Review: John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo, Conditioner, and Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner review

If you’ve been following me on my Instagram lately, you’ll notice that I recently dyed my hair red. Because of that, I’ve been looking into colour-protecting shampoo and conditioners to maintain and upkeep the vibrant red hair. Because red dye molecules are the biggest out of all the dye molecules, they also strip away faster from the hair follicle, leaving hair looking dull and coppery after just a few washes. I’ve been fortunate enough to be saved at this moment by John Frieda, who has designed shampoo, conditioner, and a colour refreshing gloss specifically for us faux red heads.

John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner

The Radiant Red shampoo, designed specifically for redheads, is gentle and great for regular use. It lathers up really well and a little bit goes a long way. I feel like it’s quite gentle on my hair, leaving it feeling clean but never dry or stripped. This is great because you want to avoid the extra clean feel when you have colour-treated hair due to it actually stripping the colour out of your follicle. One thing to note is that it’s not sulfate-free, which can be a concern if you are avoiding sulfates.

Ingredients:

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner ingredients

John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Conditioner

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner review

The Radiant Red conditioner is one of the coolest conditioners I’ve used because it’s actually tinted red. I’ve heard via several sources that with faux redheads, you want to buy a tinted red conditioner because it helps to deposit some tint back to the hair. It’s been approximately 6 weeks since I’ve gotten my hair coloured and each time I wash my hair, there’s still dye that washes out, so I love that this conditioner will help to replenish some of that colour back. It’s also ultra gentle, but moisturizing enough so that my hair stays soft and smooth after each wash.

Ingredients:

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner ingredients

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds review

This is my favourite product of the bunch and something I recommend EVERYONE with coloured hair have in their shower (they have a version for nearly every hair colour family). The Colour Refreshing Gloss is essentially a tinted gel that you apply to your hair after shampooing and conditioning to help refresh your colour. I’ve noticed that my hair has definitely turned a bit coppery and dull after a few washes and the Colour Refreshing Gloss has helped tremendously to bring warmth back to my hair. After a few uses of this, I’ve actually had a few coworkers ask me if I had gotten my hair re-done at the salon since the last time I saw this, which I think is pretty amazing for an at-home hair product that costs less than $10.

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds review
John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds review

Ingredients:

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds ingredients

I’m really impressed with John Frieda’s line for coloured hair. As maintaining coloured hair is one of the hardest parts (and can be the most expensive part) of dying your hair, I’m happy to report that John Frieda has not only made it super easy and convenient, but also inexpensive. John Frieda also has a line for blonds and a line for brunettes, if you are part of one of those hair colour families, so check it out at your local London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and anywhere else that sells John Frieda.

John Frieda radiant red review

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Review: OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo, Conditioner, Healing Oil, and Surge Treatment

Today I’m reviewing the OGX Quenced Sea Mineral Moisture line. This hydrating haircare line from OGX was designed for dry skin in mind, formulated with deep sea minerals and sea kelp, as well as green algae. Just as a background on my hair, it is coloured blonde and I also have extensions; due to its dry and brittle nature, I tend to wash it once a week only.

The line claims: “Quench dry, damaged hair with this nutrient rich blend of hydrating sea minerals along with healing green algae to wrap split ends in repairing moisture, while supercharged sea kelp transforms dry, brittle hair into soft supple perfection. Unique blend of sulfate-free surfactants for stress-free hair. Leaves hair refreshed with swish-like movement and super soft shine.”

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner review

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo

Price: 9.99$ CAD

For such an inexpensive product, the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo does a very good job of delivering on its promise. I have been using this product exclusively in my hair-care routine for about a month and a half, and I can definitely see myself repurchasing it in the future.

It is worth noting that the entire Sea Mineral Moisture line has a very unique scent – there are definitely undertones of sea-salt and perhaps even algae. I almost hesitate to define the scent because it very pleasantly reminds me of the ocean breeze, but when I try to put it into words, it sounds far stranger and less pleasant than it actually is. In fact, I have found the scent of the Sea Mineral Moisture line to be refreshing and a nice change from the typical floral profiles of many other haircare products.

