During last year my hair quality weakened and I also lost more hair than I normally do. I had a lot of bad stress going in different moments and I’m sure that’s one of the reasons my hair became weaker. At that point I started to integrate in my daily diet some extra B vitamins that should help the hair, and also the body, getting better. The vitamins best know for a healthier hair and skin are vitamin B7, also called biotin, Vitamin B3, also called Niacin and Vitamin C. I also tried not to stress over stupid things, it’s easier to say than to do…but today I feel much better. Once in a while it’s normal to feel stress but it’s important that it doesn’t get too much and specially not for a long period of time.
What I did more was to get myself a few new hair products to try, and in the same process I reduced the hair cleaning to every three days, sometimes two, depending on the occasion. I also reduced the use of the hairdrier (I only use it when at least 70% of the hair is already dry) and the use of hair straighteners and hair curlers. This has cost me quite a lot but now after all these months I finally start to see some improvement. Here under I’ve listed the products I’ve been using since before the summer 2016 until today.
The information I’ve written about the products are the normal information you find about them for example online or written directly on the products.
The first products I tried was from L’ANZA, their Keratin Healing Oil Serie.
I was really happily surprised by these products, especially the Keratin Healing Oil which I still use today. It’s a wonderful oil which leaves the hair soft, smooth and healthy looking. I also loved the Hair Spray which has a wondeful smell. I repurchased it some months ago and will probably try to buy it again if I can fin it discounted beacuse it’s very expensive.
Keratin Healing Oil Shampoo builds body and strength with super-concentrated healing actives. Heals hair with the Keratin Healing System, boosting strength and elasticity. Keratin protein reconstructs the inner layers of the hair to add body and bounce. Phyto IV Complex rehydrates hair so that it’s soft and silky smooth.
Keratin Healing Oil Intensive Hair Masque builds body and strength with super-concentrated healing actives. Adds moisture for dry hair. Keratin protein reconstructs the inner layers of the hair to add body and bounce. Phyto IV Complex rehydrates hair so that it’s soft and silky smooth. L’Anza Keratin Healing Oil Intensive Hair Masque is ideal for all hair types.
Directions For Use:
While hair is still wet, gather dime size and add to hair.
Leave in for 5 minutes.
Rinse and towel dry.
Phyto IV Complex A restorative blend of four botanical oils moisturizes and nourishes dry, stressed hair. This unique blend contains Abyssinian Flower Oil, Coffee Seed Oil, Acai Fruit Oil, and Babassu Kernel Oil. Together, they provide lightweight moisture and protection – they won’t build up on the hair or leave hair greasy or limp. Contains NO Argan Oil, which tends to harden and discolor the hair over time. Phyto IV Complex also provides the ideal balance of Essential Fatty Acids (Omega-3 and Omega-6) to maintain proper moisture levels.
Keratin Healing Oil Treatment is a deeply nourishing formula that works to strengthen hair from root to tip. It contains Keratin Protein and a revolutionary Phyto IV Complex that combines Abyssinian Flower Oil, Coffee Seed Oil, Acai Fruit and Babassu Kernel Oil. The treatment penetrates deep into hair to deliver superior hydration and reconstruct hair from within and leaves the hair soft and silky smooth. Provides Thermal Protection up to 260 celsius (500 F). Can be used on both dry and wet hair.
Keratin Healing Oil Lustrous Finishing Spray replenishes vital keratin protein to boost hair’s volume and strength. Contains L’Anza’s breakthrough Phyto IV complex, a special blend of four botanical oils: Abyssinian flower oil, coffee seed oil, acai fruit oil, babassu kernel oil. This lightweight, color-protecting formula provides advanced UV and thermal protection. Leaves hair touchable with a brilliant shine. Provides thermal protection up to 260 celsius (500 F).
The second product line I tried was the luxury Shu Uemura Ultimate Remedy treatment. Wow these products cost a lot(!) so my expectations where on TOP! I bought the most convenient packaging that offered more product which made me feel a bit better though. The shampoo hasn’t actually finished yet and I still use it.
The smell of these products is amazing, you can feel the soft pleasant fragrance throughout the whole day and it’s so nice and fresh. Not only do these products leave the hair amazingly soft and clean, they rebuild up the hairquality and you can really feel it after just a few washes. I can really recommend this treatment for damaged hair.
Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Shampoo is a shampoo for damaged hair that deeply restores and solidifies the hair fiber from within using lipids and ceramides that bind the hair cuticle. Moisturizes and revitalizes the scalp while treating and preventing split ends. The hair is left hydrated and smooth.
You use it by apply a quarter-size amount of the shampoo to wet hair. Massage into scalp using fingers and palms. Rinse thoroughly.
For oilier scalps, repeat the steps one more time.
Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Masque treatment is a treatment for damaged hair that deeply restores and solidifies the hair fiber from within. Protects each strand from external damage by binding the hair cuticle and cortex, preventing further hair breakage and split ends. Works on all damaged hair densities, from fine to thick.
Apply a quarter-size amount of the hair masque onto palms. Massage through wet hair from mid-lengths to ends. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly.
Ultimate Remedy Extreme Restoration Duet is a hair serum for damaged hair that prevents split ends by repairing and coating the cuticle for manageability, softness and shine. The dual-chambered leave-in serum combines a cream containing powerful Ceramide 2000 PPM technology and a serum rich in Lotus Infusion to keep the hair fiber sealed and intact. Works on all damaged hair densities, from fine to thick.
Apply a dime-size amount of the hair serum onto palms. Gently massage onto the ends of damp or dry hair. Leave in.
Can also be used as an on-the-go touchup to prevent frizz and unmanageability.
