Worth It: Organic Bar Shampoo That Will Treat Your Hair Right

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I know, I know: the product I'm about to rave about requires you to use a solid bar to wash your hair. What the fuck, right? Wrong. LUSH's Trichomania shampoo is the bomb. And here's why.

  • It's handmade from organic materials. Vegans, rejoice: this stuff is made from all-natural ingredients that are great for you, including creamed coconut. Coconut = smooth hair, and all natural ingredients = happy hair. It's a win-win, really.
  • It's easy to use. It may seem counter-intuitive, but when I first bought the stuff I wasn't so sure that it would be so easy to turn a solid bar of stuff into a nice lather on my hair. More importantly, I wasn't sure that it could substitute for my regular shampoo. Wrong. Just wet the bar and your hair and run it through your hair and *bam!* instant lather. A nice and smooth lather, at that.
  • It de-frizzes and adds shine. Chalk it up to the all-natural ingredients, I guess, but wow did this stuff do a number on my hair. It leaves my hair gorgeously shiny and tames my regularly out-of-control and frizzy locks. At first, I continued to use my regular hair products to give my hair a natural wave, but in the past week or so I've stopped using any products at all. Using this shampoo allows me to let my hair dry naturally and I get the natural waves look anyway. What was I wasting my time and money on all that extra product? The formula also weighs your hair down just enough so that it doesn't look pouffy.
  • It smells good. I don't know about you, but one of the most important factors in choosing shampoos, conditioners, and other hair care products is that it absolutely must smell good. And this one does. Even though I despise the taste, I love the smell of coconuts.
  • You can buy it in bulk. Which is great,if you have room for a giant chunk of beauty product in your bathroom. But if you don't, or are like me (cheap), it's still worth it to go into the store to buy your shampoo. You can ask for a small slice of the soap and will end up spending only $6-$8 on a bar of it that will last you 3-4 weeks. Conversely, you can ask for a giant block of it, which can cost up to $75 if you buy enough of it at a time.

Trichomania Bar Shampoo, $9.95, Lush.com

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Eleanor Abernathy

For those who have questions about the use of SLS:

Why do you use SLS in your products? Isn't this dangerous

The lauric acid part of SLS is derived from coconut oil but by the time it reaches our bottles it is so far removed from the original form we think it's more accurate to call it a synthetic - but if we chose to we could say it is derived from coconuts. SLS is derived from natural ingredients - once upon a time - but we give it a black colour code in the QIs because we think it's taking the mickey to call it natural. Some cosmetics companies make quite daft claims for cosmetics ingredients which may once have originated in a plant, calling them 'pure' and the like. We don't. The Costmetics Ingredient Review (CIR) expert panel says SLS is safe for use on the skin as long as you wash it off. There are many surfactants and only the amphoteric surfactants are allowed in cosmetics as they are the mildest. You're more likely to get an allergic reaction to an essential oil than you are to SLS; just because something is natural, it definitely does not mean it's safe. Cyanide is derived from almonds; it'll still kill you. SLS has been the subject of a mud-slinging campaign which was spread through the internet and alternative health outlets. It was very difficult to trace its source but it was finally tracked back to a manufacturer of a rival surfactant which shamelessly exploited people's good intentions to sell more of its stuff. Lush uses ingredients which are as safe as we can get, without resorting to animal tested products and sticking to as many natural ones as we can. There are many new surfactants but we don't think they have been adequately tested yet. SLS has been around for decades and although it's not perfect, neither is lemon juice. Some people are allergic to mangoes but somehow a campaign to ban the use of mango from Lush products doesn't have to the same ring to it. Loads of people are allergic to almonds and sesame seeds but we still use those. We wish it were a simple matter but it's not. Some people think it is, but it isn't. Honest. In the meantime we use it because we think it's so far proven to be the safest thing out there. Some of the newer alternatives may prove to be safer but we don't know that yet so we won't use them.