30 September 2016

Review: Lush Haircare

I have reviews of some (fairly) new Lush haircare products to share! These products are meant to quench thirsty, dry hair and add some weight.

I was so excited to use this hot oil treatment. I received the Kinky one, which was created for hydrating curly locks. 

The hot oil treatment is a solid block of oils on a stick. To use, place in mug or heat proof bowl, gradually add boiling water and stir. 

 I found the process of melting the oil block quite a long and tedious one. It didn't help when the block broke off the wooden stick, as it made trying to melt it even harder.

A block made quite a large batch of treatment. It was enough for two treatments. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to use it again the following week - consistency wasn't right anymore - it ended up having the consistency of mucus, and I couldn't stand putting it in my hair.

The "Kinky" hot oil treatment contains olive oil, lanolin, and castor oil for nourishment and strengthening. Lush says it has a "fragrance of ylang ylang, rosewood and vetivert". The ylang ylang scent is quite strong, but I liked it.

Application was a bit messy. There were small white chunks of oil that didn't dissolve, and took a bit of effort to remove when washing off. 

My hair felt nice and nourished after using this treatment, but it didn't last long (I wash my hair once every 3 days, and ends started feeling dry after day 2). Although, I can see this being too heavy and weighing down those with fine hair. 

I'm not sure if I would repurchase this, due to the messy application and effort required to melt the oil block down.

If you want to try the hot oil treatment yourself, it retails for $9.95 each!

Queen Bee is styling balm that also moisturises and softens your hair. It contains beeswax, honey, corn oil, argan oil, moringa oil with ylang ylang, as well as Rooibos tea infusion with cinnamon to help promote scalp and hair health, growth and shine.

To use, warm between hands and work through scalp and hair. 

I like how easily this melts between hands (although I may change my tune as the weather heats up). I don't normally use styling products, as I either throw my hair up in a bun or ponytail, so I can't comment on how well it holds your style. However, it is a fairly moisturising balm. But it's not moisturising enough for my dry damaged locks. I needed to use this in conjunction with a hair serum. 

Co-washing is short for conditioning-only washing. It is ideal for those with dry or curly/wavy hair. It also is great for colour treated hair, as the pigments from hair dye are not stripped like in traditional washing. I've always wondered about co-washing products but haven't acted on my curiosity until I was sent the Lush Avocado Co-Wash.

The Avocado Co-Wash is a blend of cocoa butter, cupuacu butter and fresh avocado to provide nourishment, strength and promote growth. It also contains cider vinegar to enhance shine. It has a gorgeous fruity bergamot fragrance too (my favourite scent out of all four products featured in this review)!

Having used this a handful of times, I'm still not convinced that co-washing is for me, despite having dry, colour-treated hair. I like suds/foam and I like my scalp feeling nice and clean without the squeaky clean feeling. With the Avocado Co-Wash, I found it quite hard to massage in my hair without feeling like my hair is getting all tangled. No suds/foam just feels weird. It also feels like I haven't got much product in my hair, which I'm sure is just all in my head. My hair felt squeaky clean after use, which is not my cup of tea as I associate squeaky clean to natural oils being stripped. It didn't feel as moisturised as traditional washing with a shampoo and conditioner. 

Queen Bee and Avocoda Co-Wash both retail for $15.95 for 100g.

Sunny Day is an anti-tangling spray. It contains fresh lemon juice and honey that helps prevent knots and calms static and flyaway hair, without any stickiness. 
Sunny Day has quite a strong, long lasting scent. A little goes a long way, scent wise anyway. It lasts over 24 hours on my hair, making it a fantastic hair perfume, if you love this scent. Because I'm rubbish at describing scents, Lush says it is "made up of violet leaf absolute, jasmine and rosewood".  I don't love the smell of Sunny Day, but I don't hate it.

Sunny Day is a fairly good anti-tangler. When used in a conjunction with a Tangle Teezer, it glides through my hair fairly easily. When I run my fingers through my hair, my fingers do get caught a few times. 

I am on the fence if asked whether I would repurchase this product. It is fairly affordable at $14.95 for 100g, as it lasts a while. However, the scent can be quite overpowering and it's not the best anti-tangling spray I've tried.

Have you tried any haircare products from Lush? What is your favourite?
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These products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

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