Well not quite all but it sure feels like it! I feel very exposed right now but I’m doing it to help others.
About 18 months ago I started to notice my hair thinning around the temples. Was it my imagination? I checked with my hairdresser and my worst fears were confirmed, I was losing my hair!
Why would a young woman (okay, so maybe not that young!), start to lose her hair? In my case, it was stress, an abundance of it. I guess it was the stress of leaving the security of a successful business of 15 years and setting up another, bounding into completely new territory. As much as I was excited and enthusiastic about establishing Gorgeous Me, I didn’t appreciate my skyrocketing stress levels over a lengthy period of time.
It’s nothing out of the ordinary to lose between 150-200 hairs a day but mine was disappearing from all around my hairline. Some people lose hair in patches or they lose it completely. Also, as we age, the hair follicles are a little more sluggish and fragile and don’t replenish like they used to, causing thinning of the hair. There are lots of reasons why we lose our hair - our genetic makeup, stress, trauma, illness, hormone changes…
So, here I am bleating on to my husband… “… a stylist with no hair!!!” (I can be a bit of a drama queen at times and I was imagining the worst!)
I tried all manner of things… vitamin D, zinc, coconut oil, diets, lots of different magic potions and then my hair stylist, Krissy from Kristina Raffaele, told me about this revolutionary new product from Kérastase, Densifique. She said it would be the answer to my prayers. Like anything, I’m always a little skeptical of such claims.
Anyway, based on Krissy’s recommendation and thanks to our fab friends at L’Oréal, I became a triallist for Kérastase Densifique - a three-month hair treatment programme that I’ve only just completed.
Did it work?
You be the judge.
Lisa before and after the Kérastase Densifique 3-month hair treatment programme
Not only have I got regrowth along my hairline, thank goodness, but as the product claims, it also thickened my hair all over. It also dramatically slowed down my normal daily hair loss, which was a very pleasant and surprising outcome.
The new growth (along the hairline) wasn’t quite as dramatic as I’d hoped but in fairness to the product, I did unwittingly return to another very stressful period halfway through my trial, which didn’t help matters!
Every individual case is different. I have seen photos of women whose hair is temporarily sticking sideways with so much new, strong growth!
Day 0, prior to treatment
Day 90 - trial complete. One very satisfied customer :)
After the trial
How it works
Kérastase Densifique promotes hair regrowth of up to 1,700 new hairs in 90 days.
Densifique works by reactivating dormant hair follicles using the exclusively patented Stemoxydine, a process resulting from more than a decade of research. (See below for more information on how it works.)
It’s really easy to use. Each box contains a course of 30 small vials. Using the supplied applicator, once a day, on wet or dry hair, apply the formula and massage it gently into the scalp. It’s best to do a small section at a time. Do spend time massaging the formula in to wake up the scalp and help with absorption. For best results, it is recommended to use one Densifique vial daily for three months.
Kérastase Densifique - 30-day treatment shown
Kérastase Densifique - one vial (daily dose) and applicator
To give my hair growth treatment the best chance, I also used ‘Nutritive Bain Satin 2’ Shampoo & ‘Masquintense’ nourishing masque and ‘Elixir Ultime’ Oil to enrich my hair and in my case, help control its wild ways; it’s a lovely product. Every 2-3 days, at the opposite end of the day to the Densifique application, I used ‘Initialiste’ which helps to strengthen the new growth. These are all Kérastase products and were wonderful to use, my hair felt great. For details, see below.
Who is Kérastase Densifique suited to?
Kérastase Densifique is suited to any man or woman experiencing hair loss and/or hair thinning.
Being hypoallergenic and paraben free, Densifique can be used on sensitive scalps and is suitable for all hair types.
First, be sure to check with your hair care professional that Kérastase Densifique is right for you.
Would I recommend it?
Definitely. From my own personal experience, I can categorically say that Kérastase Densifique does all it claims to - hair growth & hair thickening. I highly recommend it to anyone experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, though it’s really important that you seek advice from your hair styling professional as it depends on a number of factors, including what stage of hair loss you’re at.
It’s not cheap but then what hair growth treatment is. And it works!
More about Kérastase Densifique
Through research, L’Oréal uncovered the essential role stem cells have in hair regeneration. Essential in creating and maintaining life, they play a major part in hair loss and recovery.
Stem cells do not decrease with age, but they are incredibly fragile. The cells function normally in an oxygen-deficient environment (Hypoxia) but a variety of factors, including stress, hormone changes and UV can alter the environment causing it to become oxygen enriched (Normoxia). This environment interferes with the stem cells’ ability to communicate a ‘message of life.’ The hair follicle becomes blocked and is trapped in a latency phase, resulting in hair loss.
Once a hair has been lost, the follicle becomes dormant (empty). This phase usually lasts between two and 12 months before it awakens and goes back to the Anagen phase (growing phase). During the dormant phase, stem cells play a key role by helping to awaken the hair follicle to create new hair. If the cell is in a state of Normoxia, the message does not get through, thus staying dormant for an extended time, which can sometimes last for as long as 10 years.
Stemoxydine works to replicate this oxygen free environment which is most beneficial for stem cell functionality, with studies showing its use on the scalp significantly increasing the quantity of hair per square centimeter.
Being hypoallergenic and paraben free, Densifique can be used on sensitive scalps and is suitable for all hair types. Each Densifique vial contains 5% Stemoxydine which is also combined with a powerful blend of vitamins B3, B5 and B6.
Vitamin B6 is known for its beneficial role in hair growth while vitamin B3 is a vital element to cellular life. Studies have shown it to be an ingredient that helps strengthen the hair fibre and supplies it with added vitality. Also included in each vial is a styling polymer chosen for its capacity to immediately envelop the hair and provide hold and volume for fine tresses.
Kérastase Densifique - RRP$160.00
Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Bain Satin 2 - RRP$40.00
Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Bain Satin 2 boasts a new formula created to enrich dry and sensitive hair. The silicone derivatives and glucose proteins in this innovative shampoo smooth and replenish your hair from root to tip to leave your locks super soft and shiny. Also working to reflect light and boost shine, this new and improved formula is a must have for salon perfect locks.
Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Masqueintense - RRP$65.00
In 1987, Kérastase launched the nourishing treatment masque for thick, dry and sensitised hair. A quarter century later the product is an icon for the brand with a winning formula that has performed flawlessly for 25 years. Kérastase Masquintense comprises a patented Dosage Gluco-Actove 3 technology that combines optimal ingredients of proteins, lipids and glucose to nourish and restore hair.
Kérastase Elixir Ultime - RRP$50.00
Use as a pre-cleanse product to prepare the hair or as an intensive leave-in conditioner when hair needs extra nourishment. Applied to lengths and ends before blow drying Elixir Ultime nourishes the hair. Use as a finishing product to perfect your look as well as to control flyaway hair and frizz.
The perfect product for demanding hair that needs retouching throughout the day for added control and nourishment.
Kérastase Initialiste - RRP$70.00
Initialiste is the first Kérastase serum based on native plant stem cells that acts from the birth of the hair enabling it to grow stronger, brighter and more beautiful than ever before. The exclusive Regenerative Complex© protects the stem cells environment to optimize the production of the hair biomaterial, thus reinforcing fibre strength. Featuring an eye dropper applicator for precise application, Initialiste will help improve your hair quality while strengthening the hair fibre.
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