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The FNS range of hair growth products is made Osmotics, better known for its anti-aging products such as Renovage eye cream and the foundation that isn't a foundation, Inner Light (now my constant companion). As October is Breast Awareness month, Osmotics have bundled a limited edition trio of hair growth products that were devised in collaboration with St Luke's Breast Cancer Hospital. We've scored some - shampoo, conditioner and serum - for the Truth In Aging store at $85 (value $114). This weekend, I started using the shampoo and conditioner (I'll get around the serum when I've finished my test of Nioxin) and they may be in line to join the next update of our Five Best sudsers.
Before anyone asks, the FNS shampoo and conditioner are great for chemically colored hair. By the time I'd finished with the hairdryer, my blond highlights positively dazzled. For instant gratification (let's face it, we all crave it), the hair is given a really nice lift that makes it look ten years younger. But the real point of FNS is to help hair grow faster.
Osmotics FNS Revitalizing Shampoo ($21) and Osmotics FNS Revitalizing Conditioner ($21) are all about vitamins. Laminaria cloustonii is kelp and an antioxidant, as well as a source of vitamin E. There are several other vitamins including C and niacin, a member of the B family and associated with hair growth. Beta carotene from carrot is a precursor to vitamin E and A. Cucumber is a source of natural silica, essential for healthy hair.
FNS shampoo isn't all squeaky clean. It has three ingredients - Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, and Oleth-10 - that can all potentially be contaminated and become carcinogenic. Same for diazolidinyl urea in the conditioner. One assumes that there is no danger of contamination with ingredients sourced by Osmotics. There are also parabens, which are xenoestrogens and associated with cancer.
The FNS Follicle Nutrient Serum, however, does not contain parabens. I shall start testing its cocktail of 18 amino acids very shortly and report back.
Ingredients in shampoo ($19)
Purified Water, Sodium Lauryl Sarcosinate, Decyl Glucoside, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Glycerine, Glycol Stearate And Stearamide Amp, Aloe Vera Gel, Oleth-10, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Algae Extract (Laminaria Cloustonii Extract), Wheat Amino Acid, Palmitate (Vitamin A), Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Avocado Extract, Carrot Extract, Cucumber Extract, Ginseng Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Citric Acid, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben
Ingredients in conditioner ($24)
Purified Water, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Wheat Amino Acids, Panthenol (Vitamin B-5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Cucumis Sativus Extract, Rosemarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Moroccan) Essential Oil, Niacin, Polyquaternium-10, Glycerine, Diazolidinyl Urea/Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium Edta.
Ingredients in serum ($68)
Purified Water, SDA-40 Alcohol, Nylon-12, Glycerine, Lactic Acid, Glucose, Ascorbic Acid, D-Biotin (Vitamin H), Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate, Folic Acid, Myo-Inositol, Nicotinic Acid (Niacinamide), Paba, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine, Riboflavin, Thiamine, Alpha-Tocopherol Phosphate, Vitamin B12, L-Alanine, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Cysteine, L-Glutamine, Glycine, L-Histidine, L-Isoleucine, L-Leucine, L-Lysine, L-Methionine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Proline, L-Serine, L-Threonine, L-Tryptophan, L-Tyrosine, L-Valine, Inorganic Salts, Tetrahydrocurcumin, Carbomer, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract (Cinnulin PF®), Oleth-10, Sodium Bicarbonate, Bergamia Essential Oil, Polyquaternium-10, Oleth-10, Nisaplin, Sodium EDTA, Tromethamine.