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Friday, October 25, 2013

Miconazole Nitrate for Hair Growth?!?!

What is miconazole nitrate exactly? Miconazole is an anti-fungal agent commonly found in products for yeast infections, jock itch, ring worm, and even athletes foot. For awhile now, though, it's been getting a lot of notice for women using it on their scalp to help increase hair growth! Usually the ointment is taken and diluted in either water or an oil and then applied to the scalp just like a regular hair treatment.
The reasons for why this may work as a hair growth aid are uncertain. Some say miconazole relaxes the capillaries in the scalp which helps increase blood flow. Others say it's because it helps clear any scalp infections that may be present. Even with these theories, the real reason is still uncertain!
I personally used this method but for only a week. I stopped after reading about the side effects that could occur if using miconazole in this fashion:

-Peeling of the skin
-Not feeling "right"

Although there are many side effects, many women have claimed to have their hair growth increase inches a month! I plan on picking up this method again soon and I will be sharing before and after pictures of my experience. If you plan on using this method, be careful and be watchful of any side effects!

Happy Hair Days! :)

Heat and Hair Growth

Have you ever wondered why our hair grows faster in the Summer? It's because of the heat! Heat promotes circulation which in turn helps promote hair growth!
Some ways I like to use heat to aid in hair growth includes:
-Wearing hats when outside during cold weather
-Covering my hair in a bandana or a scarf during my oil treatments. Not only will this keep heat in it will also keep the treatment from touching your clothes or your sheets!
-Using warm water when shampooing and conditioning. Although cold water helps with making hair shiny!
-Scalp massages! Not only will the pressure from the massage help with hair growth, so will the warmth from your hands!

One way NOT to use heat to aid in hair growth is through hot tools! Hot tools and blow dryers should not be touching your scalp since you can burn yourself. Also, excessive use of heat tools will end up damaging hair even further!

I hope this was insightful! Happy hair days! :)

Henna AKA Lawsonia Inermis

Henna, also known as Lawsonia Inermis, is a leafy plant that has a orange-red dye molecule, lawsone. If a company is claiming that you can dye your hair different colors with their henna it is NOT henna! True Henna will only dye hair and skin orange-red! What these companies are really selling are usually metallic dyes which are actually bad for the hair! If you use regular hair dye over these your hair could suffer sever damage! So try to stay away from these fake henna hair dyes:)
So what's so great about henna? Well for starters it's a natural dye so it won't damage the hair! Henna also penetrates the hair shaft, strengthens it, smooths the cuticle, thickens the hair, and makes your hair more resistant to breakage!
Henna can be messy to mix so I always put down old newspapers on my bathroom floor before mixing and applying. I personally buy my henna from!
To learn how to mix and apply henna, check out this video from one of my favorite Youtubers:


I hope this helped some of you out, happy hair days! :)

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary oil is said to help stimulate the scalp which aids in hair growth. Like peppermint, rosemary oil tingles on the skin! It's actually related to the peppermint plant! According to Valerie Ann Worwood (author of "The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy"), rosemary oil stimulates cell division and dilates blood vessels and, in turn, stimulates hair follicles into producing new hair growth. I personally like to dilute it with other oils such as coconut and castor. It can be irritating to some if it's not diluted! Rosemary oil also has a very nice minty-balsamic aroma as well!

I personally get my rosemary oil off of amazon:

Camellia Oil

Camellia oil has outstanding moisture and emollient properties and it is one of the lightest and fast absorbent plant oils. It penetrates skin as fast as water, leaving it supple and hydrated. The oil contains mono-saturated essential fatty acids and very high in oleic acid (Omega 9 fatty acid). Camellia oil contains vitamins A, B, and E and is said to help aid in stronger, healthier hair!

Camellia oil protects skin from harmful UV and environmental damage, forming a thin shield against strong sun rays and change of temperatures. It also known to protect from age spots, freckles and excessive pigmentation.

I get my camellia oil from amazon:

Click here to see where I get my camellia oil!