As for the performance of the shampoo itself, well, it’s nothing revolutionary. However, I have tried many salon brands that were easily quadruple the cost, with far less satisfactory results. While my hair wasn’t immediately transformed into a Victoria’s Secret model’s hair, I found the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo to be fairly gentle on my brittle, damaged hair and an excellent value to boot.

Ingredients:

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shampoo ingredients

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner

Price: 9.99$ CAD

The conditioner has a smell that is almost identical to the shampoo, and it is relatively rich and creamy in texture. While I have tried other products that have done a better job of completely saturating my damaged, colored hair, the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner is so reasonably priced that it is an excellent alternative for its cost.

Since I perpetually wear hair-extensions and my own hair is heavily colored, I try to wash my hair as infrequently as possible, so generally I always opt for a deep-conditioning masque instead of a regular conditioner. However, if you have not trained your scalp to go up to a week without shampoo, I think this would be a good product for you. It’s definitely nourishing, but not so nourishing that it will leave you hair oily. Overall, I found that I could have personally used more moisture than this product offered so I will probably not repurchase it again.

That being said, I feel like my hair needs are so unique that my ambivalence towards the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner has more to do with me than it does with the performance of the product.

Ingredients:

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner ingredients

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment and Healing Oil review

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment

Price: 9.99$ CAD

I have saved my favorite product for last! I absolutely love the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment as it is basically a deeper, creamier, and more nourishing version of the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner. It is perfect for my extremely dry hair. I use this all-over my hair, making sure to saturate my ends and extensions, as they both miss out on getting the natural oils from my scalp and usually require some extra attention.

However, if your hair is in better condition than mine and tends to get oily quicker, a perfect balance could be reached by using the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Conditioner at your scalp, and using the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment to saturate the ends of your hair. Then, I suggest putting your hair up in a shower cap and taking a long, relaxing bath. Trust me, after rinsing your hair will feel and smell amazing!

I will definitely repurchase the Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment again.

Ingredients:

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Surge Treatment ingredients

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shimmering Weightless Healing Oil

Price: 9.99$ CAD

The Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Shimmering Weightless Healing Oil was my least favourite item of the bunch, mainly because after many attempts I could still not get it to work without leaving my hair very greasy-looking. It’s a very strange product; it’s an oil that is similar to a hair serum, only it is lighter in consistency and is dispersed via mist. The instructions on the back advise you to use it before or after styling to give shine to dull, flat hair. I have found that the product definitely does what it promises, it adds shine; however, it also leaves your hair looking incredibly greasy in the process.

Fortunately, this product smells absolutely divine. It has the same kind of refreshing, ocean-breeze scent as the rest of the line, but it is somehow more aromatic. Due to my obsession with the scent I will keep trying to get it to work for me, however simply out of practicality, I will not repurchase it when it’s done.

Ingredients:

OGX Quenched Sea Mineral Moisture Healing Oil ingredients

Review: Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Cleansing Oil Conditioner & Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream

shu uemura art of hair cleansing oil shampoo and conditioner

If you are not one to splurge on your haircare, then I urge you to stop reading now. Shu Uemura is best known for their facial cleansing oils, and the Shu Uemura Art of Hair has its own line of oil-based products for the hair featuring ferments found in onsen (hot springs in Japan) that are known for their purifying properties. Today I’m sharing with you my thoughts on the Shu Uemura Art of Oils line, specifically the Cleansing Oil Shampoo, Cleansing Oil Conditioner, and the Absolue Oil-in-Cream.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo

The Cleansing Oil Shampoo ($56 for 400mL) is a light fluid clear liquid that is lightly scented with camelia. Claimed to be paraben and silicone-free, it also includes onsen inspired ferment. It gently cleanses the hair while balancing the scalp. It also claims to provide radiance, leaving hair feeling light and airy.

