Much unlike many a magazine editor who recommends you buy all sorts of crap that they most likely got for free, your Jezebel staff doesn't get jack shit (other than books, unsolicited). And that's how it should be. But on our own time, in our personal lives, we still buy stuff. So this is Worth It, our recommendation of random things that we've actually spent our own money on. These are the things we buy regularly or really like, things we'd actually tell our friends about. And now we're telling you.
I've been fighting my fine but unruly wavy hair for years. In college, I'd heat style it to within an inch of its life, blow dry it straight and then, for good measure, flat iron the shit out of it. But after years of doing this on a near-daily basis, I started growing progressively lazier. Finally, about a year and a half ago, I decided that the time had come to stop giving any fucks: enough was enough and I wasn't going to straighten anymore.
But that presented another set of problems. I had no idea how to handle my hair. If I just let it dry naturally, it would look frizzy and brittle, like the lady who throws cats on The Simpsons. If I messed around with it too much and filled it with product, it looked over differentiated, like a regrettable hairstyle from a 1990 senior picture, minus the accompanying tidal wave of bangs.
Every day was a crapshoot. I'd shower, put varying amounts of varying products in, let my hair dry, and hope for the best. And then the next day I'd wash my hair again and go through a similar hope-disappointment-acceptance cycle.
But then, a couple of months ago, I wandered into the Lush store in my neighborhood purchased some Curly Wurly shampoo. Little did I know, the days of fussing with my hair were numbered.
I don't know what witchcraft this stuff is made out of, but it works. As soon as I started using it, my hair began looking shinier. It smelled awesome. I didn't have to use any product to calm it down. And, best of all, I don't have to wash my hair as much. Since I work at home, I don't have to leave the house most days unless I need to buy supplies, but this shampoo makes me wish I could parade my hair around someone besides my cat and fiance.
Lush appeals to the bleeding heart left winger in me as well, as its products are made of natural, organic, and vegetarian ingredients, nothing is tested on animals or purchased from suppliers that test on animals. The products are made in small batches to order and aren't sold if they're more than four months old. I've never been disappointed by a Lush product.
Lush Curly Wurly is sold in black tubs and has a thick, chunky consistency. It takes a few tries to learn to apply it properly— the stuff is handmade and thick with pieces of coconut, and so it's different than any shampoo I'd used before. The trick is to lather for a bit, then gradually add more water until it's sudsy enough to rub around like normal shampoo. I let the suds sit in my hair for awhile while I do other shower things like stare at the grout thinking about what a funny word "grout" is.
Saying Curly Wurly changed my life would be a stretch, but it did make the hair aspect of my daily routine a lot less of a pain in the ass. Which means it's totally worth it.
LUSH Curly Wurly Shampoo, $23.95 at Lush.
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