Safflower Oil

Safflower oil for hair growth contains high amounts of oleic acid, which is light in texture and penetrates the skin easily. This protects, nourishes, hydrates and firms the hair. Being extremely rich in essential polyunsaturated fatty acids, it is highly beneficial for dry, color treated, or permed hair. When massaged into the scalp, it acts as a vasodilator which can dilate the blood vessels, resulting in more nutrients going to the hair follicles through blood circulation, and a healthy environment for hair re-growth. It also prevents protein loss that damages hair and eventually leads to hair loss.
I hope you found this information helpful! Happy hair days! :)

 Link below is for safflower oil! I love this stuff!


Scalp Disaster!

I wanted to share an experience I had with bleaching my hair!

So before I decided to be nicer to my hair, I was quite obsessed with dying it. I got bored with it very quickly and colored my hair every few months. Last summer I decided to try blonde. I had to use bleach, though, since my hair is naturally a medium brown color. The first time I bleached my hair I used a lightening kit called Born Blonde Maxi by Clairol. I used it and my scalp was very itchy and dry as expected but nothing too major. Of course, my hair was very dry and not happy. I wanted to go back to my natural color and did so a few months later, but being I get bored with my hair so easily, I decided to go blonde again. This time, though, I decided to buy a tub of bleach and some peroxide to mix myself.

 On the tub it said “for off the scalp application”. Not being a professional hairdresser at the time (I am now!) and also not using my common sense of what “off the scalp” meant, I used it all over and put it directly to my scalp to make sure I didn’t miss any roots. (off the scalp I later learned is reserved for highlights). Oh my lanta, did it burn! I ended up using this a second time that same weekend since I had brown dye on my hair to begin with. I actually ended up getting chemical burns on my scalp! They weren’t too bad and they weren’t noticeable but still I could feel them. So if you’re thinking about bleaching your hair, be very careful and don’t use anything that says “off the scalp”!

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a definite favorite of mine! I find it very moisturizing on my hair and will put it on the ends of my hair after I wash it. I also mix it with different oils when I do my scalp treatments. (I’ll be putting up the recipe of my hair oil concoction very soon!) This oil will help keep protein loss during hair washes at a low amount since it has a small molecular structure similar to hair protein. This makes it easier to penetrate the hair shaft. Massaging the scalp on a regular basis with coconut oil can also help rid of dandruff and even prevent lice (lice like really clean hair).  Beware of the fact that coconut oil is a saturated fat, which means it can more easily clog your pores. I personally, though, have not experience any scalp breakouts from using coconut oil.

Just like the castor oil, coconut oil will help hydrate hair and help with shine and softness! It is much easier to get out of your hair, though. I just shampoo and condition! Hope this was helpful!

The link below is the brand I use! It can be found at supermarkets and vitamin shops! :)

Castor Oil

The first oil that I started using on my scalp and in my hair was castor oil! Castor oil comes from castor beans and it is a very thick oil and smells a bit like an auto-body shop. What made me want to start using the oil was that I heard that it can help grow hair faster if applied to the scalp. So here are some benefits to using castor oil in your hair!
 Castor oil is a humectant which means it draws moisture into the hair, making it shiny and soft. It also acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal since castor oil has Ricinoleic Acid in it. This will help protect the scalp from infections which might hinder hair growth and cause hair loss. I notice my hair is definitely much more shiny and very soft after using castor oil, although I didn't noticed any significant hair growth.
One more thing I'd like to add: It is VERY difficult to get castor oil out of your hair if used alone. I personally mix my castor oil with various oils now, but when I used it alone I had some trouble. I found an easy solution, which is I first apply my conditioner (co-wash) before I shampoo. I'm not sure why but after I rinse out my condtioner the castor oil is rinsed along with it. Then I simply shampoo and use some more conditioner.
I hope you found my post about castor oil helpful and give it a try! :) (by the way, I always leave any oil I use in my hair overnight and then wash it out the next morning!)

 The link below is the one I use. Some people say that raw Jamaican black castor oil gives the best results but it is rather pricey. I find the refined castor oil works just as good!


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