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Goals Beauty Complete Healthy Hair Oil

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Apricot Oil, Flax Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Ginger Root, Biotin, Burdock Root, Gotu Kola, Fenugreek, Olive Oil, Amla Oil, Carrit Oil, Black Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Horsetail Powder, Essential Oils for Scent, & A Multitude of Blessings.



Massage a small amount into head from scalp to the ends of hair. Use as often as needed. Do not rinse out. Style as desired. 

May also be used as a hot oil treatment: Massage into hair as directed. Cover with a plastic cap and sit under moderate heat for 5-15 minutes. Next, gently rinse out. For best results, do not shampoo out the oil. Discontinue use if irritation occurs. Keep out of the reach of children. EXTERNAL USE ONLY. Do not use if safety seal is broken. 


According to the product label, Goals Beauty Complete Healthy Hair Oil is “a biotin-infused, fatty acid, antioxidant-rich, healthy hair oil that promotes stronger, healthier hair while serving as an antiseptic moisturizer. This hair tonic aids in a healthy scalp by clearing scalp irritations, including dandruff and skin inflammation, which may interfere with healthy hair growth.”

I like the fact that this Healthy Hair Oil comes in a black bottle so I don’t have to worry about the formula being altered (i.e., by sunlight, etc). I also love that this bottle has a twist applicator top. Usually, the first thing I do when I am trying a new hair growth oil is transfer the oil into a different bottle with a traditional or slanted applicator top, or use my Roots Only bottle. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do that with this bottle because it came with one. The spout even adjusts. All you have to do is twist it open more or less for the size opening you prefer.

My only complaint (about the bottle) is that it is difficult to gauge how much to adjust the opening (at least initially). For instance, when I first applied the oil to my scalp, hours later, I had oil dripping down my neck, my forehead, the sides of my face, everywhere! LOL. It was because I couldn’t readily see whether the hole at the top of the applicator was open too wide or too narrow. As a result, apparently a lot more oil was coming out than I thought! So, err on the side of caution. It took me a good week to get the bottle opening perfectly adjusted, and I feel like I wasted a lot of oil in the process!

Other than that, I absolutely adore how light this oil is. It never weighed down my fine hair strands (except in the beginning when I accidentally applied 2-3x too much oil due to operator issues with the twist top)! It has a pleasant slightly fruity scent that I enjoy. Nothing strong or overbearing. And, the oil itself is quite thin and almost transparent (slightly reminiscent of the Ancient Secrets oil I tried way back when).

I used the Healthy Hair Oil for four weeks (28 days). The company website doesn’t provide a list of ingredients (or even directions), so I typed them all out above, for your convenience. Watch the video below to find out what I think about this product in greater detail and to see how well this Healthy Hair Oil worked for me …


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Goals Beauty Healthy Hair Vitamins

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Goals Beauty Healthy Hair Vitamins is a hair growth supplement infused with amino acids, natural herbs, and minerals to assist with attaining longer, stronger, and healthier hair. One bottle contains 60 tablets (a one-month supply). The serving size is 2 tablets. They should be taken daily, preferably with meals. Because the instructions don’t specify how the supplement should be taken apart from that, I contacted the company for guidance. The first two days I took both tablets with my breakfast. However, according to them, for optimum results, the supplement should be taken twice a day with a meal (e.g., at breakfast and lunch or lunch and dinner). I was pretty consistent. I only missed 1 day over the course of a month.

After a week of taking these hair growth pills, I started to have problems sleeping. I immediately looked on the back of the bottle, and after sifting through all the ingredients, I saw “OptiMSM (methylsulfonylmethane) 250 mg.” MSM! I almost cringed. For those who have been following me on my blog for several years, you know that I have an extreme sensitivity to MSM, to the point that it gave me migraines and prolonged insomnia when taken in large doses. Thankfully (likely due to the small dose), I only suffered mild insomnia for 4-5 days. I noticed that I only had trouble sleeping when I took the daily dosage at lunch AND dinner instead of at breakfast AND lunch. So, I made a concerted effort to take the pills with my first two meals of the day. On days where I was worried that I might not be able to do so, I took both tablets with my breakfast rather than risk having trouble falling asleep all night long.

