January 30, 2012

Frail and Thin Hair: I'm going back to Kerastase

I seriously need to help my hair out. Since the baby was born, my hair has gotten stronger, then weaker, then it started to fall out, then it got thinner (I didn't think that was even possible, but alas! never say never...)

I have been cutting it to grow it stronger, but that hasn't worked out so far. And I'm left with short and weak hair. And I hate short and weak hair.

While there is not much I can do about hair falling out, I can try to strengthen the few strands left on my head! Not to worry, I'm not bald yet. If that ever happens, I guess I won't worry about shampoos anymore, and I'll spend all my money on wigs, just like Lady Gaga.  ;)

But until I have some hair left on my head, I will try all I can to help it get stronger, and maybe multiply (a little wine, some Barry White, a few drops of sexy Moroccan oil...) What I've tried in the past (yes, I've always had some kind of hair problem) that have worked are two different products: Rogaine and Kerastase.

I used Rogaine for women years back, when I had a bout of hair taking a leave of absence. Blame it on stress and my not-so-great health, so then, like now, I had to cut my hair short, because having long, thin and sparse hair is just too painful to watch and impossible to style. And Rogaine was something short of a miracle, because I did get all of my hair back, and it was so noticeable, that people started asking what I had been using...

Today I don't feel like using Rogaine, only because it's annoying to put on, and I don't feel I have the time nor the patience for it. And maybe I'm not as vain anymore. Or maybe I still have enough hair on my head to  be able to postpone the treatment.

What I will start using immediately, instead, is another treatment I used about 5 years ago, that also proved successful: Kerastase Fortifying products.

There is a shampoo:

A Conditioner:

A leave-in conditioner:

And there was a "rescue program", sort of a reconstructive conditioner which I have used, and which left my hair feeling thicker almost instantly. Unfortunately Kerastase has discontinued this product (it makes me wonder why), but it's still available around the web: Kerastase Forcintense (6 - 15 ml. tubes)

I will try to document some of the trials and tribulations of trying to grow and strengthen my hair, in hope to help someone else out there with similar problems, and also to welcome any suggestions you might have that I can use to make this process more successful (I've been told to use eggs, and also beer, but I haven't done it... yet)


Anonymous said...

Have you looked at Nioxin? They sell it at most beauty supply places. I have never tried it myself but have heard good things about it.

Daisy said...

I think I used Nioxin 10-15 years ago. I recall it was costly, at least more so than the kind sold at a grocery store. I stopped because I did not feel there was a difference between the two. However, it was a long time ago and I am not completely if it was indeed Nioxin.


Daisy said...

I have heard of washing one's hair with beer. I've been puzzled by this. Wouldn't the alcohol be damaging to hair? I was tempted to try it years ago.