My crush on Lush: R&B
I've been an avid Lush fan for at least a decade. And I know it isn't so much of a secret anymore that Lush is a great place to go for natural, non-toxic beauty products. Over the years I have tried a few different Lush products with some glowing successes and some 'melty soap bar' failures. By far the biggest success has been my discovery of R&B, which is, in my humble opinion- the best hair goop on the planet. It is WORTH. EVERY. PENNY.
This stuff is acts as a hair moisturizer for curls and waves. A little dab between your fingers on fresh-from-the-shower hair, some scrunching, and you're good to go. I'm an air dry kinda gal, but that part is up to you. It works great on blow dried hair as well.
Using R&B made the transition away from chemical-ridden hair products pretty easy for me. I'm now an official "curly girl", using DevaCurl "no-poo" haircare products, and handling my curls with kid gloves. I consider having curly hair to be the greatest hair blessing possible. I've always got my eyes open, checking out other people's curls like a kink connoisseur. It's an end point I hope all curly/wavy haired people can get to-- past the awkward middle-school way of thinking that your hair straightener is your best friend. Past the terrible phase of ever taking a brush to your S-waves...
The plain truth is that the more natural you go with your hair, the better off it will look and feel. It's a movement that has taken off in the African American community, and it's high time.
I wish I could afford to buy tubs of R&B and just give it out to people I pass on the street. I want to tell all my curly headed acquaintances that there is hope. That this pricey tub of good smelling stuff will last a long time, and that with it you'll get used to living life gel-free. I want to tell curly headed men not to think that they are fated to forever look like 1981 perm dads. "Look dudes, just keep the back and sides cut short, slap some R&B in that beautiful mess, and let your curly mop fall over into your eyes all romantic-like...IT WILL WORK."
Dang it, I'm almost out...