I recently came across a product called Hair Doctor from Lush whilst on my never-ending quest for all things scalp related. It is touted as the solution for dry itchy scalps and looks absolutely yummy. I was all set to buy it till I took a closer look at the ingredients list and realised that I had pretty much all of them kicking around somewhere in my house. The ingredients list for Hair Doctor is as follows:
Water (Aqua), Irish Moss Powder (Chondrus crispus), Fullers Earth, Cetearyl Alcohol, Perfume, Irish Moss Decoction (Chondrus crispus), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil (Cocos nucifera), Organic Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Rosemary Absolute (Rosmarinus officinalis), Chamomile Blue Oil (Matricaria chamomilla), Soya Lecithin, Glycerine, Yeast, Red Henna (Lawsonia inermis), Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG 100 Stearate, *Eugenol, *Limonene, *Linalool
According to the Lush blurb, the main active ingredients in Hair Doctor are:
“Fuller’s earth, which degreases your hair and scalp, stimulating peppermint and rosemary, and chamomile to soothe sore skin”
Fullers Earth is basically Bentonite Clay which contains a load of essential healing minerals and is very efficient at drawing oils and toxins from the skin/scalp. The Peppermint, Rosemary and Chamomile do exactly what they say on the tin. However, upon taking a closer look I reckon the Irish Moss, Henna extract and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil are probably pretty powerful scalp regulators also. The remaining ingredients mainly help with conditioning and making the hair feel good. The one thing I don’t have is Cetrimonium Bromide which is a cationic quaternary compound capable of being absorbed by the hair cortex and also works as an anti-septic. I’m going to substitute it with Cetrimonium Chloride which is also a cationic quaternary compound and will provide great slip but unfortunately doesn’t have quite the same conditioning kick as the Bromide.
I’m also gonna soup up my version by using an herbal decoction rather than plain water and adding Rhassoul clay which is similar to Bentonite but less clarifying. I’m also going to add Tea Tree Oil to boost the anti-septic properties and Vitamin E just because it’s so good. Lush markets Hair Doctor as a preservative free product and something which would need to be kept in the fridge and used fairly quickly. This is fine with me as I would only ever make up a single use batch so I’m happy to keep mine preservative free also. Lastly, my product will have a thinner and smoother consistency similar to cake batter rather than the paste like consistency of Hair Doctor.
With all these things taken into consideration, my final Ingredients list looks like this:
Herbal Decoction (mint, rosemary, henna, marshmallow, neem powder, nettle, white willow bark, burdock root, coltsfoot, horsetail, blue malva, hibiscus), Irish Moss Decoction, Rhassoul Clay, Bentonite Clay, Glycerin, Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Cetrimonium Chloride, Vitamin E, Rosemary Oil, Tea Tree Oil
Tune in tomorrow to see how it turns out!