Briogeo Blossom and Bloom Volumizing Spray

Briogeo Blossom and Bloom Ginseng and Biotin Volumizing Spray is for all hair types and for those with fine or thin hair texture that lacks volume. This product claims to immediately give fuller-looking hair and volume, extend time between washes and encourage thickness in the long term.

Directions state to spray throughout damp hair focusing on the roots, then blow dry and style.

Ingredients (from Briogeo website and my packaging): Water/Aqua/Eau, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Polysorbate 80, Maltodextrin/VP Copolymer, Biotin, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Extract, Glycerin, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Fragrance (Parfum), Alcohol, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid

Ingredients (from Sephora website) : Water, Alcohol Denat. (Grain Derived), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Polysorbate 80 (Coconut Derived), Maltodextrin/Vp Copolymer, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Biotin, Glycerin (Coconut Derived), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Leuconostoc Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.

Witch hazel and lemon extract absorb excess oil to extend time between washes. Ginseng and ginger root stimulate blood flow to scalp and hair follicles to promote growth and strength. Biotin promotes growth and can strengthen the hair follicle. Malodextrin coats each hair strand to increase the diameter and create the appearance of fuller hair.

My hair is wavy, fine and has been thinning for the last couple years on the top of my head. I have an oily scalp. After a hair wash, I can usually wear it down for 2 days and up for 2 days, then need to wash it again because it is too oily.

Usually when I blow dry and style my hair it initially looks good, then goes flat halfway through the day. With the Blossom and Bloom Volumizing Spray my hair has so much more lift after blow drying and still has volume on the second day. By the third day there is less volume, but my scalp isn’t as oily as usual. I can wear my hair down for 4 days and up for 2 before I have to wash it again. Overall, my hair appears thicker when using this product. I haven’t been using it long enough to speak to long term growth and thickness, though I’m not sure it would actually make hair thicker.

I tried the spray on damp hair without blow drying as well and got better volume than without, but of course, blow drying enhances the volume.

The scent is orange and ginger – a fresh, clean scent and not chemical-like or artificial-smelling. My hair feels softer when using this product; it doesn’t go on crunchy or greasy.

I don’t have many must-have products, but the Blossom and Bloom Volumizing Spray is now on the list. I will definitely be repurchasing.

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Six Month Results – The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density

I’ve been using the Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density from Deciem’s The Ordinary for 6 months now. I first noticed thinning hair toward the front of my head probably about 4 or 5 years ago and used the system from Stemm, (shampoo, conditioner and hair serum) when they launched, I believe, in 2016. Stemm was discontinued and “replaced” with The Ordinary hair serum. Please read my first impressions, product claims, my use and information about The Ordinary’s hair serum here, and my 3-month results here.

Below are photos from before, 3 months and 6 months of use of The Ordinary hair serum.

Below are before and 6 months of use.

A couple of other photos after 6 months.

I saw some initial improvement in the 3-month photos and it looks like more improvement in hair density at the center part of my hair, but as far as the edges of the hair, general thickness and growth especially at the front of my head, I expected more improvement. In some photos, it actually looks like the thinning has gotten worse.

Here is a photo before and after using Stemm for comparison (which is why I had higher hopes for The Ordinary hair serum).

The above is the only photo I have of my Stemm use, but didn’t post a review as it was being discontinued. I wish I took photos from other angles as well. I think the results are quite good especially for only 3 months of use.

The time lapse between my use of Stemm and The Ordinary hair serum was about 2 years, and I can only assume that the cause of my thinning hair is the same as it was 2 years ago (though I am not sure what that is), so I would also assume that I would have gotten similar, if not better, results when using The Ordinary. If the cause of the thinning hair is hormonal or autoimmune, a hair serum may not work. I should also take into consideration the fact that I had been getting my hair bleached and then colored while using The Ordinary hair serum and perhaps that is why it may not have worked as well as it could.

I had been using the serum on my eyebrows to 3 months and forgot to continue use (apologies). I didn’t notice any results on my eyebrows in my 3-month update, and actually haven’t gotten results on my eyebrows with lash and brow growth serums thus far either.

