Even though I do take really good care of my hair and use weekly deep conditioning treatments and wash and condition on a regular basis it can still be a bit fragile which I put down to all the abuse that it goes through with heat products such as straighteners and blow drying it all the time.
It can be a bit frizzy and I can get some split ends too. I go to the hairdressers on a regular basis to get my split ends trimmed but in between visits to the hairdresser I have to make do with using products at home to minimise them.
I hate having split ends because no matter how nice and conditioned the rest of my hair looks and feels the split ends ruin it by looking dry and unhealthy. Lush shine so bright is a nice little product from Lush that can help with the split ends making them look better in between getting them cut off by the hair dresser.
I actually really quite like this product because it is so easy to use and I like that it is actually good for my hair unlike a lot of products which I use that end up contributing to making my hair look worse in the long run.
It comes in a little metal tub like the lip balms and actually feels like a balm too. It is meant to be rubbed into the ends of hair to smooth it out and make split ends and dry hair look better and it really works too. It is made with a combination of shea butter, coconut oil and olive oil and together they work to really moisturise the split ends and make them look smoother. I have used this when the bottom of my hair has resembled Worzel Gummage and it has worked quickly to smoothen it and make it look more shiny. It is a quick fix product that you can use quickly and conveniently to fix up hair.
As well as fixing split ends it is also really good at just smoothing hair down when it is a bit flyaway.
It also smells absolutely gorgeous. Lush recommend that you also use it as a hair perfumer and I can see why as it smells lovely. It smells of neroli and grapefruit alongside some floral notes and it is lovely and very fragrant.
Although it is brilliant you do need to be careful only to use a small amount as it is far to easy to overdo it and make hair look greasy instead of just making it look smooth and shiny. A little goes a long way.
It only costs £4.75 and for less than a fiver I am very rarely without a tin.
I bought this small tin of split end balm from my local Lush for £4.50. It comes presented in a small 10g tin, the same tins Lush use to store their popular lip balms. The balm is designed to be used on split ends. It won't heal your split ends (nothing can, you'll just have to have them chopped off) but it moisturises dry ends preventing further split ends. The balm smells lovely. I would describe the scent as quite citrusy and invigorating. It's definitely an uplifting scent.
The balm is easy to use. You simply have to scoop up a small amount with either your fingertip or the back of your nail and rub it into the ends of your hair. I find that "warming" the balm up before applying it works better. To do this simply rub the balm between your thumb and forefinger until it's started to melt.
Try not to use too much of the product as overdoing it can lead to greasy locks which isn't a good look. Just use a small amount each time and build it up as necessary.
I usually wash my hair twice weekly and the balm lasts until the next wash so I don't need to use it on a daily basis. Using the balm on a daily basis would use it up quicker and you don't get much product for your money. 10g doesn't go very far!
The balm is handmade and 100% natural. It's also free from animal testing and it's safe for use on coloured hair. I colour my hair and the balm has never stripped my colour.
The balm definitely soothes the dry ends of my hair and I have noticed that my hair grows quicker using this. This is because the balm moisturisers the ends of my hair keeping them dry and protected. They don't split as much and the ends that are currently split don't travel up my hair shaft, leading to healthier hair.
I also save money on trims using this stuff which is a bonus as I am as scared of the hairdressers as I am the dentist!
A useful balm for dry ends.
This is a funny little product, when I first picked it up in Lush I thought it was a tin of lip moisturiser, it is in fact a small tin of hair moisturiser aimed at taming and protecting the ends of your hair from split ends.
The product comes in a small silver metal tin, the lid is a screw lid and inside is a thick cream/yellow looking balm. It has a very heavy tacky consistency to it.
The product is aimed to calm and moisturise split ends but I have found it is also a brilliant little product for taming frizz and adding a bit of shine to your hair.
To use you simply rub a finger over the top of the balm until it is coated in a very small amount, rub this between both hands and then spread evenly where desired. It advises the ends of your hair but I use it all over where I have flyaway bits that need taming.
The ingredients for this product are Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Candelilla Wax, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Perfume, Neroli Oil, Grapefruit Oil, Rosewood Oil, Fresh Free Range Eggs, Gardenia Extract, Hydroxycitronellal, GeraniolLilial, Citral, Farnesol, Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Linalool.
A tin of this product currently costs £4.75 and contains 10g, this sounds really expensive for a very small amount, however I have had my tin over 6 months and it is still going strong.
I use this product only in my handbag and often forget it's in there it is that small and light, so it is brilliant to carry around as an emergency rescue for my hair.
The only issue I have with this product it if you even slightly over judge the amount required you can make your hair look like it has not been washed in days, which is not a good look!
Lush is my all-time favourite brand and shop and I just love going in and seeing what goodies I can treat myself too after either a hard day at work or just because I fancy a treat. My favourite products are their fresh face masks but they have so many good products that sometimes it is hard to choose what to get.
