LUSH India seems to have fallen off the face of the earth, which is a pity indeed. Their website has been down since almost ages and now the Fb page is gone too as is the solitary store in North India, the one in Select City Walk, New Delhi. What the status of their stores down south is I can’t say, but as far as we in the North of India are concerned, LUSH India is in fact gone leaving LUSHies like me high and dry. I hear that by this April they should be up and doing but all we can do is wait and watch.
Even though LUSH India is MIA, yet here is a review of their Big Solid Conditioner, a conditioner to complement their Big Shampoo. First things first, this conditioner is NOT meant for my kind of hair- hair that is on the dry, wavy side. Instead, it’s for those with “dull, limp and fine” hair and in need of a “jolt of volume and shine”. So why did I buy it? Well, because I’m a big sucker for anything that gives “volume” to the hair and because I just fell in love with the lovely vanilla fragrance even though it does not linger on at all.
What LUSH says about it –
“For big volume and tons of shine
Big conditioner livens up dull, limp and fine hair with a jolt of volume and shine. It carries with it the beautiful fragrance of the vanilla, jasmine and tonka absolute to perfume hair while the sea salt goes to work building body. Extra virgin coconut oil and toothed wracked seaweed infusion soften and condition hair without weighing it down, while a squeeze of lemon juice and fresh lime add even more shine. Just like in our Big Shampoo, we’ve used fine sea salt to add softness and body, and glycerine to help retain moisture. We take protein-rich toothed wrack seaweed fresh from Poole Harbour, purée it and blend it through to help make your hair more manageable. A squeeze of fresh lime and lemon juice get to work on adding gloss, as the acids help the cuticles to lie flat and reflect light.”
Having said that it is not for my hair type, how did it fare? I got volume alright, and loads of it which is not surprising considering that it has sea salt in it – I was just short of looking like Monica in FRIENDS . But that was because in my zeal I overdid it a bit. Once I had figured out that it was just one rub down the length of my hair that was needed, it fared quite well even though mostly I use R & B Hair Moisturiser afterwards (reviewed here).
So here’s a quick overview.
- It is small squishy bar that has to be stored in the refrigerator in the summers. This means it’s a nightmare to travel with specially in the hot humid months. It never really dries up completely, always being in a semi solid state.
- It has a lovely vanilla fragrance which, however, sadly does not longer on at all.
- It does give a good jolt of volume so should work well for those with dull, limp hair. Those with hair on dry side better stay away. As for the shiny part, I really didn’t see any extraordinary shine in my hair.
- Very little is needed, at least for me- one swipe down the length of the hair is enough. Those who actually have dull, limp hair may need two swipes at most. One needs to be careful not to tug at the hair. Otherwise that can cause breakage.
- Cruelty free and pretty much natural ingredients.
I’m forgetting the price but I think it was around Rs 700/- for a 100g bar- expensive but LUSH pretty much is so. Anyone with limp, fine hair must try it. Even for my wavy, dry hair it’s good product, giving good volume and bounce, though, for obvious reasons, I will not repurchase it.