This shampoo is super gentle on my scalp. I get dry and sensitive scalp often around this time of year, of when I’m feeling stressed out, but this helped to balance out the dryness and protect my scalp. My scalp never felt tight, and it cleaned it right so it didn’t feel heavy either. The best part was because my scalp was balanced, I could get away with washing my hair every 4 days instead of the usual every 2-3 (it sounds kinda gross but washing your hair less is actually better for the hair and scalp).

My biggest issue with this shampoo is that I felt like it didn’t lather as much as I would have liked it to. The soap suds are rather thin, and it doesn’t leave my hair feel as squeaky clean. Although I know my hair is clean, I prefer that there’s a squeaky clean type of feel after rinsing out my shampoo, and this just didn’t give that.

The price of $56 is pretty hefty, so I can’t exactly recommend it. I like it because I can get away with washing my hair less. If you are someone who has scalp issues and need more of a balanced shampoo that cleanses your hair and scalp but never strips, then this shampoo is worth looking into. Or, if you’re like me and want to transition into washing your hair less and/or is lazy, then this is also perfect for you. If you prefer a more clarifying shampoo, then you should overlook this.

Repurchase? Yes

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Conditioner

The Cleansing Oil Conditioner (C$56 for 250mL) is an ultra lightweight, fluid conditioner that you leave in the hair after shampooing, then rinse out. It claims to be formulated with onsen inspired ferment that leaves hair feeling soft and radiant, as well as light and airy. It is also lightly scented with camelia.

This conditioner is super light, more of a lotion texture than the cream conditioners I’ve used in the past. It coats hair well, and it absorbs very quickly. I like to leave it in my hair for a minutes while I wash my face and body so that the conditioning properties are maximized, and I found that by leaving it in my hair just a tad longer, it makes my hair feel 10 times smoother and more moisturized than if I had just rubbed it in then rinsed it out. My hair never feels heavy, and there is zero residue left behind after rinsing.

While I really like this conditioner because it is hydrating and doesn’t weigh down hair, priced at $56, it’s not enough of a miracle worker in order for me to recommend it. There are other conditioners out there that do a similar job at a fraction of the price.

Repurchase? No.

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream

My favourite of the three products, the Essence Absolue Oil-in-Cream (C$69 for 150mL) is a hair cream that melts into a thin oil once rubbed into the palms of my hands.

This cream is so lightweight and lightly scented with camelia oil; it absorbs right into the ends of my towel-dried hair. I use it every time after I wash and condition my hair with the Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Cleansing Oil Conditioner – only a pea-sized amount is required – and right before blowdrying. It helps to alleviate several of my hair issues in the winter, such as frizz, flyaways, dryness, and static, and it also protects against the blowdryer’s heat. My hair is never left feeling heavy or greasy, rather it feels silky and smooth. It has been a winter necessity, especially because of how static-y my hair feels due to the dry air.

Of the three products in the Shu Uemura Art of Oils line reviewed here, I would have to recommend this one. While it is very expensive, it truly does work. A tiny bit goes a long way, and if you’ve had issues with frizzyness or dryness, and dislike silicone-heavy hair products, this one will be good for you.

Repurchase? Probably.

Review: Matrix Biolage Volume Bloom Shampoo & Conditioner… my hair has never felt this healthy before!

Matrix Biolage volume bloom review

I have thick, coarse hair that frizzes easily. My hair has actually become more much manageable over the last few years, probably because I’m choosing to use more silicone-free products and targeted treatments, over generic drugstore shampoos.

I was recently sent the Matrix Biolage Volume Bloom Shampoo ($17.95) & Conditioner ($19.95) to try; this is my first venture into volumizing haircare products, as I normally gravitate towards the smoothing products. It was also my first time trying Matrix Biolage products, so I was very excited to see how it would turn out.

I was pleasantly surprised, because my hair has never felt so healthy since using the Matrix Biolage Volume Bloom range. The shampoo and conditioner are both relatively light in texture compared to other shampoos and conditioners I’ve used in the past, but they pack a lot of punch. The shampoo is a gel formula that lathers up pretty well (due to the SLS in the ingredients), cleans and clarifies, but doesn’t strip. The conditioner is also a gel-creme formula that smoothes over my hair and is quickly absorbed. It washes out completely, leaving behind no residue and very shiny, smooth, and strong-looking hair. In terms of the volumizing properties, I do feel that my hair is a lot bouncier and “looser” feeling compared to before.

