The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer is constantly raved about by beauty bloggers, but I never saw it as anything more than a pre shampoo treatment conditioner. And surely I have loads of them, right? Right. However, I got more and more intrigued when I saw that Look Fantastic ran a campaign on beauty influencers hero products, and Lydie Elise Millen swore by the Elasticizer. Her hair is just beautiful, and I know she styles and colours it often like myself, so I decided it was time to listen up. A raved about product is usually praised for a reason, so it was time to purchase and explore!
Like I just mentioned above, I didn’t get gifted with this item. As a beauty blogger and editor, I am lucky enough to receive a lot of products complimentary, but this is one I spent my cold hard cash on. And it isn’t cheap. A 150 ml tub costs £30, with the 500 ml (which would be ideal!) costing £60.
So a bit of background on this revolutionary pre-shampoo treatment. It 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. She sounded pretty similar to me – constantly colouring her hair and having it go through rigourous styling sessions. Although hers was due to being on movie sets, whilst mine is just from being silly with curling and straightening irons.
It’s a pre-shampoo intensive moisturising treatment that aim to deliver elasticity, bounce and shine to hair. It also provides UV protection even after washing, helping prolong the life of colour treated hair. They say that visible results occue from one application that improves with continued use. Here’s what it is packed with:
- 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.
- For best results use regularly (I use it twice a week, or once a week depending on how dry my hair feels)
- Before shampooing, dampen your hair and apply Philip Kingsley Elasticizer in sections.
- Work into your hair with fingertips. Cover with a shower cap if you can – the more heat you lock in, the better it works
Leave for 10-20 minutes, rinse off, and shampoo and condition as usual
I’ve used this for two weeks now and really did notice a difference from the first use, which I wasn’t expecting. My hair always feel fairly parched due to the amount of highlighting and bleaching it goes through, but this silky texture treatment seems to inject a lot of love into these locks. I usually leave it on for 15 minutes, and then use my usual Kerastase or Redken products.
It seems to transform those dry, rougher strands of hair which look fluffier after I blow dry. To touch, my hair feels a little more ‘relaxed’, if that makes sense. Much more softer, smoother and nourished. It seems to deliver a touch of luminosity to my highlighted hair too, which wasn’t my main goal from using this, but it really does seem to clean up my blonde. Maybe it’s because it conditions so well and puts life back into my frazzled hair!
Alongside the Philip Kingsley Elasticizer, I’ve also started my second bottle of the Grow Gorgeous Hair Density Serum, which is a god send product for encouraging hair growth. For me, it’s thickness and fullness I’m aiming for, and from using this serum previously, I definitely saw an uplift in new hair growth. I’m now embarking on my second bottle journey so should hopefully see another improvement after 3 months!
I’ll keep you posted…