Lush Like, Love, Lust or Loathe: Hair Treatments


Lush’s hair treatments were one of the things that I was most excited to try when I first started researching their products, and I have to say are my favourites to repurchase. They are the equivalent of face masks for your hair and of the ones that Lush has offered during the course of my addiction, I have tried them all except for Superbalm (the reviews scared me out of it), Marilyn (made for blondes which I am not) and Shine So Bright (a split end treatment but I use R&B instead). These products are among my holy grails and I recommend everyone to try at least one, at least once.

I do talk about some of these products (and non-hair treatments) more at length in my video: A Year’s Worth of LUSH Empties, so you can check that out if you like!

After my last post like this (Lush Love, Lust, or Loathe: Shampoo/ Conditioner Edition), I decided to add ‘Like’ as one of the options as there’s a pretty big gap between loving and loathing something. sometimes things are just okay, you know?

The Strokes: LIKE
I’m going to use my new option right off the bat. The Strokes was the first hair treatment I tried. At the time it was from Lush’s “Retro” line, which meant you could only obtain it by ordering it online. The process at first was weird. It seems unnatural to be putting this thick, shampoo-like product into dry hair and it took awhile to get used to. It smelled fine, the most notable ingredient being, essentially, beer, so that was a noticeable scent. The result was that my hair felt soft and was less frizzy than usual. Unfortunately, since the Retro products were discontinued, the only hope of grabbing this guy is if it makes an appearance in the Lush Kitchen. Fingers crossed!

Roots: LOVE
Out of ALL the Lush products I have tried and used, this is my most purchased one (and that’s saying something). Roots is different from The Strokes, Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze, and H’Suan Wen Hua in that it is more of a paste-y formula rather than a cream. Think of mixing together a glue stick and some toothpaste compared to a cake-batter with shampoo mixture (random, but pretty accurate to compare them to). Roots claims to add life and volume to the hair working from, you guessed it, the root; as well as cleansing and refreshing the scalp. As someone who has an itchy, dry scalp this is a godsend. I use it almost every time I wash my hair (although I usually leave it on for about an hour or longer  instead of the prescribed 20-30 minutes). When I don’t have Roots in my cabinet, I’m seriously itching (literally and figuratively) for it. This product was initially recommended to me as a substitute for The Hair Doctor, and I am glad it was! The value is much better than the cream based hair treatments as I would average three usages with them and only one with The Hair Doctor. With Roots I easily get ten or more. This comes from the consistency as well as the fact that it is targeting my scalp instead of the length of my hair (even though I do run it through to the ends). Another added bonus is the mint that it is made with. This is insanely soothing in general, but great if you suffer from migraines like me. I love this product and will definitely continue to purchase it.

Roots Hair Treatment is available in Lush stores and online for CAD $20.95.

Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze: LOVE
JAHFE is the hair treatment I tried after The Strokes. The fragrance is AMAZING: a rich jasmine with earthy tones. The fragrance will last on my hair, regardless of what shampoo/ conditioner I use after, until my next hair wash… and sometimes two hair washes after. That said, it definitely has to be a fragrance you like because it sticks around. I didn’t notice any results differing from those after The Strokes, other than the red in my hair being brought out by the henna in JAHFE. It isn’t super noticeable but definitely highlighted, especially in sunlight. The frizziness of my hair wasn’t drastically decreased, but when I blow-dried my hair (which I usually don’t) the shine was definitely more than what I usually experience. I did notice that my hair was amazingly soft with or without heat, but for the visible difference I needed to use heat tools. I don’t really like hair oils so this is my go-to alternative. As mentioned before, I don’t get as much usage out of this hair treatment as I would like, but since I cut my hair I’ve definitely been getting more. With my hair being shorter, the unhealthy heavy length is gone and that is what absorbed the majority of the product so I am finding I am getting a better value (I’ve used my current pot twice and there is still more than half left). If you like jasmine scents and have some red undertones in your hair, I would definitely recommend giving this product a go!

Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze is available in Lush stores and online for CAD $23.95

The Hair Doctor: LUST
I was intrigued by the idea of a “fresh” hair mask (similar to the fresh face masks, it must be kept in the fridge) and it was said to help promote hair growth (similar to Dr. Peppermint shampoo and Roots) which is always my goal. Unfortunately, as mentioned before I have a dry itchy scalp and this leads to flakes… not cute. The Hair Doctor was a one time use for me when I had long hair but the results were worth it. It’s a bit awkward to use, even thicker than the other hair treatments, but feels so tingly and refreshing on the scalp. My hair feels smoother and my head would be less sore and flake free and just felt nice and clean. The smell is quite strong: a mossy, earthy, mint smell. It is so powerful that once when I was applying it (in the bathroom on the second floor), with the door closed, my mom (on the opposite side of the house on the first floor) was asking “WHAT THE HECK IS THAT SMELL?!”. It is also another product that you can smell regardless of what shampoo/ conditioner you use after. I personally love the scent, but (like my mom) it’s not for everyone. It is a smaller than the other similar products so you are paying quite a bit more per ounce, which is what makes Roots a good substitute. I have used it quite a few times and I’d say that next to Roots, it is my second most re-purchased Lush product. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to track one down since I’ve gotten my haircut so I can’t speak to how many more usages I would get, and it doesn’t appear to be on the website anymore. It was a product only available in stores but due to an ingredient shortage it hasn’t been in any of the Lush fridges I’ve been awkwardly searching through. I’m really hoping it comes back soon!

H’Suan Wen Hua: LOATHE
After trying The Strokes and Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze I felt obliged to try H’Suan Wen Hua. I know, when it comes to hair products… I’m so weak. When I describe my hair type and issues, this product would get recommended to me over and over. On paper it sounds great. On my hair, however, it smells gross. Some people love the scent, saying it smells like chai tea. I have never tried chai tea (and now don’t plan to) but I would compare this to a weird smelling egg-y salad dressing (I don’t even like salad dressing on my salad!). It did make my hair smooth and shiny, perhaps even moreso than the other two similar hair treatments but the smell was so overpowering (again… staying power is insane!) that it didn’t matter how nice my hair looked and felt. I’d say if you have the opportunity, definitely go and smell it in store before purchasing it.

H’Suan Wen Hua Hair Treatment is available in Lush stores and online for CAD $21.95.

R&B: LOVE
Ah R&B. This product is like that friend that you don’t see too often but every time you do, you remember how great they are and how much fun you have and think why the heck don’t we hang out more often?! Differing from all the other products listed in this post that you use on dry hair and then wash out, R&B is branded as a “hair moisturizer” and is best used on damp hair. I originally purchased this to help tame my frizzy flyaway hairs, but it acts as a leave-in product to not only moisturize, but protect against heat and help mend split ends. After I wash my hair I will take a finger scoop, rub it together in my hands so that there’s just the faintest white tint, and rub it through my hair, focusing on the ends. Lately since my scalp has been so dry I use a bit extra to “moisturize” parts around my hairline that look patchy or flakey and it does the job. It smells AMAZING especially when paired with Lush’s Happy Happy Joy Joy conditioner. It is definitely a product where a little goes a long way and the only downside is that if you use too much it makes your hair look greasy.  For the 100g pot $24.95 may seem like a lot but that size will literally last me a year, and I use it every time I wash my hair. Lush recently released a larger size (225g for $42.95) but I have a hard enough time finishing the smaller one before the expiry (I do still use it afterwards with no adverse reaction and still all the benefits). If you have someone else who could share it with you, maybe then splurge on the bigger size. All in all, this is one of my holy grail products and I recommend it to anyone who is looking for a more natural multi-purpose hair product.

R&B Hair Moisturizer is available in Lush stores and online starting at CAD $24.95.

Thanks so much for reading this post! Have you tried any Lush hair treatments? What did you think? Have you tried any that I haven’t? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

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