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Thinning Hair & Shedding
December 20, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 23 Comments

My hair did not have a particularly good summer, or fall for that matter, and I spent a few months casting around – with increasing desperation – for a solution(s) for a mop that was limp, dry and dull. I thought about going back to Nutra-Lift’s Ultra Nutrient Shampoo ($22), with which I have always had good results. Nurture My Body seemed to do nothing for the dry dullness, and Yarok seemed to be reformulating and rebranding.  Increasingly frustrated, I felt that there must be something new out there waiting for me.  And ultimately there was. Thanks to readers' comments and other reviewers, I have devised a new hair regimen that is giving me consistently good hair days – and, I believe, renewed and abundant growth.

Just as I was about to order Nutra-Lift Ultra Nutrient, I remembered that Leslie and others had great results with Nutra-Lift’s Simply Superb Shampoo with Goat’s Milk. It seemed to keep the bounce, but defrizz wavy/curly, colored hair.  Well, as Kim mentioned in her review, if you have dry hair it is a must. It restored my hair back to life with the first wash.

Now, I have to say that while I am very pleased with the way my hair is looking with the help of Simply Superb, I am not in love with the formula. Although it has some great ingredients, there are a couple of dodgy ones as well. And, it stings my eyes – which is a bit of a smoking gun. I think this might be due to tetrasodium EDTA, which animal studies have shown to be an irritant at low doses. Although another culprit could be quaternium-15, an ingredient on Dr Oz’s no list.

There isn’t a companion Simply Superb conditioner. And, frankly, I don’t think most people would need one as this is a rich shampoo in its own right. However, I have been following my showers with a leave in shampoo that is a new find and that I am really loving. Shielo Antioxidant Leave-in Protectant ($20) is a great detangler and is light enough not to drag down my relatively fine hair. Plus it has a great antioxidant formula.

I finish with another excellent find, SenZen’s Drenched & Quenched Scalp Therapy ($42). This is a lightweight, slightly milky liquid that I can best describe as a serum for the hair. Like Shielo, its key ingredient hexapeptide-11. It is derived from yeast, but there isn’t that much information available on it other than it is able to upregulate the androgen receptor gene, binding to it much the way testosterone will. This has led to speculation that hexapeptide-11 may be able to help convert young velus hair into mature hair. Drenched & Quenched is versatile and can be used on the scalp when the hair is wet, or on dry hair. I use it after drying as I find that it actually gives my hair light hold and a little bit of styling control. I love the idea that I have a styling product that is also imparting lots of great ingredients such as antioxidant superoxide dismutase, green tea and apple.

I am still rubbing in a dab of Clearly Emu emu oil ($26-69 in the TIA shop) and copper peptide solution on my hair line, which I have to say is fully restored. But what I am really pleased about is that I have a head of hair that shows no sign of thinning. Last week, I was at a meeting and someone even commented on how thick my hair is looking.

By the way, Junko sent me a bottle of her amazing looking DIY hair oil, so I’m looking forward to experimenting with it over the holidays (thanks Junko!).

Ingredients in Nutra-Lift Simply Superb

Deionized Water (agua), certified organic Non-Pasteurized Goat Milk, Lauramide MIPA, Glycol Stearate, Cocamide MEA, Vegetable Glycerin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis gel, Tetrasodium EDTA, Silk Amino Acids, a natural and organic blend of: Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) Extract, Lemon (Citrus medica limonum) Extract, Pine (Pinus sylvestris) Cone extract, Hops (Humulus lupulus) Extract, Horsetail (Equisetum arvense) Extract; Tocopheryl Acetate, Citric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Guar Hydroxyoropyltrimonium Chloride, Panthenol, Sodium Chloride, Quaternium-15, Chamomile extract, Green Tea, Pomegranate

Ingredients in Shielo

Water, hexapeptide-11, shea butter, lemon fruit extract, sunflower seed extract, cysteine, hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower extract, horsetail extract, golden seal root extract, burdock root extract, hydrolyzed soy protein, apple fruit extract, sugar cane, hydrolyzed rice protein, lemon peel extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein, sodium pca, hydrolyzed wheat starch, mallow flower extract, hydrolyzed algae extract, panthenol, white tea leaf extract, cactus extract, hydrolyzed wheat protein/PVP Crosspolymer, betaine, butylene glycol, cetrimonium chloride, cinnamidopropyltrimonium chloride, dimethicone PEG-8 meadow foamate, hexylene glycol, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, polyquaternium-55, PPG-26-buteth-26, silicone quaternium-3, trideceth-7, trideceth-12, ethylhexylglycerin, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, fragrance

Ingredients in SenZen Drenched and Quenched:

Water(Aqua), Propanediol, Glycerin, Hexapeptide-11, Superoxide Dismutase, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Visnaga Vera Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Extract, Caffeine, Allantoin, Phytantriol, Panthenol Sodium PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, SENZEN Energized Liposomal Blend, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Extract, Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero Ginseng) Root Extract, Montmorillonite (Trace Minerals), Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Mentha Spiicata (Spearmint) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Betaine, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Polysorbate 20, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance (Parfum)

  • April 25, 2011

    by JustD

    Jaysie, I wonder how Rahua might work on salt'n'peppa hair that is drier in frontal areas than at the back and lower areas? I notice that I have three types of hair, wavy on the back side, dry and straight on the areas nearest my face and on the crown, and curly at the nape, so it's a job finding something that appeals to my hair totally. I've tried a few of the lower cost organic shampoos, haven't tried the NutraLift, etc., but I need something that has a light oil base in it.

    I'd like to see what, if anything, this product might be able to do for me. Where can I obtain a sample of this product? My hair's thinned a lot since menopause, but I've been blessed with lots of body, so this may be something I can use. I used Wen for a few years, but had to try something different after my hair stopped responding to it. Thanks for your help!

