Ever since I heard the good news that LUSH should be back in India by the end of the year, I decided not to be a cheapskate and started using the LUSH products I had been keeping virtually under lock and key.
The first product to come out of my closet is LUSH Curly Wurly– a coconut rich shampoo meant for curly hair. While I do not have curly hair, I do have wavy, dry hair and reading a few reviews that it had suited those with hair like mine, I decided to pick it up. First things first, I’m not fond of coconut smell, never could use coconut oil for my hair. However, in recent times I seem to have made my peace with it- I have used LUSH Trichomania Shampoo bar and am currently using MABH Hair Oil– both coconut based products.
Coming to Curly Wurly,this is what LUSH says-
Coconut shampoo calms curls and frizz
Curly hair needs lots of moisturizing, especially those dry, frizzy ends. You’re in luck! Curly Wurly shampoo keeps unruly and out-of-control curls soft, shiny and bouncy. How does it do it? It’s packed full of creamed coconut and coconut oil to moisturize dry, frizzy hair, and protein-rich fresh eggs and hand mashed avocado butter to hydrate, add shine and eliminate frizz. Fresh, nutritious ingredients work wurl!
What makes this shampoo quite unique, unlike any I have come across, is that it has pieces of desiccated coconut in it- I mean real pieces. LUSH clearly wants you to believe that they use “real” ingredients. While authenticity is all very well, it does become a bother while using especially in the winters when the shampoo almost solidifies. It is neither a solid shampoo nor a liquid one- something like a thick jelly. During the summers, one can work it through the hair but it is next to impossible to do so in the winters. I have read about people making it into a paste in a grinder and then using. I did not have to go to such lengths but it is definitely more of an effort than ordinary shampoos- both while working it into the hair and while washing it out.The latter is something that an extra rinse easily takes care of.
The scent, like all LUSH products, is heavenly – a mixture of vanilla and coconut. However, as with most LUSH products, it is better to try a sample and then decide if you like the smell or not. Personally, I love it regardless of my earlier dislike of coconut smell.
Performance wise it tames my wavy, dry hair and gives soft, smooth waves. I have always followed up with a conditioner though one could skip it. The biggest problem I have with the so-called “extra rich shampoos for wavy, dry hair” is that they tend to do away with the waves and flatten the hair. Curly Wurly doesn’t do that but moisturises wavy hair adequately. Curly haired gals are bound to love it. Being a mild shampoo, it will not remove oil from the hair if you have used the oil liberally, the way I do.
Ingredients, along with coconut, fresh papaya, eggs etc , contain chemicals, though much less than normal shampoos, but still it is not 100% chemical free. However LUSH is a cruelty free brand and deserves applause for not succumbing to such pressures in an attempt to enter the Chinese market.
It was priced at Rs 1380/- for a 220 gram tub. Let’s see what prices LUSH comes back with now.