“ Brand: Lush / Type: Conditioner „
Recently (ish) Lush introduced a solid conditioner to partner their gorgeous, hair saving, miracle shampoo BIG. BIG (shampoo) is a sea salt based shampoo (scrub) which leaves your hair all kinds of soft and bouncy. Though I wouldn't use it every day, it certainly is a beautiful product for your hair to get it fluffy and gorgeous every now and then and leaves your hair smelling fresh and beautiful.
The conditioner does the same, but because it hasn't got the hard chunks of sea salt, I find it appropriate for every day use - which is fantastic, because the creamy, fresh scent is divine. Everyone's hair should smell like this.
It comes in a large cake, which you can ask to get cut up in store (smallest amount is 100g, but if you're not sure if you'll like it you can always ask for a small, free sample - Lush are fantastic for giving samples, because they know their products work and you'll fall in love and be back to buy more!) - it's solid, but not rock hard like the shampoo bars or soaps. It's a soft texture, kind of like tablet that hasn't quite set. It's a creamy white colour.
The scent is glorious, fresh and clean.
To use, you simply shampoo as normal then (this is my preferred method, to keep the whole lot from getting wet) break off a piece, work it to a goo in your hands and then massage through. Remember, conditioner is best worked thickly into the ends and midlengths, then used sparingly on the scalp if you have greasy hair and so as not to weigh down your hair. Then rinse out as you would any other conditioner. You can also work it in and leave it as a leave in treatment, which I find works beautifully.
The big drawback is the price. It is quite expensive. It's worth it, definitely, but if you don't have the money then some of their other conditioners do a fabulous job at a much lower price.
When I saw this in Lush, I was intrigued. I had tried and loved the solid shampoos from Lush, but I wasn't sure how well I would get on with a solid conditioner. Still, I decided I would give this a go, as I do really rate Lush hair products in general. It's not cheap at £9.00 for 100g, but since you only need a tiny amount, it should last a while.
The bar itself looks like a block of lard if I am totally honest although since Lush are vegan friendly, I doubt there is much lard inside. As with most Lush products, there is no packaging as such, I just have mine inside a small paper bag. The conditioner had a very fresh coconut and citrus smell, and it felt quite soft to the touch, and it was easy to break off a piece to use.
The sales assistant showed me three ways that I could use this conditioner:
By rubbing the bar directly onto my hair
By taking a small chunk off, warming it between my hands and then smoothing it onto my hair
By taking a chunk, mixing it with water to form a paste, then applying it to my hair
You can also put a chunk of this into a bowl of water until it softens.
I have used this conditioner twice now, and while I found that rubbing the bar into my hair worked best for me, overall I was very disappointed. When I tried to warm a chunk between my hands, it still felt too solid for me to use, same when I mixed the conditioner with water. I found it hard to get the bar to melt onto my hair, and when it did, it didn't feel as though it was conditioning my hair at all. I had to condition my hair twice before it felt soft enough, and the conditioner was also hard to wash out of my hair once I did get it to stick. This conditioner is meant to add body to hair, but my hair actually looked flatter and with less shine than usual.
The second time I had read online about others opinions of using this, and in case there was something obvious that I was doing wrong when using this. I was a lot more determined that I would make the conditioner work for me. I was slightly concerned to find a clump of hair on the bar from my first use, but I thought it was maybe just a coincidence. I found I was able to create a lather when I rubbed this between my palms, and then rubbed onto my hair. So far so good? Not quite. Once I rubbed it onto my hair, my hair felt dryer and frizzier, and it was very difficult to wash out. I could actually feel the grains of sea salt through my hair and this seemed to dry my hair out further. In the end, I rewashed my hair and used my normal conditioner in an attempt to redress the damage.
While this hasn't been the most effective conditioner for me, I have had success when I used it as a shaving balm, I just rub this onto my legs before shaving and it seems to help stop razor burn and leaves me with less cuts on my legs as well. It also leaves my skin feeling softer after shaving. I do feel this is slightly expensive to use as a shaving balm though.
This conditioner contains lemon and lime juice, which Lush say helps to condition and add shine to your hair, but my experiences of using lemon juice on my hair have never been a positive one.
According to the Lush website, this contains Jasmine, tonka, orris, vetivert and vanilla to leave your hair smelling beautiful all day, but I can't comment, since I never really managed to use this successfully.
This does seem to be a conditioner that you either love or hate. Some people have found this to have fantastic results, while others have had the same happen as me. Personally, I think this is just too harsh a conditioner for me (even though this sounds like such a contradiction).
I am annoyed with myself for spending £10 on a conditioner that didn't condition my hair, but you learn from mistakes. I know that Lush are usually generous with samples, so if you want to try this, best to ask for a sample first
The ingredients are as follows:
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Lemon Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Toothed Wrack Seaweed Infusion, Fresh Lime, Organic Jojoba Oil, Perfume, Cetrimonium Bromide, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Vetivert Oil, Jasmine Absolute, Bergamot Oil, Candelilla Wax, Titanium Dioxide, Methyl Ionone, Geraniol, Linalool, Coumarin, Limonene
My favourite store, Lush, recently released a number of new haircare products. One of these was a solid conditioner. Lush already make several solid shampoos and one solid conditioner, Jungle, so this one was a welcome addition to the range.
The Big Conditioner is designed to complement the Big Shampoo, a sea salt shampoo that adds volume to the hair. The conditioner comes in a white block, rather like the Trichomania shampoo, and you get an assistant to cut a piece off when you want to buy some.
Unfortunately, Big is hugely expensive at £9 for 100g. I ended up purchasing a small sample piece to try it out without wasting lots of money.
Big is suitable for vegans and contains sea salt to add volume to hair. It also contains seaweed infusion, coconut oil, jojoba oil, lemon and lime juice which combine to condition hair and add shine. Jasmine, tonka, orris, vetivert and vanilla add scent. The product is white in colour and smells amazing - a fresh, citrusy smell that reminds me of the sea.
To use the conditioner, I first shampoo my hair and rinse as usual. Then I stroke the conditioner over my hair a few times. I find that the conditioner can be slightly crumbly so I try and squash it together so it doesn't come apart. I thought it would be tricky to judge how much to use, as it doesn't feel any different on wet hair, but I've been able to judge it surprisingly well and haven't experienced greasy or dry hair.
After letting my hair dry, I find that it has lots of volume and is smooth and shiny. The conditioner makes it easier to comb and style. I'm very happy with the results, and also love the refreshing scent that wafts from my hair.
I really do recommend this conditioner - the only negative is the price. I'm not sure if I would buy it again, for this reason - I might try and track some down on eBay.