While I can’t say for sure, I should also add that this hair serum may have stained my bleached hair a bit yellow. Here are a couple photos of my newly bleached and toned hair after one week’s use of the hair serum. While this is a scalp treatment, it is unavoidable to get some on the hair as it is massaged in.

As it stands now (while I got some result), I don’t think I would repurchase The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density, however, I got another bottle during their 50% off sale and will finish that. If I find that there are significant improvements in hair thickness and density, I will post an update.

I was able to disguise my thinning hair a bit by getting an ombre balayage with dark brown roots fading to blonde ends and got bangs/a fringe so now my hair is not parted in the center where the thinning is noticeable.

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My Hair Story in Photos

I wanted to document my hair story, starting from a photo in 2016 to now, taking a look at the health and color of my hair (a part 2 of sorts from my post “Brunette to Blonde”).

In the first photo (air dried, no product), as crazy as it is to admit this, I thought this was just my hair type because it had looked like this for so long; damaged, frizzy and dry. I washed and flat ironed my hair almost every day because it was so frizzy (which of course made my hair more damaged) and the color was always bronze-orange from fading boxed color and in-salon color. I didn’t pay too much attention or care to my hair at that point.

The fourth photo (air dried, no product) is the healthiest my hair has ever been/looked. I then decided to go blonde (check that out here). It was a really great ashy platinum blonde that looked good with my skin and I really liked it. Sometimes you can do all the right things to maintain that color and keep hair healthy, but it doesn’t quite work out – my old red color started showing through the blonde, making the bottom half of my hair a yellowish, gold color (not a bad color, but didn’t go with my skin as well and I didn’t like it as much), while the top half of my hair was a more white blonde. Comparing the health and look of my hair to the before and after blonde photos, it looks drier more frizzy and thinner, not to mention the stiff, dry feeling after getting it wet in the shower still after 5 months. I think the light hair against my scalp made it look thinner as well. After much consideration, I decided to get a dark brown to blonde ombre balayage color melt and let my hair grow out (I’ll still need to get grey coverage). It looks much better and is lower maintenance without the damaging lightening sessions. Also, the darker roots fading into the lighter color makes finer hair look a bit thicker. Rewinding about 5 months, given the chance to go blonde again knowing what I know about my hair now, I wouldn’t do it. 

I have fine hair that has been thinning on the top of my head for a few years now. I’ve recently been using the multipeptide hair serum from the Ordinary; check out my 3-month results (I’ll be posting the 6-month results in the coming weeks).

Bangs (a fringe) are something I have considered for years every few months, always too nervous to actually get them (especially as I have wavy hair and I’d have to straighten and style them every day). About 3 weeks ago I had bangs cut to the bottom of my eyebrows and I love them. They were very annoying as I was getting used to them; they made my forehead itchy and I got a couple breakouts. When I wear my glasses they get oily streaks on them from my hair (I generally have an oily scalp and wash my hair every 4 or 5 days); dry shampoo helps. After washing my hair, I’ll flat iron my bangs and wear a silk bonnet type hat at night that keeps my bangs straight on my forehead. Once they grow a couple millimeters (which happens very fast) they need to be trimmed. The bangs make me look younger and disguises my thinning hair as I don’t have to part it.

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Briogeo Curl Charisma Chia and Flax Seed Coil Custard Review

Briogeo is a brand of hair care products that are 6-free (no artificial dyes, silicones, sulfates, phthalates, parabens, DEA) and color-safe. I have recently been using a few products from Briogeo (the shampoos and conditioners from the Don’t Despair, Repair line and the Be Gentle, Be Kind line) as I’ve been moving toward silicone-free products.

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A newer product from Briogeo and their Curl Charisma line is the Chia and Flax Seed Coil Custard targeted toward those with curly, coiled and tightly coiled hair. This product claims to leave curls soft and supple while defining curls with a flexible hold.

Ingredients: Water, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Olivate, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Extract, Rice Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Keratin Amino Acids, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Salvia Hispanica Seed Oil, Lactobacillus/Tomato Fruit Ferment Extract, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Acyl Coenzyme A Desaturase, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Fragrance

This product contains a number of moisturizing alcohols and oils, along with the following key ingredients; shea butter that softens and hydrates the hair, rice amino acids to prevent frizz, flax seed oil for conditioning and chia seed oil that nourishes and strengthens the hair. This product contains protein as hydrolyzed quinoa and keratin amino acids.

