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05 June 2009 @ 11:53 am
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OMG I have become a total LUSH addict!

Not this comes as any surprise to anyone who really knows me, and my mild OCD tendencies. *cough*

First of all, I am still not thrilled with American Cream conditioner - not the job it does,which is great, but the smell. It's just not for me, I guess. Although it is better today than it was...hmmm. I think I might be adding my bottle to the care package I'm setting up for my sis, along with the Big shampoo, which apparently would strip my hair color, due to the sea salt content (*mourns*).

In the meantime, I took a luxurious Lush bath yesterday and also tried the Blonde sample they sent me (a shampoo bar). First off, as a shampoo bar newbie I think I used a little too much. I rubbed it over my hair the requisite three times, which didn't feel like enough. So I did it a couple of more, and then it was like whoa lots. But it rinsed away with that ultra-clean feeling that means if I don't use conditioner, my hair is going to be horrifically tangled. so, I put on AC conditioner until I felt all my hair was coated evenly (about two dime sized dots worth). I let my hair dry overnight without blow drying it, and this morning it is SO AMAZINGLY SOFT. You know how right after you color (or bleach and color, in my case) your hair can end up looking all dry and, well, straw-like? Well, mine is so soft and shiny and gorgeous after only two Lush uses, I can't even believe it - especially when Lush products don't have the silicone other products use to simulate soft healthy hair. (Like non-stick bakeware, silicone coats the hair and makes it seem shiny, non-tangly, and healthy, when it fact, you're just coating you hair in more and more silicone - ick!) With Lush, there is absolutely no oily or greasy residue. They leave my hair so light, it has actual life without having to blow dry it! No more lying there, dull and flat and lifeless.

As for the color stripping - it seems there is no way to completely escape that. As someone at lushcosmetics told me, ALL shampoos will fade your color some/eventually - they're designed to remove things from your hair, after all. But some (like those with salt) will do it much faster. When I think back, it's true that my color has faded somewhat by the time I go back four or five months later for another weave. (I'm always shocked at how blond I look right after she colors me!) So, I'm going to go ahead and use some of the Lush shampoos and conditioners, and I'll report back over time if I feel the fading is better, worse, or the same as when I was using expensive salon shampoo/conditioner (with silicone, among other things).

If only henna could do blond, I'd be tempted to try there henna hair coloring products. Red and me don't go well together, and I'm not really into brown or black. But maybe someday that will change. :) I've spent the last few days exploring their website, and today I ordered the Hard solid shampoo for my husband to try. Sure, it doesn't work miracles, but any sort of natural prevention method for hair loss is worth the couple of bucks. Natural has to be better than dumping chemicals on his head!
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-peartreealley on June 5th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
I sense yet another expensive addiction you're going to get me into.
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on June 5th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
And we have a local store.
-peartreealley on June 5th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
We dooooooooo but I'm lazy and like the Internet. :(
rhienellethrhienelleth on June 5th, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Plus, I hear ordering from the UK site is actually cheaper than north american prices, even with the exchange rate and shipping. I checked, and it is, by a substantial amount.
"Connoisseurs of Difficulty"kistha on June 5th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Really? That's new. I was trying to get stuff to you that first time and it was easier (and faster and cheaper) than ordering UK.