Philip Kingsley’s elasticizer used to be a favourite of mine years and years and years ago. I used it religiously a couple of times a week during my daily GHD-straightening addiction. As a pre-shampoo treatment, it protected my hair from heat, built strength again, made it manageable and less prone to breakages.
It ended up being one of the casualties in my silicone-elimination-diet – out went the daily straightening and all silicone-based hair products. Silicone is said to coat hair and prevent any conditioning products getting in to treat hair, thereby leaving hair dryer in the long run. During my silicone-free phase, I cannot say with certainty that the condition of my hair improved significantly, and whether this was down to cutting out silicone or cutting out the daily straightener-addiction.
Admittedly, too much silicone did weigh my hair down, but I now think a little silicone isn’t going to do any harm. After all, if it doesn’t let anything in then it also won’t let anything out – offering protection of any moisture that is already in the hair.
So, this little baby is back in my bathroom. I’ve used it 3 times in the past couple of weeks, and my hair has dried faster, it’s not been as frizzy, and there is a bounce and softness to it that has been missing for some time. I’ve had so many compliments on how healthy my hair is looking, and I have to attribute some of the credit to the elasticizer. Some, I say, because I have been taking some mega hair vitamins (yup they’re called mega hair vitamins! from holland & barrett – a tale for another day).
You can buy the award-winning the pre-shampoo treatment here for £16 for a 75ml tube, which will easily last you 6 months if used a couple of times a month.
Give it a try and let me know what you think. My bestie swears by it, as do some of the girls at work who’ve recently been introduced to it 🙂