Product Type: Lush hair care products
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Lush Big Natural Shampoo
Member Name: missixty
Lush Big Natural Shampoo
Advantages: Soft, shiny, bouncy, healthy looking hair, natural product
Disadvantages: Expensive, don't confuse shiny with sleek as you probably will need serum for a sleek straight look
A few months back I entered the Lush shop for the very first time, shocking I know. I'd smelt it many a time but the boyfriend had done his best to keep me away. However, I'd seen my friend looking fantastically glittery on a night out a few days before and she informed me it was courtesy of a Glitterbug from Lush, so off I went on my quest and ended up coming out with both, and absolutely loving them.
Since then, I've been a sort of Lush addict, without actually buying anything else! I've been reading review upon review, lusting after the day which I will try these products. It's hard because I hardly ever have any spare money and it's hard to sneak into Lush when the boyfriend is in tow.
Highest up on my wish list that's built up over the past few months has been Big shampoo, American Cream conditioner, Baby Face cleanser and Breath of Fresh Air Cleanser.
Well last night we had our major problem with our holiday of this year. There's one every year. Our first holiday we had to cancel three weeks before due to beach renovation after we'd been looking forward to it all year, last year a category 5 hurricane was due to hit a few days before we were due to fly out and we didn't know if we could even go on the holiday or not a day before etc. There's always something. As there is this year, so off we trotted down to Thomas Cook to change our holiday. However, Thomas Cook was way to busy and we couldn't get seen so whilst we were so close to Lush, it seemed only sensible to go and get my cleanser and toner. I had also talked the boyfriend round to letting me buy him some Coal Face too although I didn't get quite as far as actually getting him to come in the shop.
Whilst I was in there I enquired if the offer where you could get a free product if you spent over £15 was still on, I was told yes, only now you only had to spend £10 and you could either choose any Christmas gift, a goodie bag or any product off the stand with things made before December. I was tempted by the goodie bag as I thought it may have loads of samples in giving me an opportunity to try out lots of stuff. However I went to look at the stand first just to make sure I wasn't missing out on anything. Sure enough the toner I was buying anyway was on there (with a use by date of next aug!) so I put my original bottle back and got a tub of Big instead and got my cleanser for free. Bonus.
I was very excited to have a nosey at my tub of Big, I attempted opening it in the car on the way home but the lid was a bit stiff and I had visions of it spilling all over the car. When I got home I had a look and my first thought was hmmm it doesn't really look like porridge. My boyfriend said it does sort of but it kind of looks like that stuff out of the Matrix, I have no idea what stuff, I must have a bad memory but apparently that's what it looks like! I took a sniff and the smell of margaritas that Lush talk of on the website is probably quite accurate. There isn't really a strong cent but perhaps a slightly salty citrusy sent. I couldn't really smell any vanilla although there is supposed to be some in there. The scent wasn't nice as such but wasn't horrible either. It was just okay. It would have been nice for there to have been a nicer scent but obviously it smells of what ingredients are in it and they are there to do their job so that's okay, I'm more interested in the effect it has on my hair to the smell.
So, this morning I was quite excited about washing my hair, which is saying something as usually it's a bit of a chore as it's SO long. It's worth noting we live in a soft water area which is supposed to work best with Big shampoo. So into the shower I got, wet my hair and got my two fingers worth of this product. Now, I read on the net that it's supposed to be two fingers worth although there was no mention of this on the tub. I think if I continue to use that much this product will be gone in under 10 washes, which considering the price is not good value for money at all. However I do think I could have used a lot less, despite the length of my hair.
So in go my two fingers and I have to tell you, it just felt so wrong plunging my fingers into that stuff. It was slimy but salty, greasy but lumpy. Strange strange stuff. Not to be put off I proceeded in rubbing this stuff all over my scalp. I hadn't expected any lather, due to reading other reviews, it did however seem to soap a little if that makes any sense. There was more than enough to thorough massage my scalp and wash the lengths of my hair. I massaged for quite a while and tried to make sure the product was on my hair for about a minute as I'd read it has the best effects this way.
