Testing some solid hair products
When my cousin was visiting last weekend, she was telling me all about her Lush shampoo and conditioner. They worked really well for giving her volume and shine and came in solid bars without plastic bottles. The results sounded amazing and I love the earth-friendly aspect, so we popped by my local Lush.
She uses the Honey I Washed My Hair bar (which smelled seriously amazing) and the Big Solid Conditioner, which has sea salt for volume and coconut oil for shine. I purchased the conditioner because I definitely need some volume and shine, but there were so many options for shampoo that looked nice!
I decided to get a sample of the Curly Wurly shampoo, which has bits of coconut in it, and the Avocado Co-Wash, which smells so good! My cousin said it’s like Pez candy (the lemon version) and that’s spot on.
I was a bit surprised to find that both of these shampoos contain sulfates, since these ingredients are known to be irritating and especially drying for curly hair. I have been using sulfate-free products for years now, so I don’t see myself going out to purchase the full size of either shampoo sadly.
For the Curly Wurly one, I felt that the bits of coconut didn’t break down very easily and seemed to get stuck in my hair. This has ALS (instead of SLS) which is supposed to be less irritating and drying; my hair didn’t feel too stripped after rinsing thankfully, but I definitely needed conditioner and a moisturizing curl cream. I don’t think it did a great job of taming my frizz or hydrating.
The Avocado Co-Wash is pleasant to use – especially with that scent. You can either run the bar directly onto your wet hair or lather in your hands and then apply. This cleansed well enough, but it was also a bit drying, which is the opposite of what a co-wash is supposed to do. I’m kind of disappointed since I was really hoping to replace my current routine with a two-in-one product with no plastic packaging.
On the plus side, I do enjoy the Big conditioner. It’s easy to get a good layer off of the bar to apply to your hair. It’s also moisturizing without being heavy. I was a bit afraid the salt would dry out my hair, but I think it just gives a bit of texture. This one has a very subtle scent that’s easily overcome by my Verb Curl Cream.
Overall, I’m happy to have tried these products and I’ll definitely be on the lookout for bar versions of shampoo and conditioner – I just need to find ones without sulfates. Have you guys ever tried solid hair products? Also, what’s your favorite Lush product?