In my interest in LUSH products I really wanted to try out a more environmentally friendly option for hair care. Though I don’t have access to a LUSH store locally, my husband was out of town and found one at an airport he was at, and he asked me what I wanted to try …. LUSH Retread Conditioner was one of the items I had on my wishlist.
I am always rough on my hair – even now that I no longer perm it, I still color it, get cuts, use the hot iron and blow dry, and flip it out. I need a nice, relaxing, intense conditioner to “take away” the week’s damage and restore my hair to something soft again. I first tried LUSH’s American Cream conditioner and it didn’t work like I had hoped for many reasons. I then hoped LUSH Retread Conditioner would be it. I liked the idea of a more natural approach to my hair, and realized that I might have to pay more to get it. I was okay with that, so long as it worked, worked well, and would be a nice weekly treat for my hair.
This conditioner was recommended to me by some friends because of how it works, period. I didn’t get any interesting scent comments; I was just told that it smooths hair like nobody’s business.
This conditioner does not come in a bottle, but rather a large 8.5 ounce, well, for lack of a better visual, oversized yogurt container for about $18.90, which is not cheap. I’ve become more used to this – it is waterproof and durable – made out of some coated black material that resists tearing, smushing, or anything else. It has a nice, large LUSH logo and lettering, ingredients, and their tell-tale sticker of “who” at their plant made your bottle, and the dates it’s good through. (mine lasts a little over a year) There are only vague directions to “apply and rinse” to your hair on the container.
From the company:
“Triple strength conditioner to rebuild wrecked hair – There are far too many ways in which you can ruin your hair: perming, bleaching, blow-drying, colouring, curling and straightening to name but a few. Yet so many of us do it! Is it surprising that so many people have hair which feels like straw? Retread has soya milk with minerals and amino acids to help rebuild your hair, seaweed to soften and oils to increase tensile strength. Retread is so rich that it’s too thick to pour and it comes in a pot. Scoop out a handful and plaster it over badly ruined hair. There’s a fairy tale about spinning straw to turn it into flat. Retread is you hair’s own fairy tale.”
It does make sense that this product comes in some sort of a tub, as I don’t think it would squeeze out in a bottle. I think the idea of the shape and design of the tub they do use is in part of what makes LUSH unique – they strive (I feel) to do things “just a little bit differently”. It’s a scoopable deep conditioning treatment, and it feels so soft in my hands. I do notice I have to resist scooping out tons of this just for the feel alone.
To use LUSH Retread Conditioner I apply a glop in my hair and really coat it. Then I leave it on at least a good 5 minutes (which I normally do with any deep treatment). I make certain that I spend the time to really rinse this product out – it likes to cling to your hair and feels soft in the shower, but if you don’t take the time to really rinse it all out, your hair stays coated and looks and feels greasy and lank when it dries.
Once rinsed out and air dried, my hair is awesome. I mean it’s not hair I then style (as that counteracts the whole deep treatment “giving it a break” philosophy). I first notice the softness. Even as my hair is air drying I notice how it feels silky and like I don’t take it through the ringer daily. I also notice as it dries the shine – my color and highlights feel like they’ve gotten a little pick me up.
Flyaways and frizzies are controlled, and even unstyled my hair looks great, for an unfinished/natural kind of look. It has shine and control and it feels and looks like I’ve been taking care of it.
I swear my hair sighs a little “Thank You” every time I use it!
Though I generally use this product on the weekends, the bonus is that I can style my hair as I normally do after using it (though I usually try not to). I don’t really have a need to use this more than once a week, but I have used this conditioner on a day I’ve then blown dry and straight ironed my hair, and it performed well. Due to the price and the time I take to leave it in my hair, etc I’d still most likely reserve this to a weekend treat.
For me the scent of LUSH Retread Conditioner is one of the most intriguing features. It has, to me, that tell tale “earthy” bent to it I find with a lot of LUSH products. I personally think LUSH makes uniquely scented products that cannot be duplicated or explained easily – they are the hardest scents for me to describe except to say that they have notes of scents than can relate to something familiar … you almost have to smell the LUSH products yourself to fully understand the scent and reviews.
If pressed to describe it I’d say think of a fruity inside of a melon, along with maybe some violet flowers you pull out of the earth with the dirt still attached, maybe mix in a little vanilla-y yogurt, and you might be headed in the right direction. The scent does linger, but to me it is less “in your face” than the American Cream, and it’s a lot more usable. I do still notice it lingering though, so the problem of clashing with other scented lotions and perfumes is a continued problem for me.
For me, LUSH Retread Conditioner is worth the money and I’d buy it again. I can deal with the scent, I even look forward to it on the weekends. I love the feel and look of this product, both in the shower and out. I love that I treat my hair with something as “natural” as I can, and I think my hair is thanking me for it.
Ingredients: Agar Seaweed Infusion (Gelidium cartilagineum), Soya Milk (Glycine soja), Propylene Glycol, Fresh Cantaloupe Melon (Cucumis Cantalupensis), Natural Yoghurt, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Perfume, Lanolin, Cetrimonium Bromide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Synthetic Musk, Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus dulcis), Neroli Oil (Citrus amara)