Then I came to rinsing it. The smell in the shower through out using it smelt the same as it had in the tub, it wasn't a stong scent whatsoever. I had been expecting the salt to dissolve the way the sugar in my face exfoliator does the minute it comines with water. It wasn't such an instant dissolve as that but it was quite similar. The salt didn't really feel scratchy, if anything it felt a bit like I was washing my hair in grease. However as the stuff was all rinsed out my hair felt good, better than it has with any other shampoo.
I think I could have technically got away with no conditioner from using this product, the results wouldn't have been great, I don't think but they would have been no worse than when using a cheaper shampoo and conditioner combo (think Sunsilk, Vo5 etc). I say this because after shampooing my hair felt the same as when it's been shampooed and conditioned with these lesser products.
I however am not one to go without conditioner. I would have loved to use this with American Cream conditioner (recommended for best results) but my budget couldn't stretch to it. Not as good for me but good for you guys, as it will give an accurate portrayal as to whether it was the actual shampoo or not that was making the difference, I used my regular conditioner. This is currently Aussie Luscious Long 3 Minute Miricale. Normally when trying to comb this through my hair with my fingers I'm fighting through knots and tangles and don't really manage to comb it through properly. Today my fingers easily combed through, not a knot in sight, and it was easy to distribute my conditioner properly. After a minute or so my hair felt so soft I was tempted to wash the conditioner off early but I stuck it out and waited the normal three minutes for the sake of research. After rinsing it out my hair felt so smooth and tangle free, much like the result you get after just using a home dye and the conditioning kit that comes with it. It just felt in excellent condition.
I gave it a final rinse with cold water and then it was off to dry it. I dryed my hair without the need for even a brush my fingers simply ran through my hair, there was not one knot in it. When my hair was dry it did definitely feel very soft and tangle free and was very shiny.
It looked shiny in a healthy bouncy way, not in a greasy flat 'fake' way. It looked like it was shining because it was full of health and in great condition rather than because it had been glossed so to speak. My hair was also bigger and bouncier than normal.
For the sake of this experiment I didn't use any styling products as I wanted to try out just the shampoo and know it was that that any effect was coming from.
I can't smell anything at all on my hair, not even a slight scent of the product. I do like my hair to smell nice so it would have been nice had it smelled nice but at least it doesn't smell bad it just doesn't really smell of anything.
I think if I was normally styling my hair after using this I would perhaps apply a tiny amount of serum, as this shampoo make the hair shiny but not sleek.
So does this shampoo live up to its claims? Well Lush say it gives shine, volume and softness and that is exactly what it does, brilliantly!
As for the magic concoction of ingredients, what can we expect them to do for our hair. Lush is full of sea salt, lemon, lime, vanilla, iris, seaweed and coconut oil. I'm not entirely sure how the sea salt is beneficial, although since it's the main ingredient and the results were so good, it must be doing something right. For all my research, and experience on holidays, the only thing I can seem to find out relating sea salt to hair is that it is very drying for it, which surely isn't a good thing. Perhaps it is just there to exfoliate the scalp and stimulate the glands there but I can't be sure on this. Or perhaps it helps create the volume, I'm not entirely sure. Fresh lemon is supposed to give bounce and shine to hair so I can certainly vouch for that here. Lime gives freshness to your hair. I can't find any information on what benefits vanilla or iris has, if they are just there for the nice fragrance there definitely isn't enough of it. Seaweed promotes the growth of thicker, more lustrous hair and even after one wash I can believe this is true. Finally coconut oil softens the hair and conditions the scalp to the extent that it can actually be better than medicated treatments for dandruff. Coconut oil also strengthens the structure of damaged hair and infuses the hair with minerals such as magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. All these ingredients work well together to give you that soft, shiny, bouncy, healthy looking hair that big provides.
All in all I think this shampoo is great, it definitely lives up to the hype. The only downside is the value for money. From the photo on the lush website I had imagined a pot about the size of a Ben and Jerry's tub, in reality it is a lot smaller although also a lot heavier. I think if I used the recommended amount of product each time I would get an absolute maximum of ten washes out of this tub and for £8.50 that is simply too expensive for me. I do love this product but I think I will be keeping it for washing my hair for nights out or any other special occasions, rather than as a day to day shampoo.
Summary: Loses a star for value for money but a faultless product!