The only downside I can think of is that it is quite heavily scented with this very synthetic floral scent that doesn’t go away until my hair is completely dry. Other than that, we have ourselves a winner! I will be checking out other products in the Matrix Biolage series because this one was just so good. You can find Matrix products at select salons across Canada.

Shampoo ingredients:

Matrix Biolage volume bloom review

Conditioner ingredients:

Matrix Biolage volume bloom review

Review: North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo & Moisturizing Conditioner

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo and conditioner review

North American Hemp Co. is a Canadian company that produces natural hair, skin and body care products that are also cruelty-free and vegan. The common ingredient in its products is, you guessed it, hemp oil. Both of these products feature awesome ingredients such as hemp seed oil, orange oil, grape seed extract, green tea extract, ginseng extract, and more (see ingredients lists below).

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo 

Housed in a tall rectangular bottle, this shampoo suds up really well, cleanses well, and also smells of yummy coconuts! It leaves my hair feeling clean but not stripped, and feeling stronger and healthier. I also like that the bottle is really soft plastic, which means you can squeeze out every last drop of the product.

If you’re in the market for a new, affordable shampoo outside of the usual generic drugstore brands, I would recommend that you check this out!

Ingredients:

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo and conditioner review

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Conditioner

This conditioner a thick cream, housed in a tall rectangular bottle with pump. The Moisturizing Conditioner also has the added power of oat protein, which will help make hair strong and healthy.

My hair reaches the middle of my back and I use two pumps to cover everything from below my ears to the ends. It spreads really well, and absorbs quickly, but I feel that while it is moisturizing, it leaves my hair feeling weighed down. This would be a good conditioner if you have very dry hair, or for winter. The ingredients, though, are fantastic, and I can see myself using this as a weekly treatment instead of daily conditioner.

Ingredients:

North American Hemp Co. Moisturizing Shampoo and conditioner review

You can purchase North American Hemp Co. products at London Drugs and other drugstores.

Review: L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy hair system – Oil Infused Self-Heating Hot Oil, Deep Recovery Mask & Perfecting Oil-Essence (part 2)

This is part 2 of my L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy hair system review. You can check out part 1 here.

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Self-Heating Hot Oil

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Self-Heating Hot Oil review

This is my second favourite product in this line. I’ve been obsessed with VO5 hot oils before but I always found it a hassle that I had to pre-heat it, and to the right temperature otherwise it would either not be warm enough to absorb or would burn my fingers. This self-heating hot oil is the perfect once-a-week hair treatment. It heats up to the perfect temperature once it comes in contact with water, hydrates and smooths out my hair, and rinses out completely with no residue. Each ampoule is one application, and it’s great for travelling (hello, beach vacations!) as well because you just have to bring one ampoule with you instead of the entire tub of hair mask.

Recommended? Yes!

Ingredients:

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Self-Heating Hot Oil ingredients

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Deep Recovery Mask

loreal oleo

This is my favourite product in this line! It actually replaces the conditioner for me as a hair conditioner. I take a scoop of this in my palm after I shampoo my hair, and massage it in from below my ears to the ends of my hair. It absorbs really well, hydrates, smooths, de-tangles, and washes out with no residue. It smells amazing as well, like the rest of the line.

Recommended? Yes!

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Perfecting Oil-Essence

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Perfecting Oil-Essence review

I am a big fan of L’Oreal Paris’s leave-in hair oils; my favourite one is the EverSleek Precious Oil Treatment which smells amazing and leaves my hair oh so soft. The OleoTherapy oil is a much thinner consistency compared to the EverSleek oil, and I find that I have to use 2-3 pumps of it to get the same outcome as 1-2 pumps of the EverSleek oil. While it is hydrating, it’s much lighter and my hair isn’t 100% smoothed out. If you want to de-tangle and de-frizz without sacrificing any volume, you would like this lighter hair oil. EverSleek does tend to weigh down hair a bit more.

