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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.