I spent most of my childhood tangled inside the shrub of my own hair, and most of my teens hiding behind it.
So it wasn't until I started losing masses of hair due to illness about a year ago that I realised how great it is to have big annoying hair that makes you feel as though you're wearing a hat, even when you're not.
While I'm waiting for the hair I lost to grow back (and I'm delighted to see that it is, there are short little hairs tufting out all over my scalp) I've been looking for the best products to use for my 'new' hair type. I was really at a loss as to how to care for thin hair, having been the kind of person whose hair had always grown out rather than down. Yes, like a hedge.
So I was really intrigued when I heard about the new Fibrology range from L'Oréal. The claims that the products included ingredients that cause individual hair shafts to expand had me interested, but suspicious. I'm always suspicious of big, attractive claims that products make. I'm afraid they'll just lie and hurt me, like all the products I've been with before. But not these!
The first time that I used the range, I could feel that it was different to any haircare I've tried before - the texture is really strange. The shampoo lathers wonderfully, but as you massage it into your scalp, it forms an incredibly thick, silky lather that just gets bigger and bigger. When you've rinsed it away, your hair just feels heavier than it did before.
The range includes:
- Thickening shampoo(€3.99)
- Standard conditioner (€3.99)
- Thickening Conditioning Masque (€6.49) which smells glorious
- Thickness booster (€7.69) that you can mix with your conditioner a couple of times a week to 'top up' the thickening effects
- Leave-in Double Serum (€8.99)
The products all contain filloxane, which essentially forms bonds with proteins and the hair shaft when it comes into contact with wet hair. Even when your hair has dried, the filloxane stays inside the hair fibre. Over time, it builds up to thicken, stiffen and strengthen each hair strand.
Researchers for L'Oréal have claimed that they've recorded a 60% increase in the width of hair strands with the use of these products. So the more you use the products over time, the bigger your hair gets! The results are immediately visible though. I've been using this for a couple of weeks now, and my hair feels different.
The result is more voluminous hair. It's not heavy when dry, or flat at the roots. Your hair just feels nice, moves more, and seems a bit bigger than it was before!
I'm hugely impressed! Will you be trying these? And what do you use to deal with thin hair?