Do Hair Densifiers Really Work?
You’ve seen them around right? Lotions and potions promising thicker, fuller hair. They sound wonderful, even if they just give you back what you used to have?
I don’t know but about you but I’ve always wanted really big, thick and lush hair. My fairy godmother must have been out to lunch when I was putting in that order because, sadly, I got the finer type.
I used to spend hours plaiting it in tiny little plaits every night so it would come out crimped and bushy. In the ‘90s I concreted it up with backcombing and Joico Ice Mist – do you remember that stuff? It could make your hair stick any which way and it felt just like concrete. You could forget him running his fingers through it LOL.
More recently I make use of great big velcro rollers, very slight backcombing and hairspray. It works but it falls out after a while – sad face.
Last year I got sick and had to take meds that caused my hair to fall out!! Argh. Horrors! I was beside myself…you can bet I begged and pleaded to be taken off those as soon as I could.
So when L’Oréal Professionnel asked me if I’d be keen to try out their Serioxyl Fuller Hair programme I thought ‘gosh you guys are bang on target’. And I looked at them like they were my fairy godmother come to make up for her slackness.
L’Oréal were quick to point out it was important to be committed to the programme for three months. Ah – no problems there. If something was going to give me back my hair I was all for it.
So what’s it all about Alfie?
Serioxyl is an anti-thinning programme – there’s one for natural, thinning hair and one for coloured, thinning hair.
There are lots of reasons why your hair might be thinning, age is a biggie. It’s not just the boys whose hair begins to thin as time goes by, it happens to women too. In fact 40% of people who experience hair loss are women and strong contributing factors are genetics or menopause.
But it’s not just age, illness (like moi), major stress, chemotherapy is a well-known one, hormone imbalances (childbirth, PCOS), thyroid issues, crash dieting, too tight hairstyles and certain deficiencies can be a cause as well.
There are about 100,000 hair follicles on the scalp. They burrow down to the dermis and are nourished by blood cells and, it’s complicated, but their structure means that the hair within the sheath of the follicle is also nourished by our natural oil secretion sebum. This reduces as we age. I know right? Sigh…
So L’Oreal Professionnel got busy in the lab 25 years ago and started working on a solution.
That’s where most products come from. The consumers pain point, and this is a well-known bugbear. That’s why there’s been lots of lotions and potions out there dedicated to reducing hair loss and…wonder of wonders….new hair growth. But the $64,000 question is do they work?
L’Oréal Recherche Avancée scientists took the problem so seriously they toiled away for quarter of a century and developed a new highly technical product called Serioxyl Denser Hair containing a star L’Oréal-developed ingredient called STEMOXYDINE 5%.
Yep it’s science-y, but this kind of thing’s really got to be. The upshot – and I LOVE this – is that the Serioxyl Denser Hair treatment can produce more than 1,700 new hairs after three months.
How Does Serioxyl Work?
L’Oréal Professionnel explain: It works on the hair’s stem cells recreating a low-oxygen environment to awaken dormant follicles and create new hair.
Hair life expectancy or growth cycle ranges from between five and seven years and L’Oréal scientists discovered there’s a dormant phase when the follicle cell is inactive – in unusual cases this can last up to 10 years.
Jenna’s note: hair actually grows in three stages – anagen, catagen and telogen
- Anagen – active growth
- Catagen – resting
- Telogen – dormant
Stemoxydine works to reduce the length of the dormant phase to reactivate cell growth.
So that’s all the info, but you just want to know if it works don’t you?
YES, YES, YES!!!
I can definitely tell you it does, and that it’s worth the commitment. I still don’t have ‘big’ hair but it’s definitely back. The most noticeable area is around the hairline where people lose hair as they age. I’m so glad it’s back.
I’m very happy to tell you that it worked for me. For more chronic problems I’d seek advice from a trichologist I think. Or at least ask your medical professional. And you might need to be patient. Hair re-growth can take a while but wigs are great :-).
What’s In The Programme?
THE MUST-HAVE STAR
L’Oréal Professionnel Serioxyl Denser Hair RRP$50.00
Denser Hair everyday treatment contains Stemoxydine and Neohesperidin, and protects the root of the hair against oxidative stress. Denser Hair is applied to the scalp daily to produce more than 1700 hairs in three months. Woot Woot!
L’Oréal Professionnel Serioxyl Thicker Hair RRP$50.00
The Serioxyl Thicker Hair fibre thickening serum, provides instance results of thicker looking hair. Containing Intra-cyclane™ the Thicker Hair serum creates a new hair substance that thickens every hair strand instantly. Apply to the length and ends for visually fuller hair.
L’Oréal Professionnel Serioxyl Fuller Hair 1 & 2 packs RRP$95.00ea
Serioxyl Fuller Hair 1 for natural thinning hair, and Fuller Hair 2 for coloured thinning hair contains Glucoboost, which transforms inside the roots to build a dense and strong fibre and Incell™ technology strengthens and seals the cuticle providing a thicker feeling result. Contains a Cleaning Shampoo, Treating Conditioner and Thickening Foam.
* Hair looks fuller for 78 per cent of users; hair feels denser for 83 per cent of users; hair looks thicker for 81 per cent of users.
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