Regular readers may remember my recent Hair Mask Showdown post where I threw the newest hair mask in my stash into the mix and promised I’d put it through its paces and come back with a review for you all. Well, here it is; my thoughts on the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer.
The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is one of the most raved about products in the hair care world and the one that I’ve heard the most talked about from the Philip Kingsley brand.
The Elasticizer is a pre-shampoo treatment that was originally created for Audrey Hepburn who was looking for a hair treatment that would be super moisturising whilst repairing her hair and keeping it in great condition through the frequent colouring and styling her would go through on film sets.
For an intensive moisturising treatment, the Elasticizer has a surprisingly light texture and is free from any fragrance. Being lightweight makes it easy to work through the hair as it needs to be applied when the hair is just damp (before shampooing) but it is thick enough to give you the placebo effect while you’re applying it, as it feels as though it is working from the first application.
As a pre-shampoo treatment, I find that the longer I leave this on my hair the better the results so where possible, I apply it through my hair when it is slightly damp, pop on the plastic shower cap that comes with it and leave it on my hair overnight, washing it off in the shower the next morning before shampooing my hair.
If I don’t have the time, I’ll just apply it and leave it to work for the half an hour or so before I get in the bath, while its running. It is really easy to wash out with warm water and I must say, the results are instant. I’ve been using this once a week.
However I’m sorry to report that I really don’t think that the Elasticizer lives up to its claims; I’ve heard that it is a fantastic hair mask with results that improve the condition of the hair but in all honesty, I don’t find that it really does that much to my hair. It does leave my hair a bit softer to the touch and a bit shinier but I can get that with a mask from the supermarket for a fraction of the price. I do think it does work more effectively, the longer you leave the mask on before showering but I haven’t always got the time for that. I have a feeling that this would be better on girls who have far drier hair than I do or for damaged hair.
I bought mine from Feel Unique for the 150ml tub. There’s also a 75ml tube available if you’re just wanting to try it, a 500ml if you love it or a 1000ml if you REALLY love it!
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Have you tried the Elasticizer- what did you think of it? What is your favourite hair mask?