I took the supplement for four weeks (28 days). The company website doesn’t provide a list of ingredients, so I took a picture of the back of the pill bottle, for your convenience.


Watch the video below to find out my detailed thoughts on this product and to see my results …

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My MSM Migraine

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MSM (aka Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring compound found in nature (e.g., fresh fruits and vegetables, and raw fish, meat, and milk). However‚ MSM is a volatile substance that is easily lost when foods are processed/pasteurized, stored, and cooked. As a result, there are some scientists and doctors who believe that our diets supply our bodies with only a marginal amount of MSM on a daily basis. In addition, MSM levels are also thought to decline as we age. Some practitioners even suggest that when the concentration of MSM falls below “minimum levels,” physical and psychological stress can be triggered and result in a reduction (or loss) of normal organ function.

I first encountered this acronym on YouTube and then later on various hair boards. I was intrigued by the numerous claims that it helped to grow hair healthy and long SUPER FAST. Then, I came across several medical articles that touted a litany of other benefits.


  • To prevent hair loss, poor circulation, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
  • To treat chronic pain, joint inflammation, PMS, obesity, parasitic infections, and various medical disorders and diseases.
  • To promote mood elevation and boost the immune system.
  • To minimize scar tissue, stretch marks, and wrinkles.
  • To relieve allergies and control snoring.
  • To accelerate healing of wounds.

Time To Plan

Because MSM maintains healthy connective tissue, it is said to help keep skin‚ hair, and nails healthy by donating sulfur for the production of keratin‚ a fibrous protein. It can be taken orally in pill or tablet form, or applied topically (by creating a lotion or cream with MSM powder). So, after doing some research, I decided to take the plunge. It seemed like the perfect addition to my current vitamin and supplement regimen. I purchased 1500 mg of pure crystalline MSM by Doctor’s BestI figured I would give the supplement 3-4 months to work its magic.

I tried to find a recommended dosage but failed. I found some hair enthusiasts online taking anything from 500 mg daily to 10,000+ mg daily. Most seemed to hover somewhere in the middle. So, I decided to take three 1500 mg pills each day (one before each meal).

Time for Caution

Month one began without a hitch … until I started to experience daily headaches. Month two I started to have problems sleeping. Month 3, I had full-blown insomnia. Unfortunately, it took me a while to realize that the MSM I was taking was causing all of these symptoms. I remember calling my mom and telling her about my inability to fall and stay asleep. She asked me if I had changed my normal routine in any way. Like an idiot, I said, “No!” It wasn’t until I got off the phone with her that I realized everything in my routine was just as it had always been except for the addition of MSM to my vitamins and supplements.

Time To Rethink

I did some additional research and found that some MSM users who experienced side effects had greater success eliminating the evening pill and dividing the same dosage between the breakfast and lunch allotment. So, I switched to taking two 1500 mg pills before breakfast and one 1500 mg pill before lunch (with no pill before dinner). I continued to have insomnia … Then, I thought that maybe 4500 mg of MSM a day was just too much for me, so I reduced my intake to 3,000 mg a day (one pill before breakfast and one pill before lunch) … When my symptoms persisted, I opted to only take one 1500 mg MSM pill a day. Still no luck!

Needless to say, after countless severe headaches and the agony of averaging only 4 hours of sleep a night for 3 months, I stopped taking MSM all-together. Why did it take me so long to give it up? I guess, I really was hoping all the increased hair growth claims were true. Sigh.

The problem is that there isn’t much published scientific research to support the use of MSM or to even provide a Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA). But, even if the claims of MSM‘s effectiveness need more proof, you might be tempted to take the supplement anyway. You know, just in case it might work for you. 