Ingredients in these products: Lotus Flower.
The Lotus Flower is a blossom venerated in Japan for blooming flawlessly in even the most hostile of environments. Highly concentrated in lipids, the Lotus flower has been used for centuries for its moisturizing and softening properties. In hair care, Lotus Infusion maintains the flexibility and softness of the hair fiber.
Ceramides lipids that are naturally present in the hair bind the cuticle and cortex together, providing the hair with impermeability, protection and resistance.
TOP NOTE: Orange, Peach Orange Blossom
HEART NOTE: Jasmin, Ylang Geranium
BASE NOTE: Benzoin Resin, Tonka Beans, Santal, Vanilla Musk
The last product serie I tried was from a brand I always come back to, Kérastase, and this time I tried their Resistance Thérapiste Treatment.
I’ve heard a lot of positive feedback, also from my hairdresser, about these products, so I felt I needed to give them a chance. What is special with this serie is that you have a deep repair conditioner to use before the shampoo that will protect the hair. I really love this line and I think it’s probably the products that fit my hair better. My hair felt really healthy after this treatment. The product I use still today and will continue using is the Resistance Sérum Thérapiste.
Resistance Soin Premier Thérapiste is a deep repair conditioner for very damaged and over processed hair. What is innovative is that this products is most effective when used prior to shampoo, it protects the fiber, while repairing the hair for a soft and lightweight finish.
Apply to damp hair before using the shampoo. Massage onto lengths and ends. Leave in for 2-3 minutes. Emulsify and rinse thoroughly.
The lightweight formula contains Fibra-Kaps technology to nourish damaged hair, and myrothamnus flabellifolia to restore hair fibres. It helps to protect hair during the washing process, and is suitable for fine hair.
Resistance Bain Thérapiste is a shampoo designed for very-damaged, over-processed hair. It coats the fiber during the washing for a deep revitalization, shine, and smoothness.
Dose 10ml of Bain Thérapiste (a hazelnut size) and work the texture in hands. Apply at first only on the lengths and ends. Emulsify, beginning at the hair tips throughout the lengths, until the foam is formed. Then spread the product to the roots, working from the bottom to the top of the hair. Massage and rinse avoiding the frictions.
The formula includes cationic polymers to boost and repair, Fibra-Kaps technology to nourish damaged hair, and myrothamnus flabellifolia to restore hair fibres. It has a semi-solid gel texture and is suitable for fine and thick hair.
Resistance Masque Thérapiste is a deep conditioning treatment mask for very-damaged and over-processed hair. Its action deeply repairs the fiber at its core, allowing it to regain strength and elasticity. Hair is toned and revitalized.
Apply to washed and towel-dried hair.
Massage onto lengths and ends. Leave in for 5 minutes. Emulsify and rinse thoroughly.
The formula contains Fibra-Kaps technology to nourish damaged hair, and myrothamnus flabellifolia to restore hair fibres. It is suitable for fine and thick hair.
Resistance Sérum Thérapiste is a hair serum for very-damaged and over-processed hair. It repairs the hair fiber instantly, reinforcing it and protecting it against blow dry damages and split ends.
Apply to washed and towel-dried hair.
Massage onto lengths and ends. Proceed to blowdry. Leave-in.
Can be used in construction on wet hair and also as a finishing touch on dry hair.
Thermo protection up to 230°C (446 F).
Seals ends of the end.
Repairs the hair fiber.
Protects against split ends.
Reinforces and resurfaces the hair fiber.
Smooth shiny finish.
Makes blow-dry twice faster.
The formula contains an oil-based care agent to moisturise and a thick, creamy topcoat to treat and seal the ends of hair. It also features Fibra-Kaps technology to nourish damaged hair, and myrothamnus flabellifolia to restore hair fibres. It is suitable for thick and thin hair.
These two products from Kérastase, Kérastase Discipline Keratine Thermique and Resistance Ciment Thermique, I use to protect the hair against heating, and I love them both. They’ve two different purposes which you can read about here under.
Discipline Keratine Thermique Blowdry leave-in care for unruly hair in need of smoothness. A pre-styling cream to protect hair before blow-drying and use of heat stying tools. It leaves the hair soft, smooth and shiny. Apply it to washed and towel-dried hair. Massage onto lengths and ends.Proceed to blowdry.
Thermo-protection up to 180°C (356 F).
85% less breakage from Blowdry.
Facilitates blowdry and reduces styling time.
Smoothes and tames hair fiber.
Hair is strengthened, breakage is reduced.
Shiny and perfect glazed-like finish.
Perfect fluid and light movement in hair.
Inner Restoration for maximum smoothness with movement.
MORPHO-KERATINE™ (the new smooth miracle):
Amino Acids for fiber replenishment
Ceramide R for fiber fortification
Tames frizz and protects against humidity.
Resistance Ciment Thermique is a thermo-protecting leave-in blowdry cream for weakened and damaged hair. It instantly reconstructs, reinforces and tones the hair fiber.
Apply to towel-dried hair. Detangle, but do not rinse. Blowdry, then heat style.
Reconstruct fiberStrong toning effect.
180°C (356 F) thermo-protection.
85% less breakage from Blowdry.
Accelerates blowdry time.
Protects damaged hair.
Shine and Softness.
Vita-Ciment strengthens fiber from inside.
Vita-Topseal recreates external protective layer.
This was the summery of all the best products I’ve used and can recommend to the ones with weakened and damaged hair. I actually feel my hairquality better today than 8 months ago and a few weeks ago I started with another hair product line that I’ll blog about in a couple of weeks. I just need to try them for a longer period before I can tell if they improve my hair or not .
I hope you can find this post helpful. Take care and have a wonderful day!