Product Type: Lush hair care products
Newest Review: ... expensive but it has lasted me about 8 uses so I think it's very good value for money. Lush state that you should use a whole pot for lon... more
Stroke this over your hair to treat it
Lush Strokes Hair Treatment
Member Name: AbsintheFairy
Lush Strokes Hair Treatment
Advantages: Makes hair soft and shiny
Disadvantages: Unpleasant smell
I'm a huge fan of the store Lush, and am trying to sample every one of their products. As part of my quest, I'm not only buying in-store products, but also venturing online, as some of the products are only available on Lush.co.uk. These are the Retro products - items which were discontinued from store, but which were deemed too popular to get rid of completely.
The Strokes Hair Treatment was one of these items. Named after the band, it was designed to control and condition dry, fly-away hair. It contains stout (beer) and rosemary for shine, lemongrass and thyme to condition, organic extra virgin olive oil to moisturise, and other herbs and oils such as mint, sage and lemongrass oil. A little cognac has been added for scent, and the product is suitable for vegans. I find that the product smells rather strange; it reminds me of the Cynthia Sylvia Stout shampoo, albeit with an extra herbal edge. I don't hate the smell, but it's not one of my favourites.
The treatment comes in one of the larger pots - white, to fit in with the rest of the Retro range - and costs £8.75. This seems expensive but it has lasted me about 8 uses so I think it's very good value for money. Lush state that you should use a whole pot for long hair, a quarter of a pot for short hair and anything in between for other different lengths: this is complete rubbish. My hair is just below shoulder length and I still manage to saturate it with product.
The hair treatment is fairly runny, so I have to be careful not to tip over the tub. It is a pale brown colour with a slightly pearlised sheen. To use, I scoop some up and massage it into my hair, concentrating on the drier ends. My hair looks greasy afterwards, but this is to be expected. The smell is fairly strong, so I wouldn't recommend getting this if you think you won't like it as it will be hard to put up with the smell!
After the requisite 20 minutes, I wash the product out of my hair. This takes a few minutes, but is fairly easy to do as it doesn't 'stick' to the hair at all. The product simply washes away down the drain with the water. Afterwards, I shampoo and condition my hair as usual.
Each time I use this product I notice a difference in my hair. It is softer to the touch, looks shinier and is less fluffy with less volume. This is a good thing as my hair normally has way more volume than is good for it! It is easier to manage and comb and looks in generally better condition.
The effects are strongest on the day I use the product, but they last for a few days to a lesser extent. My hair is softer and less flyaway during this time. However, the smell also lasts too, which isn't ideal as it isn't the best smell ever.
Overall, I recommend this product as it is both effective and value for money. However, the scent isn't the greatest and I'm going to take off a star for this reason.
Summary: Nice product, shame about the scent!