Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Extreme
After having more and more medications added to the daily list for my spinal problems, it’s began to take its toll on my hair. About 10 years ago I used to have to ask my hairdresser to thin it out at the sides as it was so thick and wild, sadly those days are no more!
Our hair changes as we age too and mine has got a little finer over time, but with the added years of mega doses of various pharmaceuticals and ill health my hair isn’t just fine… it’s less than fine! It’s limp, thin and then it started to suffer from breakage at the back and sides. I admit, it is chemically treated but I have a lot of products to look after my blonde and the last few months I’ve only had my roots foiled and left the length to recover.
A horrendous Marc h this year involved being taken into A&E by my other half as I’d lost the feeling down the left side of my body coupled with severe spinal pains. I was admitted into hospital for a week and hooked up to intravenous Morphine, Fentanyl and Oxycontin, these (as well as other meds) vacate your system through the skin and hair too, the day of discharge saw me sporting leather-like, red and sore skin and then a few months later in the hairdressers my hair lifted to a ‘Tango’ orange colour instead of its usual ash blonde and had to be re-foiled to get it to lift more.
I try not to take Morphine tablets unless my pain is uncontrollable by my other drugs, because of all the side effects I have with my skin and hair. The problem was very noticeable at the back of my head, there was a line straight across where my hair had broken off, more recently I’ve noticed the sides have suffered as well and a bit at the front where my side parting starts. My hairdresser pops a few foils at the back on the length of my hair so we can cover-up how noticeable the past breakage was and gradually that part is getting better.
With the above on my mind and also making me feel very self-conscious, I’d been on the look-out for a more specialised treatment when I stumbled upon a few reviews of Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer and instantly bought some!
As my mane is in such a bad way I chose the ‘Elasticizer Extreme’ which they say is for extremely dry, porous and very thirsty hair. And also ‘Specifically formulated for African-Caribbean or Caucasian hair that is exceptionally processed and damaged’
From the Philip Kingsley website –
|Hair Problem||Damaged Hair, Dry Hair, Frizzy Hair, Hair Breakage, Processed Hair, Weak Hair|
|Hair Need||Conditioning, Elasticity, Hydration, Replenishment, Shine, Smoothing, Strengthening, Sun/UV Protection|
Well, that certainly sounds like some-one who is describing my hair!
It claims to provide instant replenishment, hydration and nourishment. Three things that I am in definite need of. The ‘Extreme’ version has all the components of the standard Elasticizer but in higher active doses. It does say not suitable for fine (non-processed) hair but I thought I would give this version a go first and if it wasn’t for me then I’ve already ordered a tube of the usual formula!
I used it for the first time this weekend and I have only good things to say about it! The tub is going to be long-lasting as well, so it really is value for money. I used most from just the inside of the lid! I dampened my hair, applied it to the length and, as per the instructions, paid extra attention to the damaged areas. Then just worked it in with my fingertips and covered it with the plastic cap, which was included, for about 20 minutes then went through my usual hair wash routine and ended with some Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Toner (which is another brilliant product that works wonders!)
My hair feels so much more smooth and silkier, definitely more nourished and the chemical-treated area of my hair, where I have a half-head of foils, seems stronger already. I’ll be using it twice a week as a treatment but you can use it two other ways as well – 1. On slightly damp hair overnight and 2. For a couple of minutes when in the shower.
I have high-hopes that this fabulous Philip Kingsley product will live up to what it says it does and will improve my hair overall, ease the amount of breakage and give me back the elasticity I’ve lost from all medication side effects. The positive reviews and articles on how great this treatment is are justified. My only wish is that I had started using it sooner.
I just want my ‘boing’ back!
This is my initial review but I’ll be doing a follow-up write-up after a fair amount of time using this product so I can give you more detailed information of how it has (hopefully!) helped me and my poorly hair.
So far, so good though and I can already see a difference. It’s all pointing towards a positive with this tub of follicle-healing wonderstuff!