I'm bored. Maybe I should abandon Lush.

I'm bored with my hair routine. Ever since I mastered the no-product thing, every day has been the same: rinse, condition, occasionally shampoo. I've used Lush shampoos and conditioners pretty much exclusively for over three years now. That's the longest I've ever stuck with one brand since my childhood days of grease and pigtails.

I'm stuck in a rut, not just with Lush. I haven't had a professional haircut in five years. I don't particularly want anybody cutting my hair, because no one has ever gotten it right. Better to mess it up myself for free. So now my hair is all uneven, which limits the styles I can wear. But it is long and pretty and smells good, because Lush loves me.

It sounds crazy, but I kinda miss buying something new each week and hating it. I miss the chase, the possibility that THIS product will be The One. So, for old times' sake, I'm thinking of trying something new. Just a little something. But I'm scared. The last time I tried to abandon Lush, I used Kiehls something or another. And my head got really itchy and I ended up with a rash where it had contact with my skin. Probably a coincidence.

So...for those of you who have had good luck with Lush (I know their hair products are definitely love or hate, no middle ground), what else do you like? I haven't used silicones in several years, but I'm not actively avoiding them. They just aren't in Lush products. Sulfates are, though, and I use them daily. No problem. 'm mainly looking for a conditioner that detangles and moisturizes, and maybe a dressing creme of some sort.
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I too have been a big time Lushie for about a year. My faves have been DaddyO, big, and veganese, and they worked well for me for a while. A couple of months ago, I noticed my already wavy hair was getting wavier, and every time I would blow-out my hair it just got bigger and frizzier. So I made the decision to just go natural for a while.
I went to see Michelle (I live here in Austin) and I got some DevaCurl low-poo and some Curlisto daily conditioner. I love them both very much.

One of the things that I noticed with Lush is that I would often get buildup on my scalp and it would itch, and I would have to use something else to get the buildup off. My hair really does seem to do better without the sulfates. I can't go without some type of cleanser in my hair because though it is thick and wavy, it is too fine and my scalp gets buildup too fast, but the lo-poo is helping. No buildup yet no dryness, either.

I'd suggest that if you want to stick with the Lush shampoo, that's fine, but give this conditioner a shot! It makes your hair feel like silk! I will probably still use my BIG from time to time just because it does such a good job of clarifying.
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I'm a lush fanatic too. The hair care however never really succeeded too well for me. Better than the crap supermarket brands... but not brilliant.

I've gone with Giovanni hair products. silicone and sulphate free and organic to boot. Fantastic. Moisturising, gentle, amazing slip and shine. Love!!!
I'm sure some of the others here are sick of seeing me write this, but I used to only use LUSH haircare, only because I loved everything else LUSH, so I figured the haircare would be just as good. But after my hair just kept getting drier and drier and more tangled than ever, I finally gave up. This was about the time I went CG, and have never looked back. Cutting out sulfates was definitely one of the best things ever for my hair, it became much more manageable. I used ALL of the Lush liquid shampoos, solid shampoos, shampoo bars, conditioners, treatments, you name it. The only one that was anywhere decent was Assisi, and they ended up discontinuing that one anyway. Figures since it was the only sulfate free one and the most gentle.
The treatments in the pot were the only other worth-while hair items, but even they had sulfates in them. Even if you don't want to go total CG, I would recommend trying a more gentle and non-sulfate cleanser for at least a couple of weeks to see if it makes a difference for your hair. And definitely try a more moisturizing conditioner than the Lush ones. It's a shame really, because I adore everything else Lush.
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I want Coolaulin to work for my hair and not make it a dry, brittle mess. But it smells so good, so I keep buying it. I NEED a coconut conditioner, you see.

I get the scalp itchies if I try to go for second-day hair. Is that the sulfates? Hmm. Maybe I am sensitive to that stuff.

