A lot of people have been asking me if I know of products that make your hair grow longer and faster.
Well, folks, let's face it. There are none. There are tons and tons of hair products on the market claiming such and such will make your hair grow. I used to work at a beauty supply store, and people would ask me to help them choose products that really worked. It wasn't easy because it was a huge store with ten aisles loaded with all kinds of hair products from many companies. It was my job to sell the products, but I felt sorry for these women coming in and out of the store all day long spending lots of money on products they thought would really make their hair grow. Depending on their needs, I'd just pick something off the shelf and give it to them knowing very well that hair growth doesn't come in bottle. I am living proof: if any of that stuff worked, my hair would be down to my knees by now because I've tried them all. Nevertheless, there are a few products out there that, combined with good habits, will help your hair grow.
The key to long and beautiful hair is eating and sleeping well, and hydrating and conditioning your hair and scalp. They say drinking plenty of water also helps. There's no proof of this, but since humans are made up of 98% water, it makes sense, and drinking plenty of water certainly can't hurt.
My hair is natural but not long. The reason is simple: I don't really take care of it the way I should, and if I stopped cutting it to put in hair extensions maybe that would help. As I said on my previous blog, I am a hair extensionholic. Caring for kinky hair is high maintenance in any climate let alone the cold dry winter of Canada, where I live. Honestly, I have neither the time nor the energy for that. As you know, wearing hair extensions and braids can cause damage to certain areas of your head, specifically around the temples, which was my case and that of many other black women. Once the side of year head is bald, it takes an awfully long time for the hair to grow back.
I'd be more than happy to show a picture of myself with my head going bald.
Unfortunately (or fortunately!) I don't have one (sorry, Naomie). I found this one on the Internet as an example of how bad it can be. In my
case, there was nothing left on the side of my head to attach braids to or to cornrow for sewing in my weave. That's when I started wearing wigs -- to give my temples a break and let my hair grow back. I was also buying everything in the store that had the word "temple" or "growth" on it. Nothing worked until, one day, I stumbled upon a new product that had just arrived at the store: Groganics DHT Blocker System. I decided to give it a try. I used the pomade twice a day on my temples (even though it doesn't specifically say it's for temples). It really worked for me. It was like a miracle. The picture below is the result of my using this product for a year, combined with a healthy diet -- lots of fruit and vegetables and other good stuff. I also used some existing products and homemade recipes, which I describe below.
Here is a picture of me wearing a half wig.
As you you can see, my temples looks pretty healthy. Lately, I've been using something that works as well as the Groganics DHT Blocker System. It's called Growth N Healing from PROFECTIV. I use it on my scalp and temples. I like everything this company makes because it works for me. They have a good leave-in conditioner called Temple Defence, which can be used as a regular after-shampoo conditioner or leave -in.
So... if you want your hair to grow follow these simple steps:
1. Stop or cut back on smoking and caffeine (it weakens the body and prevents maximum growth).
2. Avoid foods that are high in sugar or fat.
3. Cut back on hot blow dryers and flat irons, which add stress to your hair.
4. For dry hair, use a weekly conditioner, and massage your scalp to provide stimulation to your hair follicles.
5. Do a hot oil treatment regularly to protect the hair shafts.
6. Have a regular trim to eliminate split ends and allow the hair to look and feel healthier.
7. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, reduce stress, get lots of sleep, and drink plenty of water to keep your hair and body hydrated.
Do all of that and you're one your way to maximizing your hair growth!
Products that work in addition to the above advice:
1. Organics Olive Oil
2. Groganics DHT Blocker System. According to the label: "Daily tropical scalp treatment. Relieves dry and itchy scalp. Stimulates follicles. Increases blood flow."
I like this product. It really works for me. It has a minty smell and leaves my hair feeling fresh. I use it not only on my temples, but also, everywhere on my scalp.
4. Another good product: Profectiv Mega Growth. Not everyody likes the smell, but it works.
5. Organic Root Stimulator Fertilizing Serum. I have the drops and the pomade. I recommend it to many of my customers who are losing their hair. They simply love this product and come back for more.
6. Ginseng Miracle Wonder 8 Oil Hair and Body. If you have very dry hair and scalp it's a great product for everyday use. It makes hair soft and shiny and is good for Afros. It's also great for dry skin.
7. Moroccanoil. I am sure most of you have heard of Moroccanoil or know someone who uses it. It's the solution to all dry hair problems, both for your own and for hair pieces. It's expensive compared to the oils and pomades mentioned above, but it's worth every penny. As you know, when you wash your wig or weave, the hair never comes out the way it was before. After washing, conditioning, and towel drying your hair piece, add a little Morocannoil to your hands, rub them together, and then apply the oil through the hair with your fingers. Your hair will come out exactly like when you first bought it.
FOR THOSE WHO LOVE NATURAL PRODUCTS
Here are some oils that are very good for your hair, scalp, and skin, and can be found at your local health stores:
1. Olive oil. Softens and conditions hair.
2. Aloe vera gel. Great for you scalp.
3. Vegetable glycerine. Humectant; adds moisture to your hair; can be used as a daily leave-in conditioner by adding a little bit of water to it.
4. Jojoba oil. Great moisturizing agent for dry hair snd scalp.
5. Avocado oil. Moisturizes your scalp and hair; packed with vitamines A,D, E, and B6, and hair growth promoting protein.
6. Castor oil. Removes toxins from your scalp, helps circulation, and thickens your hair while it grows.
7. Unrefined shea butter. Good for just about everything.
Simple conditioner with shea butter, for dry kinky hair:
1. Unrefined shea butter.
2. Organic coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil.
Mix the shea butter with the oil of your choice, whip the mixture until the shea butter has softened enough to use as a cream, then wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo and towel dry. Your hair should be damp, not dripping.
Apply the mixture to your damp hair and cover with a shower cap for 30 minutes. Re-shampoo your hair with the same sulfate-free conditioning shampoo, rinse, and style your hair as usual.
The original recipe is to leave the shea butter on dry hair and then style as usual. I tried that, and my hair was incredibly greasy. So, I re-shampooed to get rid of the grease, but if you are comfortable with the greasiness, all the better.
My hair is 4 in long, and I used 2 tbsp for each ingredient. If you have longer hair, adjust quantities accordingly. I like the way my hair felt after using this recipe. If you have super dry hair, this is a great inexpensive conditioner. To keep your hair soft and conditioned throughout the week, simply use extra virgin oil on your scalp and hair.
Homemade deep conditioner for all hair types:
Instead of buying hair mayonnaise at a hair supply store, why not make your own!
1 cup real mayonnaise of your choice.
1/2 firm ripe avocado.
2 tbsp sweet almond oil or organic coconut oil.
In a bowl, mix all the ingredients with a spoon (or your fingers) until thickened. Apply to your hair. Cover with a plastic hair cap and let sit for 30 minutes.
Rinse, then shampoo your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo, followed by a light conditioner or leave-in. Adjust quantities for your hair length.
Hot oil treatment for relaxed hair:
2 tbsp olive oil.
1 tbsp honey.
Combine oil and honey in a small container. Fill your sink with hot water and place the container in the water to melt the ingredients. Once the mixture turns liquid, apply to your hair, working from scalp to tips. Cover your hair with a plastic cap for 30 minutes. Rinse, then shampoo your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo, followed by a light conditioner or leave-in. Adjust quantities for your hair length.