Recommended? Yes, if you have normal hair or if you need to de-tangle and de-frizz but still want volume.

Ingredients:

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Perfecting Oil-Essence ingredients

Final thoughts: I had varying thoughts about the products in this line. While I absolutely loved some (the hair mask and leave-in hair oil), I really didn’t love others (the conditioner). Overall, I’m happy to see haircare going in the right direct – less silicones, less sulfates, more natural essential oils. Hopefully we’ll see more products like this in stores!

You can find L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy products at your local drugstore, such as London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target and more.

Review: L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy hair system – Oil Infused Shampoo & Conditioner (part 1)

L'Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Shampoo review

L’Oreal Paris is probably the biggest hair products manufacturer globally and it’s no secret that their research and development abilities are among the best in the beauty industry. Personally, I’ve found a few favourites among L’Oreal Paris’s many haircare offerings, and I was very excited to see the release of their new sulfate-free system – the OleoTherapy collection – be offered in stores.

The OleoTherapy line’s main theme is the use of 6 different flower oils. The products in this line are “oil infused,” meaning all of them have this blend of 6 flower oils. The products are marketed as being for people with dry or damaged hair, and want a hydrating and smoothing haircare line. There are 5 different products in this line, which include a shampoo, conditioner, hair mask, self-heating hot oil, and leave-in oil essence. Today I’ll be reviewing the shampoo and conditioner.

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Shampoo

This shampoo is relatively thicker in consistency compared to other shampoos I’ve tried in the past. It is not the foamiest shampoo I’ve tried, but it cleans well without stripping. I absolutely love the light floral scent; it feels like pure luxury while I’m in the shower but it doesn’t linger, which is perfect for those who aren’t big on scented beauty products.

Because of the thicker consistency (and because I have very long hair), I end up having to use more than what I would normally use, say with a thinner shampoo. I feel that it will run out relatively quickly and I will have to replenish it sooner rather than later.

Recommended? Yes, if you have dry to normal hair. If you have oily hair, this may not be clarifying enough for you.

Ingredients:

L'Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Shampoo ingredients

L’Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Conditioner

This conditioner has a ton of awesome ingredients, I love the smell and that it doesn’t leave any residue on my hair. However, this is my least favourite product in the entire line – I find it not hydrating at all. Not only does it not hydrate, it doesn’t de-tangle or smooth out my hair either. Not going to say much more; it just doesn’t work with my hair, sadly.

Recommended? No.

Ingredients:

L'Oreal Paris OleoTherapy Oil Infused Conditioner ingredients

I’ll be reviewing the hair mask, self-heating oil and leave-in oil essence at in another blog post.

Review: PRIVE formule aux herbes Reparative Shampoo & Conditioner

I’ve been using these PRIVE formule aux herbes hair products for the past 2-3 month and I’m finally ready to comment on them.

PRIVE Reparative Shampoo

What it claims (from PriveProducts.com): Enriched with aloe vera and orchid, Herbal Blend #6 delivers rich moisture and silky softness to dry, damaged and chemically treated hair. This color safe formula deeply cleanses, soothes and detangles for maximum rejuvenation and repair.

Price: $21.50USD for 250mL from PriveProducts.com

Texture/Scent: Thick viscous gel-liquid, smells like cucumbers

The good: I love that it leaves my hair clean but not stripped. The scent is very comforting, but not overwhelming, which is good after a long day of work. I like the simple, minimal packaging. The bottle can be reused for other purposes after, which is good.

  • Hair is clean but not stripped
  • Comforting scent
  • Simple, reusable packaging

The bad: I find that it doesn’t foam up as well when hair is slightly greasier than usual. It is not a good grease-fighter. I also need a LOT of this when I had long hair (yes I cut mine shoulder-length, so it isn’t as bad). For the amount of product you get for the price, and the amount you need to use each time, the value is not good at all.

