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Fact or Fiction … Can a hair serum grow your hair 2″ in ONE week?

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Have problem hair that just won’t grow? Well, I may have stumbled across a solution. While browsing YouTube a while back, I meandered upon a video from one of my favorite YouTubers, Melissa Erial. She makes absolutely stunning hair tutorials. If you’ve never watched any of her flawless hairstyle creations, you’re missing out! One video in particular intrigued me. It was entitled, “GROW your hair 2 inches in just 1 week – Hair growth serum!” Needless to say I was instantly fascinated. Here’s the original vid that caught my eye …

 

The Recipe

  1. Extract 7 oz. of aloe vera gel from an aloe vera plant and place it into a blender (or bowl).
  2. Add 3 TBSP of Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO).
    • I used “extra strength” organic JBCO from Simply Organic.
  3. Add 1 tsp of vitamin e oil.
  4. Combine ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.
    • Or, you can just add the ingredients to a small or medium bowl, like a did, and use a hand mixer.
  5. Transfer contents to an 8 oz. applicator bottle.
  6. Enjoy!

The Method

DAY #1: Start out on freshly washed (e.g., shampooed, conditioned, deep conditioned, etc.), detangled, damp hair. Shake mixture prior to use (if necessary). I didn’t have to do this because my hand mixer did such a good job of combining all of the ingredients. Next, part hair and apply mixture directly to your scalp.Or, you can just randomly apply the concoction all over your mane. When done, massage your scalp for 5 minutes. Comb mixture through hair. (I finger combed!) Then, style your hair as desired.

DAY #2 – #7: Co-wash mixture from prior day out of your hair. Once hair is clean, apply serum all over scalp and hair, repeating the process for each subsequent day as before (on day #1).

The Process

I decided to run a little 7-day experiment to see if I could obtain similar results as Melissa Erial. Here’s what happened …

 

 

The Conclusion

I think this strategy might work better for someone with relaxed or type 1 or 2 hair. Although my hair felt soft, stayed well-moisturized, and had phenomenal curl definition, it didn’t do much in the way of hair growth. (Sigh.) On to the next experiment …

 

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SugarBearHair Vitamins: 2-month Results

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SugarBearHair Vitamins (3 Month Supply)INGREDIENTS:

Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, Zinc, Choline, Inositol, Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Water, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors, and (for Colors: Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1), Coconut Oil, and Carnauba Wax.

 

DIRECTIONS:

As a dietary supplement, adults take two (2) gummy vitamins per day. Chew thoroughly before swallowing. Do not exceed recommended dose. Keep out of sunlight. Store in a cool, dry place. Color may fade over time. Color changes do not affect the safety of the vitamins.

 

I just finished up month #2 of my 3-month trial of SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins. Go HERE to read my initial review and to watch a video of my first impressions. So far, I still love the taste and texture of these hair vitamins. The fact that they are gummies makes them super easy to take. And, they smell exactly like they taste … sweet!

The active ingredients of this hair vitamin complex claim to promote increased scalp circulation, expedited hair growth, and improved hair strength and elasticity. They also promise to help decrease hair breakage and hair loss, add shine, improve the moisture balance of the scalp and hair, and increase overall energy levels. While I haven’t noticed any increased energy, I have noticed that my tresses are much shinier and seem less fragile, especially at the root.

I’ve also observed that my hairline has pretty much completely filled in. I have so many new baby hairs. Yay! So, these hair vitamins are definitely working. However, I haven’t attained any “expedited hair growth.” For some reason, in the last year or two, I haven’t retained much length. My hair would grow 0.5″ one month and then break off 0.75″ the next! So, while, I’m not attaining an inch or more a month with these adorable bear-shaped hair vitamins, I am retaining SOME length finally. After almost two years of stagnated hair growth, I’m super excited about that!

 

PROS

♥ Vitamins are filling in my hairline.

♥ Vitamins are strengthening my hair.

♥ Vitamins are providing my hair with much-needed nutrition.

♥ Vitamins are encouraging new growth.

♥ My hair is more voluminous and thicker at the root.

 

 

CONS

 Not gaining an astronomical amount of length.

 

Want to know more of my thoughts about these hair vitamins after two months’ of use? Watch the video below to hear my full assessment of these gummies and to see my two-month length check.

