Sunday, 19 May 2013

Samy Fat Hair Thickening Creme (review)

Samy Fat Hair Thickening Creme
Like Sir Mix-a-Lot said “I... like.... big... hair and I cannot lie”. Or something like that. Sir Mix-a-Lot and I have a lot in common, as I, too, love big hair. That's why I bought Samy's Fat Hair Thickening Creme, available only at Superdrug if you're in the U.K. and a tonne of places if you're in the U.S.  (It's an American brand, hence the greater availability there!)

It promises to be ultra-lightweight and non-greasy to give you 'incredible fullness, volume and body, while adding texture and shine to your style'. This is down to an 'exclusive FH4 Thickening Complex' which is apparently a blend of natural extracts and protein.  It comes in a distinctive red bottle, with a simple flip-open lid and an easy squeeze paste-like formula. It's not really a creme like they describe, but it still smooths betwen your palms and blends into hair without much difficulty.

It's a multi-use product, so you can either apply it to towel-dried hair and style as normal or add a little to dry hair. I first tried it on damp hair, applying a ten-pence sized blob from roots to tips, combing it through so each strand was covered and then air-drying. I have long, shoulder-length hair so I figured this was the right amount. However, while it did add some texture and thicken a bit, it also made my hair greasy. The next time I used heat styling with the creme. Now it didn't make my hair greasy, but it was far too smooth, making it too silken to style properly!

So to dry styling. A very small five-pence sized blob was used this time, and I only used it very sparingly on my roots and I found the results were an improvement. There was definite texture throughout my hair, making it more manageable, and it was shinier. It did weigh my hair down, though, and I found it got quite greasy towards the end of the day.

However, by accident I found the perfect way to make this product work better for me. Like I mentioned above, my hair got greasy towards the end of the day, so I applied some dry shampoo. The dry shampoo must have stuck to the creme on my hair like moths to a flame because it gave me excellent volume and hold, and it still looked shiny.

This Thickening Creme isn't as lightweight as Samy Fat Hair claim it is, and there are other products that offer better texturising qualities. I'm not a massive fan of this product, to be honest, but I can imagine this working quite well on less oil-prone hair as long as you only use a very small amount. Bearing in mind you get 155 ml it should last you quite a while making it good value for money. It is not, however, even the slightest bit natural so if that matters to you I'd avoid like the plague. For the rest of you, try it if your hair is fine and normal to dry, but don't overdo it or you'll regret it!

A small amount goes far
Can weigh hair down
Not a bad price considering how long it should last
Many of the ingredients would make a natural beauty blush
Works well with dry shampoo


Brand: Samy Fat Hair

Size: 155 ml
Price: £5.99 (£3.87/100 ml)

Manufactured: United States

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearalkonium Chloride, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, VP, VA Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyquatemium-37, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, PPG-1 Trideceth-6, Glycol Stearate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Cetrimonium Chloride, Citric Acid, Wheat Amino Acids, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Limonene, Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 6 (CI 15985)

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