  • Doesn’t foam up well with greasy hair
  • Must use a lot with long hair
  • Pricey

Overall: This shampoo was designed to moisturize and repair and I agree that this is what it does perfectly. While it doesn’t cut grease, it was never meant for that purpose so I still love it for what it can do. I will recommend this product if you have dry, normal-to-dry or damaged (from perm, colouring, etc.) hair.

Product: 16/20
Packaging: 5/5
Value: 2.5/5
Overall: 23.5/30 | B-
Repurchase? Likely not

Ingredients:

Click for the conditioner (which I love) review…  Continue reading

Review: Hana Shine Shield Advanced Heat Styling Therapy

After having a very good experience with the last Hana product I tested, I was super excited to try another one of their highly recommended products, the Black Label Shine Shield.

What it claims (from Misikko.com): Hana Shine Shield is the latest product in a line committed to safe, effective heat styling. Shine Shield is a thermal serum that can be used as a leave-in conditioner – lightweight and never greasy, it protects and strengthens hair whether you use it with a flat iron, hair dryer or alone. Shine Shield contains the natural magic of Jojoba oil for its superb qualities of deep moisturization, fast absorption into hair follicles and scalp, and unparalleled shimmer & shine.

Price: $29.99USD for 177mL from Misikko

Texture/Scent: Light running liquid, does not feel like oil at all and absorbs quickly into the hair. Smells FANTASTIC, like a light, fresh scent.

The good: This absorbs quickly into the hair strands and leaves my hair very soft, hydrated and bouncy without weighing it down. It smells absolutely fantastic which makes for a good night or day time treatment. I apply this after I towel dry my hair and before I use a hair dryer and hair straightener and the end results are smooth, healthy hair. There is also no greasy residue at all; my hair feels like there is nothing on it. You also only need a tiny bit for your entire head of hair.

  • Absorbs quickly
  • Hair is soft, hydrated and bouncy
  • Does not weigh hair down
  • Smells fantastic
  • Works great with blow drier and flat iron
  • No greasy residue, feels like nothing on the hair

The bad: I would like it better in a pump packaging as the pour top dispenses too much product at a time.

  • Pour top packaging dispenses too much product

Overall: I love this hair treatment. I’ve always been skeptical about hair treatments, especially anything anti-frizz, smoothing or oil based as many of them are chock full of silicones and leave my hair weighed down. This product is great because provides all of the hydration, shine, smoothing and heat protection in one while still leaving my hair bouncy and healthy. I would like it better with a pump, but it’s a small price to pay for such a great product. You only need a very little bit at a time so I can see the bottle going a long way. I recommend this product for anything with frizzy, dry hair, or anyone who uses heated styling products, or anyone who just wants a bit of extra moisture in their hair!

Product: 18/20
Packaging: 3.5/5
Value: 4/5
Overall: 25.5/30 | A
Repurchase? if I ever finish this one!

My hair care routine… all thanks to Lush!

I discovered Lush seriously for the first time when I was in the UK last year. There were Lush stores in Vancouver but it was all so mysterious to me because it looked like an apothecary inside with all the nice scents mixed in together. When I went to the UK, I packed very lightly and only brought a small travel set of shampoo and conditioner which quickly ran out. Then one weekend when we had a weekend outing to Oxford, I stumbled upon a Lush shop that was doing a super generous promotion: buy £20 of stuff and get a free Christmas set (that was left over from after Christmas). This is when I discovered my love for Lush hair care!

I use Lush Rehab shampoo whenever I wash my hair, which is twice a week (I have very colour-damaged hair, which is why I try to wash my hair as little as possible). I used Lush Coolaulin Conditioner last year (2010) from January to September, which is how long a 250mL bottle lasted me. I used Retread Conditoner this year (2011) from January to April, which is how long the 245g tub lasted me. I’m currently using American Cream conditioner.

