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My haircare regime- February 2010

February 15, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 12 Comments

The most notable change to my haircare regime since I last wrote about it is that the Osmotics FNS range plays a starring role. I am using the shampoo, conditioner and the serum, all of which contribute to growing thicker stronger hair. The new regular is emu oil, now that I have found Uniquely Emu, a source of triple refined oil that is effective and pleasant to use. Although, these are currently my regime staples, I am still in the company of some old favorites - about which I'll come back to.

Until I found Osmotics FNS Serum ($69), my go-to for a thinning hairline wasFolligen Cream ($22). But FNS trumps it for encouraging hair growth that is stronger and less wispy than what I've experienced with Folligen. Plus FNS is little easier to use (when the pump works, which it didn't on the first bottle I tried).

Whereas Folligen uses copper peptides, the FNS serum majors on amino acids. I believe that there are 18 amino acids in human hair and they are all here in this serum. I addition, I wasn’t surprised to find an antioxidant favorite of Osmotics, tetrahydrocurcumin. FNS serum is also big on B vitamins: B6 (pyridoxine), Myo-insitol, which has been shown to strengthen the cells of the hair, helping it to retain moisture, serving as a humectant and antistatic agent, niacinamide, thiamine and riboflavin (B2).

I have blonde highlights and the FNS shampoo ($24) and conditioner ($26) are great for chemically colored hair. My blond highlights positively dazzle. 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.

FNS Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner 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.

Before I apply the FNS serum to my damp scalp before drying, I rub in some emu oil. I long ago gave up on Skin Biology's smelly version that looks like untreated chicken fat. Uniquely Emu ($25 for Clearly Emu in the TIA shop) has one that is triple refined, called Emuleve ($25), which the makers say is more effective and it is a nice, clear oil that is easy to use. Emu oil has been shown to assist in hair growth and a study found that 80% of hair follicles that had been asleep were woken up by applications of emu oil and began growing hair (on mice; I am not aware of a human study).

I am still washing my hair every other day and find that I need a break from Osmotics at least once a week or my hair starts to look a little heavy. On those days, I still reach very happily for Nutra-Lift shampoo ($22). I am still using John Masters Organics styling gel to tamper down any frizzy, flyaway hair.

One thing that I have recently been using, but no longer recommend is Pure Radiance Infuse. I found the exact formula (thanks to Kim) in a product called Nourish Follicle Stimulator, which sells for $18.95 compared to $49.95 for Infuse. I am also giving Kronos Phyx a miss these days as well, since the formula is dominated by behentrimonium chloride.

Finally, I still love my Sedu Revolution Tourmaline hairdryer.

  • August 4, 2010

    by Ellen

    Hi. I, like Ash, don't understand how the Emu Oil or/and the Folligen don't leave hair greasy. Has anyone with baby fine hair used either or both of these? I've tried them on my eyelids but they seep into my eyes and sting so gets wiped off. Anyone have advice for me?

  • June 30, 2010

    by Junko

    Naja, FNS works slowly. Read Marta's article where FNS recommends 6 months use: I'm at the end of 4 now and not using it solo either.

  • June 30, 2010

    by Naja

    Hi Marta, Junko & Julie,

    Thanks for your responses. I'll probably try the FNS Serum since it's not copper-based.

    In the past, I have taken hair supplements and applied high quality copper serum and emu oil to the affected area without any success. For whatever reason, neither my face nor scalp has responded well to copper-based products.


  • June 27, 2010

    by Julie Kay

    I used Folligen w emu oil THREE times only on my hairline (stopped because of smell) and it did work- I got new growth, significant growth wherever it was applied. It was all soft and downy. I'm trying to talk myself into using it at least the night before I'm going to wash my hair... ~jk

  • June 27, 2010

    by Junko

    Naja ~ actually I find it to be completely the opposite. Folligen will make my hair dry even with the Emu oil. The FNS Serum has reversed this and makes my hair silky at the temples.

  • June 27, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Naja, I don't find FNS drying at all. But then my hair, if anything, tends to be a little oily.

    Has anyone else found it to be drying?

  • June 27, 2010

    by Naja


    Due to past breakage, the hairline on my right temple area is thinner than my left. I am concerned about the high amount of alcohol in the Osmotics FNS Serum. I have dry, ethnic, chemically straightened and color treated hair. I usually avoid alcohol based products like the plague.

    Is the formulation drying?



  • May 20, 2010

    by marta

    Hi Ash. If you are using emu oil in a small area where you can rub it into the scalp, eg the hairline, then after the shower is fine. If you want to rub it all over your head, then you can use it as a night mask (as Junko does) but you'll have to shower the next morning. Or put it on 15 minutes before your shower and then rinse off.

  • May 20, 2010

    by ash

    Hi Martha,
    Long time since I posted, but Iam back;).

    Please explain in more detail on how you apply the emu oil. You wrote that you apply it after a shower? Does that not make the hair oily? I have fine thin hair. I shower usually at night and style my hair inthe mornings before work. What would you suggest I apply the oil (I already bought it from the TIA store). Your comments are much appreciated.

  • February 16, 2010

    by marta

    Emu oil is very close to human sebum so is easily absorbed so it makes sense to apply it first. There is nothing in that would interfere with another product. Osmotics don't recommend it one way or another - this is just my personal regime.

  • February 16, 2010

    by Liz Wagner

    You use a triple refined emu oil which actually has taken out the majority of the natural synergy and goodness of the oil. You should use a natural pure Australian oil with oil the natural synergy preserved, you would have much better results. Y-Not Natural produce a full range of Pure Australian Emu Oil and Emu Oil Products including shampoo and conditioner. Try these and be amazed by the results.

  • February 15, 2010

    by aersim

    Marta --

    Why do you put the emu oil on before the FNS serum? Why not after? Is this something they suggest? Would the oil interfere with the effect of the FNS?

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