‘Function Of Beauty’ Product Review.
I kept hearing this name ‘function of beauty’ crop up amongst friends and across social media. You probably have to. But I was stuck in a hair care rut of just buying whatever smelled good and didn’t cost too much. Then cancer came a long to remind me not to take advantage of even the simple things, like your hair.
Losing all of my hair whilst I was having chemotherapy was one of the hardest things I’ve had to go through. Before, I always had my naturally dark hair long, and prided myself on how smooth and soft it was. It was my comfort blanket, I hid behind it when I was having an ‘ugly’ day (as we all do). I twiddled it around my fingers when I was stressed. So for me losing my hair was about more than just vanity, I was losing a part of myself. Plus when you lose your hair during cancer treatment suddenly your invisible and private illness becomes public. Obvious. A spectacle- or at least that’s what it feels like. You look at yourself in the mirror and see a cancer patient looking back at you, and you know everyone else sees that too.
Many people told me that my hair would likely come back different to before. Maybe curly, course and possibly even white. I was terrified that at thirty-six years old I was losing a part of my identity, and that it might never come back again. Indeed when it first started coming back in it was white, and baby fine. I was mortified. But as the toxicity of the chemo left my body it began to grow in thicker and, to my delight, my natural dark brown.
A new chapter.
Seeing “my” hair coming back was a time of relief and celebration. It marked the start of a new and happier chapter. With the cancer behind me I was keen to take care of my new hair. To nourish it as best I could and encourage it to grow. During chemo I had switched to chemical free skin care as it had become so sensitive, and was enthusiastic to carry on in that vein post treatment.
That’s when I decided to try ‘function of beauty’. They are a New York based company whose specialty is custom made hair care. They base their products on the qualities of your own individual hair. Makes sense when you think about how unique everyone’s hair is right?
How to get yours.
First of all fill out the comprehesive quiz on their easy to use website. You will be asked to specify your personal hair type and goals. To top it off nicely you can then choose between 7 tempting fragrances (including a fragrance free option) and even the colour of the end products. You’re offered the option of adding a mask, serum or leave in treatment to complete your hair care regime. ‘Function of beauty’ then takes that information and makes you your very own, totally unique formula.
Best of all they are ethical and sustainable in everything they do, 100% vegan and cruelty free. As if that wasn’t enough to win me over (it was) their products are also Paraben and Sulfate free. No nasty chemicals for me!
‘Function of Gemma’!
So I went ahead and took the quiz, ordered some shampoo and conditioner plus a leave in treatment, then waited impatiently for my delivery. That did unfortunately take about six weeks by the time they had made my products and shipped them out to me in France, all during the COVID19 pandemic, but it felt like Christmas day when my box arrived. It was packaged beautifully and the first thing I picked out was a personalised card leaflet containing all of the information on the products they had made for me.
My shampoo and conditioner are a creamy pale green colour and very visually pleasing. The bottles are naked except for the name of the product and the words “function of (insert your name here)” and they supply some cute stickers for you to apply yourself which my daughter enjoyed doing. A quick sniff showed me they smell absolutely divine. I went for the (pear)fection fragrance which is crisp, fresh and fruity.
I’ve been using my Function of Beauty products for about two months now and have seen a marked difference in my hair. It’s back to being silky smooth and shiny. I get compliments on it all the time. I’m big on things smelling nice and after using ‘function of beauty’ my hair smells gorgeous right up to the next wash. If my hair needs a refresh between washes I just wet it, apply my leave in treatment and brush. It makes it look freshly washed and restores shine. I’m content in the knowledge that it is gentle on my brand new hair and helping it to grow strong and thick.
I also use the leave in treatment on my daughters very curly hair after washing. It makes her curls bouncy and defined like nothing I’ve tried before.
My only slight qualm would be the price. In total it cost 57.20 Euros, including shipping to France, for a 236ml bottle of shampoo, conditioner and leave in treatment. It is a lot more than I would usually spend on hair care, but figured I deserved a treat. Was it worth the money? Absolutely, in this case you definitely get a high quality product that feels like a real treat. It would make a fabulous gift for that special woman in your life who is in need of a bit of pampering and TLC.
Check out their website www.functionofbeauty.com to discover their hair products and an exciting new skincare range that I’m looking forwards to trying out next.
I’d love to hear from you. If you have any questions about function of beauty or any recommendations of great, chemical free hair and skin care please get in touch!