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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.
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.
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 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!
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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.