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If you browse through my reviews (and also those which I read/rate..!) there is a definite trend towards those reviews that relate to hair products. I'm really not vain (no...really...!) I just find that my hair starts to look dry and tattered quite soon after a visit to the salon.
I decided about 6 months that it was time to do something about this frustrating trend, so I binned the expensive and hair-stripping high-lights and went for a semi-permanent brown. I also binned the GHDs (well...didn't literally bin them...they just are now turned on less often!) to avoid the "direct heat" damage.
And thus began my quest to find the best products to nourish, moisturise, strengthen and generally glossify my hair!
Fekkai's Protein Rx PM Repair Strengthener (snappy name) caught my eye as it is apparently "the ultimate reparative treatment for dry, brittle or broken hair". Yes! That's me!
~~Sounds fancy. What's it all about??~~
This product is part of Frédéric Fekkai's Protein Rx Treatment range. I have spent quite some time trying to figure out exactly what Protein Rx actually is, but sadly to no avail! The key feature seems to be that it contains soy and milk proteins.
Proteins are made up of amino acids - whilst some of these are produced by the body, others are obtained from external sources (ie food, drink and protein hair treatments...!). As the hair follicle is made from protein, the strength and health of the hair can be impacted by protein intake.
There is also evidence that applying protein directly to the hair has good effects (more on this later!)
Finally, the PM part of the product name refers to the fact that you apply it in the evening before you go to bed (and then wash it off in the morning!).
~~How to use~~
The packaging says that the product should be applied 2-3 times per week before bedtime. The product should be spread evenly from roots to ends. There is frustratingly no guidance on how much of the product to use, but I find that about 5 pumps-worth of product is about right for my shoulder-length, very fine hair.
Don't use the product unless you're planning to wash your hair the next morning, as the product does make your hair look quite greasy.
~~Texture, consistency and scent~~
Unlike other overnight treatments that I've tried, the Protein Rx PM treatment has quite a light consistency. This makes it great for me as my hair really is so fine and easily weighed down. Products that I've tried in the past have made my hair look greasy, even after shampooing in the morning.
The product is white coloured, which is generally fairly unoffensive. It also has a very light, almost vanilla-y scent, which is great for bedtime as I definitely wouldn't want to use something with a nasty whiff which would keep me awake all night!
The product is sold in a plastic pump bottle. The bottle is white coloured so this brings the usual frustrations of not being able to see how much product you have used/have left. The pump mechanism means that you can easily portion the amount of product that you use. However, I have an inkling that it may be difficult to finish the bottle without cutting it open.
The bottle is not recyclable and comes in a cardboard box, which seems to me to be unnecessary packaging, but at least the box is recyclable.
I have been using the product for about 2 weeks now. I definitely feel like my hair is stronger and less dry and straw-like. However, I have been taking better care of my hair in general and it's likely that this product is only one of several things that are making my hair healthier. That said, I started using other products before adding this one to the list and it has made a noticeable difference in the past 2 weeks.
It would be interesting to see how this product works without the moisturising mask and the lovely Fekkai glossing cream.
~~This all sounds very fancy...so how much does it cost??~~
The price tag is humungous on this product - £64 on Amazon! Whilst I do think that the product works, it's probably not worth that amount of money unless you're rolling in it (which I am not...!). I would suggest waiting until it's on offer, or get a discount from a store in which it is sold. I bought the product in Space NK but it is also sold in John Lewis, Amazon and various online stores.
Would you like the results without the price tag? Well there seem to be quite a few do it yourself solutions for protein hair masks. If you google it then several come up - the DIY treatments usually include raw eggs, and a few other protein masks also come up. This includes the Fekkai Protein Mask (not an overnight treatment), which costs a slightly less painful £24. I have also purchased this, so will be reviewing it once I've used it a few times.
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