Hair GrowthSo, as you may know I have been on a mission to grow my hair almost since I cut it. Not just that, but hair growth seems to be trending lately. Everyone seems to be trying to grow, thicken, or nourish it. What works and what is just a fad?

Coconut oil:

You can find coconut oil in most health sections of supermarkets. This really works as a deep-nourishment for dry and frizzy hair. A batch will last you a while and can double up as a moisturising makeup remover!

Make sure you get unrefined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil has been through a series of processes to bleach and remove smells and therefore some nutrients have been stripped out of it.

Here’s how to use it for hair growth:

  1. Make sure you have at least 2-3 hours to spare. Bonus if you can leave it in overnight.
  2. If it is hard, work it through your hands to create an oil and brush it through your hair or melt it in the micro and pour it over your hair. Whichever way you choose make sure you drench your hair in the oil. You should look as slick as Danny from Grease.
  3. If you’re sleeping with it in, try keep all your hair together in a bun/sock.
  4. Put a towel on your pillow if you plan to leave it in overnight.
  5. Wash your hair normally and be careful not to slip in the shower!

Hair growth supplements

There are so many amazing supplements for hair growth and nourishment on the market. Most of these supplements also help promote healthy nails too – bonus!

Here are a few:

  • Prosana capsules: Packed with amino acids, these stimulate the production of keratin. Prosana comes in two options; Either the Prosana intense or just the normal dose. The intense is a 30-day pack and the normal is a 60-day pack
  • Nu hair capsules: These are excellent for thinning hair, hair loss and promotes hair growth.
  • Quick Grow: Another advanced amino acid formula which trains the body to produce keratin faster. You can choose either the shake or the pills or even both for an extra boost.
  • Folic acid: A synthetic version of folate – a vitamin B which promotes healthy tissue growth and cell functionality. There seems to be a stigma that only pregnant women should take folic acid but this certainly is not the case. Because it stimulates tissue growth it also aids in hair loss.
  • Biotin is literally known as the H (hair and skin) vitamin which promotes healthy hair and nail growth by supporting metabolic processes in the body.
  • Vital Hair, Skin, and nails: This supplement has almost all the above including folic acid, omegas 3 & 6, PABA, berry antioxidants and B-vitamins.

Shampoos and conditioners:Quick Grow

  • Quick Grow: You can buy the shampoo, conditioner, capsules and shake as an aggressive hair growth treatment which will only set you back about R1000. The shampoo and conditioner makes an instant difference and you can feel the nourishing benefits from the first wash. The shampoo also goes quite a long way because although you need to wash your hair twice before conditioning, you hardly need to use any product. If you are taking it with the pills and shake I would recommend washing your hair every 2nd/3rd day and without the shake or pills you can wash your hair daily as it doesn’t dry your hair out at all. It is sulphate and sodium chloride free.
  • Nu Hair: Enriched with essential oils and organic ingredients that don’t dry out the hair and promote natural hair oils. It is also sulphate and colourant free. It is a little disorientating at first because it doesn’t really lather because it coats the hair rather than lather to wash.
  • Nisim Fast: Another advanced amino acid shampoo and conditioner which needs daily use to reap the benefits. I haven’t used this product before but have heard fantastic reviews.

Essential oils:

The easiest way to use essential oils for hair growth is to put a few drops in either your shampoo, conditioner, and/or both. I really like the Rain Africa Biologie shampoo and conditioner because 1) it’s organic and 2) it is already enriched with so many essential oils that it is easy to add a little extra for more growth stimulation.

Alternatively, you can add them to the coconut oil treatment mentioned earlier and leave it in overnight. Please remember that if you are pregnant you need to stay far away from essential oils!

Try adding any one of the following to your shampoo and/or conditioner:

  • Rosemary: promotes blood flow to the scalp and stimulates the hair follicles
  • Bergamot: promotes shine, removes scalp build up and stimulates hair growth.
  • Peppermint oil: If you are familiar with Lush’s hair-growth products you may have noticed that they have strong traces of peppermint. This is because the essential oil is extremely effective in rejuvenating hair follicles and promoting hair growth by improving blood flow to the scalp. It also unclogs pours – encouraging the normal flow of natural oils and combats dandruff.

What other remedies have worked for you during your hair growth journey?

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Danielle Combrink