Philip Kingsley ‘Elasticizer Geranium & Neroli’ Review

I have never tried a pre-shampoo treatment before and I have absolutely no idea what to expect, but I can’t wait to see what happens. The Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre Shampoo was included in The Beauty Egg Limited Edition Box from Look Fantastic, and as there was no information booklet in the beauty box I’ve searched online to find out more information about this product. I’ve discovered that this works in a similar way to a hair mask, the describes it as:

“The multi-award winning Elasticizer delivers a rush of moisture into the hairs cuticle. Hair is left intensely nourished, healthy and shiny, without being weighed down. The luxurious pre-shampoo conditioning treatment, with floral and citrus fragrance leaves your senses revitalised. Infused with 100% natural neroli, geranium, lavender, rose and orange oils for a truly pampering experience.”

This is a full size 75ml tube of pre shampoo, although it’s also available to buy in 150ml or 500ml sizes. The cheapest place I found it for sale today was £15.50 on for the 75ml tube. 

The pre shampoo is beautifully packaged in a charming easy squeeze tube. The design is predominantly matte white, the brand and product names are written in silver coloured writing at the end of the tube, and there are beautiful brightly coloured flowers on the nozzle end of the tube. There are also little silver flower outlines amongst the pretty flowers which sparkle in the light. 

The back of the tube is a list of the ingredients, which you can see in the photo above, along with the company contact information and place of manufacture (UK). The back of the packaging also says that the pre shampoo is suitable for use on colour treated hair, and warns users to keep away from eyes and rinse with clean warm water if it goes into the eyes. 

Directions: For best results use regularly. Before shampooing, wet hair and apply in sections. Work into hair with fingertips. Cover with a plastic cap and leave for 10-20 minutes before washing. For an intensive treatment, apply to hair overnight and wash off in the morning. Rinse well and follow with the appropriate Philip Kingsley shampoo, conditioner and scalp toner.

I was expecting a really relaxing extra hair wash in the shower. My reality was as follows: I neede to wet my hair to apply the pre shampoo but I didn’t want to have a shower yet as I would be showering in 20 minutes, so I decided the sink was the best option. I have one of these sinks that is like a bowl that sits on top of a unit, so it’s quite high, and I’m only 5 foot 2. I have really long hair and getting the ends wet in the sink was easy, but it took lots of tiptoes and twisting my head around to properly saturate my scalp. Next, I had to try and get my head out of the sink without getting the water everywhere – I failed and my hair flicked water all over the place. 

I used a towel to take off some of the excess water, and I applied the pre shampoo to my hair. I don’t have a plastic cap, so I got fancy with cling film instead – I took a large piece and wrapped it around my head, and then a second sheet to patch any gaps. I put my feet up for 20 minutes, and washed and conditioned using my usual brand of shampoo and conditioner.

My hair feel really soft after I dry it, and looks shiny. Some masks I’ve tried in the past feel like they coat your hair and make it heavy but this is different, my hair feels really naturally soft – almost too natural as my hair was a little harder to work with in the morning. Overall I’m really happy with the results of the preshampo, but I cannot bear to use it regularly it’s too much fuss for me. I wear a face mask to bed on Saturday night to give my skin an intensive moisture boost, maybe it’s time my hair had some Saturday night loving too – I’m sure I could manage the skin once a week!

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