Frequently Asked Questions
- How often should I use the shampoo and conditioner?
- How often do I use the serum?
- How long will I need to use the serum for?
- When will I see results?
- When should I start using The Fitzrovia Centre products?
- How much product should I buy?
- Do I need to use the Hair Repair and Regain?
- How should I use the Hair Repair and Regain product?
- Can I blow dry my hair after using the serum?
- What does the Hair Repair and Regain do?
- What are Silicones?
- What is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)?
- What are Parabens
How often should I use the shampoo and conditioner?
As often as you like. Substitute your normal shampooing routine with The Fitzrovia Centre Range.
How often do I use the serum?
Once or twice a day depending on severity of hair loss. Women may prefer to use the serum at night as it is not a blow drying / styling product and will leave residue in the hair if blow dried in. Men with short hair won’t notice as they are generally not blow drying in the same way.
How long will I need to use the serum for?
Treating hair loss is a long-term commitment. We suggest in order to see, optimise and maintain best results, you use it permanently.
When will I see results?
If you are a man with short fine / thinning, you should begin to see results in the form of fine growth after about 3 months, which is the lifecycle of hair.
Women will not notice this so obviously as they tend not have bald patches but general thinning of the hair overall. If women have longer hair, they will see the fine growth at the roots which will take much longer to reach the length of the rest of their hair. It could be compared to post pregnancy hair. Many women lose hair which then grows back as finer, baby hair and takes a while to maintain original thickness.
When should I start using The Fitzrovia Centre products?
As soon as you notice your hair thinning. The younger you start the better. Once a follicle has completely died, presently it cannot be rejuvenated. You must treat the follicles that are still present so swift and continual use is vital. This is for men and women.
How much product should I buy?
Women will need much more conditioner if they have longer hair, especially if it’s coloured.
Do I need to use the Hair Repair and Regain?
This product is aimed mostly at women, simply because they tend to have longer hair and colour it. Therefore. If a man falls into the above category, then this product is also suitable for him.
How should I use the Hair Repair and Regain product?
Maximum efficacy will be achieved by applying it to wet hair and allowing to dry in preferably overnight. Shampoo and condition with FR then style as normal.
Can I blow dry my hair after using the serum?
We don’t recommend blow drying the serum into your hair. It is not a styling product and will not enhance your blow dry or setting methods. We suggest applying at night and only to the scalp areas. It won’t harm to blow dry but the serum will weight your blow dry down with residue. Short hair won’t experience the same problem.
What does the Hair Repair and Regain do?
It will repair and thus help retain the hair that is already on your head and which is growing out. It is designed to repair all / any chemically serviced hair.
What are Silicones?
Silicones are polymers with a chemical structure based on chains of alternate silicon and oxygen atoms. There are many different types of silicones and it can be hard to tell if your shampoo or conditioner contains them if you don’t know what you are looking for, but look out for words ending in ‘cone’ on the ingredient list, e.g. dimethicone.
Silicones have little to no affinity with human skin or hair and are water insoluble, meaning they are very tricky to wash out. Used to give your hair added shine and smoothness, silicones form a layer around the hair shaft, smothering the hair and preventing moisture from penetrating, which can lead to dryness and brittleness.
Silicones create the temporary illusion of healthy hair, but as they continue to build up layer by layer, your hair gets weighed down, can appear greasy, dull and lacking the smoothness and shine that the silicones are meant to provide in the first place.
Why should I use a Silicone free shampoo and conditioner?
Silicones coat the hair shafts giving a synthetic shine, but they mask the true condition of your hair.
The most common, dimethicone, builds up, is hard to remove and prevents moisture and essential oils from getting to the hair shaft. In addition it can cause irritation to the hair follicles, which can initiate hair shedding.
In an attempt to remove silicone build-up, many people resort to using shampoos that contain harsh, irritating foaming agents like sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS). SLS strips the natural healthy oils that protect the hair and scalp, putting the skin out of balance, which can lead to hair becoming dry, damaged and brittle. This then creates a vicious circle, as the hair becomes more damaged from the use of harsh detergents, more silicones are used to temporarily mask the issue and make hair appear healthier.
By using a silicone-free shampoo that doesn’t contain SLS, you can get long-term healthy, shiny hair without using harsh, synthetic chemicals. It will allow moisture to penetrate the hair shafts and the natural oils produced by the scalp can then help nourish and hydrate your hair and restore a healthy balance.
Hair will also need washing less frequently as oil production returns to normal and hair is not weighed down. This will not only leave your hair looking less greasy, it will also save you money in the long run!
What is Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)?
Sodium lauryl sulphate, or SLS, is a surfactant that is used to make products foam up and lather. SLS is very effective at removing dirt from the skin; however, it can remove the skin of its natural protective oils as a consequence.
Even people without sensitive skin may experience irritation when using haircare products SLS is one of the most common foaming agents used in shampoos, despite the fact that it can be irritating on the skin. Its irritating effects can create an itchy, flaky scalp.
Shampoos containing SLS can strip the hair and scalp of the natural, essential oils that keep hair shiny, healthy and protected. Removing these oils puts the scalp out of balance, causing it to overcompensate and produce more oil in an attempt to re-balance. This overproduction of oil could make the hair look greasy, meaning it starts to need washing more frequently.
Other products that contain SLS, include shampoo, body wash and toothpaste.
SLS is known to be a possible irritant to the skin used in shampoos. SLS is used as a laboratory standard for irritating skin due to its ability to penetrate and damage the skin barrier.
What are Parabens
Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.
Parabens are effective preservatives in many types of formulas. These compounds, and their salts, are used primarily for their bactericidal and fungicidal properties. They can be found in shampoos, commercial moisturizers, shaving products and a wide range of personal care products.
Chemically, they are a series of parahydroxybenzoates or esters of parahydroxybenzoic acid (also known as 4-hydroxybenzoic acid).
Common parabens include methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben.
Whilst some forms of paraben can be found in nature, those that are used in cosmetics are synthetic preservatives and can be found in everything from shampoo, to moisturiser, to make-up.
Some parabens have been shown to have weak oestrogenic activity in test-tube studies, and some scientists have expressed concerns over whether repeated exposure could potentially affect hormone levels. Their use is restricted in several countries and Denmark has banned two specific parabens in products intended for use on children under three years old.
The European Scientific Committee on Consumer Products (SCCP) stated in 2006 that the available data on parabens do not enable a decisive response to the question of whether propyl, butyl and isobutyl paraben can be safely used in cosmetic products at individual concentrations up to 0.4%, which is the allowed limit in the EU