Friday, December 2, 2011

Henna 'n' Placenta (wha?) hair treatment

Oh yes I did....  While perusing a chemist in Stillorgan a couple of weeks ago, my eyeballs fell upon this packet of I don't know what.  I pulled a face of disgust and horror as I simultaneously reached forward wide-eyed and automatically picked it up to quickly scan the back of it, already knowing I was totally buying it.  Surely they must be pretending with the placenta.  Surely they can't be asking you to put that gick in your hair.  I thought all of these things whilst making my way to part with €1.99 for this hair treatment.  I figured it'd give you all a good laugh to hear of me putting placenta into my hair.  And do you know what?  If it's good enough for Tom Cruise to eat this gick (totes not true but I love me some gossip) then I can try it in my hair for you good people.

See? I wasn't making it up
Combing two of nature's most complete conditioners (really?) natural henna and natural placenta (extract), it strengthens and repairs hair that you've murdered due to overprocessing, heat damage and just not minding it like you should.  It's like it was speaking to me...  Especially since I dyed my hair again the other day and for once the conditioner that came with the dye didn't do anything for my poor locks.

The information out there about using placenta extract in cosmetics is pretty scarce, and a few articles I read suggests that there's not a lot of proof that it does anything at all.  It's a source of protein and hormones and while I get that protein is what's needed to strengthen hair, I'm not sure about the idea of having extra hormones around me but I figured, it's going on my hair once and I'm not putting it near my roots.

It smells nice enough and is a pearly white conditioner that just looks relatively normal.  Except we know it's not... *shudder*


The pack instructs us to use a full pack on washed and towel dried hair.  I used half a pack just to see how it went.  It says to leave it in for ten minutes and for best results to warm the hair for ten minutes.  I left it in for twenty minutes while starting this post and wasn't bothered to get my hairdryer out for the ten minutes.  After the twenty minutes was up, I rinsed it out of my hair thoroughly.  Usually when I'm rinsing a treatment out of my hair, I can feel a difference right away, like some of the product has stuck to my hair and I know it's going to make it really soft.  However, I didn't feel anything nice or smooth when rinsing it out, it felt like I'd done nothing to it but I kept rinsing and couldn't wait to dry it and see what the story was.

First of all, I barely needed to brush it when it was wet there were so few tangles.  That was a positive sign.  It was as I was drying it that I started to feel the difference in my hair.  It dried quickly and there was nary any frizz to be found except for the very ends, the deadest part of my hair that needs to be chopped off very soon.  My hair didn't feel weighed down or like there was any residue left, just glossy, swishy and healthy.  It doesn't feel much stronger though and that's what this treatment is supposed to be all about.

Would I buy it again?  I don't think so.  It didn't amaze me enough to say "that's it, that's the conditioner for me forever" and it still gives me the oogely boogelys when it comes to the placenta part.

Have you put sheep's placenta extract in your hair or am I alone in my lunacy to achieve gorgeous locks (if I left my bloody hair alone for a few months my hair would be grand but I can't stop doing stuff to it!)
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13 comments

  1. I remember seeing a similar shampoo with placenta back in my childhood and I thought it was disgusting! But then again, I guess it's packed with nutrients, so shouldn't be that bad... But still... You were brave!

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  2. I feel a little bit ill Karen. Agree with above poster, you're a brave woman!

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  3. Karen should have taken a pic of my mams face when she read what it was called. V funny!!

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  4. i am amazed that you put this stuff into your hair, i feel nauseous just to the thought of it!
    all in the name of science i guess! kudos for that, see that's why i could never be a beauty blogger :) great post!xox

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  5. I dunno about brave ladies, more like a kamikaze blogger! It must have been the scientist in moi trying to get out (or just plain stupidity) hehe See what I do for you guys?!

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  6. I bought something simular to this today after vaguely remembering seeing a tweet about it. I'll let yo know how I find it too.picked it up in shaws in a small vial type container for 1.99 rachelle x

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  7. Honestly that is hilarious! I totally appreciate the quest for something to moisturise poor over processed locks I'm doing it myself at the moment. I got recommended Dark and Lovely Cholesterol mask left on for an hour, it is excellent actually!

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  8. I use this product and so far it works. My hair is softer and growing well; I'm satisfied!

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  9. I'm not sure how this works on Caucasians. I'm African American and my hair fell out from having a perm for YEARS! So far I've been natural for 1 year. 6 months I've been using this product and it works. Don't be afraid of trying something new! My hair is growing and is softner now from this conditioner. I used to use all kinds of conditioners. Now I'm satisfied! Kudos to whoever made this product!!

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  10. Who is this lady talking in this article saying...."Usually when I'm rinsing a treatment out of my hair, I can feel a difference right away, like some of the product has stuck to my hair and I know it's going to make it really soft. However, I didn't feel anything nice or smooth when rinsing it out, it felt like I'd done nothing to it but I kept rinsing and couldn't wait to dry it and see what the story was" ???

    It DOES NOT work over night hun!

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  12. Hey, I’m attempting to work out whether or not this can be value splurging on however all of the reviews area unit from individuals with fine and oily hair. Mine is coarse, thick and brittle/heat broken. Any plan whether or not it would be helpful for somebody like me? Thanks!
    hair care

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