Lush Rehab Shampoo

  • Texture & Scent: Runny liquid, kind of a jelly consistency but very runny. Smells minty
  • Price: £15.50 for 500mL in UK, $39.95 for 500mL in Canada
  • Effect: Cleans very very well, scalp feel refreshed and cleaned, no residue left over. Lathers very well!
  • Overall: My absolute HG shampoo! This gets rid of every last big of dirt, grease and grim in the hair, leaving my hair and scalp feeling clean and refreshed. I’ve gone through one 250mL bottle and am 2/3 done another 500mL bottle. You don’t need very much to get a thick lather and the bubbles will stay bubbly for a long time (500mL will last you a year!). Completely and 100% recommend!

Ingredients: Sodium Alkyl Sulfate, Carrageenan Extract, Water, Ammonium Laureth Sulphate, Cocamide MEA, Perfume, Freshly Juiced Papaya, Propylene Glycol,Fresh Pineapple Juice, Fine Sea Salt, Fresh Kiwi Juice, Fresh Mango Juice,Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil , Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Almond Oil,Lavender Oil, Peppermint Oil, Rosemary Oil, Juniperberry Oil, *Limonene,*Linalool, Benzyl Alcohol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Lush Coolaulin Conditioner (discontinued… sadly)

  • Texture & Scent: Runny milky lotion, smells like coconuts
  • Price: £11.70 for 500mL in UK, $29.95 for 500mL in Canada
  • Effect: Keeps hair moisturized but light without residue
  • Overall: I love this conditioner, which is why I was so sad when it got discontinued last year. This is very light, I believe one of the lightest of Lush’s conditioners. Because it is so light and runny, it completely absorbs into my hair, leaving it smooth and manageable, without feeling heavy or leaving residue. This is now available for a very limited time under Lush Retro! Get it NOW if you are looking for it!

Ingredients: Fresh Coconut Decoction, Water, Fresh Coconut Milk, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Lanolin, Fresh Organic Lemon Juice,Vetivert Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Styrax Resinoid, Perfume, Cetrimonium Bromide

Lush American Cream Conditioner 

  • Texture & Scent: Light whipped cream texture, becomes watery once in contact with hair, smells like synthetic cream with a hint of coconut
  • Price: £13.50 for 500mL in the UK, $29.95 for 500mL in Canada
  • Effect: Keeps hair smooth and manageable without residue
  • Overall: This is one level up in terms of heaviness compared to Coolaulin. It is thicker in texture than Coolaulin, but still absorbs almost instantly into the hair. At first I didn’t like this as much because it felt heavier and the scent was really overwhelming, but it’s growing on me. I love how it doesn’t have any silicones in it so my hair is not weighed down and there is no residue. A second choice for me in terms of conditioners from Lush (after Coolaulin).

Lush Retread Conditioner

  • Texture & Scent: Thick cream, smells like… cream. I don’t know how else to describe it
  • Price: £9.50 for 245g in the UK, $27.95 for 245g in Canada
  • Effect: Creamy, moisturizing, but too heavy
  • Overall: I used this in the dead of winter in Ontario, which is when my hair needs the most moisture. I liked how it kept my hair static free all winter, but that was pretty much it. It is moisturizing, but way too heavy and made my hair grease up more easily compared to other conditioners I’ve used (not including the drugstore stuff). I like it, but this is definitely more of a once in a while treatment compared to a regular conditioner.

Ingredients: Agar Agar Gel, Propylene Glycol, Soya Milk, Cetearyl Alcohol & Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Cantaloupe Melon, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Perfume,Organic Yoghurt, Avocado Oil, Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Organic Jojoba Oil, Synthetic Musk, Violet Leaf Absolute, Orange Flower Absolute, Neroli Oil, Methyl Ionone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Overall I really enjoy using Lush hair care. I find that my hair is smoother and more manageable when I use this, compared to when I use other brands of shampoo/conditioner. I find that comparing this regime with my previous HG which was Shiseido Tsubaki Golden Repair, I still prefer Lush. The only problem I have with it is the extreme price discrepancy between the prices here and in the UK. I’m lucky that I have a cousin who helps me buy these in the UK and then bring them over for me when she visits each year, but for others it’s really inconvenient. Other than that… I LOVE LUSH!!