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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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Quick Tip #14: Ditch the Arctic Rinse

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Quick Tip #14

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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.

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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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.

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(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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Will the Inversion Method Work without a Scalp Massage and Oil?

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Caution Border Pale Pink  Before Attempting the Inversion Method,

  Read My First Post Describing the Method

HERE Caution Border Pale Pink

When: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 – Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Oil Used: None
Length of Scalp Massage: 0 minutes
Length of Inversion: 4 minutes 2x per day (4 minutes in the morning and 4 minutes in the evening/night right before bed)
Frequency: 7 consecutive days
Inversion Position: Laid on bed with chest and head hanging off bed (toward floor) with hands on floor for support.*
Starting Length: 6.50″
Ending Length: 7.00″**

After experiencing a minor hair setback, I decided to try the inversion method again to jumpstart my hair growth. I started the inversion method on Wednesday morning (October 2). I inverted twice a day. Once in the morning for four minutes and then again at night (right before bed) for four minutes. After inverting, I donned a satin bonnet and went to bed. I didn’t even use the GHE or baggy method! I repeated this procedure for seven consecutive days. My starting hair length was 6.50″.

**I gained 0.50″ by the end of the week (the same amount as my first attempt). However, this time, my hair growth was more even … front-to-back and side-to-side.  Even the top of my crown experienced growth. And, I didn’t have to worry about co-washing or styling my hair multiple times during the week due to excess oil. Woo-hoo!

BEFORE

AFTER

Update: I DO NOT recommend inverting for more than 4 minutes TOTAL each day. I did this as an experiment to see if massaging my scalp and using oil was necessary. However, I did not like the way I felt when I inverted twice a day. Inverting for more than 4 minutes a day is too much, I think. Also, if you notice, I received the same amount of growth whether I inverted with or without oil or with or without massaging my scalp (0.50″ in 7 days). I’ve tried several variations, but each time I received the same amount of growth. So, I think limiting inversion to 4 minutes each day is the healthiest and best option.

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The Inversion Method for Natural Hair: My 1-Week Results

Caution Border Pale Pink  Before Attempting the Inversion Method,

  Read My First Post Describing the Method

HERE Caution Border Pale Pink

When: Saturday, August 31, 2013 – Friday, September 6, 2013
Oil Used: Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Length of Massage: 4 minutes
Length of Inversion: 4 minutes
Frequency: 7 consecutive days
Inversion Position: Laid on bed with chest and head hanging off bed (toward floor) with hands on floor for support.*
Starting Length: 6.50″
Ending Length: 7.00″**

I started the inversion method on Saturday night (August 31). I warmed extra virgin olive oil in a cup of hot water. (I do not recommend heating the oil in the microwave as it will likely destroy most of the health properties.) Then, I divided my head into four quadrants and massaged each quadrant for one minute (my whole head for a total of four minutes). After that, I laid on my bed and inverted my chest and head toward the floor, using my hands for support. * Please note that the inversion position I used is considered controversial as some others have experienced extreme discomfort in this position. However,  this position FOR ME was very comfortable. In fact, I experienced more unease (chest pain) in another position where I sat in a chair and inverted my head as if painting my toes. 

After inverting, I GHEd and then went to bed. I repeated this for three consecutive days. On day four, my hair was very saturated (from the oil), so I cowashed. Then, I continued the rest of the inversion routine.

My starting hair length was 6.50″. I only took pictures of the front and side because it was extremely difficult to take pictures of myself while accurately holding a tape measure.

** This ended up being foretelling because the front of my hair and the sides of my hair are the only areas that grew (0.50″). The top crown of my head and the back of my head (nape area) didn’t increase in length at all. My ending length? Seven inches!

However, considering about half of my head received a half-inch of growth in only seven days, I think the inversion method is pretty miraculous! The only con is that this method uses quite a bit of oil, but considering the results, if you have enough oil on hand, it is worth adding into the arsenal of your healthy hair regimen.

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