  • April 22, 2011

    by Jaysie

    Oksana - My hair is also fine textured, but worse yet it's very porous so it soaks up things like crazy. I've found that I can't use Rahua every time I shampoo because the oil in it builds up and frazzles my hair. I've had this issue with other shampoos/conditioners that contain high doses of oils. So I'll have to use Rahua only occasionally or for an event when I'd want my hair to look better than usual, i.e., bigger & fuller.

  • April 21, 2011

    by Oksana

    could not agree more, Jaysie! what a fantastic pair from Rahua. after sampling for about a week, I ended up purchasing both shampoo and conditioner.
    My hair is fine in texture; I am also outgrowing some highlights (now filled w/color). I used to round-brush/blow-dry to smooth out the frizzy parts, but have not needed to do this since I started using Rahua.
    oh! I also stopped using a volumizing spray in the crown of my hair - no need! I have never had so much body from just shampoo and conditioner. An added bonus is the shine Rahua imparts on my locks.
    Highly recommend!

  • April 21, 2011

    by Marta

    Gina, I have a prototype of it and a few to spare. If you'd like to try it, email with your shipping address.

  • April 21, 2011

    by Gina

    Hi Marta,

    Just checking in to see if you had any more info you could share about the new copper peptide you mentioned in your post? Would love to know how it compares to the Skin Biology products since I need to make a purchase soon.


  • April 13, 2011

    by Jaysie

    I'm testing Rahua shamp/cond right now via some samples I received. There are a few negatives for my hair type but I can honestly say I've never gotten such volume from any other product, and I've tried many. If you have strong hair, not fragile like mine, and you want it to look fuller, seek out a sample.

  • April 12, 2011

    by Ana

    Hi Marta!
    Just wanted to say that I've been trying Folligen+Emu Oil+Hair Signals along with the Nutra Lift Antioxidant Shampoo for 3 weeks and although I have yet to see new hair growth I have noticed that my hair loss has slowed down significantly! I no longer cry over fallen hair in the shower, so it is working! :)
    I may have to increase the frequency to view better results, as I am only applying once or twice a week (the combo above makes my hair quite greasy! Maybe I'm overdoing the emu-folligen?), but I am definitely going to purchase a refill when I run out of product.

    Thanks for the excellent recommendations in TIA, it has changed the way I shop for cosmetics for sure.

    PS.- I shopped TIA online with free international shipping and my products arrived fast and in perfect condition. Thank you for the great service!!! I would have never been able to find the products here if not for the TIA shop!

  • February 17, 2011

    by marta

    Anna, Clearly Emu is clearer. There's not much between them - they are both highly refined. But Emuleve is a teensy bit more cloudy.

  • February 16, 2011

    by anna

    hi marta, what is the difference between emuleve and clearly emu? i can't decide which one to buy....

  • February 2, 2011

    by marta

    Ana, I am also trying a product with growth factor made by Reluma that looks as if it has potential. I just started testing this, so I'll have more to say in a few weeks.

  • February 2, 2011

    by Ana

    Hi Marta! Just wondering if you have any news on CP?

    I don't know what's happening but I'm going through some massive hair loss, I sometimes feel I shed my hair like a dog, it's everywhere!
    A stylist once told me that not all people can grow their hair long (mine is long now), can that be true?

  • December 24, 2010

    by marta

    The most effective copper peptides for hair that I have found so far is Hair Signals:
    In the New Year, I hope to have better though so watch this space.

  • December 23, 2010

    by Leslie Wayne

    Thanks Marta. So when and where can we get our hands on some copper peptides?

  • December 23, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Holly, copper peptides and emu oil really help grow hair (much better than Rogaine and Nioxin). You can read more about them here:

    We've also found good shampoos and conditioners that at the very least seem to stop hair falling out so rapidly: Either of the Nutra-Lift shampoos or FNS by Osmotics

  • December 23, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Leslie, the hairline is specifically emu oil and CP. But overall, my hair is looking much thicker and I attribute that to the SenZen (I think the shampoo and leave-in conditioner also really help).

  • December 22, 2010

    by Leslie Wayne

    Hi Marta,

    I just wanna get this straight. You're attributing your replenished hairline to which products exactly? Just the Emu Oil and copper peptide treatment? Or the new additional products as well? And how long did it take you to get that damn hair growth back?!

  • December 22, 2010

    by Holly

    My hair has been thinning for two years. I have tried everything. Lot's of vitamins, Rogaine, soy, and Nioxin. Luckily I had a lot of hair to begin with. If you have products that actually grow back hair as well as help the rest from falling out I wold much appreciate the advise! Thanks Holly

  • December 21, 2010

    by marta

    Hi L, I don't know if you'll get rid of the grey. But the manufacturer of part of the forumula in the Senzen - Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract & Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract & Betaine & Hexylene Glycol & Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract & Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract & Hexapeptide-11 - carried out some tests on one side of the head for five days and noted larger hair "bulbs" as well as participants reporting stronger, softer hair:

  • December 21, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Valerie, it is one that hasn't been launched yet. Hopefully I'll be able to talk about it in the New Year.

  • December 21, 2010

    by L

    What does the SenZen converting young hair to more mature mean?
    I would love something that would turn back the clock and get rid of the gray,
    not the other way around.

  • December 21, 2010

    by Valerie

    What cooper peptide solution do you use?

  • December 20, 2010

    by marta

    Yes - we've just asked them if we can carry it, so should be up in a day or two.

  • December 20, 2010

    by kim


    Do you think you'll sell SenZen Drenched & Quenched in the TIA store?


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