The directions on the Briogeo and Sephora websites differ a bit from those on the container. On the container directions state to apply evenly through damp or dry hair and style as usual, whereas on the websites it states to apply in small sections of damp hair while twisting and stretching the strands to activate the curl pattern (I suppose how to apply might depend on hair type and preference).

This product goes on a bit white and dries invisible. This is a thick, creamy leave-in treatment that smells light and fresh.

My daughter helped me review the Coil Custard. She has curly, coarse hair that is dry and prone to frizz. She has used it a number of times now; the first application she used too much and the curls, while defined, were crunchy and a bit flat on the top of her head. On subsequent applications she used less.

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For the before photos, the hair was shampooed and conditioned using the Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair shampoo and conditioning mask and air dried with no other product. Some of the curls are not well defined (especially on the top of the head) and the hair is frizzy.

For the after photos, the hair was washed and conditioned with the same Briogeo products and the Coil Custard was applied throughout the damp hair with no twisting or stretching and air dried. It goes on slightly sticky and white, but as it dries, the stickiness and white color disappear. The curls do not feel stiff or crunchy and still have movement and bounce. Looking at the photos, the curls look defined and there is no frizz. The softness of the hair is improved. Scrunching my fingers through the dried hair I can feel a bit of the product. I wouldn’t say residue, but not like a leave-in conditioner that seems to absorb into the hair; however, not an off-putting feeling. I put a bit of product on my fingers, rubbed it in and let it dry and there is kind of a smooth, protective layer on my fingers that leaves no friction and they feel a bit moisturized.

My daughter’s next-day curls lose definition and become quite frizzy. With this product, the hair in the above 36-hour photo, while messier, is not frizzy and still has the curl.

I tried the Coil Custard a couple times on my hair as well. I have thin, wavy, frizzy, bleached, dry hair. I’m not sure my waves were more defined, but the curl custard took away the frizz (which probably enhanced the waves). One thing I am very happy about is how the product helped my longer bangs. They are not quite long enough to tuck behind my ears and turn into a frizzy, dome-shaped mess when air dried. I usually have to straighten them or clip them back. With this product I let them air dry and they look great; I don’t have to do anything else with my hair. At night I put my hair in a high bun and when I take it down in the morning, my hair has volume, some bigger waves and looks quite good just left down with no other styling.

In the before photo above my hair was air dried with a leave-in conditioner. The after photo is next-day hair after washing and applying Coil Custard in the morning and air drying, then putting in a bun overnight. These bigger, voluminous waves stay all day, and last multiple days if I put my hair in the bun overnight. This is an easy, no fuss hair style that, before Coil Custard, I had achieved using a flat iron, curling iron and hair spray.

I don’t think my hair was softer after using the Coil custard, but I’ve not used this long-term and my hair has a number of issues with being bleached.

I would prefer this product in a tube.

My daughter and I will continue to purchase this product.

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Three Month Results – The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density

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I’ve been using The Ordinary Hair Density serum for thicker, fuller, healthier hair (and eyebrows) for 3 months. Over the summer I got my hair colored blonde and while I like to change as few variables as possible while reviewing products (I had been using the hair serum for 3 weeks before going blonde), I also wanted to see how my hair grows and let my roots grow in a bit so it is easier to see the results. You can read about the hair serum ingredients and use in this post. I’ve used about half the bottle so far and will post the 6-month after photos in the coming months.

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I kept forgetting to apply the serum to my eyebrows, so I probably used about every second evening. I don’t think there is much difference in growth or thickness.

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Looking at the front of my hair, I think I can see a bit less of my scalp in the after photo. Toward my forehead in the next photo there is definite hair growth.

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The edges of my hair have shown some growth and thickening as well. Looking at the root grow out, the edges and front of my hair seem to grow slower than more towards the back (or there is just such thin hair the grow out is not seen as well).

I was surprised to see that I got results with hair growth after 3 months, as I definitely did not notice any results in the mirror. I will continue for another 3 months and write an update at that time, so keep an eye out in December for those photos. Click here for the 6-month results.

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