Growing up in an Indian household, I’m pretty sure coconut oil was the answer to every hair problem. Dry scalp? Coconut oil. Dandruff? Coconut oil. Split ends? Coconut oil. Frizzy hair? Coconut oil.

I don’t think I used anything on my hair besides good ol’ shampoo and conditioner, growing up. Coconut oil for when I suffered from dry scalp, dandruff and frizzy hair. In the last three-four years; my dandruff has become embarrassingly noticeable, constant itchiness, flare-ups of eczema towards the nape of my neck, annoying frizziness and excessive sebum build up. I shopped around, trying to find something that would work – nothing did. I had even visited a doctor in recent months, for the dry scalp and eczema patches to which I received medication for. It didn’t matter if I washed my hair, two or three times a week, my hair just didn’t feel clean. Fed up, I decided that hair care was just as important this year and needed my attention.

I can estimate that 70% of all skincare in our household is cruelty-free, so it was important to find a hair care solution that was too. A few days later of research online, I found that the Lush I Love Juicy and Veganese products were best-suited to my requirements. Lush is a brand that is I hold dearly because I adore their products. They make fresh, cruelty-free handmade cosmetics that leave you feeling good, body and soul. And when I found products that were directed to excessive sebum, I was ecstatic. The frustration of washing my hair, only for it to feel slightly cleaner was becoming a real pain point for me.

The Lush I Love Juicy shampoo is available in a 100g, 250g and 500g bottle. I’ll be the first to admit, that Lush products are slightly pricier and it may not fit everyone’s budget. And trust me, I was taking a huge risk purchasing a 500g bottle at R285 without even trying it because that’s how much I believe in the brand and their products. Reading multiple reviews had me confident in the product power and I was ready to shampoo away. Claiming to deeply cleanse, stimulate and brighten your hair – I can confirm after about twenty washes so far it does indeed deliver on all these claims. My hair feels so clean, appears shinier and seems to be at the healthiest its ever been. The fruity scent did take some getting used to, I am particular about overpowering smells. The mango, pineapple and papaya extracts take you back to summer. Would I recommend I Love Juicy? Definitely, it’s does everything it claims to do. If you aren’t particular about scents and ready to jump over to fresh cosmetics – go for it.

Also available in 100g, 250g and 500g options is the Lush Veganese conditioner. I wasn’t quite sure about what I wanted in a conditioner, it needed to give my somewhat dead hair an electric shock. Keeping my scalp happy was important too and needed to make my hair feel softer. Priced at R275 for 500g, it was a rather hefty price tag for me.  Although, after using this for approximately twenty washes, I don’t think I can do without it. Requiring a small amount (just more than a pea), my shoulder length hair is fully coated and moisturised. Claiming to calm, protect and rejuvenate hair – I’d definitely say its working because my itchiness has reduced drastically and I haven’t had any flare-up’s since I started using this combination. I would highly recommend this conditioner if you’re looking to liven up your hair without the damage.

As I am aware that we are currently experiencing a drought in parts of South Africa and that water conservation is important to all of us – here are a few ways that you can reduce your usage in the shower;

  • keep showers short
  • turn off the water when shampooing, conditioning and shaving
  • keep a bucket in your shower to catch grey water

Now I am well aware that both these products are not as affordable for everyone, hell, I never thought I’d see the day where I would spend so much on haircare. Honestly, with both Prevashan and I sharing these, we have used so little that I can roughly estimate two-three months use out of these with frequent washes. Lush has always been a brand that I believe in because their products work and they’re making a difference to the environment. Have you used Lush products before? Do you have any other skin/hair care recommendations from Lush?