I was so excited to receive a box of new Lush haircare goodies tailored to suit my fine hair recently! You've probably read about my hair issues, and my ongoing attempts to inject much-needed volume into my flat tresses. Well Lush have released a bunch of new products for a range of different hair concerns, and I was sent the following products to review; Jersey Bounce Shampoo, The Plumps Solid Conditioner, Sea Spray Hair Mist and Mr Dandy's Hair Candy Hair Dressing. Here's what I think of them!
|Lush Jersey Bounce shampoo and The Plumps solid conditioner|
Jersey Bounce Shampoo*
'Is it time for your hair to bounce back? This free range egg, linseed and sea salt shampoo is sure to get your locks into the swing of things.'
Like a lot of Lush products, this is interesting to use. When I first smelled it, I was a little taken aback, because honestly it didn't smell great to me in the pot, but this somehow didn't translate to my hair (thankfully!). After using Jersey Bounce my hair actually smelled nicer than normal, so good luck if you can work that out! This has a gloopy, gel-like consistency which is strangely addictive. The formula contains gritty bits of coarse sea salt, much like Lush Big Shampoo. I really like the thicker-than-supermarket-shampoo texture, and I must say, it foams up quite impressively. It helps to add some more water after you've massaged in Jersey Bounce; I found that this made the product spread all the way through to the ends a lot easier. I'm really impressed with how healthy my hair looks after using this! It's soft and shiny and appears more nourished than usual. I get the same amount of volume with Jersey Bounce as I do with my regular volume shampoos. My only quibble with this product is the packaging design. Because it's in a pot, it's a bit difficult to unscrew the lid (especially with wet hands), juggle the pot and the lid, scoop out the right amount, rub it in your hair and replace the lid all without dropping the pot or product down the drain. The chunky bits wouldn't really facilitate a squeeze bottle design though, so it's all good. I just have to improve my shampooing skills. Jersey Bounce is mineral-rich and contains honey, linseed, fresh organic lemon juice, sea salt and Fair Trade olive oil.
|My hair after using Jersey Bounce shampoo and The Plumps solid conditioner|
The Plumps Solid Conditioner*
'If you fancy high-flying hair with plenty of texture, it's high time you treated yourself to this well-rounded blend of sea salt, cedarwood and honey. The sandalwood fragrance may be grounding for the mind, but volumising sea salt speaks volumes about how your hair will feel afterwards.'
I really like this pretty pink solid bar of conditioner and I'm finding it well suits my hair type and particular issues. Case in point; conditioner is something I have to use very sparingly, and usually nowhere near the roots, otherwise my hair will be weighed down and appear lank and lifeless. I normally leave conditioner in for a split second, but that's tricky to do with liquid conditioner, as it tends to spread everywhere fast. This bar is ideal for quickly gliding over my head, and as such a small amount comes off with each stroke, I can easily control how much product gets into my hair. The instructions say to work the bar between your hands before applying a small amount, but I honestly prefer briefly rubbing the bar on my scone instead. The Plumps leaves my hair conditioned but not overcoated with product. Another problem I have is that my hair gets really tangly, even straight after washing it. Every day I have to use a Tangle Teezer to combat this problem. I found that The Plumps did such a good job of softening and conditioning that my tresses were actually easy to comb through, with minimal tangles! I'm definitely considering purchasing this once my current bar runs out.
|Lush Sea Spray and Mr Dandy's Hair Candy|
Sea Spray Hair Mist*
'There's a sea mist rolling in - but this one leaves you fresh, uplifted and perfumed. A salty spritz that gives body, volume and hold.'
Years ago I used to use salt sprays to add volume, but as my hair has gotten flatter over time, I upped the ante and switched to volume sprays, which seemed to work better. So I was cautious about reverting to salt spray, thinking it may not be hardcore enough for my needs. What I've been doing with Lush Sea Spray is spritzing it on the lengths and scrunching it in. I've found that because this product contains a light hair gel, I do initially get some volume and hold, but the body is falling out of my style pretty quickly. This is a common problem for me though, with most products I try. I will most probably go back to my Davroe Styling Voluminous Spray* as it gives me longer-lasting volume, but I do like the earthy fragrance of the Lush hair mist, provided by neroli and grapefruit essential oils. The product also contains sea water, sea salt, seaweed and glycerine.
|It's rhyme time with Mr Dandy's Hair Candy|
Mr Dandy's Hair Candy Hair Dressing*
'Who can take thin hair, structure it with cream, scrunch it to add volume and nourish like a dream? The candy man can.'
This is a product that you can use a number of different ways, which is good I guess, because we all differ in the way we like to style our hair. The directions state you can 'try it wet, dry or before a blowdry'. It's as if everything Lush says about this one has to rhyme. It is Mr Dandy's Hair Candy after all. For me, this was the most intimidating product, for being a cream texture, it was the most likely to weigh down my hair and make it super limp. No need to tell me that a little goes a long way, I'm already on that shizz. I chose to apply to my dry hair then scrunch like a mofo, a styling action I'm extremely familiar with. I could have put it in wet hair then blowdried but the directions make it clear to use the cold setting and I honestly don't even think I have one? So dry hair it was! Results? Well as mentioned, I used a tiny amount and rubbed it between my hands, then scrunched into the lengths of my hair. I did get bigger hair, there was noticably more volume and my hair remained soft and didn't go crunchy. However this stuff is sticky. It goes in sticky and leaves your hands sticky, so they'll need a good wash afterwards. I was worried that when I intermittantly re-scrunched my hair throughout the day (as I tend to do in the hopes of building more volume or re-gaining the body I've lost) that I'd get sticky hands, but it didn't happen! My hair was soft to touch and didn't feel sticky. I quite like this dressing, but I think the most important lesson is to use a very small amount. This contains fibre-rich bananas for hold, PVP (what now?), oakmoss absolute and rosewood for fragrance and numerous oils including Cypress, lime, almond, organic jojoba, brazil nut and organic extra virgin olive oil.
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Have you tried any new hair products from Lush? What did you think?