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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Pura D'Or Update and Review

Hello, My Dear Friends!

It's been a while since I began testing out these products from Pura D'Or, but as my long-time friends and readers know, life and Lupus have this uncanny way of slowing me down, or more often, having me down for the count for long periods of time. That being said... A promise is a promise and I did say that I would test these Organic Argan Oil infused hair and body products and come back with a review, so here it is! Finally, right?!

(In case you missed my original post about these products and how I obtained them, just click HERE and then come back for the review! - Or, you could read this and then go check out the original post - I'll leave that totally up to you.)

Products used: Pura D'Or Premium Organic Gold Label Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo, Pura D'Or Premium Organic Argan Oil Conditioner in Lavender & Vanilla and Pura D'Or 100% Organic Argan Oil for Body Face and Hair

I've lost a significant amount of hair over the years. Now, you'd probably never believe it based on the way it looks now, but my crowning glory was long and full and quite strong when I was growing up. Even when I cut it into a shorter, very "Olivia Newton John type" of style in the late seventies and early eighties, there was still a lot of it! So... what happened?

(I apologize if this is a bit on the TMI side of things, but I truly want to share my "hair journey" as thoroughly and openly as possible and explain why my hair is in the condition that it is. Other people's hair loss situations might differ from mine.)

My "issues" began when I was in my late twenties, after over a year of poking, prodding and several embarrassing scans that were ordered and performed by all manner of doctors and technicians, I was diagnosed with (what was at that time) a rare illness called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. (PCOS/POS)

It was so rare at the time, that my GYN, who had been in practice for several years, as well as another doctor, who happened to be the director of reproductive endocrinology at a well known and respected medical college and teaching hospital, had barely heard of it at that point.

My condition persisted for several years and was severe enough that my entire reproductive cycle came to a complete stop. I had multiple cysts on both of my ovaries and one that eventually evolved into a pre-cancerous tumor, that resulted in the decision to remove my right ovary in 2010. During those years, my hair's volume reduced by at least 40%.

According to Wikipedia: "PCOS is the most common endocrine disorder among women between the ages of 18 and 44 {and can cause a number of symptoms including androgenic alopecia (increase hair thinning or diffuse hair loss).} It affects approximately 5% to 10% of this age group. It is one of the leading causes of poor fertility."

Then, in  my late thirties, for reasons still not understood by my doctors to this day, my cycles all returned pretty much to normal and at least some of the hair that I'd lost during those earlier years, started to grow back in. Of course, it was never again the luxurious mane that I'd had in my youth, but it was definitely an improvement!

A few years passed and much to my dismay, along came more health issues and a year and a half ago, after more poking and prodding and testing by specialists, I was finally diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called SLE Lupus. As fate would have it, Lupus is also a disease that can bring with it a significant amount of hair loss.

So, here I am again, struggling on a daily basis, to find the best solutions that I can, to my rapidly thinning, fragile hair. And lo and behold, along came the good folks at Pura D'Or with the offer of a possible solution! I read as much as I could about the company and it's products and was impressed enough that I agreed to try them.

So, now that you know a little bit of the "back story" let's get on to what you're all here to see! The product review!!

I used both the Gold Label Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo and the Organic Argan Oil Conditioner for a period of 90 days. I used them exclusively and between 2 and 3 times per week.

I never use a brush on my hair when it's wet (and rarely when it's dry) because the bristles on most brushes can cause hair breakage and I certainly don't need any more of that than I already deal with! I also use only the lowest settings on my blow dryer and I do not use heated styling tools, such as curling or flat irons, also in order to avoid any further possible damage to my hair.

My hair had also been in a ponytail for about 10 hours before taking it down for these photos.
As you can see by the differences in the photos above and below, the Pura D'Or products did seem to help prevent a fair amount of hair loss from occurring and I definitely believe that they gave my hair quite a bit of added fullness and body.

(The hair in the bottom right frame of each photo, is any hair that came out in my comb after getting out of the shower and before blow drying my hair)

My Opinion!

Because it is important to me to assure my readers that the opinions that I share here are 100% my own, I want to reiterate that what follows is my experience with these products and I have not been influenced by anyone else's opinion, or review. As is true in all things, a particular product might work a certain way for one person and then work in a different way for someone else. If you try these for yourself, the results that you get could differ from mine.

That being said... I am happy to say with certainty (and with a completely clear conscience) that for me, the Pura D'Or Premium Organic Gold Label Anti-Hair Loss Shampoo and the Pura D'Or Premium Organic Argan Oil Conditioner in Lavender & Vanilla that were sent to me to try, did exactly what they claim to do! Only a small amount of each of these two products is needed to cleanse and condition my hair, so they last quite a long time, making them a very economical choice as well.

I strongly recommend these products to anyone who is looking for an organic, gentle, ingredient rich solution, to the cleansing and conditioning of fine, fragile thinning hair and/or a sensitive scalp.

Now, as for the Pura D'Or 100% Pure Argan Oil For Body, Face And Hair, I must add that while I did not use it on my hair, (because all oils tend to weigh my hair down) I did use it on my face and body and I feel that it truly did an excellent job of keeping my skin feeling both hydrated and soft, without feeling greasy or leaving any type of oily residue behind. And as I stated about the hair products above, only small amounts of the Argan Oil do an excellent job of adding soft, supple hydration to the areas of my face and body where I need it, so I feel that the price point is extremely reasonable!

I hope that you found these reviews helpful and if you have any questions or need clarification about the products themselves, how I used them, or anything else that I might not have covered regarding your particular needs, please don't hesitate to leave me your questions in the comments below. I'm more than happy to help in any way that I can!

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Thanks for stopping by! I hope that you come by again for more chit-chat, hauls and reviews!

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