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Conditioner - LUSH - Retread

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rated 3.5(149 reviews)

  • Average Rating: 3.5
  • 61% would buy again
  • Package Quality: 3.1
  • Price: $$$

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rated 1 of 5 top reviewer on 11/16/2010 2:31:00 PM More reviews by Rapunzelle

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown

I'm a "cone" free girl so I'm always looking for great hair products with no silicones in them. I'd heard good things about Lush products, and I love using natural, gentle hair products, so I thought I'd give this a go.

Retread is supposed to be moisturizing and repairing to the hair, and give it volume and shine. This did none of these things to my very long dry, not thick/not fine, tangle prone hair.

Scent: considering this is a natural conditioner, the fragrance is very artificial and plasticky smelling. It really stinks! It has almost a tar/petrolium/synthetic smell that leaves a putrid stench in my hair that does not dissipate even after a couple of days.

Texture: it's not runny, but was much lighter weight than I expected, almost like just a regular conditioner. My hair soaked it up as though it was water so I had to keep applying more and more to get it covered.

Slip: I don't expect a ridiculous amount of slip from a cone free conditioner, but this was ridiculous! It almost made it more difficult to get a comb through my wet hair! I had to gob it on to get it to the point where I could try to detangle.

Results: Once my hair was dry, it looked ok. Not horrible, but about par with a cheap, light non-moisturizing conditioner. The ends were still parched, there was no more shine than usual, nor volume. It was basically the same as if I had not used conditioner, except it smelled a whole lot worse.

Value: at $25 for an 8.4oz jar, this is not the greatest value. Even worse, because of the way my hair soaked it up, the entire tub only lasted me four washes!!! Honestly, I wouldn't pay one cent to use this again, let alone $6 a wash, which is what it averages out to!

Packaging: A lot of people hate tubs, but they don't bother me. I like being able to scoop out every last drop of a product.

So to recap: Rank odor, did absolutely nothing for my hair, and a horrible value. I really hope I end up liking my other products from Lush more than this

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rated 3 of 5 top reviewer on 8/23/2010 11:26:00 PM More reviews by kjmsmm

Age: 25-29 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

I had high hopes for this conditioner - but it wasn't as moisturizing as I had hoped. While I think it is a good product - it is advertised as a triple moisturizer, but I find it to be more of a daily conditioner.

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rated 4 of 5 on 8/1/2010 10:26:00 PM More reviews by 601Sparkles

Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue

I am in love with the smell of this conditioner. I seem to have to use alot to get the effect I want and my hair still feels dry afterwards but that is to be expected of lush hair products because they dont contain silicon. I gave this 4 stars because the packaging allows you to get every last bit of conditioner out.

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rated 2 of 5 on 8/1/2010 10:16:00 PM More reviews by alabee

Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Red, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green

Eh, not a huge fan. I got a sample with one of my orders. I specifically asked for it, too - definitely try this move when you're ordering from LUSH! Just be polite about it.

Anyway, this was much too heavy for my hair (fine, but with a decent amount of volume because there's a lot of it). My hair looks weighed down and a touch greasy because of this. It's not the worst thing ever, but it's not great. Also it smelled like cat pee when I was applying it. This smell dissipated once my hair was dry, but still: unpleasant. 2.5 stars.

I don't think any LUSH haircare works for me. Suave Professionals are my HG, I guess.

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rated 3 of 5 on 7/31/2010 3:24:00 PM More reviews by demeter18

Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brown, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

I'm using up the last of my 3rd tub. This is not my daily conditioner though. I've been using it once a week for the past year together with their Big shampoo. I love the subtle and fresh scent it leaves on my hair the whole day. Not your best conditioner out there but probably the best among the Lush hair products.

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rated 4 of 5 on 7/31/2010 2:22:00 AM More reviews by AvalonPrincess

Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

I use this in conjunction with Daddyo. In the pot it does smell well weird, but as soon as it's rinsed out there's no lingering smell and except for the violet scent of my shampoo. My hairs in a fairly poor condition from a college diet and a few other problems. It's typically super fine and frizzes and breaks constantly, I'm losing a lot of hair at the moment as well. Retread is the only conditioner that stops my hair looking like frizzy fluff, though I do still need to use a leave in conditioner as well to get my hair back to the soft ringlets it used to have. Unfortunately it is an expensive product and even on my short shoulder length hair it gets used up very quickly. Other than that though I love it as a conditioner.

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rated 3 of 5 on 7/7/2010 9:58:00 AM More reviews by gillianmarie1

Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Blue

eh. i'm kind of torn about this product. it just felt weird to me, but maybe that is because i am not used to using "natural" shampoos anymore. when i put it into my hair it seemed to stick to my scalp, but not too much to the ends, so my hair felt kind of greasy in the shower after i used it.

i will agree with other reviewers, though, that you don't really see a big difference until you get out of the shower... once i towel dried, it no longer felt greasy, and as it continued to air dry, i magically had NO FRIZZ. i have wavy hair, and it did seem to make it look really nice, it waved out the perfect amount.

for the summer, it seems like a good conditioner, but as it doesn't stick to the ends or seem to moisturize individual strands very well, i don't think i could use it in the winter when i blow dry and straighten more often.

$18.95, in my opinion is not too much to pay for conditioner, but when taking into account how much i had to use for my longer than shoulder length hair, it seemed expensive. after 4 uses, i had used more than 1/3 of the pot.

but the thing that really sucks about it is the smell. it kind of smells weird in the jar, and as it's going on, it just smells like yogurt, or maybe a musty old book. but that wasn't a big deal to me, i figured i could deal with it. but then later, when my hair dried, it kind of smelled smoky. my husband actually accused me of sneaking cigarettes, and didn't believe me when i told him it was the conditioner.

so, yeah, i was willing to look past some of the other stuff because i loved having no frizz for once in my life, but the smell is a dealbreaker. i'll definitley use the rest of the pot, but i would not buy this again unless lush decided to reformulate the scent.

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rated 4 of 5 on 6/23/2010 9:49:00 PM More reviews by bassdragon

Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Curly, Fine Eyes: Brown

I have fine, curly hair that gets weighed down by normal conditioners, so when this was recommended to me by a fellow fine haired person, I was sceptical.

Didn't notice much in the shower, other than my tangles were gone in a flash without any argument with the comb, but when my hair dried --- perfect ringlets. LOVE IT - switch it out with Veganese in the summer.

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rated 1 of 5 on 6/19/2010 1:52:00 PM More reviews by WeinbergJ

Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Blond, Other, Other Eyes: Hazel

I got a sample of this through a swap and this conditioner does nothing for my hair, in fact I think it may have made it more dry. I used a generous amount as I have really long hair and I achieve no conditioning results. I will not be purchasing this product.

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rated 4 of 5 on 5/10/2010 3:51:00 PM More reviews by purplecrayon86

Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium Eyes: Green

The smell is nice but doesn't linger at all. It worked very well on my hair which has some damage to it but can still get greasy. It smoothed it out nicely and every now and then I'd leave it in my hair and it didn't leave it greasy.
Overall, its the best conditioner that I think Lush do but there are better out there by other companies.

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