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Fermented Rice Water Rinse for Hair Growth: 3-month Results

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This is the third month I have used fermented rice water rinses. It has really transformed my hair for the better … My hair has never felt smoother, shinier, or silkier! You can read my posts on my month #1 results and month #2 results for more detailed information on how fermented rice water rinses have improved the overall condition of my  temperamental, multi-textured, fragile hair.

I like to use organic brown rice, but you can use organic white rice (or any other rice you prefer).  I go into the nutrient break down between the two HERE. For the general recipe and instructions for how to make fermented rice water, read this post HERE on the subject.

After 12 weeks of using fermented rice water, am I still receiving positive results? Watch the video below to chart my experience with using fermented rice water over the last 3 months …

 

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Fermented Rice Water Rinse for Hair Growth: 2-month Results

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This is the second month I have been doing fermented rice water rinses and, so far, I love it! It has really helped to improve the condition of my hair, both in terms of how it looks and feels. This is no trivial accomplishment for this multi-textured head of fine, fragile hair.

I like to use organic brown rice, but you can use organic white rice (or any other rice you prefer).  Just keep in mind that all white rice begins its life as brown rice. However, white rice has been processed to remove it’s husk, bran, and germ. Although this increases its shelf life, it means that white rice has to be artificially fortified with nutrients. This is why I prefer to use organic brown rice. Here is a basic breakdown of some of the nutrients between the two from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database (based on ½ cup of raw long-grain rice) …

Because  rice does contain protein, I like to clarify my hair once a month with bentonite clay to prevent any build up. My sister likes to add a little apple cider vinegar to her fermented rice water  rinse. For the general recipe and instructions for how to make fermented rice water, READ my first post HERE on the subject.

After 8 weeks of using fermented rice water, my hair feels significantly stronger and less fragile. I have also noticed that my strands seem to be much smoother and silkier! Rice water has been a complete game changer for me and is really helping me with length retention. Want more detailed information about my experience over the last two months? Watch the video below …

 

 

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Fermented Rice Water Rinse: Can It Grow YOUR Hair?

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Historically, in China, Japan, and other southeast Asian countries, rice water has been used for skincare (e.g., to bathe in) as well as in various hair care routines (i.e., in lieu of shampoo). The Yao women of the Huangluo village in China are a testament to the wonders of this simple liquid. They have been entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as “the world’s longest hair village.” The average hair length of the women in this village spans 6 ft. long!  What do these women have in common? They all use fermented rice water to rinse their hair. According to them, this practice keeps their hair black, silky, shiny, and long. A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Chemists found that the use of rice water as a hair care regimen aided in the reduction of surface friction on hair follicles and helped to improve the overall elasticity of hair. This means that those lengthy detangling sessions could be a thing of the past … Goodbye, breakage!

So, how do we obtain gorgeous locks from rice water? Rice contains inositol, a carbohydrate. Thanks to a specialized imaging technique, we know that inositol can help repair damaged hair.  This is because inositol not only remains on the exterior shaft of the hair but has the ability to gradually penetrate into each strand’s cortex (the middle), even after rinsing, offering continued hair protection. As a result, rinsing or washing your hair with rice water can improve manageability and, as a bonus, prevent any future damage. Besides, the amino acids, B vitamins, minerals, and vitamin E found in rice is thought to help strengthen the hair’s roots, add volume and lustre to the hair, and make hair silky smooth. With such amazing hair benefits as these, it’s no wonder the Yao women can obtain 6 feet of healthy, long, beautiful hair.

In addition, rice water is also believed to create flawless skin due to its cooling and soothing effect. Thanks to its moisturizing, antioxidant, and healing properties, it is also believed to improve overall circulation, prevent signs of aging (i.e., age spots and discoloration), soften and smooth skin, and ease inflammation. A study conducted at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium found that taking rice water bath  increased damaged skin’s ability to heal by as  much as 20%.

General Recipe

There are two ways to make rice water, with heat (via boiling water) or without heat (sans boiling). My sister likes to boil her rice  water, but I prefer the no-boil method (to keep as many of the rice’s nutrients in tact).

To make rice water, you will need:

Instructions

1.    To make rice water, first rinse the rice with water (to remove any dirt or impurities).

2.    Place the rice in a container and cover with (distilled) water.  I used a glass bottle with a flip-top lid to create a vaccum seal  and to prevent contamination (i.e., from something inadvertently falling into the vessel). Let the rice soak for 1 to 2 days at room temperature.  (The warmer the room, the faster the fermentation process will be). Occasionally swirl the water around to help the vitamins and minerals seep into the water. Over time, the water should slowly become cloudy, creating a nourishing rinse for your hair and skin.

3.    Once 1 or 2 days have passed, strain the rice water out into a clean bowl and then transfer it into a spray bottle (for ease of use).  Your rice water is now ready to use. It will smell slightly sour  (i.e., reminiscent of yeast when making bread).

4 .  Store your rice water in the refrigerator to stop the fermentation process. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.

NOTE: You can always use unfermented rice water, however fermenting the rice water provides enhanced benefits. (i.e., traces of pitera, a substance produced during the fermentation process that is believed to promote cell regeneration and help skin stay young and beautiful). Also, keep in mind that fermented rice water is very potent. As a result, you may need to dilute it with a cup or two of  water prior to use.  I didn’t need to, but everyone’s hair is different. So, simply adjust the ratio according to your hair’s needs (e.g., dilute with more water if you find the rinse too drying for your hair).

How to Use Fermented Rice Water

After shampooing your mane, use a spray bottle to saturate your hair with rice water. Make sure your strands are coated from root to tip. Then, gently massage the rice water into your scalp, and cover your hair with a processing cap. Leave the rinse in for 20 to 30 minutes. Next, rinse your hair thoroughly with (distilled) water. Use this fermented rice treatment once a week as a final rinse. It should be the last step in your hair routine prior to moisturizing and styling your hair.

What I Noticed

Fermented rice water really helped to do the following:

  • condition my hair
  • soften my hair
  • balance my scalp’s pH
  • increase the shine of my hair
  • strengthen my hair
  • help my hair grow faster (and retain the length I grew)

After 4 weeks of using fermented rice water, my hair felt softer, stronger, and super silky. Also, I noticed that my strands seemed much smoother. Rice water really works! Want more detailed information about my experience? Watch the video below …

 

 

Read about my 2-month results HERE.

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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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