Lushaholic Retread Conditioner Review

Retread Conditioner Review

Initial Thoughts

I was quite close to giving up on LUSH hair conditioners for daily use until I found Retread. I’ve gone through Jungle (as a solid and as a paste/liquid), American Cream, Veganese and Coolaulin. To be clear, all of the LUSH hair conditioners are fantastic when applied to the appropriate hair type or if you have hair that falls into the “normal/healthy” range. They are far better than any of the silicone laced products you’ll find on the shelves today.

My hair texture is somewhat unique: fine with a very slight wave to it, dry and highly prone to breakage (I describe it as being “sensitive”) even without the use of heat products. I’m very conscious about my hair and always make a point about taking care of it. My ideal conditioner needs to be overly moisturizing without weighing it down.

Lush says:

Retread is a super-smoothing cream with seaweed, yoghurt, cantaloupe melon and jojoba oil to give seriously sad hair its shine back. Use it when your hair is feeling rough, harsh and wrecked. Retread will restore its sanity and get it under control.


Retread is touted as a triple strength conditioner, yet you wouldn’t be able to tell from it’s texture or consistency on first look. It resembles a somewhat watered down yogurt. The scent is reminiscent of a fresh construction site or newly laid cement. It an also be described as a combination of cantaloupe skin, plastic and baby powder. It’s definitely an odd combination of scents but one that isn’t nearly as bad as you think. While applying it and after my hair has air dried, the scent transforms into a barely there cantaloupe scent that is far more pleasant than smelling it from the pot.

Without the silicone additives, Retread won’t give you the “cone slip” feeling that you get from most conditioners but it is still definitely conditioning your hair. After you rinse, your hair will feel clean but not overly coated with the smooth feeling. Once your hair is dry, the power of Retread definitely shines through. Hair is smoother, more manageable and shinier, especially after continued usage.


Retread is the conditioner for those with harder to manage hair types. If you’ve tried other LUSH conditioners without success, Retread may be the one for you. The smell is not off-putting and it’s important to keep in mind that the scent changes during and after application. It’s not as heavily scented as most other LUSH products which might not be what most people expect.

90 PTS Rating by Angela Jude


Agar Infusion (Gelidium cartilagineum), Propylene Glycol,Soya Milk (Glycine soja), Cetearyl Alcohol and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Fresh Cantaloupe Melon (Cucumis Cantalupensis), Olive Oil (Olea europaea), Perfume, Natural Yoghurt,Avocado Oil (Persea gratissima), Lanolin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Bromide, Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia chinensis), Synthetic Musk, Violet Leaf Absolute (Viola odorata), Orange Blossom Absolute (Citrus dulcis), Neroli Oil (Citrus amara), *Benzyl Benzoate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.

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