Today I'm really excited to share this post I've been waiting to write for a very, very long time!
So I'll give you a little background into why I chose these products first of all. Basically, when I was on my journey home from America in September, whilst reading one of the many magazines I purchased to occupy me during the 9 hour flight, I came across an article in one of the magazines recommending this product. At first, I was excited to try it but the more I thought about it, the less I believed in it, because let's face it, there is no secret way to grow your hair faster than it naturally grows...or is there?
If you've read any of my other hair posts, you'll know all about my experience with going from really long, healthy hair to shoulder length, damaged, brittle and thin hair due to the strain I put on my hair through heat products (without protector - I know!) and general mistreating it through brushing it, back combing it etc.
So to say I've tried just about every hair product out there claiming to "boost hair growth" or "repair severely damaged hair" gives me a good enough reason to become reluctant to believe what this new product recommended in the magazine claims to do.
But, I thought, I've wasted more money on products that haven't lived up to their hype so why not bite the bullet and try this one? Admittedly, spending £30 on a shampoo and conditioner set could be seen as a little unnecessary or extreme, but I was determined to try every product until something worked, and guess what? It did.
This miracle of a product is called 'Fast'. I quite enjoy the name of as it does exactly what the name suggests, it makes your hair grow... and fast.
It says to use this product daily however I don't wash my hair every single day. Also, I only use this product once a week so I will use it and then when I wash my hair next, I will use a different product and then use this one a week later. I've done this in order to preserve the product due to it's cost however I've still noticed a massive difference in my hair length even only using it once a week. If you want to use it daily, give it a go, the results might be even better!
I've used this product for about 2 months now (a little goes a long way!) and so I refrained from writing this post until I gave it a good go and now that I have, I feel like I can give it an honest review.
Before using this product, my hair length was about 1-2 inches longer than my shoulders. As previously stated, I've used this product for about 2 months and unbelievably, the longest part of my hair is literally now halfway down my back. Due to the extreme damage and stress I put my hair under, unfortunately not all of it is the same length because other parts are more damaged than others (the sides for example). If all of my hair was the same length, it would be back to the length I used to have it which was very long!
Now for the science-y bit:
This product is also on the top of my list due to the fact it has NO Sulphates, Parabens or DEA. What does that mean?
Firstly, Sulphates are agents within the product's ingredients that create the foamy lather. Due to being inexpensive, the majority of hair products actually contain them. However, whilst we might love a lathery shampoo, Sulphates can cause extreme damage to your hair shaft, hair follicles and your scalp. Sulphates can cause dry hair and scalp due to them actually eating up all the natural oils your hair produces. It can also increase scalp irritations like eczema and worsen dandruff due to its drying agent, leaving your scalp feeling irritated and tight. Sulphates also severely damage your hair follicles, resulting in hair loss and also lack of hair growth as a result and this is worsened if you don't thoroughly wash out the shampoo! If you do colour your hair and you're not yet put off by using Sulphates, you might think again when purchasing your next shampoo which contains them as Sulphates aggressively strips the colour from your hair, leaving it dull and lifeless!
The most common Sulphates found in hair products are: Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES), Ammonia Laureth Sulphate (ALS), TEA Lauryeth Sulfate (TEA) and Sodium Myreth Sulphate (SMS).
Parabens are a type of chemical that is used as a preservative to keep products fresher for longer. They also are deemed to prevent bacteria growth. It's also used widely in beauty and hair products (as well as toothpastes in some cases!). However in recent years, increasing concerns surrounding this chemical has resulted in manufacturers steering away from using it in many of their products due to the possibilities that it has a connection with some forms of cancer.
The forms of Parabens that are included in some products are commonly known as: methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben. Keep a look out for some of these chemicals in the products you buy, you might want to see if there is a Paraben-free alternative!
Now for DEA: This, in it's full form is called Diethanolamine, which along with chemicals
like MEA (Monoethanolamine) and TEA (Triethanolamine) are hormone disrupting toxins which form nitrates and nitrosamines. These are extremely common in lots of products as well as hair products, including bubble bath, facial wash and soap. They have a nasty impact on drying your skin and hair as well as cause irritation to your eyes!
Know that you've read all that knowing that FAST doesn't contain these three elements, that in itself is a massive plus for me! I'm also not being sponsored or paid for this, I just wanted to share a product that has finally worked for me.
I purchased this product on the Boots website as you can't buy it in the store (at least not where I live!)
I hope this helps and you might consider trying this product and if you do, I hope it works for you too!
Let me know if you've tried this product and if you like it or if you're considering buying it!
Next week I'll be posting my favourite products to use alongside FAST to aid in the hair growth process, so please keep a look out for that! I always let you know through Twitter when I have a new post out so if you'd like to follow me on that, you can be first to know. Also, I have Bloglovin' so I'd love it if you'd follow me there too!
Thank you for reading this super long post and I hope it helped!