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As one gets older, stuff happens for which you weren’t prepared. (My baby doc and I have this conversation regularly—my joints/bones/innards were not designed to last this long, because -- anthropologically--I should be dead by now! But I digress.)
One thing that didn’t surprise me, though, was the fact that my hair would (again!) betray me.
I know the mantra—that all women hate their own hair and want the opposite kind. I am a little more realistic; I think there are trade-offs. My hair has always been naturally blonde—platinum until I was about 25, then just a little less blonde. Once I turned 40, it got progressively darker, so now it’s a dark blonde. (Notice I did not say gray. No gray. I am 54 and still not gray! I do not have to color my hair!) But the trade-off for having great color is that I have the wimpiest hair on the planet. It is fine, thin, and limp.
And now it is receding.
Yup. You read that right. Like a man.
I first heard that when I went to get my hair cut somewhere other than my normal stylist. (Actually, it was when I was trying out new stylists, before I found Hunter, who is my guy FOR EVAH!) The gal cutting my hair asked another stylist what she should do about ‘the recession.’ I thought to myself, “save as much money as you can,” but then I realized she was talking about my forehead (which has always been about a five-and-a-half). So when Redken gave me the opportunity to try their Cerafill system, I jumped on it.
The Defy Cerafill system (for normal to thin hair) is a four-step process that includes Defy Shampoo, Defy Conditioner, Dense Fx Thickening Treatment, and Texture Effect Hair and Scalp Refresher. I used them for two weeks in various combinations and under various circumstances (because I am totally scientific that way). Here’s what I found:
*The booklet that came with the product gave some great tips for fuller-looking hair, like using a round brush or Velcro rollers. I occasionally use a round brush, which only makes my cowlicks that much more apparent. (I have extremely short hair. I keep it that way because then it doesn’t look as bad.)
*Both the shampoo and conditioner have a menthol scent, which I love! It makes my nose happy! I was excited to use this product because that menthol was like a fun blast of happiness every morning.
*After the shampoo and conditioner, the additional products are to be used. This is where I did some experimentation.
The Dense Fx Thickening Treatment is to be used on damp hair. As with so many products, it is applied to the roots and combed through. Then, you style your hair as you would normally. This is the product that increases the hair’s diameter by 9%. I used it in both the ways I usually style my hair (sometimes I blow dry, sometimes I don’t), and here’s the skinny: this treatment is a little sticky. If you just let your hair air dry, it will be a little crunchy. I was not crazy about that fact, but if I blow dry my hair (as most women do), it’s not a problem. Do I think my hair appears thicker when I use it? Only if I blow dry, not if I let it dry naturally. So my hair is not REALLY thicker, it just looks that way if I blow dry it. (Which I guess is the point!)
The Texture Effect Hair and Scalp Refresher was a little different. It is supposed to be used on dry hair, when your hair needs a lift. All I could think of was that it was like a blow out, only instead of paying $25 for it, you can do it yourself! (I’ll admit, this was a little weird. I wasn’t quite sure how to use this. But then I read the directions, and it made sense.) This stuff was really cool! Your supposed to use it when your hair feels a little flat, and it gives it a boost. I tried it a couple of different times, and like the way it worked. I have very short, fine, straight hair and it gave me a little freshness and lift…not sure how it would work with longer hair.
All in all, I was happy to try the Defy Cerafill System for Redken. The menthol shampoo and conditioner were great, and I noticed my hair looking a little fuller! Want to learn more? Click here!