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  • Better than the adverts
  • Doesn't really do anything...
  • Smells a bit clinical
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      25.07.2015 20:33
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      • "Hair is calmer"

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      • Expensive

      If it's good enough for Audrey Hepburn...

      This product won the InStyle Best Beauty Buys 2013 for being the "Best Deep Conditioning Mask".

      But what does / can it do?
      The mask adds serious strength to damaged hair and helps reduce breakage. If your hair is extremely dry and broken lengths, you can do a weekly treatment. If you wrap your hair in some cling-film or a hot towel to retain heat while the mask is on it'll encourage the nourishing ingredients to penetrate.

      How much should be used?
      A 50 p sized puddle is enough to treat the ends and lengths of my hair.

      It's been around a while... (also a name dropping moment)
      This elasticiser product won Sunday Times Style Awards 2014 Winner. But it has a history that spans back more than just a year or so! Philip Kingsley Elasticizer was originally created by Philip Kingsley specifically for Audrey Hepburn, who wanted a super-moisturising treatment that would repair her hair and keep it in great condition throughout the frequent colouring and styling done to her hair on movie sets.

      But what on earth is it?
      This is a pre-shampoo intensive moisturising treatment that delivers elasticity, bounce and shine to hair. Also provides UV protection even after washing, helping prolong the life of colour treated hair. Visible results from one application that improves with continued use.

      My thoughts
      This product is fragrance free and I have had many free tubes through beauty boxes. I use mine after washing my hair, sparingly although it can be used before as a treatment. It is a weird milky consistency and slightly sticky but does disappear when added to towel dried hair.

      When not to use it...
      It is worth noting that it is not advised to use this product for three days before and three days after any chemical processing.

      Price
      Feel Unique sell a massive bottle of this (500ml) for £58 but smaller sizes are available.

      Final word
      I tried this and it was OK on my hair as a post shampoo treatment but it was not completely amazing for me. It has no fragrance so does not add any special smell to my hair. I used it more because I had it in the house and like to put something protective on my towel dry hair before blow drying it. I would not shell out for this massive size and it would probably last me a life time!

      PS> Ingredients
      - Natural Castor Oil & Olive Oil: Locks in moisture for bounce & shine.
      - Silicones: Smoothes and adds shine.
      - Elastin: Strength and elasticity.
      - Glycerine and Glycol: Moisture retention.

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      15.04.2015 14:52
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      • "Makes my hair soft after use"

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      • "Doesn't really do anything..."
      • "Give my hair a lank and greasy feeling"

      Not Entirely Sure What It's For...

      I received a tube of this in a beauty advent calendar, I'm absolutely not interested in my hair as long as it's clean and brushed so I've only just used it (and only then as I'm desperately trying to get the level of toiletries scattered around the house down).

      I've used the full tube now and am not really sure what I'm supposed to think. It's time consuming as you have to apply it before shampooing and leave it in your hair for 25 minutes, as a mum who struggles to time the school run properly even after fifteen years of doing that's far too much time - I just don't have a spare 25 minutes in my morning before I have to set off to school and as that's when I shower and wash my hair this is a bit of an awkward product really.

      I've managed to get the applications in over the Easter holiday and really the best thing about using it is that I've managed to get rid of a tube out of the bathroom. It doesn't do very much at all for my hair other than make it feel softer after washing, I still have to use conditioner every time as my hair is as knotty as ever while being dried but the Elasticizer definitely has a slight conditioning effect.

      It also has a lankening effect, although this is only mild, but my hair is definitely weighed down by it despite the fact I used it only on the length of my hair and nowhere near my scalp (as recommended by Philip Kingsley for finer than average hair).

      After using the Elasticizer my hair felt greasy, it didn't look it and actually had a rather nice shine but I didn't like the slightly dirty feeling left on my hair afterwards.

      £27 a pot is a ridiculous price for something that doesn't really do anything other than add extra time to my already rushed morning routine. Available in Selfridges and places like that, where the ladies of leisure shop...

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      15.02.2015 10:57
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      • conditioning

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      • "difficult to wash out"
      • expensive

      I'm unable to see what the fuss is all about...

      After seeing numerous screenings about this product on QVC, raving about how this is a 'miracle product' I thought I would test this out for myself. It's claimed that Elasticizer delivers a rush of moisture to the hair’s cuticle; suppleness, elasticity and bounce appear instantly without weighing down the hair. I have shoulder length hair which has a tendency to get dry at the ends.

      I purchased a super sized, 1 litre version off QVC for around £50. The 1 litre version comes in a large cylindrical bottle with a pump dispenser - which I found I was unable to lock. This is a pre-shampoo treatment, which is generously applied to damp hair. The guide time for treatment is between 10-20 minutes, but it can be used for longer or shorter depending on circumstances.

