Everyone’s favorite natural and sustainable brand is getting into natural hair care. Lush has teamed up with Sarah Sango, R&D Stylist & Black Haircare Specialist and a hairdresser with two decades of experience, for a haircare formulated just for curly, coily, and textured hair. Drawing inspiration from her family’s hair recipes (Renee’s Shea Souflee ($17) was inspired by her sister’s recipe), the collection features, a co-wash bar, two conditioners, and three styling products that can work together or be used separately. For full details on the collection, from how to use it to the nourishing ingredients we reached out to Sarah for the rundown and her favorite hair care tips.
1. Embrace natural ingredients.
"We channeled the Lush message of 'we really do put the whole fruit in' and started exploring with vegetables that would boggle the minds of customers, but have the best effects for hair," she explains. "Fresh okra gel creates slip in Glory Conditioner; molasses is a humectant ingredient that holds moisture in the hair, leaving it feeling and looking bright and healthy. In Curl Power, maple syrup plumps up the volume, swelling the hair cuticle for effortlessly enhanced body, and sweet potato, which is rich in biotin, is whizzed into the mix to repair the surface of the hair in Power Conditioner."
2. Co-washing might be the solution to your dry hair.
"Co-washing hair is a great alternative to shampoo for hair that’s porous and loses moisture quickly," Sarah explains. Co-washing, if you’re unfamiliar, is cleansing your hair with a cleansing conditioner instead of a shampoo. Shampoos that contain sulfates can strip hair of moisture and natural oils leaving it prone to breakage. "The moisture that has taken days or possibly weeks to be built in curly, coily or Black hair through routines such as the LOC Method can easily be stripped away with a high-cleansing shampoo. Co-washing enables hair to maintain its natural moisture levels and become healthier and more resilient."
3. Switch up your method for applying your styling products.
The styling products in this collection can be used separately or together, using the LOC (Liquid/Leave-In, Oil, Cream) method. "Applying the LOC method allows your hair to retain moisture as the products are applied in a particular order where moisture is sealed in," Sarah explains. "If your hair is sufficiently moisturized it is less prone to breakage, especially when it is being manipulated during styling."
4. Opt for low-manipulation protective styles.
Sarah explains that her personal favorite protective style is two or more cornrows, that you can add a decorative part, extensions, or color to switch it up a bit. Not only are they easy to take out she explains, but they also don't put as much stress on the scalp promoting growth.
5. Keep your hair hydrated and moisturized to protect it this winter.
"In the winter regular deep conditioning using mist or a cap that will allow product to penetrate the hair will keep hair moisturized," she says (the LOC method is also helpful for moisturizing hair in the winter). "Add a small amount of oil to your hair each day. Sleep with a satin bonnet to prevent moisture getting absorbed by other materials. If you need your style to dry relatively quickly as it would going out in the summer heat, use a dryer on a medium heat setting with a diffuser attachment. If you are experiencing dry scalp, apply an oil and leave on the scalp for up to 30 mins before shampooing/co-washing and conditioning hair."
The full collection is available now at Lushusa.com.