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SugarBearHair Vitamins (Review + 1-month Results)

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SugarBearHair Vitamins (3 Month Supply)
I’ve been wanting to try SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins for a while now. They’re a little pricey (about $36, including shipping, for a one-month supply), so I never seemed to be able to commit. I always felt like there were other things on which I could (and should) spend my hard-earned money. However, after thoroughly researching the ingredients and noticing that this is one of the few hair growth vitamins that DOES NOT contain MSM, a popular hair growth aid ingredient that I have an extreme sensitivity to (read here and here for more information about my detailed experiences), I knew that I would eventually have to cave. So, when the company had a one-hour, pre-Black Friday flash sale that gave me 35% off along with a free hair brush, hair tie, and shower cap, I quickly splurged on a 3-month supply! (I missed the 40% off flash sale by 1 minute!!! 😡)

 

INGREDIENTS:

Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B-12, Biotin, Pantothenic Acid, Iodine, Zinc, Choline, Inositol, Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Water, Pectin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Natural Flavors, and (for Colors: Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1), Coconut Oil, and Carnauba Wax.

 

DIRECTIONS:

As a dietary supplement, adults take two (2) gummy vitamins per day. Chew thoroughly before swallowing. Do not exceed recommended dose. Keep out of sunlight. Store in a cool, dry place. Color may fade over time. Color changes do not affect the safety of the vitamins.

 

I love that SugarBearHair Hair Vitamins are gummies. That makes them super easy to take. (No smelly horse pills here!) So, all of you with difficulty gulping down your daily vit, rejoice! On top of that, these adorable, little, blue SugarBears® taste phenomenal. They remind me of blue raspberry candy with a citrus undertone. In fact, they are quite reminiscent of some sort of berry-flavored lemonade, which makes me love them all the more (as I tend to love all things berry and citrus). I do wish they weren’t quite so sweet (or were sweetened with Stevia), but it’s a trade-off when supplements come in the form of a gummy. Usually, to make any hair vitamin more palatable than their traditional pill-swallowing counterparts, sugar is going to have to be added! So, it’s a concession I’m willing to make …

The active ingredients of this hair vitamin complex claim to promote increased oxygen to improve the scalp’s circulation and expedite hair growth. The antioxidant-rich compound promises to help prevent scalp damage from free radicals, improve hair strength and elasticity, and curb excessive hair breakage and hair loss. In addition, the vitamins tout increased energy, added shine, and an improved moisture balance of the scalp and hair.

Thankfully, I experienced NO side effects while taking these hair vitamins. No acne breakouts. No sleep deprivation. No mood swings. I also drink tons of water daily, which I think contributes to the fact that I rarely get acne (unless it’s hormonal … sigh)! It’s also important to note that SugarBearHair Vitamins are hormone free. As a result, they WILL NOT cause the hair on your face or body to grow longer or thicker! Moreover, the vitamins will fit virtually anyone’s schedule regardless of how lax or regimented given that these gummies do not have to be taken at a specific time of day, can be taken all at once or separately, and are not required to be taken with meals!

PROS

♥ Vitamins are vegetarian, kosher, cruelty free, gelatin free, gluten free, and soy free.

♥ Vitamins come in a gummy form (no hard-to-swallow large, smelly pills).

♥ Designed for all hair types and genders.

♥ Designed to provide essential nutrients for healthy hair growth.

♥ Formulated to support both the strength and shine of your hair and nails.

♥ Contains 15 vitamins and natural ingredients.

♥ Flavored from real berries and citrus fruits.

♥ Vitamins are hormone free and won’t affect body or facial hair.

♥ Vitamins can be taken any time of day, together, separate, and with or without food!

CONS

 Vitamins are quite sweet.

 Vitamins are expensive (if not purchased when on sale).

 

Want to find out if these Hair Vitamins are just another bandwagon craze? Watch the video below to see my YouTube review and to watch my one-month length check after taking these gummies.

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Swanson Bamboo Extract: 2-month Update

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I first started using bamboo extract two months ago. I had mixed one-month results. I bought two bottles. Each bottle contains 60 vegetarian capsules and will last 2 months since you only need to take one pill a day. Given that I purchased both bottles for less than $20, this supplement provides pretty good bang for your buck.

After taking this supplement for 8 weeks, my nail health has made a complete 180 turnaround. My weak, brittle nails normally break daily. This bamboo extract seemed to strengthen and lengthen them from the inside out. After only 2 weeks, my nail growth expedited exponentially. In a month’s time, the extract had lengthened my nails to the point of becoming an annoyance (needing to be cut much more frequently than before). After 2 months, I’ve noticed that the condition of my nails have improved drastically. My nails have not just become LONGER but have now become STRONGER as well.

