My Hair Story

Okay people… This is a post I wrote for Makeup And Beauty Home about my “hair journey”.

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My hair story? To put it in a few words – been there, done it….Click here to read the rest of it. Hope you find it useful. All the products that I have talked about have been reviewed on my blog.

 

LUSH R & B Hair Moisturiser- A Little Bit of Heaven in Your Hair

 

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So this, “heaven in your hair” may be somewhat of an exaggeration for many but that is exactly how I felt after I smelt it…DIVINE!! Had it not been for this gorgeous smell, I may not have picked it up. After all, it’s meant for “African American or curly hair” and mine are neither. They are wavy and dry but nowhere near what R & B is apparently intended for. The smell however bowled me over. Besides the SA said that I could skip the conditioner and use a little bit of R & B instead on towel-dried hair, which I realised later, is what I should have done. Instead, I would do the whole conditioning routine and then apply it in place of a serum, and that too in generous amount…I love the fragrance so much. Result – hair that was totally weighed down. For the first time I understood what the term “heavy conditioner that weighs the hair down” meant. Moral of the story – use your sweet little head and listen to the SA- at times they do know what they are talking about!

Enough of my personal rant. Coming to the product, LUSH calls it  “An instant best-seller”. “Our easy-to-use hair finisher uses softening ingredients of organic avocado butter, oatmeal, olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil and candelilla wax because they are extremely effective for conditioning the hair and scalp. It works well with African American or curly hair because it conditions with a lot of moisture. And once you smell the seductive orange blossom and jasmine fragrance, your hair will truly get its groove back.”

  • “Dry no more: Supremely moisturizing ingredients make this an ideal solution for dry hair.
  • Vegan music: Cupuacu butter softens hair and retains moisture, a fantastic vegan alternative to lanolin.
  • Work out for out-of-condition hair: Our bay leaf infusion is stimulating, toning and works wonders on dry hair.”

                         DSC07522C ...1  It comes in trademark LUSH black tub and has a very thick pudding type consistency. A very small amount is needed, about the size of a coin. Rub it between your hands that make it a bit thin and thus easier to work through towel-dried hair. If your hair is thick, you can section it and work this through. Whether you need a conditioner prior to this or this alone will suffice, you will have to figure out for yourself by trial and error. My hair is dry and wavy but unless they are going through a particularly dry and crazy phase, I can skip the conditioner and just use this on towel-dried hair.LUSH says that it can be used on dry hair as well- a little on the fingertips and work through the hair but LUSH recommends this kind of usage for Afro and very dry hair. For hair like mine, I prefer to use “Shine So Bright” for this purpose, as and when needed. Ordinarily R & B is enough for me.

For a quick recap- The PROS first –

  • Great for dry hair- a what is called HG product, to use beauty talk lingo.
  • Fabulous fragrance. However, as with all LUSH products, it’s better to decide on this for yourself…one man’s meat can be another’s poison.
  • Natural ingredients. LUSH, however, has always got a mixed response regarding their claim of being natural due to presence of synthetics in their products including the much debated SLS in some products. Though they call it “safe synthetics” but it has irked quite a few. Whatever you may decide, there is no doubt that their products are great and in any case contain WAY less chemicals than ordinary brands. But it’s often been said about LUSH, you either hate it or love it, for whatever reason! Entirely your call!!
  • Cruelty free – though some animals tortured doesn’t seem to bother most people sadly.

Now the CONS

  • Expensive – I picked up the 100 gram tub for Rs 1460/- some months ago but LUSH is notorious for hiking prices so very often. A little however goes a long way and if you compare with other products for controlling dry, frizzy hair, say Kerastase Elixir Ultime, it’s a good, even a better deal.
  • May not be easy to procure. LUSH has just one store up North in Select City Walk, New Delhi. Though the products are available on line at lushindia.com, but very often many things are out of stock. Earlier sites like Urban Touch stocked their products but no so anymore. Flipkart has 1 or 2 odd products at times and so does 365gorgeous. But not the complete range.

 

LUSH Jungle Solid Conditioner

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Ok so these mangled remains is what is left of my LUSH Jungle Solid conditioner and that alone should tell you how I’ve used and abused this conditioner. I carried it along for my 15 days of wanderings in the wilderness( hence the picture quality),along with LUSH Trichomania Shampoo Bar, assuming that a solid shampoo and conditioner would be way easier travel companions. More on that later but for now suffice it to say that solid shampoo and conditioner bars are not as travel friendly as one would like to believe.

