I have medium-short, fine, curly, unprocessed, dry hair. Over the years I have used many different shampoos and conditioners. Some were better than others, but none really made all that much difference in the appearance of my hair - until now. I recently started using both Trichomania bar shampoo and Coolaulin conditioner. I have had great hair days every day since switching. I'm getting a lot of curl, no frizz, nice shine. My hair feels soft and smooth.
I lather up the shampoo bar in my hands first, then rub it into my wet hair. The lather is unbelievable. Next I rinse out the shampoo, apply a nice blob of conditioner, comb it through my hair, and leave on for a few minutes while finishing my shower. I have quite a stash of hair gels, but it doesn't seem to make a difference which I use anymore - great hair no matter what. After applying gel, I let my hair dry naturally, fluff it a bit, and spritz on a little hair spray.
I am putting this review in both the shampoo and conditioner categories because I don't think either product would be as fabulous alone as they are together. I am so in love with these products.
I like this a lot more than Curly Wurly, as far as curly hair shampoos go. It lathered quite well (yes, I know that isn't really important, but I like it, it helps me know if I have put enough on my head.) The scent is a soft coconut, and was faintly detectable once my hair dried. Will definitely repurchase, this is the only Lush hair cleanser that left my hair reasonably soft.
This is supposed to be the replacement for my beloved gentle lentil. I suppose in terms of moisturizing qualities and lather yes, it does replace gentle lentil. However, it just isn't quite as good. This does lather nicely and it does not dry out my hair. I guess that is the important part. A bar seems to last forever of this. While I like it and will use it if I can't get ahold of a chunk of gentle lentil, it is not my prefered solid shampoo.
I do like the truckles better than the formed disks though. This does not dry out my scalp like the compressed SLS noodle disks that lush offers.
So, I was walking past our Lush store today when I realised that I was out of shampoo, and I decided to try what they had to offer - even though I'm normally a strictly "salon-only" kind of girl when it comes to my hair. In fact, Redken's All Soft range was my previous HG when it comes to hair care. However, I can say now that Lush is definitely up there!
The SA recommended Trichomania to me as I have thick, coarse hair and I tend to colour it rather a lot. I was a little wary as I've never used anything remotely resembling solid shampoo before and the price for 150g was $20 (AU) but it turns out that my fears were mostly unfounded.
Of course, when I try to use it tonight it has to have a large chunk of it break off in my hands but that was actually a good thing as it made it more manageable to use (so if you find the solid shampoos a pain in the butt to use, try cutting smaller pieces off the main chunk). It doesn't lather heaps as it doesn't have a lot of the synthetic ingredients that many standard shampoos have but it cleans the hair very well without making it feel overly dry or "squeaky clean". To me, squeaky clean has always been a bad thing as it implies that your hair is being stripped of its natural oils.
Followed by the Coolaulin conditioner, I feel safe in saying that Trichomania is an excellent shampoo product. And the smell? Absolutely divine. It's fresh, sweet, light, and oh so coconutty. I can't stop sniffing my hair!
As a lush addict my opinion might be a bit biased. That said I have very fine hair with oily roots but dry ends. I bought this because I love solid shampoos, alothough its designed for people with coarse and curly dry hair. I have used it most of the past winter (along with Jungle solid conditioner) until I ran out in May. I didn't find it to be too drying and it had a bit more moisturizing elements than I was used to in my other Lush shampoos. All in all I think its a great shampoo, the problems other reviewers have mentioned are probably because they are used to the slickness that ingredients in synthetic shampoos and conditioners leave behind.
For the record, I have long, thick/wavy dirty-blonde hair, dry but greasy at the tips. I clean my hair 2/3 times a week, otherwise it gets worse (it's the chemicals!)
Depending on my mood, and my hair, this product gets a 3 or 4 rating.
Firstly it looks lump a big lump of cheese! It's just a plain white block, quite bumpy, no decoration.
Practically it's not great, you can't leave it in paper packaging because it gets all ripped and messy (although the bar itself is fine, it dries quickly). You would need to purchase a tub or one of those soap dishes if you were to use it regularly.
The smell is lovely, coconut - but not the sun-lotion kind, the proper kind. I can still smell it on my hair now (I washed my hair an hour ago), usually I can never smell shampoo on my hair, so I like that.
You have to rub the bar on your hair a bit before massaging in, it takes longer to lather up that most shampoos, and there are less "bubbles", but I guess that's because there are less chemicals and whatnot in it. However, I have used it at least 10 times and I haven't noticed a change in size, which is great! I think it will last me a long time.
It left my hair feeling "squeaky clean", it definitely does a good job, but I can't say my hair feels particularly nourished. I use conditioner afterwards but it's still not quite right. I wouldn't say it makes my hair dry, it just doesn't give the softness that other shampoos do.
I would buy this shampoo again, because it does clean very well, but for a regular shampoo I am on the search for something a little more moisturising.
uMm..i don't exactly understand this product. I have dry AA hair and..it just seemed to make my hair even drier. Not a good buy for people with dry hair.
I was very skeptical about using this product as iv never used a solid shampoo before. I lathered it up on my ends and rubbed the bar over my head. Rinsed out and used my garnier nutrioil treatment as my normal conditioner and my hair felt amazing. The coconut cream really moisturised my hair and it wasnt greasy at all !.
I was in heaven about LUSh... for 1 week :(
The names are cute, the products look adorable... but they are bad for my skin/hair.
Trichomania has a lovely cocossmell, that doesnot smell artificial, and when soaping it into your hair, it feels super creamy. But..unfortunately..after washing it out my hair feels very dry.
I tried it on my upper arm too, and it dried out my skin too.
I think they put a lot of real soap into this shampoo bar, which makes it very drying. Too bad, because this is supposed to be a moisturizing and conditioning shampoo!
Except for the Skin Sin bodylotion, which smells nice and is not irritating, no more LUSH for me!
If you want to buy a cute present for anyone, or decorate your house, LUSH is a goof place to go, but don't expect any good for your skin/hair!
I have to admit to being an incredible snob. The thought of Lush products always brought a shudder of disgust at the whole "hippy" appeal of the whole enterprise. However... I walked into their store on a hot hot afternoon, after soaking in sunshine and being on a boat in the bay and it just FIT. Suddenly, the repulsive granola-grunginess of it all disappeared and I walked around the store in a daze, inhaling bottle contents and rubbing all these amazing creams in my skin. I left with a much lighter wallet (pretty funny actually how expensive it can be to purchase a chunk of what looks like wax for 15 dollars...) and a basket-full of products. This shampoo was one of them. I have to say that I am absolutely smitten with its smell, which is a very fresh non-synthetic coconut. I use it on my body and as shaving cream. It is so good, at the end of my shower, I will rub some more on my hands just so they keep that smell on them. As for the quality of this shampoo, the jury is still out. I have curly coarse hair, and use a fair amount of products. This shampoo definitely stripped everything off and left me with a dreaded squeeky (read mass of tangled hair) head. I did use the Jungle conditioner AND coolawlin conditioner afterwards to mitigate the dryness. I think a good clarifying shampoo once a week is ok, so I plan on using it for that purpose, and for its yummy smell. Do I think Lush products are superior to many many often cheaper products out on the market? No. Would I repurchase based on incredible scent and "fun factor" of product marketing? Maybe, just maybe.