Swell have been on my radar for quite some time, so when the opportunity presented itself to try some of their products out, I had to jump at it immediately! Here are my thoughts on their bestselling 3 Step System for fine hair.
When I was a teenager, like a lot of things, I took for granted my naturally thick hair. It had always been more of an annoyance than a blessing as it was (and still is) unruly and difficult to style. However, since entering my twenties, I have noticed that my hair is a lot finer than it used to be and that I now need a bit of a helping hand to give it a volumising boost.
Fine or thinning hair is a very common problem and judging by the million and one products on the market that promise thicker hair, it's one that consumers have been seeking assistance with for decades. I first heard of the british brand Swell on green beauty blogs and then saw several key beauty experts such as Sali Hughes rave about them, so they quickly leapt onto my 'to-try' list.
Swell have a special 3 Step System for fine, thinning and limp hair which involves a Volumizing Shampoo, Volumizing Conditioner and a Root Nutrient Complex. I've been testing the system out for a few weeks now so I felt it was high time that I shared my thoughts on the wonders of Swell.link)
Step 1: This 97% natural, vegan friendly shampoo is free from SLS, Silicones and Parabens, and it's safe for coloured treated hair. It has a really lovely and fresh scent thanks to the signature blend of essential oils in the formula. The shampoo comes with a pump and it's recommended to use anything between 3-7 pumps depending on how fine your hair is (the more fine, the less you need and as it's concentrated the bottle will last a lot longer than regular shampoos). As it's SLS free, I wasn't expecting it to lather much, but was pleasantly surprised when I saw a small amount of foaming action begin. Upon rinsing it out, my hair felt very clean and fresh.
Swell Advanced Volumizing Conditioner* (250ml, £28, link)
Step 2: The matching conditioner has a regular conditioner consistency (not too thick and not too thin) and shares the same lovely fresh scent as the shampoo. The formula is again 97% natural, vegan friendly and is also free from SLS, Silicones and Parabens, plus it's concentrated as well as a little goes a long way. You can use 1-8 pumps of this depending on how long your hair is and you can leave it on from 30 seconds to 3 minutes depending on how dry or damaged it is. I used 2 pumps on shoulder length hair and left it on for around 2 mins before rinsing. I let my hair dry naturally and it felt silky soft and smooth with zero frizz, and with some volume! I wouldn't say it gave me huge hair, but there was enough of a difference for me to smile about.
Swell Advanced Root Nutrient Complex* (100ml, £32, link)
Step 3: To complete the system, there's the Root Nutrient Complex which is a special blend of 18 active botanical extracts which all work together to strengthen and enrich the hair follicles, making them stronger, thicker and more resilient. You use this after towel drying your hair, and spray directly onto the scalp in sections, ensuring everything gets covered evenly, then blow dry and style as normal. The first time I used 4 sprays and it was way too much - my hair was left feeling rather sticky and looking greasy, so the next time I only used 2 sprays and massaged it into my scalp to get everything covered. This method proved to work a lot better for me as I didn't get any of the sticky/greasiness afterwards and my hair was left feeling bouncy and soft.
Overall summary: I am very impressed with this 3 Step System from Swell and would definitely recommend it to anyone who has fine or thinning hair. I've noticed that the results have got even better with continued use and my hair is starting to look thicker and more volumised than it was before!
The full range of Swell haircare is available from various stockists including naturisimo.com who offer free worldwide shipping. You can also purchase a handy travel size set of the above three products for £23.50 to try out here.
Have you tried anything from Swell?