Ever since I had my hair extensions removed a few months ago, I’ve been on the hunt for anything and everything that could possibly help the condition of my hair. Although there’s no less of it than when I began, having a mass of hair removed from your head is a little traumatic and leaves you feeling like you want to hide away until you can find a blooming good hat. Nanogen sent me a selection of their products to help me on my way, promising that their thickening treatments could help stimulate hair growth and leave me with bouncing goodness atop my head. The products (which include a shampoo, conditioner and leave-in oil treatment) work by stimulating growth factor signals in your body; these are natural signals your body produces to maintain hair growth, which are sometimes blocked or temporarily disabled due to stress, pregnancy or medical conditions. Nanogen works by effectively mimicking these signals exactly, meaning there are no side effects or allergic reactions. The process is simple: the shampoo and conditioner replace your current routine, while the treatment serum is applied daily directly to the scalp (before bed and left overnight is what worked for me best so I could wash my hair the next day.)
Although the shampoo and conditioner are never going to have a huge direct impact on growth (because they’re applied to the hair rather than the scalp and hair follicles,) they both contain stimulating peptides and hyaloronic acid to help boost the hairs own natural cycle, while maintaining hair health from a cosmetic point of view. They’re a pleasure to use, with the shampoo foaming well to leave hair feeling squeaky clean and the conditioner providing essential moisture without heavy weight, and are an easy way to integrate a helping hand into your routine. Regardless of whether or not they actually help to stimulate additional growth, these two products provided me with a healthy looking and bouncy head of hair; I instantly felt a little more confident and able to style my hair in a way that made an impact. The treatment serum was a different story, particulalrly as you have to directly apply the oil to the scalp and leave it to work over a number of hours; I found this additional step tricky to remember and inconvenient to use every day. Although this is the product to produce the best results (as it’s applied directly where it’s needed so the ingredients can be absorbed into the skin,) I failed massively on using it every single day.
Nanogen isn’t a miracle product as nothing can cause hair to grow in places it’s never been; Nanogen can only ever stimulate hair follicles into growing when they may have become dormant over time. You won’t wake up with a head of hair like Cheryl Cole, but over a three month period you may see that your hair is looking slightly thicker and longer. It’s important to remember that this is a cosmetic product, not medicinal, but can provide a much more enjoyable experience than some drying and side-effect inducing medicinal shampoos and scalp treatments. It’s also importnat to note that like an ‘anti-ageing’ face cream, as soon as you stop using Nanogen the effects will gradually wear off – this doesn’t provide a solution to a problem, but simply a helping hand when it’s needed most.
So, have I noticed a difference? Yes and no. The shampoo and conditioner did leave me with a healthy looking and bouncy head of hair that oozed shine and goodness; they left me with soft and supple hair that was hydrated and full of volume. I was really pleased with the performance of the products just as a normal shampoo and conditioner, even if the effect was purely cosmetic and temporary. However, I didn’t use the treatment enough or for long enough to really see if it provided a long-term benefit by stimulating further hair growth. I have had comments recently that my hair is looking longer, but that could just be a sudden growth spurt boosted by reducing my reliance upon hair straighteners. Nanogen have stated that in scientific trials they were able to prove efficacy and results, but as there’s no way to tell how many of my hair follicles aren’t being used effectively there’s no way to know if it’s having an impact. If you suffer from thin or volume-starved hair then it’s well worth giving Nanogen a go, especially as the products are reasonably priced and are suitable for everyone. However, the jury is still out on whether this can really be a solution to thinning hair.
Find out more about Nanogen on their website: www.nanogen.co.uk/thicker-hair-for-women
The shampoo (£5.59) conditioner (£8.95) and treatment serum (£20.99) are available online and in Boots stores nationwide.