As much as I love my ultra cute anime hair, there’s no getting around the fact that a year and a half of turning my natural dark brown hair into a shade of shining bright white has left it in desperate need of hair rehab. My hair is a desert, baby. It, like me, needs a drink 24/7.Crispy and crunchy locks aren’t cute, so I’ve been trialling a bunch of different hair masks over the past six months to see if any of them could make a difference to my ‘do. One in particular has stood out, if you’ll pardon the pun, head and shoulders above the rest: Lush H’Suan Wen Hua hair treatment.
I’ve said a few times before that one of the things I find appealing about Lush is that they take the hard work out of DIY cosmetics. H’Suan Wen Hua is, at heart, a combination of a few old fashioned home remedies for dry hair, except that someone else has done all the messy work of making it for you.
It’s almost like a kitchen recipe: eggs act as a protein treatment, avocado and olive oil provide hydrating light fatty oils, balsamic vinegar adds shine, and cinnamon and rosemary oils are gentle clarifying agents. It’s a good combination of ingredients that manages to act a complementary whole, without the final product being too heavy or rich.
H’Suan Wen Hua is a tad unusual compared to other treatments/masks, and that’s due to when you apply it. Most treatments are applied after shampooing and before/instead of conditioning, but H’Suan Wen Hua is applied to dry hair before washing. The rich oil content means that it would ‘sit’ on wet hair and not evenly comb through or absorb, so you gotta let those lipids do their thang before getting your hair wet.
This pre-application makes this hair mask fantastic if you’re a co-washer (i.e. cleansing your hair with conditioner rather than doing a oil-lifting lathering shampoo; I plan on talking about the fan-freaking-tastic concept of co-washing in the next week or so), but I would suggest that it may not work particularly well if you’re using a traditional cleansing-via-lather shampoo and conditioning routine on your ‘do. In that case you’d be applying the good oils and proteins of H’Suan Wen Hua and then immediately stripping them away again, so your mileage may vary.
For me, with my super lightened hair, naturally dry scalp and co-washing haircare routine, this mask is gosh dang brilliant. It gives the dry ends of my hair some softness and weight, and I’ve noticed a dramatic reduction in crispy crunchy ends since I started using it. Incidental hair breakage is down and frizziness is Not A Thing anymore. Rad. As. Heck. It’s been an integral part of rehabbing my hair back to a soft state, and it doesn’t take long to notice a difference in my hair when the tub is empty and I haven’t had a chance to replace it.
There’s only one real negative to H’Suan Wen Hua, and that’s a cost/size issue. Applying any wet product to dry hair is always going to involve thirsty hair soaking up way, way, way more product than you anticipated. My shoulder-length dry hair can easily suck up half a tub at a time, and that’s applying it very sparingly. At just shy of twenty funbux a tub, H’Suan Wen Hua can be super pricey when looking at it on a cost-per-use basis. If there were 500 or 750 gram tubs available I’d be able to balance out that cost-to-use ratio a little more (plus I wouldn’t have to schlep into the QVB every couple of weeks for a new tub), but as it is I’ve gotten myself hooked on some great hair goop that’s slowly sending me broke.
Seriously though, this one goes out to all of my platinum blonde black roots hyper-hair brothers and sisters out there: slather some H’Suan Wen Hua on your locks. You’ll thank me later. You’ll be broke, but your hair will be gorgeous. You’ll thank me, trust me.
This item was purchased by swatchgirl.com.