Like so many of LUSH’s innovations, solid henna, solid oil bar, solid toothpaste  ( all of which I’ve talked about), this solid conditioner too is a novelty from them. The original product, unlike what you see, was a very pretty sea green round bar with something engraved on it, which, for the life of me till date I can’t decipher. It came in a plastic kind of transparent bowl/container with the bar sitting in it prettily. It’s better to store it in this snug fitting container as, given the high Cocoa Butter content, it’s quite prone to melting and losing its shape in a bigger container. jungle condi

About the conditioner

LUSH says – “Tame your mane with our solid fruity conditioner filled with an abundance of fresh fruit and conditioning cocoa butter. LUSH co-founder and inventor Helen Ambrosen was the first person to make a solid conditioner work. She discovered that cocoa butter will slide onto your hair to make it softer, and then dissolve in water to leave it smooth, shiny and de-tangled. Jungle feels rich and hydrating on the hair and leaves you with a fresh, fruity fragrance after washing it off.”

  Ingredients

The conditioner contains  Cocoa Butter, Fresh Avocado Extract, Fresh figs, Fresh Bananas, Fresh Kiwi Fruit, Fresh Passion Fruit, Ylang Ylang oil, Sandalwood Oil, Cypress Oil. It does have other ingredients like Cetearyl Alcohol and SLS for which LUSH has often been criticised but LUSH products have way fewer nasties than the conventional brands do.

What else LUSH says-

  •  Vitamin K: Kumquats are rich in calcium and vitamins, including vitamin C, which has antioxidant properties.
  • Made by hand: Fresh bananas and avocados are mashed into every batch to condition the hair.
  • Dual purpose: Our preservative and packaging-free solid conditioner also doubles as a shaving cream for your legs

Application :

LUSH tells you to – Moisten the bar under warm water, and then slide it gently along the length of your wet hair in long, top-to-bottom strokes. Massage it in with your fingertips as you would a conventional conditioner. Rinse thoroughly and revel in the results. Given the weather in most of India for better part of the year, you won’t need to moisten it under warm water except in the winter months when you’ll be using warm water for a shower anyways. The conditioner is fairly easy to apply and it glides easily along the length of the hair. At times you may find that a few pieces are left sticking to your hair but as you massage it, it easily melts down. Leave it on for few minutes and rinse off as usual. And yes it does leave my dry hair very well conditioned- smooth with a lovely scent that faintly lingers on. Interestingly this scent revives when you wet your hair as I discovered after using it on my 7 year old’s hair. Every time thereafter he would wet his hair, without shampoo or conditioner, this smell would revive and linger on yet again.

Personally I love this conditioner bar. Given the price tag. Rs 370/- or so for a piece, it is one of the cheapest conditioners from LUSH and I like it more than their Retread Conditioner. About it doubling up as a shaving cream for the legs, can’t say as I haven’t used for that purpose.

Pros-

  1. Rich in Cocoa Butter and other natural ingredients
  2. Gets the job done and beautifully at that.
  3. The fresh fruity smell lingers on. But as with all LUSH products, it’s better to try it out before buying lest you get stuck with a product you can’t stand the smell of.
  4. Way cheaper than LUSH’s other conditioners but works as well and for me even better than Retread.
  5. LUSH is a cruelty free brand- easier on the conscience.

Cons-

  1. Solid shampoos and conditioners are not as travel friendly as one may think. The only pro is that they won’t spill. But they are likely to melt during travel specially in the summer months. This happened with both my Snake Oil Bar and Jungle Conditioner and I had to devote considerable time in salvaging them. Moreover you can’t immediately pack them up and get going. You have to let them dry out a bit at least or they’ll just keep melting in their container. Bottles are easier as in you just wipe them and move. The storage, even at home, requires extra care or they will just melt with the moisture like any soap does in its soap dish.
  2.  As the bar wears out, it becomes difficult to use. The remnants that I’ve posted are proving to be quite a challenge to use.
  3. Some people may find rubbing it on the hair not suitable as it can tug on long hair.
  4. People with oily hair and scalp and those with very fine hair may not like it.

Priced at Rs 370/- a piece but LUSH jacks up its prices so very often !!