A woman’s relationship with her hair is often a tumultuous love affair. She’s satisfied, unsatisfied, fulfilled, unfulfilled…she breaks it off (pixie cut, anyone?), tries to change her lover (highlights, perms, flat irons) and sometimes only finds relationship bliss with the help of a good therapist (mine is Lina Arrojo of Arrojo Studios).
A Love/Hate Relationship with My Hair!
I’ve often loved (thank you, Lina) and occasionally hated (thank you, genetics) my hair. Then a year and a half ago, after two kids, one MBA and a very exciting entrepreneurial venture, my hair and I starting having some major relationship troubles. My hair was leaving me – for the shower drain, my hairbrush, the back of my wool coat. Anyone who’s experienced hair thinning knows what an unsettling, upsetting experience it is.
A Trip to Philip Kingsley’s Trichological Clinic
After much fretting and lamenting, I remembered that beauty is my business, and I got proactive. I visited the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic in New York City. In addition to the transcendental scalp treatments I received, I also got invaluable healthy hair and scalp diet and lifestyle guidance from trichologist Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips. I never skipped a protein-rich breakfast again. I stocked up on hair-healing supplements. My quest for healthy hair also led my discovery of Phylia de M. products.
Along Came Phylia de M.
I read in beauty book after beauty book that this new, organic hair and scalp care line of products produced extraordinary results for those suffering from thinning hair. I could not get my hands on them quick enough! I started with Condition and Connect, adding in ReConnect after a month or so, as directed. The short and long term results were extraordinary. Immediately, I noticed an improvement in the overall look, feel and texture of my hair. Since I would massage Connect and ReConnect into my scalp with my fingertips, I also noticed an immediate improvement in my nails – they were less dry, less brittle and started growing like weeds. I was fairly certain this boded well for my mane.
Eyebrows, Nails and Hair – Oh My!
The first place I noticed significant hair regrowth was my eyebrows, where I also applied Connect and ReConnect. I was genetically blessed with my mom’s big eyes, and I had full brows to match. I then proceeded to pluck my brows into oblivion in the 90s when Kate Moss made us think we all could pull that off. Years of tweezer detox later, I still had brows that didn’t quite pass the ideal brow length pencil test. It took a few months, but after diligent daily application of Connect and ReConnect, my brows started to go all the way…to the end of my big eyes.
At Last…New Baby Hair
Now, this was all very exciting stuff, but I bought these products to treat my hair on my head. Though I saw a significant improvement in the overall health of my hair rather quickly, regrowth on my scalp was harder to gauge. I kept spraying and praying though, and sure enough, I started to see new little hairs sprouting about 2 months in. Elizabeth at Philip Kingsley had taught me how to distinguish new hair growth from broken hairs: new hairs would be tapered at the end, broken strands would not. A subtle distinction though this was, it became very clear upon close inspection: I knew these little hairs were newbies. These baby hairs are still there today…and have grown long enough so as to not stick straight up when I part my hair. Progress!
Within five months of starting my Phylia regimen, I knew that these products were truly exceptional – dare I say game-changing. I was so pleased with the effects Phylia had on my nails, brows and hair that it took me a few more months to realize another unexpected – yet most welcomed – benefit.
TO BE CONTINUED…
By: Claire McCormack Twitter & Instagram: @clairemcmack