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Does Joan Rivers Great Hair Day Really Work?

Posted Jan 12 2013 1:01am

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Anon asks…I have a guilty pleasure I watch the bitchy fashion show with Joan Rivers. I heard she has some kind of miracle hair product that restores hair. More beauty BS I assume? Come on Brains, what’s the scoop?

The Beauty Brains respond:

The product in question is “Great Hair Day” by Joan Rivers. It’s essentially a colored powder that “fills in” the areas where your hair is thinner. This product is a pressed powder packaged in a compact.

We haven’t tested this specific product but we do know that the general approach of using powder to conceal thinning hair can work with the right formula. For example, we tested Toppik Hair Building fibers and found that it works surprisingly well because it contains tiny keratin fibers that sort of “flock together” with your hair fibers. The result of this fiber building action is that Toppik actually improves the appearance of hair volume.

Compare that with the Joan Rivers formula which is basically talc and some polymers. It’s more like a foundation than a fiber-building formula. It appears to be  designed to just cover up the light covered, shiny scalp that peeks through as your hair starts to thin.

If you’re trying to stop your scalp from showing through thin hair then Great Hair Day may be fine for you. If you’re trying to actually make it look like you have more hair, I’d recommend Toppik. Both products have to be applied daily (assuming you wash your hair) and are about equally expensive (they’ll cost around $25.)

Talc, microcrystalline cellulose, kaolin, mica, polymathy methacyrlate, boron nitride, vp/hexadecene copolymer, fragrance, isododecane, dehydracetic acid, salicylic acid, benzoic acid, phenoxyethanol, propylene carbonate, benzyl alcohol, disteardimonium rectorate, biotin oily tripeptide-1, oleanolic acid, apigenin, peg-40 hydrogentated castor oil, ppc-26 buteth-26, water, butylene glycol, benzethonium chloride, polyquaternium-7, polyquaternium-39, methicone,
May contain iron oxides, titanium dioxide, chromium oxide

Keratin, Ammonium Chloride, Silica, DMDM Hydantoin, May Contain: fd&c yellow 5, d&c red 22, d&c red 33, fd&c blue 1, d&c green 5, d&c orange 4.

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