If you're a regular reader of mine, you may know that I had a surgery back in July called a "Sleeve Gastrectomy." This is a weight loss surgery that is much less invasive than the famous gastric bypass. It essentially is a process where 70% or so of the stomach is cut out and with it, the hormone "Ghrelin" is removed. This hormone is the thing that basically tells your body that you're hungry. So not only do I not really feel actual hunger (I get cravings still but my body doesn't feel true hunger much anymore) but I also eat much less at one time.
While this may seem amazingly wonderful, and it is, it also comes with it's own array of issues. One of them, is that I have to take a large amount of vitamins and supplements for the rest of my life, because I don't consume enough food to get the nutrients I need. Lack of nutrients and lack of protein also has a seriously negative effect on your body. One of the biggest issues I've faced is my hair falling out, and I'm talking massive clumps of hair.
I was told by my doctor that this would be a temporary inconvenience, and that my hair would begin to fall out around 3 months after of surgery, and that it would start to grow back 6-7 months from then. I'm around that stage now, and while my hair is finally growing back and feeling stronger, I still have an insane amount of bald patches, and about half the amount of hair I used to have. It's incredibly embarassing, and not many products I've tried have worked for me.
I was given the opportunity to review a product called Strand Maximizer, and it truly has changed my life for the better during this awful time. I'm telling you- you never realize how traumatic something like losing your hair can be until it happens to you. I rarely wanted to leave the house or even look in a mirror!
Strand Maximizer is a very interesting product that has some competitors, however I've used 3 different brands and I can honestly say this is the only one that has genuinely worked for me the way I want it to.
What is Strand Maximizer?
Strand Maximizer is basically a container of little fibers that statically bond to your hair, adding not only thickness, but true coverage for bald and thinning patches on your head.
The Fibers are so strongly bonded to your natural hair that they can withstand sweat, wind and rain.
Many other hair fibers on the market contain animal ingredients, synthetic dyes, chemicals and fillers... you name it. Strand Maximizer uses a patented all-natural formula that can be applied even on the most sensitive skin without causing any irritation at all. The hair fibers are made from Moroccan Gossypium Herbaceum, a natural fiber extracted from a plant that only grows in arid regions of Morocco. These plant fibers bond up to 200% stronger than regular hair fibers, which are usually made of wool (also marketed as keratin protein).
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Strand Maximizer is available in 9 different shades, however I chose the "Dark Brown" shade for this review.
The hair fibers come in a container that has a shaker opening on the top.
There is a bit of finesse needed when using this product at first. You can potentially dump out a bit too much and it starts to look obvious, so go easy when you apply it for the first few times.
How I Apply Strand Maximizer
1. Wash and Dry Hair
2. Style hair as usual without applying any Styling products ( just use brush, straightener, curling iron etc)
3. Hold the container over any bald or thinning patches and tap container with fingers until desired amount is released.
4. Gently pat the fibers so that they sink in and sit on your hair properly.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until satisified with coverage.
6. Gently hairspray your hair.
While Strand Maximizer does not require you to use hairspray in order for the fibers to stay in place, I do notice that if I scratch my head, I can sometimes see the fibers on my fingers. I like to have a bit more assurance that it's not going anywhere my adding a light layer of hairspray to the finished product.
Here's an embarrassing, yet honest view of what my hair looks like before using Strand Maximizer, and after.
As you can see, my once thick hair is now extremely thin and I'm practically bald in some places...check out the sun shining off my scalp! :(
In the after photo, while a bit darker lighting-wise, you can see that my hair looks visibly thicker and there are NO bald patches to be seen. I have been using Strand Maximizer almost daily for the past month and I still have a good amount left in the container. I am so incredibly pleased with the outcome of using this. I cannot tell you how much it has helped me regain my confidence while I'm waiting for my hair to grow back. I can actually go out in public without feeling awful about myself.
I do want to mention though, you need to be very careful when applying this because it has a tendency to get all over your face. I like to have a face cloth on hand so I can wipe away any of the fibers that fell onto my chest or on my cheeks and nose. Once you get the hang of the application, the fallout happens much less frequently, but it's important to check your face in natural light just in case a few fibers land on your skin. It can look like little pieces of dirt, and it's not a pretty look!
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review, I have tried a few different brands of hair fibers, but none of them have covered as easily and naturally as Strand Maximizer. They also don't have natural ingredients, either. I feel much better putting this on my scalp knowing it's not filled with a bunch of toxic chemicals and fillers!
I cannot recommend this product more highly. If you have some bald spots, or even if you're just looking to thicken up your hair a bit, this product is absolute perfection! My Before and After shots speak for themselves!
You can purchase Strand Maximizer directly from their website HERE.
You can also purchase from Amazon.
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