So, the other day I woke up (stick with me, this story is going somewhere, I promise) and was filled with fear as I realised I couldn’t move my arm or hand.
Turns out one of the bracelets I was wearing got stuck in my hair. My curls can sometimes be perilously dangerous; when I used to work at Debenhams I always used to get the hangers caught in my hair. I also can never again use one of those indian head massager things, or, just in general, a comb.
But I digress. The whole point of this post is to do a few product reviews that I should’ve done ages ago. A good product can make the difference between knotted, dangerous hair where things can be trapped forever, or lovely silky manageable, obedient hair. (Although I’m certain mine has, and always will have, a mind of its own…)
Let’s make a start.
You can buy Curly Wurly here, for £9.50 https://www.lush.co.uk/product/106/Curly-Wurly-Conditioning-Shampoo
So, first up is Lush’s ‘Curly Wurly’ shampoo, of which my lovely friend Holly got me a free sample. Lush are great for giving out little trial samples that aren’t stingy, so you can get a good few uses out of them- especially the skin care ones. However, seeing as I have a huge amount of unruly hair, I used all the sample amount in the little pot. The Lush website says it is ‘crammed full of real coconut, then topped this off with cocoa butter, shea butter, jojoba oil, avocado butter and olive oil – all to add a deep condition to the hair and a definition to the curl. We have then included linseed infusion and egg for softness, fresh papaya and freshly squeezed lemon juice to give shine.’
So let me tell you about my frustration with this product. Admittedly, it does everything it says on the tin- my hair felt lovely and moisturised and the curls were shiny and defined. And I smelt like sun cream for a good week, even after washing with other products 2 or 3 times. I hate the smell of coconut, which was my primary issue with the shampoo, but I thought I’d give it the benefit of the doubt. However, what the description doesn’t say, is that it’s filled with little coconut bits which are meant to help exfoliate the scalp (I think). Not only did the shampoo take a good 10 minutes to lather, but then a good 10-15 minutes to try and get all the little coconut bits out of my hair. Not ideal.
I’d give this one 7 curls out of 10. If it wasn’t for the coconut scent, I would have used this say, once a week, as a kind of hair treat, as it takes too long to lather/wash out to be an everyday product.
pros– leaves hair soft and manageable with shiny, defined curls
cons– smells horrific. need a good half an hour in the shower just to lather and wash out….and those bloody coconut pieces. Oh and it’s not cheap either…
Next- Organix Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner
I got these during the 3 for 2 offer at Boots but they’re usually £6.99 each at Boots http://www.boots.com/en/Organix-Morocon-Oil-Shampoo-385ml_1222268/
I had wanted to try out this Argan oil fad for a while, as well as testing some of the sulphate free products. So when I noticed not only was this shampoo/conditioner Argan oil based, but also sulphate free, I treated myself and used it for the first time yesterday. The shampoo has a really strange texture, more like a gel than a liquid, and smells a bit weird- actually both the shampoo and conditioner smell odd, which is a shame as I like my hair products to smell great (Aussie is especially good for glorious smells). It lathered fine though; for some reason I assumed that because these products were more natural that they’d be difficult to lather, much like the Lush product.
I have to say that my hair doesn’t feel that much different…but I sense that this is the kind of product that needs to be used a few times to see a difference in the hair’s condition. The conditioner was nice and thick and really felt nourishing, and my hair is now really soft. If anything, I think one thing I noticed is that this morning my hair still looks pretty fresh, whereas usually (especially if I’ve had an odd dream and thrash about in the night) I wake up looking a bit mental. I was a little disappointed, but in retrospect I don’t know what I was expecting- miracles?! I think if I were to invest again I’d just buy the conditioner though. I took a photo to show you what my curls looked like when they were all styled etc (apologies for the harsh flash- without it you couldn’t really see the curls that well) –
So overall I’d give this 6.5 curls out of 10. I may revise this at a later date after I’ve used it more. I think the conditioner especially will be a great hair mask.
Pros: Conditioner was lovely, and both products left my hair feeling really clean and soft.
Cons: Shampoo was an odd texture, colour and smell. Didn’t do anything extraordinary…but it may have a cumulative effect (like a good moisturiser!)
That’s enough now I think. Next time: a trip to the hairdresser’s. Maybe.