traditional “SOS-type” shampoo.
My hair is dry but not brittle and to be fair, is in better condition since swapping my permanent hair colours for semi-permanent almost a year ago… but still, it could never be described as soft or silky. Introduce my hair to a hairdryer and I’m finished within three-minutes, whereas on the rare occasion that I style Leila’s… I get killer arm ache long before her hair shows any signs of drying.
I also suffer from an itchy scalp. It comes and it goes, focusing upon the change of seasons but it lurks nonetheless, waiting to flare up in great crusts of scalp-soreness.
I’ve been using the LUSH Rehab Shampoo for around two months now, washing my hair every other day and I’ve been impressed with the noticeable improvement in both scalp-sensitivity and the general condition of my hair which feels more balanced: less oily at the roots and more nourished at the ends. The improvement has creeped up on me, I wouldn’t say that it was an overnight miracle but more a realisation that my hair and scalp simply hasn’t been this good for a long time.
My only caveat against this glowing review are those pesky pregnancy hormones that may well be skewing the results, but in all honesty, my skin is a hot mess at the moment, so I’d imagine my scalp to react in the same way.
The strong lavender-scent may be off-putting to some… it’s certainly not my favourite and wasn’t what I was expecting. It can be a little too bracing in the mornings but I’ll happily take the aroma hit while it’s still working its magic on my locks. The shampoo lathers really well with only a very small amount (the texture is thin and runny) so although it’s marked up at a price-point I can only just about stomach, I appreciate that a 250g bottle will actually last me a minimum of three-months before it needs replacing (I’ve got at least 1/3 left in the above bottle after two-months use).
LUSH Rehab Shampoo is priced from £5.25 for 100g and is available to buy in store and online at lush.co.uk