      The product comes out easily through the pump, and I find 3 pumps is enough to cover my whole hair. The product itself is a thick white cream, it has a very mild,almost clinical smell -which I don't find unpleasant. The cream is smooth to touch and is not sticky or overly greasy like some masques. It feels expensive and I find it easy to distribute through the lengths of my hair. Once I have applied the treatment, I tie my hair up and leave it for around 30 minutes before my shower.

      When washing this out, I have found it requires 2 rinses with shampoo to completely get rid of any residue of this product. With just one wash, the hair around and underneath my temples and ears can be very limp and greasy. With 2 washes there is no residue left on the hair.

      Once washed and styled as usual, my hair does feel a little softer and shiner, but not dramatically different to before. Perhaps my expectations are higher after seeing so many shows on QVC about it! It doesn't make my hair get greasy quickly or leave any fragrance on my hair, which is a positive thing. However I just don't think the results justify the expense of this high- end treatment. I feel you can get similar results on the high street for a fraction of the cost.

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      04.11.2014 23:46
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      • "Transforms hair"
      • "Better than the adverts"
      • "Amazing hair"

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      • "Smells a bit clinical"

      Someone is keeping a secret, it ain't gonna be me!

      My eyes were opened only this month to this gorgeous hair product. I really don't know how I went so long without it, all I can think is that people have been keeping this a secret, but not me no way. You have to know how good this product is.
      I thought I would never find 'that' product that does what the adverts say and more.
      I am one of those people that roll their eyes at the ludicrous claims the TV, magazines and polls say about hair technology and all the added jargon until my friends, I found this product.

      This product aims to intensely moisturize your hair at the cuticle to prevent damage and splitting your hair which occurs in poor condition, and when stretched, especially after washing.
      Without adding extra weight, the product coats your hair and gives it shine and bounce.
      This is clear to see as the product says,just after one application you will see and feel the results, and they ain't lying.
      For the best results please, please, follow the directions to the letter.
      You are to leave it on wet hair before you shampoo for 20 minutes, so its a pre-conditioning product. Massage into your scalp and if your able to [because its pricey] use the range of products for full impact.
      For my first application I only followed the directions on one product and not any other products of the range but if this is the results with only one product from the range, I can't imagine what using the whole range will do!
      You need to put this product on for the direct amount of time in my opinion, five minutes less won't do.
      Take time out of the hustle and bustle of life, have a cup of coffee or two or three and let the product do its work.
      Leaving your hair visibly soft, silky and shiny, I honestly felt like I had salon results at home.

      THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT- Do not put this product on two days before or after you have dyed your hair. This is hair technology, we can only imagine how horrific the results may be for us and mankind, okay just for us.
      My hair is dyed [that's our secret right?] and after a week of dying my hair I used this product and it was fine. The X-files won't come after you.
      After that drama use twice a week for great results.

      This product might leave a dent in your wallet but believe me it is worth it. Shop around online for some great deals because they are out there.

      So if you have problem hair ie: Damaged hair, dry, fine hair, frizzy hair, limp or weak hair this will be amazing for you.
      Head to the Philip Kingsley website where the information on hair heaven continues and you can see the whole range and testimonies.
      I love this product and cannot see myself turning to any other product for a while yet. I know what I'm asking for this Christmas:)

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      30.07.2013 21:05
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      Miracle worker for hair in need

      *Updated 19.08.2013*

      According to their website, Philip Kingsley coined the phrase 'bad hair day'. Their products focus on hair and scalp health. The company was started by Philip Kinglsey in the 1960's and they are situated in London and New York. Philip, who is a qualified trichologist (scientists that deals with hair and scalp problems wikepedia tells me) is still at the helm! Audrey Hepburn was a big fan of the company's breakout product - the elasticiser, which I am reviewing today.

      Price

      I bought the Phillip Kingsley elasticizer 150ml tub for £30 off ebay, although I have seen it since for cheaper than that. Searching again on ebay there are also much cheaper ways to 'try (almost) before you buy' this product and you can get travel size options much cheaper if you don't want to dedicate yourself to the hefty price tag of the 150ml tub. As with most products online however I would check you are buying from a reputable buyer first so you know it is the real thing and not a cheap imitation.

      Packaging

      The tub is clear and plastic with a white lid and purple writing on the side (including instructions). The tub although clear is slightly frosted so you can't see fully into the tub. This tub comes in a neatly package box. Whilst the packaging is slick and looks from afar minimalistic and sleek there is actually a lot of writing on the tub. There are fairly long instructions for the product (even though application is straight forward) and the writing is light purple, very small and on a clear plastic background which make it a bit hard to read.

      The tub is made out of very thick and good quality plastic which is reassuring as if you drop it I doubt it would break (but please don't try this!) This is also a little bit of a downfall as it means less product in the tub than first appears. As it comes in a tub however you can get every last bit out and to apply I just dip my hand in!

