H’Suan Wen Hua is one of my favourite Lush hair treatments to use when my hair feels tired, over-styled and dry, and I’ve been meaning to share my thoughts on this magic little paste for some time – and today is the day!
Typically used as a one-pot-per-treatment deep-nourishing mask, Lush suggest the protein rich formula will strengthen and nourish damaged hair, adding in lost oils and moisture. That’s not all, though – it promises to soften hair, soothe the scalp and add shine. That’s a pretty tall order for one pot, but let’s talk about it anyway.
The key ingredients include banana, avocado, olives and free range eggs, and you’d be forgiven for assuming it would absolutely stink. Surprisingly, it doesn’t. The addition of cinnamon and bay leaf oils (to soothe the scalp) masks the more pungent eggy aroma, while the banana adds an overall sweetness to the scent. It’s not exactly perfume quality, but it’s not horrendous, so it doesn’t feel like a chore to leave it on for 20+ minutes.
The instructions tell you to massage the whole pot (or ½ pot if you have short hair) into your hair, including scalp, and leave for 20 minutes before rinsing, shampooing and conditioning. I use it slightly differently because I have oily roots. Instead, I apply to the ends only – from the ears down – before shampooing without conditioner.
The result is immediately clear for me, every single time. Even before drying, my hair feels bouncier and healthier – and after blowing it out, it’s visibly changed. The results are rather long-lasting too. I tend to apply this mask once or twice a month, depending on how heavily I’ve styled my hair. A pot is supposed to last about 3 months, so I’d say I buy 3-4 per year and use around 1/3 pot per treatment. Like I mentioned, though, I don’t use it quite as instructed.
For anyone with over-styled hair, or coloured hair of any kind, I’d definitely recommend this treatment now and again to replenish lost oils and deeply nourish your hair. At £9.75 per 225g it seems pricey, but it certainly leaves salon quality results, and can be used sparingly depending on what you need it for.
Of course there is the added bonus that it’s cruelty free and totally natural, and once you learn how to pronounce it you can show off your cool new language skills. FYI it’s pronounced “Shoe-Arn Wun Who-a”.
Do you have a favourite lush hair treatment? Tell me all about it!