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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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The HONEY BLOWOUT Honey Treatment on Natural Hair

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The Honey Blowout Honey Treatment was created by Philadelphia native, Carla Clarkson, (aka “The Hair Maven”).  Honey Blowout is a treatment for all hair types whether straight, wavy, curly, or chemically treated (e.g., permanent hair color, relaxers ,etc). It can be used as a (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner.


Ingredients: water, honey complex, aloe complex, ethal, pure honey, honey/miel, essential oils, vitamin e oil, mild fragrance, natural coloring

Directions: Shake well. Apply from ends up to root on wet hair. Comb through using a wide tooth comb. Apply sulfate-free hydrating shampoo* on top of treatment. Lather. Rinse. Repeat. Last, apply The Honey Blowout and comb through. Let sit for 3 minutes. Blow dry and style. 

*Honey Blowout will still work with a regular moisturizing shampoo.



If used as a deep conditioner, apply the Honey Blowout to wet hair, comb through, add a processing cap, and sit under a bonnet dryer for 20-30 minutes. If you do not have a bonnet dryer, use your body heat to allow the product to penetrate your strands and let the product sit on your hair for an hour. If used as a co-wash, apply to wet hair, massage scalp, and work though product with a wide-tooth comb (or smooth curls with fingertips). Rinse thoroughly with cool water. Repeat if additional cleansing is needed.

According to the company website, best results are achieved when the Honey Blowout Honey Treatment is layered underneath the KeraCare Sulfate-free Hydrating Shampoo. Clarkson recommends following up with the Matrix Sleek Look Smooth Conditioner, blow drying the hair, and then finishing with the H2Pro Professional Ceramic Flat Iron by flat ironing the hair via small sections.

In an effort to prevent premature damage to my fine, fragile hair, I haven’t flat-ironed my hair in 2 years! So, I opted to use the product as a pre-poo and final conditioning treatment prior to blow drying my hair. As a result, I saturated my hair with water with my Waterpik handheld shower head, applied the Honey Blowout from ends to roots, then I layered on my Pantene Moisture Boost Shampoo. I gently lathered both products, rinsed, and repeated the process. Next, I applied my Pantene Moisture Boost Conditioner. Finally, I applied the Honey Blowout one more time, let the product sit on my hair for 3 minutes as a light conditioning treatment, rinsed my hair thoroughly, and then blow dried my hair. if you’re blow dryer-challenged like I am, watch this tutorial. This is the blow drying method I now use, and it works extremely well, especially for fine or kinky hair.

My hair felt soft and silky after only one use. After the second repetition, my hair was 50% detangled. I also noticed that the product seemed to slightly elongate my curls, so I think this would work well even if I left my hair in its natural kinky, coily, curly state. However, the instructions are a little confusing and contradictory, depending on where you look. Even on the company website, the instructions vary. The following video (from the product’s creator) is probably the least confusing one that I found, explaining how to use the product.


  • pH balanced
  • Adds shine
  • Moisturizes hair
  • Strengthens and fortifies hair
  • Has a built-in heat protectant
  • Smooths hair and prevents frizz
  • Contains no parabens or preservatives
  • Can be used with color-treated hair
  • Can be used with sulfate-free or SLS shampoo
  • Great for ALL hair types (straight, wavy, or curly)
  • Can be used to condition and revive extension hair
  • Can be used for multiple purposes (e.g.,  (1) pre-shampoo, (2) co-wash, (3) conditioner, or (4) deep conditioner)


  • Cost ($25 for a 12 oz bottle)
  • Instructions are a little confusing
  • Label isn’t water-repellent so it smears after being left in shower after only 1 use

Although this product is a little pricey, considering I only used about ½ an ounce of total product after two lathers and one final conditioning treatment, I think the  price offers great value. Even if you blow dry your hair weekly, one bottle should last you at least 3 months. Since I have fine hair, I will likely get about 6 months of use out of one 12 oz bottle (if used weekly). And, given, how great this product performed for a blow-out, I’m confident it would work wonders on flat ironed hair as well as on curly/coily hair textures as a deep conditioning treatment.

Want to see my entire process? Watch the video below …


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Quick Tip #14: Ditch the Arctic Rinse

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Quick Tip #14


You’re probably used to doing a cold-water rinse in the summer at the end of each hair shampoo and condition session. If you’re a really good hair aficionado, you also do it in the wintertime, too. But, stop! Those arctic cold hair rinses you’ve been suffering through are unnecessary. I know, I know. You’ve been told that cold water rinses help to close the hair’s cuticle, thereby creating more moisturized, shiny hair. However, according to Dr. Eric Pressly of the University of California at Santa Barbara, this is a complete myth.

The process of opening and closing the hair’s cuticle is a very fast one that requires deft balancing of pH levels. Chances are you’re not taking a pH probe or litmus paper into the shower stall with you. Because there are minimal differences between hot and cold water, even if you were, it would likely be a waste of time given that hair is dead and lacks blood vessels and nerves. In fact, according to Anabel Kingsley of the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinic, cold water could have the adverse effect of constricting the scalp’s capillaries, preventing vital nutrients from reaching it.