Safety First

Side Effects & Warnings

MSM MAY BE SAFE for most people when taken orally or topically. However, some studies suggest that consumption should be limited to a maximum of 12 weeks. There is also not enough information available concerning the safety of MSM and its use in nose drops, during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding. Possible side effects include:

  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Itching (or worsening of allergy symptoms)

MSM Warning

Also, keep in mind that the quality of MSM can differ dramatically from brand to brand. Depending on the manufacturer, some inferior MSM supplements can contain trace amounts of heavy metals (i.e., lead) or other contaminants (i.e., pesticides).

Even more importantly, there haven’t been any peer-reviewed studies conclusively linking MSM supplements to increased hair growth. The rationale is that (1) MSM regenerates and maintains healthy cells. (2) Hair, skin, and nails are made of cells. (3) So, MSM grows and maintains healthy hair, skin, and nails. While it is true that keratin (the main component of hair) does, indeed, have sulfur in it, most medical doctors who oppose the addition of MSM as a supplement believe that an ordinary diet is likely more than enough to provide all the sulfur our bodies need for hair growth.

Obviously, there’s a huge demand in the hair industry for a hair loss remedy (especially an over-the-counter remedy). Most people without hair (or who have experienced hair loss) want to grow their hair, and most people with hair want to grow more of it. In fact, according to The Washington Post, more than 3.5 billion dollars a year is spent on the treatment of hair loss. Although the American Hair Loss Association (AHLA)  readily acknowledges the emotional distress attached to hair loss, they warn that 99 percent of hair loss treatments, including MSM, DO NOT work.

MSM Cream

Waste Not, Want Not

So, what to do with all my leftover MSM? I made a MSM cream for my mom who has arthritis in all her joints. She experiences pretty severe pain on a daily basis. However, after about 4-6 weeks of using the cream, she noticed a significant reduction in her pain level. In addition, I used some of the MSM cream on a scar every day for a few weeks, and it healed the area so well that I can hardly tell where the scar is anymore.

Final Thoughts

I think MSM works well topically for skin repair and for the relief of chronic pain. Not so much internally (or for hair growth).

The bottom line? If you want to add it to your arsenal of vitamins and supplements, you probably can. Just be sure to consult with your doctor, check the ingredients on the label, and buy from a reputable company. While there is no scientific proof that MSM consumption is harmful, there is also no scientific proof that it specifically helps with hair growth. So, chances are, if you’re taking MSM and “see lots of hair growth,” you’re likely experiencing a placebo effect. Without more research, there’s just no way to know for sure.


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Turn Your Rinse-out Conditioner into a Leave-in

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Recipe Card - Leave-in Conditioner

  1. In an empty bottle, add 3 oz. (6 tablespoons) of your favorite moisturizing conditioner. 
    • I used VO5 Moisture Milksan affordable cheapie conditioner that is highly moisturizing.
    • I placed the conditioner in a spray bottle with ounce line measurements that I got at Walmart for only 92 cents in the lawn and garden section! This spray bottle provides easy measuring and even easier application.
  2. Add 9 oz. of warm distilled water (1⅛ cups).
    • Leave-in conditioners are generally diluted conditioners. Please make sure you add at least 3 times more water than conditioner. Otherwise, the leave-in will weigh down your hair.
    • Try to use distilled/bottled water because the minerals in tap water can build up in your hair, making it hard to manage.
  3. Add 1 teaspoon of glycerin (a natural humectant) to make an extra moisturizing leave-in.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of vitamin e oil (an antioxidant that helps to extend shelf life). 
    • You can add 1 or 2 teaspoons of castor, olive, or coconut oil for extra nourishment, or to make this mixture double as a daily moisturizer.
    • You can add two teaspoons of MSM powder (about nine 1500mg tablets) or two teaspoons (about six 500mg tablets) of Vitamin C for an extra strengthening hair formula. Just be sure to dissolve the MSM and Vitamin C powder in three to four tablespoons of warm water. The mixture must dissolve fully before it can be incorporated into the rest of the leave-in.
    • You can add 10-15 drops of an essential oil for further hair benefits (i.e., peppermint, tea tree, or rosemary) or for a scent boost.
  6. Shake before each use, and enjoy your new leave-in!

NOTE: This is a general formula. You can play around with the concentration to determine what will best suit your needs, but always remember to listen to your hair.


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