Friday, March 6, 2015

Strand Maximizer Hair Thickening Fibers Review




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.

Natural Ingredients
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).

Price
Currently on sale for $19.90 on Amazon!


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.

Here's a look at the fibers when they're not on my hair:

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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19 comments:

  1. You're not only incredibly brave, but extremely charitable by sharing. So many people have similar problems and are scammed so easily by false promises. Thank you. I'm going to let my friends with these issues know what works. Your openness is inspirational and will help others. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for the sweet words, Shannon! I knew part of the deal with having a blog is to be completely open and honest, and I know if I were suffering from a potentially embarrassing issue, I'd hope that someone out there would be brave enough to raise their hand and say they also suffer from it, and that they have found something that works! I know many women are growing their hair back after chemo, after a body-traumatic surgery like my own, or are just getting older and are dealing with hair loss. There are a lot of products out there that just don't work, and while this one won't regrow the hair, it will certainly help anyone feel a LOT more confident! Thank you so much for the support and for reading! <3

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  2. This is why I love your reviews you are always so honest! I'm so sorry you have had a rough go of it- if it helps I kind of understand -a few yrs back I was in a bad car accident that put a big gash in the top of my head the doctors had to shave around it to stitch it up so I had a nice bald spot. It took a while to grow back and like you I didn't even want to leave the house or look in the mirror! I really appreciate you sharing this experience I'm sure it will help a lot people! Hang in there you are beautiful! :)

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    1. Oh my goodness, your experience sounds awful! :( I've been in a few tough car accidents in my day but that sounds just terrible! I'm so happy you're OK! That is a perfect example though of how this product can help! Even on very bald patches, it will cling to any peach fuzz that is on the head, so while it won't make LONG strands of hair, it will definitely mask the bald spots and thicken the hair that's already there. :) It's nice to know you can relate though! So many people tell me that "it's just hair" and while that's true, it can really effect your confidence!
      Thank you for sharing your story! <3

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  3. I have cowlicks all over my head ~ seriously. Back of my crown, around my temples ~ it looks like I have bald spots, when I don't. But it is embarrassing, so I can relate as my shining white scalp does show thru my dark hair. This is a great review and I will have to check it out. I have to play with my hair to cover up those cowlicks, and I really hate it!

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    1. Absolutely check this out! Even if your hair isn't thinning, it works amazingly well just to make the hair look and feel a bit thicker and does a great job masking any cowlicks for sure!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing! I've been recovering from a spine surgery and my hair has been thinning during recovery. I'm definitely looking into this!! Thank you!
    Susie Adair
    featsfunniesandfailures.com

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    1. You are so welcome Susie! Hopefully your spine surgery was a success and you're on your way to a full and excellent recovery! I hope this product helps with the thinning hair issues- I know them all too well and they can be awful when you're trying to focus on recovering! I could not recommend a better product than this one, so I hope you love it as much as I do! :)

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  5. Wow, the before and after is amazing! I can relate to this... I don't have full-on bald spots, but my hair has thinned a lot in the last couple of years so I can see more scalp. Oh, how it gleams in the sun. :P

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    1. hahah ugh the gleaming is awful :( I'm hoping with a mix of biotin supplements, hair thickening treatments and this stuff, my hair will start looking normal again at some point! :(

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  6. Your hair in the before picture looks a lot like mine! Your story about why your hair was falling out made sense and I was already starting to think I have a malabsorption issue, this could be putting me in the right direction to healing. So thank you!
    One thing that confuses me though is the type of fibres. I've read on a lot of websites that keratin is better and has an electrical charge while cotton fibers do not and just cover your scalp. Today your blog was the second place where I read the opposite, so I'm like 'huh'. What were the other brands of hair fibres you used? Did some of them contain keratin and what's your experience?

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    1. You're so welcome! I highly, HIGHLY recommened the Neo Cell Biotin Bursts- they have done such wonderful things for my hair and nails, taste amazing and are extra strength. Such a wonderful produt!

      You are not alone in reading all the mixed reviews about the fibers. Honestly since there are so many conflicting thoughts on it, I'm not entirely sure what is true and what isn't, although I haven't had a major issue with any of the fibers sticking to my hair for the most part. It's been awhile, but I believe the few that I have tried are Fibolica, Strand, Cuvva, and a variety of other small brand names from Amazon. They have all worked pretty much the same, although I liked these ones quite a bit! I don't recall if any of them contained Kertain off hand, but I know that most of them worked very similarly to each other- I haven't had a terrible experience with any so far!

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    2. Thanks for the recommendation. I already take biotin 5000mcg, I'm a bit afraid to take more than that! Glad it helped you though. What did it do for your hair?

      I think I will just buy one and try it, and if I'm not content try another brand with another type of fibre. Experience is the best teacher! Do you still use the fibres? How is your hair doing?

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    3. Hi, wanted to keep you up to date...So far I've tried Caboki (Levant cotton) and Nanogen (Keratin). They were pretty similar. Both failed to deliver a color match unfortunately. Also, I noticed neither attaches to my hair, it just falls on my scalp! This I don't get. The Nanogen sales person told me it was because I tried the trial size, which doesn't have a metal strip inside to electrically charge the fibres. But most brands don't even have this and still claim to have the fibres attach to your hair. How does it work for you, does it attach to your hair or scalp?

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  7. PS: I read silica is good for the hair too, I started taking supplements myself, but didn't really notice effect. Sulfur is supposed to be really good, whether in food or applied to the scalp. I take biotin too. So far my experience is that it makes my hair grow faster, but not thicker.

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    1. It's so strange that you've had that experience with biotin- I noticed a similar reaction, although my nutritionist and doctor told me taking biotin would not help my hair grow in faster, but it would help with the thickness and overall strength of my hair...however that is not at all the situation for me! I've seemingly tried all kinds of supplements and other than biotin, I don't think I've noticed a major difference with any of them, honestly! Such a bummer!

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    2. Too bad! At least the biotin is working then. Today I came across the product collagen+c from NeoCell, it has raving reviews, also with regards to hair (thicker hair, faster growth, bald spots that grew hair again!). I'm really curious to try it, but don't understand why it works, it has largely the same amino acids as present in protein. :/

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  8. Thank you so very much for this beautiful blog! As a thin haired woman - all of my life - I am finding that as I age my hair continues to thin further. I find the discussion around protiens, biotin, vitamin A, folic acid, vitamin B, biotin all fascinating. One thing I know for sure is that my digestion system is not very strong, and I have had near brushes with death when its gone out of whack. I'm starting to drink collagen. I will do my best to remember keep you all posted if I find it starts to make a difference!

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    1. That's so interesting! I have bad digestion too. Don't really know what to do about it though (except mindful eating, chewing well and cooking food thoroughly). It makes sense, because if you can't assimilate and absorb nutrients, than you get malnutrition, which can be a cause for hair loss. Is anything of the listed nutrients helping yet? Would be great if you keep us posted!

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