      Application

      Application is straightforward (despite the long instructions). The product comes with a shower cap and instructions tell you to use the product on a regular basis by applying cream to wet hair then leaving for 10-20 minutes. As the cream is fairly thick it doesn't drip too much which saves wastage again. The manufacturers are unclear on what they mean a regular basis - to me once a week is regular enough but to another person regular could mean every day or every month!

      Quality/Results

      When I began using this product my hair was literally like straw and had broken off in several places from over-dying and over-styling. Using this product for twice a week initially (one application of 20/30 minutes and one overnight application) I saw gradual but dramatic improvement in my hair's strength and health. I have short-mid length hair and the tub for me lasted 8 applications before having to purchase another one (although for people with longer and thicker hair - mine is fine - I would recommend more is used).
      In light of this, although the product is expensive I feel it has been worth it. Now my hair is in much better condition I leave it for a monthly/6 weekly treat. As I also use other protein based products I feel this si enough.

      For me this due to the results it gives I would definitely buy again. I love my curling tongues and bleach too much to give this one up!!

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      20.04.2013 14:59
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      good, but i'm still looking for better

      Although expensive, this is probably one of my most loved hair masques in my collection. I love the packaging, a large tub with a huge amount of product in it, which doesn't look too fancy, or too cheap and goes very nicely with my ever growing collection of bedroom products.

      The masque itself is a creamy white gloop, which you are advised to use by wetting hair, sectioning and then applying. After leaving it on for 20 minutes, then wash hair thoroughly and continue to style as normal. I try and apply this nearly every time I wash my hair, and preferably for much longer than 20 minutes (i've sometimes slept with it in) and I feel that the bounce and shine it adds to my hair is unparamount.

      My only complaint is that I feel it doesn't necessarily treat my hair from within, mine is quite dry and over time has been damaged from heat styling, and on days when i wash hair without this product (I wash my hair once a week, twice at most) it is just nowhere near as nice, and for this reason I am still looking for something better.

      All in all, a great product if you have time for using it!

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        16.03.2012 12:46

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        Not as good as other products from Philip Kingsley range

        Three 20ml satchets of elsticizer are included in the Philip kingsley jet set kits. Mine came with the jet set body & shine kit which I ordered slightly discounted from QVC. My hair if very fine but also dried out from years of colouring so decided to give it a go to see how it would live up to other hair treatments I have used in the past. For fine hair only a little is needed & should be applied only to mid to end lengths of hair, I use around a 2p coin sized amount so one satchet lasts me around five treatments though of course more would be needed for thicker hair. Its applied before shampooing & works better if head is then covered with a shower cap. On the packet it does advise to leave on for 5 minutes though I always leave mine on for 10. It should then be rinsed off & hair then shampooed & conditioned. It does leave hair feeling strengthened & does improve the condition of hair slightly but I do not rate this as high as other Philip kingsley products I've tried as the results are not too great despite the hefty price tag of a full size tub.

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        27.09.2010 18:16
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        Does what it says

        This at first glance can seem a very expensive hair conditioner yet really this is far from the truth.

        This is what I would call a hair mask, it's a very thick texture, slimy to touch yet spreads easily into the hair.

        Only place this on the ends or shaft of hair, not the roots, as it would be a waste of product and make your hair rather oily.

        The product is meant to be on your hair for at least half an hour before washing out. Basically you could put it on your hair before you have a leisurely shower or bath, then wash your hair as you normally do. It washes out easily leaving no sticky residue.

        I have very thick hair so found this product made my hair even thicker which may be desired by you but not me.

        I wanted a hair mask that repaired my dry damaged hair which this says it does.

        It does smooth the texture of the hair but also thickens so if this is what you want it's great.

        But to be honest how many of us remember to put in such a product before bathing?

        My big tub is sat on my bathroom shelf, I do use it but only when my hair is so bad I have to do something.

        You can get it in various sizes, including a one off sachet, and in two hair types so I reccomend you try the sachet first to see if it suits you.

        Its always available on QVC and if you love it they do a litre size every few months in a pump dispenser.

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      • Product Details

        Pre-shampoo conditioning treatment. Healthy hair stretches when wet before returning to its original length when dry. However hair in poor condition snaps and breaks when stretched. Intensely moisturising Elasticizer delivers a rush of moisture to the hair's cuticle; suppleness, elasticity and bounce appear instantly without weighing down or coating the hair. Visible results from one application that improve with continued use. Fragrance free. Use once a week as a minimum for best results. To use: For best results use regularly. Before shampooing, wet hair and apply in sections. Work into hair with finger tips. Cover with a plastic cap and leave for 10-20 minutes before washing. Rinse well. Finer hair textures apply sparingly through mid lengths and ends. Hair fact: Hair can burn, like skin, you just can't feel it. Hair needs the same level of UV protection as skin.