While my hair’s thickness and volume have increased, I have had zero to staggering results. This is likely due to the fact that I have 3 different textures on my head! Watch the following video for a quick summary of my experience after taking bamboo extract for two months.

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2016: A Year in Rear View

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2016, for me, was a year of setbacks. After more than half of the year was over, I discovered that most of my hair’s lack of hydration was due to the fact that I live in a hard (to very hard) water area. Ever since I purchased a new shower filter, I have noticed an exponential reduction in split ends and single strand knots (SSKs). However, after gaining and retaining an additional three inches in length during the last quarter of the year, I lost it all (and more) due to a foolish decision to put my hair in mini twists. After that, my hair’s health declined dramatically. It’s been an uphill battle ever since to recover from fragile, damaged ends and extensive hair breakage (I lost as much as 5″ in some areas)! I’ve dusted my ends multiple times to try to get back to the status quo for my hair.

When my hair growth continued to stall and I observed that I still had split, scraggly ends, I bit the bullet and chopped off an additional 1″ – 1 ½” (around the beginning of December 2016). Unfortunately, that meant losing more length on top of what I had already lost due to breakage, but I wanted to start fresh in the New Year. Plus, I always choose the health of my hair over the length of my hair. So, I’m not afraid to get scissor-happy when necessary. 😉 Besides, only a month later, it has proven to be the best decision I ever made since my hair grew (and I retained) 0.5″ in the last 30 days (finally)!

As a result, in 2017, I will be focusing predominantly on restoring the health of my hair and length retention. It’s back to basics for me … Moisture! Moisture! Moisture! I will continue to moisturize my hair twice a day (in the morning and at night before I go to bed). I am thinking of reincorporating the GHE method back into my regimen on a more consistent basis. I totally failed to do this last year, which I think only exacerbated my dry hair woes. I also plan to experiment with a few more hair growth aids and styling products to make up for lost time. 😉

So far this winter, the main struggle I’ve noticed is that my natural hair is in this awkward stage where the length of my hair, when down, (i.e., in wash ‘n gos and twist-outs) sometimes brushes up against my clothes, especially after day 4 or 5 when my shrunken freshly washed hair starts to loosen and become more voluminous after repeated stretching from twist-outs or general styling. I think that might have contributed to a lot of breakage as well. So, I hope to twist AND pin my hair up or do more roll ‘n tuck styles. Because my fine strands do not like being in protective styles over extended periods of time, I’m going to try to minimize over-manipulating my hair. In addition, at night, I have been loosely bunning my hair or tucking in my ends and pinning it in place to better protect the oldest part of my hair.

I’m also toying with the idea of ditching shampoo altogether and co-washing exclusively. If that doesn’t work, I may add a pre-poo or oil rinse to my regimen. I haven’t thus far to try to keep my hair wash day as minimal as possible, but I definitely think my current hair regimen needs a revamp, so I will be tweaking it from time to time as I start the journey of finding new products and methods that will work for my hair’s current needs. I’ve already incorporated a mid-week co-wash back into my routine. I used to do this when my hair was relaxed and I was transitioning to natural. So far, my hair seems to like it. Because I exercise an hour a day 6-7 days a week, I think an additional wash may be necessary to better maintain my hair’s moisture and to keep my scalp free from bacteria (i.e., from sweating during workouts) and excessive debris.

Here are the current measurements of my hair. As you can see, I lost 6-8″ in overall length from the continued breakage I experienced from hard water, the damage I suffered from wearing my hair in mini twists, and much-needed trims (to cut away fragile, split, tangled ends).

Current Measurements

FRONT: 14″

SIDES: 11.5″ (LEFT); 12″ (RIGHT)

CROWN 14″

BACK: 11.0″

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Nioxin 2% Minoxidil Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women: 1 Month Results

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Nioxin 2% Minoxidil Hair Regrowth Treatment for Women has been clinically proven to effectively help hair growth in women. It is the only FDA-approved medicine available to treat female pattern baldness and thinning. According to the label, it “reactivates hair follicles to stimulate regrowth.” Although previously only available by prescription, it is now comes in a 90-day supply for under $40 online. Since a 30-day supply is almost $17, that’s essentially a buy 2, get 1 free deal! So, I think this gives great bang for your buck.

Directions: Apply one mL 2 times a day directly onto the scalp in the hair loss area.

