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Help for Thinning Hair


One of my mother’s favorite things to say is, “You have no idea what it’s like to get older.” I’m always amazed at how she says this with a straight face, ignoring that she gave birth to me when Howdy Doody was at the peak of his career.

“Wait until you go into a room and can’t remember why you went there in the first place,” she continues, “and you start losing your hair.”


Since mother has dementia and looks puzzled when I mention having had breast cancer, I let my comment go unspoken.

Eleven years ago, before breast cancer, my hair was so thick and curly, I had to have it thinned. After chemo, it grew back stick straight. Go figure! Now, I’m losing my hair again. This time, it’s not chemo, but a side effect of running out of estrogen. Six months ago the plumber pulled something out of my shower drain that looked like a limp, wet rat. It was my hair!

Recently a girlfriend said she was dealing with the same problem and had been using Julien Farel’s Hydrate Restore, an anti-aging product for hair. She went on and on about how great it was. Because my shower caddy looked like the haircare aisle at the drugstore, and none of the products worked to my satisfaction, I was skeptical. My friend filled a small jar with some Hydrate Restore from her bottle and told me to try it. Woah! I love it!

After one use, my hair had a lot more body. It no longer clung to the side of my head, plus it was shiny and no longer looks like I blow dry it every day, and the texture… ‘Seductive’ is the only word I can think of. LOL! I know! Sounds weird, but I love the feel of my hair with Hydrate Restore!

I went online to Julien Farel Salon & Spa and read about their products. After reading about their different products and how they worked, I ordered a bottle of Hydrate Restore, $36. That may sound expensive, but when you realize it’s a cleanser, treatment and conditioner in one bottle, plus it doesn’t take much, and you don’t use it every day, it’s a deal. Since then, I’ve ordered their Hydrate Shampoo, $23, and use it in-between times I use Hydrate Restore.

Julien Farel’s products worked so well, I called the company and wanted to know more. After talking to Suelyn Farel, CEO of the Julien Farel Group, I decided she was someone 1010ParkPlace needed to know, so this week, we’ve featured her as our STYLE INSPIRATION profile. She’s smart and beautiful, and needless to say, she has great hair, so take a look and get to know Suelyn Farel. As Suelyn said about their products, “Restore’s a game changer.” I must agree.

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5 thoughts on “Help for Thinning Hair”

  1. Like you, my hair never came back the same after chemo and Tamoxifen, so I will check this product line out. Thanks for the tip!

    • Claudia,
      Monday I ran into someone I hadn’t seen in about six months. She made a comment about my hair. Wondered if I’d gotten extensions. LOL! While Restore gives my hair the appearance of more bulk and body, it’s not extension miraculous.

  2. Brenda, I love it when someone leaves a comment on my blog and it leads me to a wonderful space such as yours! So thank you. I’m grateful to have never been through any major health scares (to date, at least) and yet my hair as I get older has started to lose some of its bounce and shine and has started to appear a little dry and brittle. So this is a welcome recommendation, although I’m not sure if it’s available in London but I will check it out (and I’m in the US fairly regularly so can always pick it up on my next trip) – I love the you followed up with a call to the company and featured the CEO here, that’s more than just recommending a brand, that’s really connecting! Esther x

    • Esther!
      Great to see you here. I felt the same way about your site and your writing! I was planning to email you next week to talk about the possibility of your doing something with 1010ParkPlace.

      As far as Julien Farel in London… I do know they’re planning to expand to Europe. Not sure when or where. Julien is French. Their Senior Stylist, Diego Miranda, lives and works in London but comes to NYC frequently for his NY clients.

      Touch base next week!

      • Dear Brenda, I owe you a sincere apology! I really didn’t mean to ignore your lovely comment, somehow I missed the automated Disqus notification of reply and only saw it today when ‘tidying up’ my emails. Thank you for the additional information, I’m back in London now after being away for a couple of weeks and am going to look into Julien Farel. I can’t imagine what I could contribute to your wonderful site, but I always love connecting! Esther xx

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