Lush is always a fun store to visit, with so many interesting products. I recently made a trip into the city to stock up on Snow Fairy shower gel, and whilst I was there I discovered their hot oil hair treatments. They come in a solid bar and you mix them up to use at home, which sounded like fun to me. There are three different types, for different hair conditions – Tangled, Kinky, and Damaged (you can make your own jokes here). I chose Tangled, becase in recent months my hair has been a nightmare to brush, even with my beloved Tangle Teezer. Read on for more information about how to use the Lush Tangled Hot Oil Treatment, as well as my thoughts on how it worked.
First things first – what is a hot oil treatment?
“Lush Tangled Hot Oil Treatment is a pre-wash Peruvian rosewood and ylang ylang treatment that provides strength and shine for the hair. Jojoba oil adds shine and sleekness, while olive oil is high in vitamin E and improves the strength of hair.”
It comes in a solid form, which you have to mix up before using. The salesperson at Lush suggested only using half the bar. I have a ridiculous amount of thick hair so I used the entire thing though. I’m going to copy in the instructions from Lush in italics, and add my commentary too.
Place your treatment into a suitable container (we like to use an empty black pot) and pop the kettle on. We recommend taking this opportunity to prepare a nice cup of tea as well! I didn’t have a spare black pot so I used a mug.
Slowly add a small amount of hot water to the solid treatment – and begin to stir gently. Take your time, adding water as needed, allowing the product to thicken slowly until you are left with an empty stick and a rich, creamy treatment (this can take around five minutes, just long enough for you to finish your tea!)
I think I took a bit too much time adding water, as mine never got to a really liquid form – it was more like a creamy paste. Too busy taking photos and not taking enough time stirring!
Apply to dry hair and leave for around 20 minutes before shampooing, to allow the ingredients to get to work, hydrating and replenishing your crowning glory. Below is how it looked in my hair – it made me think a bit of candle wax, and I did worry that it would be a nightmare to wash out. I somehow managed to get bits on the bathroom walls and floor. I would recommnend doing this in the shower, but I couldn’t because I wanted to take photos. Always suffering for my craft!
I left the treatment for half an hour and then washed it out. First I got my hair wet and gently massaged my hair/scalp so that it all came loose. I followed with a sample of Daddy-O Shampoo which is a purple shampoo for blondes. It works to reduce brassiness and also add shine to the hair. I usually use another brand’s purple shampoo but it leaves my hair feeling dry and knotty. I think I will be purchasing a bottle of Daddy-O on my next visit to Lush. To finish, I used my usual Tresemme conditioner.
When I got out of the shower I combed my hair with a wide tooth comb, and noticed how much more easily it slid through my hair. Here’s how I looked the next day, after my hair had air-dried. I was very happy with the results of my hot oil treatment.
Lush Tangled Hot Oil Treatment is $12.50 for a 20g bar. $12.50 for one use means it won’t be something I make use of regularly but if you are in the mood for a pampering session I recommend it. You could even do a Lush face mask while waiting for it to work it’s magic. For more information or to buy online visit Lush NZ.
What do you think of the look of this treatment? Have you ever tried a Lush hot oil treatment?