It's like being a bad relationship. I know Lush isn't good for me, but I've convinced myself that it works and I won't find anything better. I'll look into Giovanni.
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I wouldn't be surprised if it is causing you the itchies. Some other coconut conditioners are Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut (great for co-washing!!) and Kenra Moisturizing conditioner (very moisturizing and detangling!).
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I am a LUSH fan, and am annoyed by the sulfates in their condishs as well. I use the coconut curly one as a leave in because it is not heavy or moisturizing enough as a rinse out condish for me. I do have to admit that I really love the Jungle solid condish. The smell is part of it, as it is intoxicating and actually lingers all day, and it gives me really clumpy curls. I limit my use of this to every 2 wks or so, as I am afraid the sulphates will dry out my hair, but they haven't as of yet!
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Winter Routine
Co-wash: Hair One Argan Oil or Burt's Bees GreenTea and Fennel
Low-Po: Devacurl LP or SheaMoisture Black Soap(1-2x/wk)
Condish: SheaMoisture Deep Repair Mask
Leave-in: Kinky Curly Knot Today AND
Styler: GF Curl Construct Mousse or Biotera gel
-Diffuser happy!
Treatments: Oils or butters,and trying out Aubrey Organics GPB for protein

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I use Jungle daily as a leave in. Prevents halo frizz. Love it to death. Sulfates duly noted and ignored, until now. Rumor has it that Lush is introducing new sulfate-free shampoos.
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Edited due to a cyberstalker. Sorry, guys.

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What Lush products do you recommend? I love their bath and body goodies but have never used their hair care. I am going to a Lush party next weekend, so maybe I will have to pick up some hair products. Thanks in advance!
I think that Godiva and Rehab are very good shampoos. Both leave my hair as soft as any shampoo could.

Reincarnate is the only other shampoo bar I particularly like. It is muddy and messy and smells so very good, like cloves or some other deep spice. All of the others I've tried (which admittedly isn't all of them) make my hair dry and sticky. There is a special place in hell for Trichomania, the coconut counterpart to Coolaulin. Good for dry hair my buttocks.

Jungle is the best conditioner but can be a pain in the butt to use. Veganese is good for detangling as well. Like I said earlier, I love Coolaulin for its scent, but that's about it.

I hate hate hate American Cream, which is hawked as Lush's best conditioner for dry hair. That and Retread. Both are plasticky both in texture and in scent. Well, Retread is more burnt rubbery. I don't think either condition as well as Jungle or even Veganese.

I ordered DevaCurl and MopTop samplers from CurlMart. Lush is tossing in a free Hybrid shampoo/conditioner bar with my order, so I'll be trying that for the first time.
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I'm a lush fanatic too. The hair care however never really succeeded too well for me. Better than the crap supermarket brands... but not brilliant.

I've gone with Giovanni hair products. silicone and sulphate free and organic to boot. Fantastic. Moisturising, gentle, amazing slip and shine. Love!!!
Originally Posted by blueberri
I absolutely adore the Giovanni products.

Why in the hell would they put sulfates in conditioner? I'm baffled.
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Why in the hell would they put sulfates in conditioner? I'm baffled.
Originally Posted by meriellyn

They claim that it helps you rinse it out more easily... It stinks because I LOVE how American Cream smells.
In DESPERATE need of a haircut.

Why in the hell would they put sulfates in conditioner? I'm baffled.
Originally Posted by meriellyn

They claim that it helps you rinse it out more easily... It stinks because I LOVE how American Cream smells.
Originally Posted by Fearnotsomuch
Wow, that's just ridiculous and counterproductive.

A little off topic but have you tried those jelly bath things? They sound neat.
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I used to be skeptical about the rationale behind the SLS in conditioner. Then I decided to "condition" with a massage bar because I figured the ingredients were like a Lush conditioner without detergent. I had no proof to back this up, by the way. After rinsing, and rinsing, and rinsing some more, and finally shampooing again, I decided that "we put SLS in conditioner to make sure the oils rinse out" was not faulty logic.
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