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Sunday, 28 September 2014

Lush 'BIG' Sea Salt Shampoo

Yes. I finally went there. I took the Lush obsession beyond the odd bath bomb or two.  After reading mixed reviews about their 'BIG' shampoo and having never tried Lush's haircare range before, I must admit I was a little unsure - but I couldn't resist the promise of fuller, glossier locks and quite fancied mixing up my haircare routine.  When I was on holiday in Greece this year, I loved the way my hair had so much natural volume in it due to the change in environment - a combination of the sun and the sea worked miracles for my hair and when I arrived home, I missed my swishy, volumised barnet.  The fact that the main ingredient in Lush's 'BIG' is sea salt made it my first port of call in a bid to recreate my bouncy, effortless holiday-mermaid hair!  

'BIG' is said to be a softening, volumising shampoo containing coarse sea salt, sea water and seaweed extracts. Whilst the salt helps to lift and add body, the extra virgin coconut oil and protein rich seaweed softens the hair and injects moisture.  Lemon and lime help to add shine as they allow the cuticles on your hair to lie flat, thus reflecting more light - oo it's all very scientific ya know! After doing my research into the ingredients, I hoped for summery beach hair in a tub...

The texture is unlike any other hair product I've ever used - it's gel-like, slightly lumpy/gritty (due to the sea salt) and feels quite cool to the touch.  I gathered a rather sizeable blob in my hands and began to work it through my hair - which is when I realised that 'BIG' is rather unlike any other volume shampoo I've tried in the past... it doesn't lather too well! *I've since been informed that you just need a lot of water to work up more of a lather - I guess I didn't add enough - to be fair, it did create a light lather but just not the level of suds I was used to!* It's a sensation I've not really experienced before and I must admit I was a little worried - I had visions of having to get straight back in the shower because it really didn't feel as if I was cleaning my hair and I was gearing myself up for a negative review (sorry, LUSH - I love you but you did throw me off guard with this one!). You have to work it through gently too as the bits of sea salt can be a little bit scratchy - but it actually feels quite satisfying - like a strange, sea salty head massage!  But despite my initial uncertainty, I was very pleasantly surprised.  Honestly, this shampoo really did clean and cleanse my hair amazingly well. I was amazed at how shiny and soft it was after just one use and my blonde appeared brighter and lighter - if you've ever used a cleansing shampoo, you'll know the feeling I'm describing. I was so impressed. My hair looked and felt so healthy and soft to the touch.

But the 'BIG' question (lolz), did it volumise? I have to say - it does do a great job at lifting the hair and making it feel altogether more 'swishy'. It looked visibly more lifted and 'plumped' at the root. I applied my heated rollers after drying and my hair was visibly quite bouncy and light - even more so than when I wash it with a regular shampoo. It wasn't a drastic 'oh my goodness my hair looks so volumous' effect, but it was certainly noticeable. I've been meaning to try it again alongside blow-drying my hair upside down - I can image this will work wonders (if you want to maximise volume potential it's always good to blow-dry upside-down - this is one of my usual tactics!) It certainly transformed my dull, lifeless hair into shinier, healthier looking hair and I really recommend this if you're experiencing limp, dry hair that's in need of a bit of a perk up!

Overall, I have to say, 'BIG' is a winner in my books - if not for the volumising effect but for the fact it breathed so much life into my hair and made it look so much healthier.  It definitely provides a slightly different hair-washing experience - which actually adds to the attraction to this product for me.  At first, you might feel a bit unsure about the fact that it's difficult to get a lather going and slightly weird, lumpy consistency, but roll with it and I can guarantee you'll be left pleasantly surprised like I was.  I've used it a few times since and still have a load left - which is great considering this stuff isn't the cheapest of hair care out there. Priced at £11.35 for 330g, it's definitely more of a treat but one that's worth it for both the benefits it provides and the slight novelty value!  It also smells lovely and fresh - with a hint of 'ocean' in there (what else would you expect?!) and a citrus-y kick, it's quite a unique scent - one that completely freshens up your hair and lingers slightly even once you've washed and dried it. I can imagine it's going to be a 'marmite' product but personally, I love it!  Also, keep your eyes peeled for a review of their 'American Cream' conditioner soon - together with 'BIG' i think I may have found my newest dream team...  You can find 'BIG' on the Lush website here.