I personally never noticed much of a difference after doing cold water rinses, and I’ve been doing them loyally for over six years! In fact, recently (in the past month or so), I stopped doing them and swapped them out for a warm water rinse instead. My curls have been loving it. #happyscalp

To be honest, I’m kind of ashamed that I stuck with something for so long that produced ZERO results. The upside? No more cold water rinses means less time in the shower, which means a simplified hair regimen, which means a happier coily curly me. And, now, you can have that, too, as my little, early Christmas present to you. You’re welcome (and Merry Christmas)!

Still want to get your arctic rinse on? Go for it! Just know that the shinier hair you notice right after is all in your head. 😉


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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.


  • 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.)


  • 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)


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.


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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Hair Moisture 401 (the Grad Class): How to Maintain Healthy, Moisturized Hair

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Now that you have perfected your hair moisturizing regimen, have found the ideal products for your hair type, and have determined whether you live in a hard water area or not, it’s time to take your hair’s health to the next level! Here are some additional hair insights that will help you amp up and maintain an optimum level of moisture in your hair.


(1) Accept your hair’s DNA! Caring for your tresses can often feel like a tug of war that you never seem quite strong enough to win (if you let it)! I’ve learned that you have to accept your hair for what it is, and forgive it for what it’s not. I used to hate my curls—the time it took to tame them, the way they seemed to defy my simple wishes and gravity itself! I used to wish I had straighter, more manageable hair until most of my straight and wavy-haired friends told me they wished they had beautiful curls like mine. The grass is always greener …

There are those who could care less whether their hair is curly, straight, or somewhere in-between. Some people’s Christmas wish this year was simply to have a few strands on their head to fret over. So, be grateful for what you have! If you know your hair is more fragile than most and cannot handle much manipulation, appreciate the fact that you can rock a hairstyle for an extended period of time. Use low-manipulation hairstyles to your advantage to achieve healthy, moisturized hair. Because there are those who have hair that requires more frequent styling.

So, stop trying to make your hair something that it isn’t. For instance, my fine strands will never be thick. Aside from using a volumizing product to temporarily inflate the cortex of my follicles, the structure of my hair (color, shape, texture, rate of growth, etc.) is largely genetic. So, I can either praise my hair for what it is or hate it for what it’s not. I think we should stop wasting our energies despising our tresses for what they can’t do. Instead, love them for what they are capable of attaining!

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(2) You are what you eat! This is a truth often taken for granted but research has proven that poor eating habits have an adverse effect on the health of one’s hair. Vitamin deficiencies (i.e., in B vitamins, vitamin C, iron, or zinc), failure to consume enough protein, and indulging in too much junk food can lead to illness and hair loss. As a result, eating healthy (i.e., consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables) is crucial to creating an environment in which healthy hair can grow. In addition, most doctors recommend taking a high-quality multivitamin to ensure that our bodies receive the proper amount of nutrients.

Also, keep in mind that stress, smoking, certain health conditions, etc., also affect the health of one’s hair. All of these factors affect our ability to improve and maintain the health of our strands.Drink More Water with #

(3) H20 is your friend! The state of your skin and hair is often a great indication of the hydration level of your body. Have rough, patchy skin? Dry hair? Or, brittle nails? Chances are you need to increase your water consumption. Water is a critical necessity that is required for all body functions (i.e., digestion, electrolyte balance, transport of nutrients, lubrication of joints, and metabolism). The Institute of Medicine recommends 72 ounces of water a day (9 cups) for females and 100 ounces a day (12 cups) for males.

Having a hard time meeting your daily water quota? Add fresh lemon or lime juice to your water. I do this all the time, especially when I am at home. It’s a refreshing way to liven up still water. Instead of drinking soda, I will also opt for sparkling water instead (i.e., at restaurants and social gatherings). I have also been trying to increase my herbal tea intake and have limited the amount of caffeine I consume.

The point is, healthy, moisturized hair starts from within. Genetics dictate certain hair traits, so understand your hair type to best learn how to take care of YOUR hair. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, as part of a balanced diet. And, make water your beverage of choice to nourish your hair from the inside out.


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Quick Tip #6: Prevent Frizz Now!

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Quick Tip

Frizzy hair don’t care! Ok. Sometimes, it does! Well, if you are feeling a little self-conscious about your frizzy hair, here are some quick tips for not just addressing frizz after the fact but preventing it before it has a chance to occur!

  1. Rinse your hair with cool or cold water to help close your hair’s cuticles. Warm water opens the cuticle slightly, so if cool/cold water isn’t used to close it again, you may be left with rough, frizzy hair. Also, avoid hot water all together. It may rinse away dirt, oil, and product build-up more quickly, but it often results in overly-porous hair.
  2. Dry your hair with a cotton tee, microfiber towel/turban, or even a paper towel. The loops in a regular bath towel can create too much friction as it comes into contact with your hair, so avoid using them on wash day as much as possible.
  3. Keep your hair moisturized. Frizzy hair is often caused by a lack of moisture, so don’t skimp during your moisturizing and sealing session. I’d rather have weighed-down hair that is properly moisturized than light and airy hair that is dry and parched!

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