Thursday, 7 February 2013

Review: H'Suan Wen Hua | Lush Hair Mask

LUSH H'Suan Wen Hua £8.95/225g
 
H'Suan Wen Hua is a pre-shampoo deep conditioning mask for 'out of condition' hair from Lush, described on the American site as a 'hair moisturizer'. Once upon a time, my hair was in a really bad way from heat and bleach damage with general frizz and split ends, but now after taking a lot of care and giving my hair some TLC it's in pretty good shape, but that doesn't mean that I can't treat myself to a weekly deep treatment to keep it up.
 
Pronounciation troubles aside, this 225g pot full of fresh and natural ingredients will set you back just less than £9.00 and is intended to 'improve the condition, lustre and combability of hair'.
 
What's In It and What Do They Do?
  • Bay and watercress infusions, balsamic vingegar and rosemary oil for shine.
  • Fresh free range eggs and soya lecithin for protein to restructure the hair.
  • Lanolin, from sheep’s wool, moisturises as it's similar to human sebum.
  • Olive oil to improve the tensile strength of the hair shaft.
  • Cinammon leaf oil for its antiseptic qualities.
  • Bay leaf infusion is stimulating, toning and clarifying for the scalp.
  • Fresh organic bananas and avocados for their rich oily moisturising properties
Pretty unique range of ingredients mixed into this one - vinegar egg and banana?! This is to be used on dry hair prior to washing, with a generous amount of this creamy concoction is slapped all over the hair and left for 20-30 minutes (longer if you have time) before shampooing and rinsing away to reveal soft, shiny and flowing locks of wonder.
 
I do like this mask, I think it does work at conditioning the hair, but it's just not the best out there and didn't blow me away in awe. For a start, the smell is something that I really do not like about this, it's pretty strong and not at all pleasant, but it is something that I can get around and doesn't bother me enough not to use this, but it does receive a lot of criticism from people. And I find the application a bit weird because putting conditioner all over dry hair just seems a bit unnatural, but other than those two points about it I found the results to be quite impressive. After rinsing away, my hair does feel much softer and smoother and in general a lot healthier and in better condition, even if the results are only temporary until the next wash. It's not something that I would bother to buy again, but it's been fun to try out and wasn't a wasted purchse.
 
Pros
- A fancy name no one can pronounce
- Full of natural and beneficial ingredients
- Has dual purposes: conditions and moisturises the ends but the bay leaf infusion also stimulates the roots
- Actually works at conditioning the hair, leaving it soft and nourished
- Leaves the hair smooth and untangled. Hair dries sleek and free from frizz but not weighed down at the roots
 
Cons
- The smell ..eggs vinegar and cinnamon
- It won't last forever due to the natural ingredients (mine goes out of date a week from now but I did buy it at Christmas)
- It is jam packed full of goodness and natural ingredients, but still contains parabens (methylparaben and propylparaben) ..sense?!
- A generous amount is needed (directed to use 1/2 a tub each time on long hair), making it not very cost effective - £4.50 per use!
- There are more intensive conditioning treatments out there for a more reasonable price





17 comments:

  1. I've never tried anything from Lush for my hair before. I might have to pick something up next time im in!

    Rachel x
    Lost In Lipstick

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  2. This is a shame, I love Lush and use a lot of their products, although I haven't tried many for hair. Like you said, it sounds like you can get better on the high street for cheaper and without the horrible smell! I do love using their scrubs as a clarifying shampoo though. xo

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  3. Awesome review! I've really wanted to try a hair mask from Lush but like you, the idea of putting a conditioning treatment over dry hair before washing seems a bit strange to me and I think the smell would really put me off!
    xxx
    summerhollyday.com

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  4. It's all good until you smell it! I have yet to find something that I can't live without from Lush. Guess I'll have to keep trying stuff =) xx

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  5. This sounds like a good idea but the ingredients do put me off, I need hair products to smell nice or I can't use them. The Philip Kingsley Elastisizer does the same thing but definitely smells nicer :-)

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  6. Great review! Just the thought of putting anything that has eggs in it on my hair is quite off-putting to me, I definitely prefer my Dove conditioner and masks so won't give this a go x

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  7. The cons are such a shame, it really does look like an amazing product )): I do love lush products though, there are some great smelling products in the Lush store.
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  8. great review, I don't think the smell sounds too appealing either! x

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  9. I love the smell of cinnamon, bay leaves and rosemary. The pot sort of smells like a creamy chai latte. Most definitely will buy this again as most other hair masks I've tried smell perfumey and full of chemicals.

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  10. thank you for the info, looks nice, I use another good hair mask, it's pro naturals moroccan argan oil hair mask which is very good for hair too. :D

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  11. Thanks for sharing! Looks like an awesome product, I'll have to try it out after my argan oil hair mask from pro naturals finishes (smells so yummy too)

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  12. Oh I love LUSH products, I did a post on their makeup and recently bought some beauty products which I still have to do a post on, I want to go back to the shop and add this product to my haul :) sounds amazing x

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  13. Pro Naturals is my preference.

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