23 February 2014

R N B Hair Moisturiser

My hair goes through a lot, what with dyeing it once a month and only cutting it once or twice a year. This means that I have to protect my hair as best as I can, and find ways of preventing it from drying out before it begins to look horrible. I am always looking for new products to carry this out, and on a recent Lush trip, one such product took my fancy. 

R & B (which stands for Revive and Balance) Hair Moisturiser is a leave-in hair treatment that is supposed to revive the hair and balance the scalp. Packed full of many different butters and oils, including avocado butter, olive oil, coconut oil and cupuacu butter, this product is an extremely rich moisturiser that can be used in different ways to cater for a whole array of different hair styles. 

The idea is that you take a small scoop with your fingers and then apply it to your hair. Lush recommend that on thin or straight hair, you work a little through after you've conditioned but before you've begun to towel dry or blow dry. On thicker, curly hair, the product is supposed to be added when the hair is completely dry. 

Having applied a walnut-sized amount to my locks, I immediately noticed that my hair felt rather greasy. This was even more noticeable when my hair was completely dry, wherein my hair seemed more flatter than usual and had a slight 'gleam' to it.

After using it once a fortnight, for a few months, I found that my hair began to feel brittle and thin, and my hair colour seemed really dull and lifeless. Furthermore, I found that my ends seemed to become drier after a few uses, which meant that I had to refrain from using it in order for my hair to repair itself.

Not only this, but the smell of R&B is very poignant, and after application, it will override any other product you use alongside it. It's not an unpleasant smell; a mixture of Jasmine and, what smells like, lemon. However, there's definitely an element of grease in the fragrance. The overall scent is somewhat synthetic smelling, almost 'plasticy', and it reminded me a little of Cif bathroom cleaner. 
In conclusion, I won't deny that my hair wasn't sleeker and smoother after I used this product, which is partly why I have awarded R&B 3 bottles out of 6. However, it also looked rather greasy if I used it more than once a month, which meant that it could never be a product I used regularly.  

Another reason why I have given this product a mark of three, is that my flatmate uses R&B twice a week and it does wonders for her hair. Therefore, I recognise that this product does have it's uses. Unfortunately, it just doesn't live up to it's promise of being suitable for all dry or curly hair types.

Quantitative Ingredients: Oat Milk, Glycerine, Organic Avocado Butter, Fair Trade Olive Oil, Glyceryl Stearate & PEG-100 Stearate, Perfume, Cetearyl Alcohol, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Cold Pressed Jojoba Oil, Bay Oil, Orange Flower Absolute, Jasmine Absolute, Cupuacu Butter, Candelilla Wax, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, *Benzyl Salicylate, *Eugenol, *Geraniol, *Isoeugenol, *Benzyl Benzoate, *Farnesol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Lilial.

Vegan?: Yes

1 comment

  1. I use this as a regular leave-in conditioning treatment, and the only time it feels greasy at all is when I accidentally use too much of it. I use a generous pea size for my hair, which is rather thick and just past my shoulders in length. I don't use it with any other conditioner, and I have yet to find a shampoo who's scent will survive R&B. I take a dab, rub it in my hands really well, and then just kind of scrunch it into my hair after my shower. I use it maybe 2-3 times a week. My pot should last me about 6 months, which is the only way I was able to justify the price to myself. I have noticed that if I use it too often, not only is my hair greasy, but it takes forever and a day to dry since I don't use a blow dryer and I have to wash it more often.