As mentioned previously, I was looking to try out silicone-free products to improve the health of my dry, damaged hair from within. This is a solid conditioner and I bought it out of curiosity, the natural ingredients and amazing scent!
"One sniff of our tropical solid conditioner (invented by our Helen Ambrosen) and you'll think you're in a fruity jungle, flying on a vine from tree to tree. Made without packaging (so there's no litter in the jungle) or preservatives (it dissolves into the earth without harm), and a base of cocoa butter that melts into hair leaving it glossy and smooth. Fresh organic avocado extract nourishes and bananas moisturize and soften.
How to use: Make sure your hair and the bar are wet, slide along from root to tip and rinse."
I have been using this product consistently for 3-4 weeks now and am ready to share my (mixed) thoughts on it.
- The smell is heavenly to Yanto and I. It smells peppery, spicy and exotic- not so much like a Jungle but more like a spice market unmarred by the stench of crowds and garbage. It lingers in my hair and shower for two days! One of my favorite scents I have tried from Lush so far.
- For $8.50 a chunk, considering this product is largely natural and free of preservatives, that is cheap compared to others on the market.
- Unlike the Ultimate Shine Shampoo, Jungle does not readily decompose in contact with water, so it is ok to leave this one in the shower for convenience.
- No packaging = Yay for the environment.
- On application it feels as though no product transfers to my hair and to compensate I end up rubbing the bar over my hair countless times.
- The bar has not lasted well probably due to the above reason, but I feel I cannot help it because my hair desperately needs some nourishment!
- After washing out, there is no silky smooth feeling that comes with using silicone conditioners. My hair feels fragile, coarse and tangled when it's wet and there is no difference when it's dry. The first time I used it was the worst- I could not run a comb through it at all and I immediately wanted to go back to my old conditioner. However, over time my hair's condition has very gradually improved.
- I can't help but feel that these Lush products have revealed the true devastating condition of my hair without the mask of silicons. But I do not think the products are necessarily at fault here, my hair may be broken beyond repair. Knowing this may be a good thing! Now, the last two inches of my hair look and feel like straw- they actually felt healthy before.
What's the plan now?
That is the question. My hair is obviously in need of dire help, but should I continue using silicone-free products and deal with my tangled, dry and unmanageable hair? Or should I revert back to using silicone products and sweep the dirt under the carpet in exchange for healthier looking hair? These are the two decisions I am facing right now.
For the time being, I have decided to continue with Jungle until it runs out and deep condition with organic coconut oil. The idea is that the lack of a silicone barrier will better allow my conditioning products to penetrate my hair shaft making it healthier from within. If the fruits of my labor do not bloom, then I will go back to using silicone- after all, they are not directly damaging to hair. Perhaps my hair just needs the silicone to function!
The condition of my hair did NOT improve with continued use. After consulting with my hairdresser, I am no longer using Jungle and have switched back to silicone conditioners used in conjunction with Lush solid shampoos. The health of my hair has improved tremendously! Unfortunately Jungle did not work for me, but did for Yanto and he purchased another bar today!