This is a duo I picked up in LUSH recently, after having a bit of a fail with my previous shampoo of choice (Naked’s Rescue formula since you asked – was just too rich for my hair unfortunately) had left me with greasy roots and rather limp looking hair, whilst still suffering from the dreaded dry ends (as a straightening addict and home hair dyer, I have no idea why I have that problem…)
As you all know I recently switched to being veggie, and also decided to be a lot more selective in terms or which products I use and review in terms of animal testing. LUSH and I have not always been on the best of terms (I find their bath ballistics a little pointless), but I decided to give it a whirl and wondered into my local branch for a mooch. Unfortunately, my leisurely look about was somewhat ruined by the now standard flurry of “offers of help” everytime I so much as looked at a product. (Please LUSH, STOP with the aggressive sales technique, let people have a browse for Christ’s sake!).
Anyway, after a couple of attempts to fight off the sales assistants I realised I had just better bite the bullet, and I asked which haircare they would recommend for me – FYI, my hair is fine, with dry ends, greasy roots and is regularly coloured and heat treated.
I was recommended BIG shampoo and Veganese conditioner, and so I duly trotted home with my purchases like a good little customer. As luck would have it, whilst all LUSH’s products are cruelty free, these two also happen to be vegan, which is a good thing in my opinion…
The shampoo is a bit unusual in that it comes in a pot and is full of coarse sea salt crystals which LUSH say is there to give volume. It also contains seaweed and coconut for softness, lemon and lime for shine, and vanilla, neroli and mandarin for a nice smell.
I actually expected this to make my hair feel a little bit rough, but I was surprised that the shampoo actually turned out to be pretty pleasant to use. The sea salt gives it a pleasantly refreshing feeling on the scalp, and actually does produce a lot of volume, whilst the rich creamy base means it doesn’t dry out my hair. I was also massively pleased with how shiny this left my hair looking. The only note of caution I’d have for this shampoo is that it might not be great on coloured hair – now while I don’t mind a bit of fading because I colour my own hair at home, if you’ve spent megabucks on a flash salon job, you might not be so keen… After a few uses I have noticed that the ends of my hair definitely do not feel as dry as they did, but this could also be due to my use of this…
Veganese conditioner is one of two of LUSHs vegan conditioners (made vegan by the absence of lanolin), which is their lightest formula conditioner, made for all hairtypes, and is designed to give shine without weighing hair down. Initially I didn’t think this would be rich enough to deal with the dry ends of my hair, but I’m happy to say I was proved wrong. Its a light formula, spreads easily through the hair and rinses easily. It has a *bit* of an unusual scent though – I’d say earthy crossed with a mild lemony scent, which you’ll either not mind or find vile. I don’t find it lingers on the hair anyway, so I fall into the “don’t mind”camp. A few uses down the line, and I’m pretty impressed with this – its a great conditioner for fine hair types, and whilst it doesn’t do anything earth-shattering, it doesn’t claim to, and my hair definitely *feels better* since I’ve been using it. People with coarser, drier hair types might not find this rich enough for them.
So overall, I’m impressed by these two hair products – obviously being a beauty blogger I’ll try other haircare, but I can definitely see myself purchasing both of these over and over again. They seem to work well for my hair, and that’s a tough audience to please!
Disclaimer – I bought these products myself.