I have recently become a convert to LUSH’s hair care products. They offer a wide range of different shampoos, conditioners, and styling products that are all natural. One of their most interesting offerings are their solid shampoo bars. Lush is especially proud of these shampoo bars because they offer minimal packaging, which means less environmental impact, they’re great for travel and they last forever.
I decided to try Trichomania, which is a solid shampoo bar, not like their other offerings, which look like little hockey pucks. This particular solid shampoo bar is good for making dry hair softer. Trichomania can be cut to order, which means that you’re not stuck with buying a huge solid shampoo bar if it doesn’t work out for you. I’m glad I went with this option, as I wasn’t too keen on Trichomania, which means “love of hair”.
The instructions for Trichomania say to give it a good three swipes on wet hair and lather in. I’m not sure if these instructions are supposed to be one size fits all, but I needed a good ten to fifteen swipes PER SIDE before I got a decent lather going. I have really thick hair, so this might not be the case with everyone. Trichomania does product a good amount of lather and it smells really good too, like coconut. I rinsed it clean and performed the “squeak” test (I rubbed my finger along the top of my head until I heard a squeak… hence the term “squeaky clean”). I followed up with some Veganese conditioner and hopped out of the shower to blow dry my hair.
Trichomania wasn’t all that impressive to me. It did the job at getting my hair clean, but honestly it made my hair incredibly flat and limp. I was very sad to look in the mirror. One of the best things I can say about it, besides how good it smells, is that it made my highlights look SUPER shiny. And my highlights were at least 6 months old (saving up for a wedding will catch up with you…) I will say that this shampoo bar made my hair feel nice and soft for a while. It didn’t do what Big did and made my hair clean for days, but it was good enough for a 2 day wear before I had to wash again.
Trichomania’s ingredients list is as follows: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Creamed Coconut (Cocos nucifera), Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Cocamide DEA, Soya Lecithin, Perfume, Vetivert Oil (Vetiveria zizanoides). As you can see, there are no animal additives in this particular shampoo bar (such as beeswax or lanolin, which comes from sheep’s skin) so this product is suitable for vegans or anyone that is against animal cruelty. (While I am a crusader against the testing of cosmetics on animals, I would kill and cook a chicken if I had to… sorry).
One more caveat: be sure not to get this in your eye. I know it’s common sense, and I’ve said that with a lot of my Lush products, but honestly, this stings more than any shampoo you’ve ever gotten in your eye before in your life. I was pretty sure that I was okay with the lather and everything, staying away from my precious retinas, but I guess some of it trickled down and got into my eyes, and I was crying blind all through my shower. So please, do yourself a favor, and watch yourself when using this shampoo bar.
Trichomania will run you about $9.95 for 3.5 oz, but you can cut to order if you wanted a smaller piece. One of these shampoo bars, if you got it to be about the size of your thumb, should last you at least a month, if you wash every other day like I do. Be sure to ask your Lush associate for a sample so you can try before you buy.