Have you tried Lush's 'BIG' shampoo? What did you think? 


  1. I'm always looking to add a bit of volume to my hair and I've been considering this one for a while, but I'm just not sure if I could get used to it not lathering! xx

    Lipgloss & Lashes

    1. it is quite strange! I didn't think i would either but if you use it every so often it's not too bad - its quite addictive! :) xx

  2. I havent tried this but im always looking for something to give my blonde a boost! Xx

    Kirsty Leigh xx

  3. How weird that it doesn't lather?! I adore Lush products, but am yet to try out their haircare range. Maybe I'll give this a whirl - citrus scents are my fave :) xx

  4. I have quite a lot of hair, but I don't have a lot of volume in my roots. This sounds great!

  5. Ahh I have to say this is my favourite product from LUSH so far, I absolutely love using it.
    Amy x | A Little Boat Sailing

  6. This has been my favorite shampoo for the past year or so. It does feel strange that it doesn't lather up as well as your ordinary shampoo. I usually grab a dime size and use some water to lather it up in my hands before applying to hair. I have oily scalp and this is the only shampoo which helps controls the oil.

  7. I am in desperate need of added volume to my hair so I am definitely going to go and give this a go now! Sounds great!

  8. Oooh I love the sound of this :)

    Sophie x

  9. I've had this in my online Lush basket for a while but wasn't sure if I want to take the plunge since it is pricey. This review has me thinking I should really give it a go. Thanks!

  10. This sounds lovely, although I'm not sure if it's worth the price tag personally as I seem to remember it being quite pricey when I last saw it in store. x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

  11. I loved this shampoo, it smells amazing and I found it lathered well. Loved the scrubby salt too. But the salt strips my keratin treatment, so no more for me, which sucks as I love it!

  12. I'm so glad you liked it - I keep reading good reviews and I'm just waiting for a bad one to put me off… it takes me so long to cave and buy something from Lush haha. I feel as though there is so much choice that I have to pick carefully xx

    Angelica // One Little Vice

  13. Ooh, this sounds weird but great! Definitely putting it on my Lush wishlist :)

  14. I've been eyeing this up everytime I go into Lush! I have long limp hair and I would literally try anything to give it a bit of bounce

    Emma | The Fashion Six

  15. I really love the way you write your reviews Beth, I always feel like I learn so much about the product and you pretty much always leave me dying to rush out and buy it :) I really love the sound of this although it is a little out of my price range for shampoos (I may have to add it to my birthday list!)
    Love Holly xx

  16. I had the same reaction when I first tried it but once I got the hang of getting it to lather I loved it! Love the feeling of it too, it's so strange x

    tmzn loves / beauty blog

  17. This sounds lovely, I haven't ventured much into anything else at Lush either, but have always wanted to try a lot of things x

    The Beauty Trove

  18. I love this stuff, I need to do a Lush haul soon and pick up some bits and this will definitely be top of my list


  19. I am dying to try this stuff but would probably be put off with it not lathering enough, it sounds lovely though as my main worry was my hair getting fry so I think I will have to try it for myself xxx

    Blonde of carbs

  20. I guess I'll have to give this a go. I've also heard some mixed reviews about this shampoo, so I've been pretty hesitant to take the plunge. However, my hair is feeling so limp recently that it could really use the pick me up. Great review, thanks for all the details (I'm sure the lack of lather would have freaked me out.)
    - Elora

  21. Sounds great but do you think it would be suitable for coloured hair? I'd love to try this but have visions of it stripping my colour!

    Mary @

  22. Really want to give this a go. Sounds like something I may like :)

    Lorna | xx

  23. I have no volume whatsoever, my hair is thin and dry so I think this shampoo might be the perfect thing for me!:)


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