The Shine so Bright balm costs £4.50 for a tiny little pot of it. Actually the pot is so small that I was unsure whether to even try this but after hearing such good reviews from friends I decided to give it a go.
It actually looks like a lip balm and even the smell and consistency could be mistaken for balm so make sure and keep it away from your other lips balms as this is actually designed for hair and more specifically for split ends.
Now I suffer split ends but usually these are mainly self inflicted from too much styling and blow drying and so this balm is designed to smooth them out and put some moisture back in them and just generally stop the ends of hair looking as though it has been fried.
You use the tiniest little amount as any more and your hair will look greasy and just use the tips of your fingers to work the balm in to the split ends.
This works great at making split ends look less dry and brittle and if you only put the required amount on it won't go greasy at all.
I find that it gives such a lovely shine that I actually also like to put a tiny amount on my palms and then just go over my entire hair. It doesn't make it greasy but it gives it a lovely shine and it also stops it being so fly away without weighing it down with loads of product.
I have to say that I don't think this is the best one at actually repairing damage as although it is full of loads of lovely ingredients such as rosewood oil and olive oil this only makes my ends look great when I apply it as when I wash my hair the ends are as bad as ever again. It is like it puts a seal of moisture around the outside but doesn't penetrate and when it is washed it all removes without having done much to repair any damage.
I do really like this and as something that will make split ends look great even if it only lasts a few hours this is great. It is just a shame that it doesn't do more for the actual damage.
Shine So Bright
This is a fairly new product from Lush and as I was looking at the latest hair products I spotted this tiny little tin of hair balm which is designed to help prevent split ends and is also good for taming frizz without weighing the hair down.
This tiny little screw top tin holds 10g only of the balm and costs £4.50 which seems an awful lot but I have had mine since November last year, 2012 and it doesn't look as though I have used any as it is really solid and as you rub your fingers over it you get enough for the hair ends and yet it looks as though you have taken nothing.
You haven't heard of Lush?
I cannot imagine that anyone reading this has not heard of the lovely cosmetic/toiletry company called 'Lush' that started way back in the 80s as 'Cosmetics to go'. They make the most wonderful smelling and exciting things for pampering and they are very keen to support Fair Trade and eco ingredients. All their products are free from nasty additives and not tested on animals.
Lush state :
"We believe in making effective products out of fresh fruit and vegetables, the finest essential oils and safe synthetics, without animal ingredients, and in writing the quantitative ingredient list on the outside.
We also believe in buying only from companies that test for safety without the involvement of animals and in testing our products on humans"
WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THIS?
I just rub my fingers over the balm until I feel I have enough to rub on the ends of my hair. It doesn't make it greasy but I have found it makes it look a bit shinier. It makes the ends feel smoother and I also think it makes my hair less fly away and frizzy without adding weight and making it look fixed and lifeless.
WHAT IS IN THIS LITTLE POT OF SHINE?
Extra Virgin Coconut oil used by Lush is extracted from the inner flesh of the coconut bought y from the Indonesian island of Nias, where the coconut groves help a local community at constant risk from earthquakes and tsunamis.
It is great for the skin and also a wonderful moisturizer for the hair too in this pot.
Shea Butter comes from the nut of the Karite tree. Lush buy theirs from the women who hand-process the butter using traditional methods. This ensures that we get the best quality product and they get the best deal.
Shea butter is a moisturising ingredient but also has vitamin A and it has been shown to offer some protection from UVB rays so protects the ends of the hair from sun damage.
Candelilla wax is a hard and brittle wax which comes from the wax-coated stems of Candelilla shrubs. It is in many Lush's Vegan products instead of Beeswax. This gives texture and keeps moisture in.
Extra Virgin olive oil is well known for it moisturizing qualities and helps fight free radicals as it is a powerful natural antoxidant.
There is perfume in this and you can tell as it does have a gentle pleasant sweet floral aroma which is also from the neroli essential oil, grapefruit and rosewood oils and gardenia extract all add to the wonderful smell of this one.
I read that this also has free range eggs in it and these are hair strengthening to help mend those split ends. Not sure I like the eggs but I can't smell them so I will cope!
WHAT DO I THINK?
I do quite like this and find the fact that this is in such a tiny tin. It fits neatly in my bag so that I can rub a bit onto my hair ends when I feel it needs it. I can keep another small tin in the bathroom so I can put it on after drying my hair. It is perfect for travelling as it is so small and yet the lovely nourishing balm makes my hair feel soft and non frizzy and even better it smells lovely so that my hair also then smells lovely and floral and sweet too.
It is a lovely little product in a handy size and although it costs quite a lot at £4.50 I have found it goes a really long way as the balm is so hard and doesn't melt easily so a little goes a very long way and you really do only need a little.
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