R&B, or revive and balance, is a leave-in conditioner which was originally developed for African American or just plain curly/unruly hair. But the good people at LUSH have extended their invitation with this product to the rest of us because people without African American hair still found it a treat for their hair.
What is it?
The Lush website says that it was originally designed for frizzy, flyaway hair that works as a leave-in conditioner to achieve a sleeker finish.
It consists of a blend of organic avocado butter, oatmeal, olive oil, extra virgin coconut oil, jojoba oil and candelilla wax. This blend is intended to revive both hair and scalp and balance wayward follicles.
As previously mentioned, it’s a product specifically designed for the African American ladies because it’s main functions are to moisturise and condition wayward hair.
Its consistency is very much like a softer type of margerine and somehow feels a bit heavy on the hair. It’s definitely not a hair product that you want to use if you lean towards the oily side as far as hair goes.
I have hair that’s been dyed several times over the past few years, and it’s needless to say that it’s starting to look a little sorry for itself. I found the formula worked well for me in smaller dollops because I don’t quite have extremely damaged hair.
If you don’t have extremely curly hair, you could do away with just using a small swatch with a finger.
The fragrance is supposed to be a mixture of orange blossom and jasmine. I usually love my florals however with this one I find the jasmine and orange blossom blend didn’t quite work for me.
It’s a little on the stronger side and will last for about 2-3 days if you use it after a shower on towel-dried hair. It may just be a personal thing, but those who don’t like orange blossom all too well, then I’d suggest steering clear of it.But who knows?! You could always walk in store and give it a try with LUSH’s tester products.
I’ve been using this as a part of my haircare routine which consists of several other LUSH haircare products. I find that it works best when applied to fresh-out-of-the-shower hair just as your hair follicles are opened from the warmth of your shower.
My partner commented a few weeks ago that my hair has been looking a little healthier and I can only attribute this to the LUSH hair products that I only recently started using a little over a month ago.
This one goes for $19.95 AUD (accurate at the time of writing this review), which is a little on the steeper side especially for 100g of product. Having said that, it’s nice to know that you’re paying the premium for a brand who really takes their environmental activism seriously. LUSH, although not 100% au naturelle, are crazy about fighting animal testing and minimising carbon footprints by eliminating excessive packaging.
I use it as a treat for my hair every couple of days and my locks are showing incremental signs of improvement. However, as a girl with naturally smooth and straight Asian hair, I’d definitely advise against using huge amounts as it will weigh your hair down.
It’s smell isn’t great at first but as the fragrance fades away, it becomes a light jasmine scent that the boyfriend can’t resist.
It takes me only very little to thinly distribute this product all over the ends of my hair so 100g is way more than enough for girls with thinner hair.