(copied from my May 11th post on NC.com)

So I promised myself no more hair products for the next couple of months but that resolve completely disappeared after I visited the local LUSH store. I bypassed all their bath bombs and skincare products and headed straight for the hair care section. I already knew that quite a few of their products contain SLS for some reason (boo), so I ignored the tempting liquid and bar shampoos and their conditioners and checked to see if they had any styling products. Lo and behold, they make 3 gels: king of mods (light hold), goth juice (med hold) and the big tease (strong hold). I usually go for strong hold products to hold my waves so I picked up the sample of the big tease. The scent is really nice. I can’t quite put my finger on the notes, but both my sisters agreed that it smells very fresh. The ingredients puzzled me since the holding agents didn’t really stand out. I was looking for PVP somewhere in there but didn’t see it. (Ingreds from their website: Bay Leaf Infusion (Pimenta Acris), Peppermint Infusion (Mentha piperita), Linseed Infusion (Linum usitatissimum), Acrylates / Lauryl Acrylate / Stearyl Acrylate / Ethylamine Oxide Methacrylate Copolymer, Fair Trade Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Perfume, Propylene Glycol, Glycerine, Cupuacu Butter (Theobroma Grandiflorum), Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Orange Flower Absolute (Citrus Dulcis), Bergamot Oil (Citrus bergamia), Mandarin Oil (Citrus nobilis), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), Coumarin, Benzyl Benzoate, Hydroxycitronellol, *Citral, *Geraniol, *Limonene, *Linalool, Methylparaben.) The SA scooped some out onto a stick and I scrunched it into my hair. It felt a little sticky but not horribly so and it gave me some oomph into my dying waves. I had used GF soft curl cream and HEBE for some hold and the combo seemed to overwhelm my hair with the end result of pulled out waves.

Well, I tried the gel this morning and I’m quite happy with the results. Like the website says, the gel starts to set pretty fast. I plopped for about 5 min (I usually plop for 10-15 min) and when I took it off to blowdry, my hair wasn’t as damp as usual. A couple of blasts with my CurlFusion on high and I was done. So far, there isn’t any frizz and I was able to scrunch out the crunch in about 2 hours. I’ll update by the end of the day once I see how it holds up, but so far, the scent, definition, and lack of frizz are giving the big tease high marks in my book. Only setback is the price – at about $17 for 3.5 oz it’s a bit steep but if it turns out to be a winner, I think it’s better than spending $5 each on 5 or 6 cheapo gels to try to find a HG.

ETA: So, it’s about 7 hours later and I’m still liking this gel. There’s a little bit of frizz, but I think I scrunched a tad too early. The amazing scent is still there – this even after having lunch in a crowded restaurant in Chinatown, and the waves are still defined. I’ll try it out for the rest of week.