Manufacturer Warning: According to the enclosed instruction leaflet, using more of the Hair Regrowth Treatment or using the Hair Regrowth Treatment more frequently WILL NOT improve results. If treating extreme hair loss, continued use is necessary or hair loss will return. Also, it is important that, when using this treatment, it is not applied on other parts of the body. Contact with the eyes should be avoided. (In case of accidental contact, rinse eyes with large amounts of cool tap water.) In addition, some people have experienced changes in hair color and/or texture after using this product.

PROS

  • Unscented
  • Restored my edges
  • Increased my hair’s volume drastically
  • Has a child-resistant dropper bottle
  • Great value for the quantity received
  • You do not need to change your normal hair routine to use this treatment (e.g., can continue to use hair spray, gel, mousse, etc.)

CONS

  • Must be 18 or older to use
  • Has to be applied 2x a day EVERY day
  • Solution needs to remain on the scalp for at least 4 hours (washing out is not necessary after this time)
  • Will not grow back 100% of all hair
  • Maximum results require 4 months of consistent use
  • Nioxin 2% Minoxidil will not work better or faster if used more than 2x a day
  • Solution requires sufficient drying time (i.e., prior to going to sleep for the night) to prevent staining
  • Must wash hands thoroughly after use to prevent unwanted hair growth on other parts of the body
  • Not everyone will respond to the Nioxin 2% Minoxidil Hair Regrowth Treatment
  • Only treats general hair thinning and hair loss (particularly on the top of the head, such as in terms of female pattern baldness); does not expedite hair growth
  • Has potential side effects: itching, inflamed/burning skin, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, faintness/dizziness, changes in hair color or texture, swelling in hands or feet, and/or sudden unexplained weight gain; potential for side effects increase if product is not used properly (i.e., on other parts of the body)

OVERVIEW

In just two weeks, I noticed a significant increase in my hair’s volume and that my sparse edges were starting to fill in. Around this time, while having lunch with my sister, she commented that my hair looked “healthy.” After a month, she said that my hair appeared twice as thick and full as before! This was without her knowing that I was using this treatment. I noticed a difference, but it’s nice when the people around you start to notice, too.

All in all, I am pleased with the fact that this Hair Regrowth Treatment helped to thicken my hair and grow back my edges. However, it didn’t seem to have much, if any, effect in terms of expediting my hair growth. Watch the video below to see my detailed progress after using the Nioxin 2% Minoxidil Hair Regrowth Treatment for a month.

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Virgin Hair Fertilizer: 1 Month Results

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I heard about Virgin Hair Fertilizer after watching the video below on YouTube!

Product Claims

  • Rapid hair growth
  • Hair conditioning cream for dry hair
  • Anti-dandruff

This is how the tube looks …

Directions: Apply and massage Virgin Hair Fertilizer into your hair and scalp everyday. Comb and style as desired for healthy, strong, and natural-looking hair.

My Usage

  • I used the Hair Fertilizer once a day 3x a week (due to the intense smell). 
  • I divided my hair into quadrants. For each section, I applied the product to both my scalp and the length of my hair. I massaged each quadrant for 60 seconds, and styled my hair as desired.

(4) Pros

  • This hair conditioning cream softened my already soft hair even more when layered over my lavender spritz.
  • I noticed thicker hair after only 1 week of use!
  • This grew my edges back quickly.
  • This plays well with other products (i.e., can be layered under or over other products).

(2) Cons

  • The metal tube is very thin and easily will bust, causing product to ooze out/be wasted.
  • The product has a very pungent peppermint smell that lingered for a good 2-3 hours after application. The smell was so strong that it started to burn my eyes slightly during the application process. I would recommend applying this product at night so that you don’t have to worry about the strong, lingering scent while at work, running errands, etc.

The following video shows the length I received after using this product for 4 weeks.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

There apparently is a knock-off brand marketing themselves as the original. Want to know whether you are buying the legitimate product? According to the company,

Our fertilizer always has an expiry period of 5 years. It has a minty, peppermint smell and has a cool effect on your head when used. (You can open the folded end of the tube to smell and fold back to confirm before purchasing.) Our product does not have an NC number, which you might find in some fakes in the market. Our fertilizer has a yellowish colour and, when rubbed on your palm, has a distinctive, strong minty smell. If you have bought anything else that does not match our description, then it’s likely you have bought the fake and would appreciate if you can email or call us with the info.

 Virgin Hair Fertilizer

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