If you recall, I’d partnered with Dove for a campaign last year (in case you didn’t know, read about it HERE). Part of the campaign involved bloggers sharing the story of their hair. Everyone’s hair has a story – some have had long hair during childhood, nurtured and pampered by mothers and grannies with weekly oil massages while the others (like me!) started growing their hair in their later teens. Here’s the story of my hair and the different things in my life that have affected it. I’d love to know your Hair Story in the comments section at the end of this post!
(These blogs were shared by Dove on their Facebook Page as part of Share the Secret campaign)
2 years back, I would have never thought that I would be blogging about makeup and beauty. I am Ankita, a 23 year old beauty blogger living in Mumbai. I have just completed my B.Tech degree from IIT Bombay few months back and now I am working full time on my blog Corallista which I started in January 2011. I have an engineering degree and beauty and cosmetics hardly figured in my life 2 years back. I was facing severe hair fall and acne issues and a bit of online research led me to beauty blogs. I was hooked to beauty blogs from Day 1 and soon began to write myself. What started out as an interest soon developed into a passion and by the summer of 2011, I was blogging on my own domain.
I grew up in Bhopal and my school life was focussed on academics balanced out with dance, music, art and an avid reading habit. I’d always wanted a creative life and with blogging, I get that chance to do something I love for a living while having the freedom to be on my own. From studying chemical kinetics, lasers and steel, I’ve come to talking about lipsticks, primers, blending techniques and silicones! It’s a huge change and it is a lot of fun but it isn’t as easy as it looks. My day starts off early with preparing new articles for the day, responding to comments on the blog/social media, researching and trying out new products, taking pictures etc. and uploading articles till the time I go to bed at night. I devote some time in the day to exercise and prepare my own meals to maintain a healthy, balanced diet.
With the stress and unhealthy lifestyle during my IIT-JEE preparation after high school, I had gained weight but I shed most of the excess kilos after coming to college. I moved away from home to Mumbai for my engineering and that was when my existing hair fall problem escalated. The lack of nutritious home cooked food and neglect caused my hair quality to deteriorate. In my third year of college, I got my hair chemically treated and while that gave me a fabulous look for a few months, it further caused damage to my already fragile hair.
The stress of managing my growing blog and my studies compounded my hair fall. When I finally decided to take control of hair problems, I tried many things – I switched to an eggetarian diet from a vegetarian one, took nutritional supplements, tried hair fall potions but nothing gave me a lasting solution. I then began to understand why my Mum always wore short hair and insisted I do the same when I was younger – it was so much easier to maintain!
With the constant experimentation with new products for reviews and stress, I have been losing hair for so much time now that I had become accustomed to tufts of hair in my brush, my pillows, the bathroom drain and even the white flooring of my home.
Having long, healthy and luscious seemed like something I would never have, until last month when a small white vial changed it all..
Why the Dove Hair Fall Rescue Treatment works
As a child I always longed for long, luscious hair. Being a working woman who herself finds short hair hassle-free and easy to maintain, my Mum insisted that I wear my hair short till high school. All through childhood and early teenage, I had dense and healthy hair but the moment I began growing them out after high school, they started thinning out.
Moving away from home, unhealthy hostel food, neglect and stress sapped away the shine and health of my hair. The constant experimentation with different products and the workload of running a blog while in college gave me severe hair fall problem. From dietary changes and supplements to hair potions and medication, nothing seemed to work for my alarming hair fall.
When Dove launched their Hair Intensive Roots Treatment, I was intrigued by the product and decided to pick it up for review on my blog. The product comes packaged in an easy to use vial and needs to be applied to the roots everyday 2 days after washing the hair. It comes in a package of 7 vials that are to be used over a period of 2 weeks.
After shampooing and conditioning my hair as usual, I towel dry my hair gently to avoid breakage and then use the Dove Hair Fall Rescue Intensive Roots treatment on my roots. The vial tip breaks open with slight pressure revealing a clear, light-weight serum like potion. The elongated tip of the vial makes it easy to apply the serum along the hair parting. Each vial is a single-time use product and contains 7 ml of product which is sufficient to cover the entire scalp. Having applied the treatment to my roots, I massage my scalp gently with the fingertips for a few minutes.
Unlike other treatments I have used in the past, this product doesn’t have an unpleasant medicinal scent. It smells lovely and absorbs into the roots without making the hair greasy or limp. After using it for the 2 week period as indicated, I began to see a reduction in my hair fall. There were lesser hair in the drain when I washed my hair, smaller tufts on my flooring and lesser broken strands when I brushed my hair.
I believe this product has worked better than anything else for my hair because it targets the hair fall problem at the root rather than the breakage from the middle. Most products in the market only target hair breakage while 78% of the hair fall actually occurs at the roots. The hair fibres are anchored to the scalp with the help of protein linkages and polysaccharide “glue”. When the “glue” holding the hair in place is broken down by naturally occurring proteolytic enzymes, hair become weak and fall off during brushing, washing. Due to hormonal, seasonal and other factors, the amount of proteolytic enzymes can increase causing the “glue” to break down faster. What the Dove Hair Fall Rescue Intensive Roots treatment does is that it reduces the proteolytic enzymes with the help of the active ingredient in this product – Trichazole™. As you’ve figured out by now, the reduced activity of the enzymes prevents hair falling off as they are now anchored firmly into place in the scalp.
With 5 years of research for this breakthrough patented technology, Dove has really come out with a great product and it is priced very affordably at Rs 350 for 7 vials. If you’ve been suffering from Hair fall issue, this product is worth a try! In my Mum’s time, the alternative to hair care to cutting in my shorter, in my time- there’s Dove!