Going through my products stash I noticed the expiration date on my LUSH big tease gel was coming up so I popped it into the shower as a reminder to use it up. I also did a search on NC.com for product shelf life and stumbled upon two threads, one of which had me smelling my tub of KCCC. Like one of the posters, I found that my tub has a little bit of a sour scent to it. Crap. Into the shower my tub went as a reminder to use it as well.

While in the shower yesterday I thought to kill two birds with one stone and try layering the lush gel over some KCCC. I cowashed and conditioned with Oyin HH (using a light hand) and scrunched in more Oyin (about 3/4 of a dime). I gently scrunched out a little bit of the drippiness and scrunched in about 5 quarters of KCCC. I scrunched out a bit more water using my Curlease and then scrunched in probably 4 dimes of the big tease gel. My waves were looking fabulous damp. I plopped for about 15 minutes and then diffused with my Sedusa and DevaFuser. The crunch, while pretty intense, wasn’t too difficult to scrunch out and I was left with nice, defined, waves and **curls**! When I met up with my family later that evening for dinner, my sisters exclaimed over how good my hair smelled – something definitely attributed to the LUSH gel. On top of that, the hold was phenomenal, there wasn’t any frizz to speak of, and it lasted all day.

I thought to try out the combo with afroveda’s PUR gelly underneath in lieu of Oyin HH and the results are just as nice, but with a little bit more frizz – another characteristic that I attribute to overuse of the big tease. Back in the day when I first discovered this gel, I was able to get it to work for me. Unfortunately, that’s not the case these days. On Saturday I used the big tease as my sole styler and the result was big, fluffy, rough, undefined hair that just increased in size as the day wore on; it reminded me of my first run with KMF upper management gel. My boyfriend actually noticed it enough to say that the gel definitely wasn’t working for me.

Would I repurchase the Big Tease again? Possibly. It has great hold and a yummy scent to boot but it’s not a styler that can be used on its own.

Not going to repurchase. It’s only what? three days? and I’m already halfway through the bottle. Plus 6 oz for approx. $10.00 doesn’t sound like a steal to me. But will that stop me from trying the PBH gelatine goo that I’ve read about on the NC.com boards? Nope. I just recently discovered that the passion shine gel is marketed as a flexible/medium hold gel….something my hair doesn’t much like on its own.

Today I washed with my bay rum bar (loving the spicy scent!), did an ACV rinse, rinsed out curls coconut sublime, scrunched excess water out, scrunched in two dimes of cj coffee coco, and a nickels worth each of lush the big tease mixed with pbh passion shine (x2). The result? Not a great hair day. Even my SO noted that it doesn’t look as controlled as it usually does. My hair feels fluffy and there isn’t a whole lot of holding action going on. I think the pbh flexible hold cancelled out the tough hold the lush usually has. On the plus side, my hair isn’t horrible enough that it requires putting up in a messy bun, nor has it expanded into frizz city like it did the first time I used KMF upper management.  

What I did notice with some surprise was when I lightly scrunched out the excess water after rinsing out the curls conditioner, my hair clumped up in a major way and the waves remained. Nice.

I’m still liking my sedusa and after diffusing today, I had no troubles at all taking my hair out.

(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.