On and off for a good few years now I have dabbled with Lee Stafford's Hair Growth Treatment which essentially is a protein packed, thick somewhat conditioning cream treatment. The jury is still out on deciding if it does in fact encourage the hair to grow or if the power of suggestion is at play. My hair grows rather quickly naturally, I tend to use it to treat my scalp and lightly condition my bleached roots. The problem with Lee Stafford's Hair Growth Treatment is that it is forever out of stock and at £8.99 it can become a pricey habit when you have thick hair. While browsing Superdrug's website I noticed a similar product, at half the price no less from one of my favourite hair care brands Palmer's and decided to give it a whirl. Sadly in this instance it really is a case of what you get, is what you pay for.
Let me begin by saying that the Palmer's Olive Oil hair care line in general is nothing short of fantastic - deeply conditioning, reasonably priced and perhaps one of the best sulphate and paraben free lines I have ever used. I try to approach every product I try with an open mind and a "What is the worst that could happen" attitude but simply could not bring myself to smear the thick jelly substance that is Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Gro Therapy on my scalp, let alone my hair.
When you first open the tub you are greeted with what can only be described as green tinged Vaseline - both in appearance and texture. Being somewhat put off by the consistency, I scooped out a little, toyed around with it on the back of my hand and couldn't quite fathom how dry hair would cope with such a balm like product. Further intrigued, I quickly glanced at the ingredients list and was greeted by Petroleum, then Paraffin (essentially the wax form of Petroleum) and Lanolin. As a side note I have no issue Lanolin but see it as a heavy duty skin barrier come moisturiser as far as the beauty world is concerned - it is not something I would apply knowingly to my scalp. Yes Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Gro Therapy contains olive oil to condition along with protein elements to repair and encourage growth but in my opinion any benefits are cancelled out with the less than stellar reliance on Petroleum and Paraffin. Simply put this won't aid your hair/scalp in the growth and renewal process, it is more likely to result in greasy roots and after time I suspect blocked pores. Do yourself a favour and purchase a few of Palmer's Protein Packs, they will be far more beneficial.
Palmer's Olive Oil Formula Gro Therapy £4.59/250ml via Superdrug - link.
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Protein Pack £1.99 each via Superdrug - link.