Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Hello all !

I'm sorry I haven't updated in ages. My hair is shorter than ever but I love it! I'm just focusing on the health of my hair which I feel is more important than trying to grow it right now . I'm really skint right (as you can tell from the increase in adverts!) so I don't have much time on my hands.

A lot of you have asked about Daktarin. I applied it to my scalp using an old hair dye bottle (with the nozzle so you can direct it at the scalp) I mixed roughly 2/3 Daktarin and 1/3 water, shoot it up and squeezed it onto my scalp. I don't use it anymore but when I did, it worked extremely well! I bought it in a pharmacy or drug store in the US. Daktarin is just the brand, any cream containing Miconazole Nitrate will speed growth.

I will try to update more and add photos, product reviews etc. You can ask any questions on this post and I will try to get them answered. Take care everyone!

Sophie xx

Friday, 17 April 2009

Magic miconazole nitrate

I came across an article the other day about an ingredient that treats fungal infections and how it has been linked to hair growth. Seeing as my hair had been cut quite short I was prepared to do anything for faster growth! There are numerous creams that contain miconazole nitrate or MN (the ingredient responsible for maximized growth) I bought Daktarin which contains 2% MN. I have been using it for about three weeks, applying it in sections onto my scalp at least every three days. I must say, I have noticed faster growth!


I am currently taking Biotin and MSM which could be responsible for my faster growth but I have never noticed my hair grow this fast even when I took both Biotin and MSM before.


MN helps speed up most users hair growth rates but nobody yet knows why it works. If you choose to try these creams out be aware of the side affects :
  • Headaches
  • Red inflamed areas on the scalp
  • Increased hair shedding
Users can gain 1/4" a week to 2" a month from using MN regularly. Daktarin is part of my hair regimen which i need to copy up onto my blog soon : )

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Stupid stupid hairdresser!

So I got my hair cut yesterday, I mostly wanted the layers quite choppy so I could get rid of some of my bleached hair and a choppy fringe. I asked for one cm off the hairdresser asked if she could do an inch as it would blend in more with my chosen style, or whatever, maybe she just wanted to chop lots of my hair off which she did! My hair is now about an inch past my shoulders. I'm so angry but when I think about it in a different light, I feel this is a fresh hair start as my most damaged hair is gone. I'm planning out a new regimen with some of my new products which I will post on here when I sort it out. Im not going to post a photo of my hair length yet as Im still quite upset :(
Sophie xx

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Ingredients to avoid!

  • Diethanolamine (DEA), Triethanolamine (TEA) - Used as an emulsifier and foaming agent. They can cause allergic reactions and dryness of hair and skin. Toxic if absorbed into the body over a long period of time.

  • Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate - A cheap, harsh detergent used for it's cleansing and foaming properties. It often comes from petroleum and can cause dandruff, skin rashes and allergic reactions.

  • Petrolatum - Also known as petroleum jelly, this mineral oil derivative is used for it's emollient properties in cosmetics. It has no nutrient value for the hair or skin, manufactures use it because it is very cheap.

  • Stearalkonium Chloride - Developed by the fabric industry as a fabric softener and is used in hair conditioners and creams. It is cheaper to use than beneficial proteins or herbs. Can cause allergic reactions.

Get to know your hair better

Recently I have been confused about what my hair actually needs, not what I think it needs. Having a balance between protein and moisture can help us all to get to know our hair a bit better.

Protein and moisture have a unique relationship, you can't have one without the other. Too much of one and your hair will become brittle, too much of the other and hair will become very dry. They work together to keep your hair healthy. Hair with the right amount of protein absorbs moisture well because water molecules (a moisturiser) bind easily to the protein structure in the hair.


So how do you know weather your hair needs protein or moisture? - Take a good look at your wet hair, especially when touching or combing.


If your hair...


-Stretches slightly and returns to it's original length without breaking, you are balanced. Stick to maintaining the balance.
-Stretches a little more than normal then breaks, you need more protein in your regimen.
-Keeps stretching with no significant breakage, add a bit more protein to your regimen.
-Feels weak, gummy, mushy or limp, you need to add more protein to your regimen.
-Experiences very little or no stretching, and simply snaps or breaks, you need to add more moisture to your regimen.


If your still not sure, add a little more moisture as too much protein in hair causes it to lack elasticity and will break very easily. Too much moisture in the hair will cause it to feel very elastic or overly soft, when combing it will always stretch lots until it breaks.

By scanning through the ingredients of a hair product you will easily be able to spot whether it contains protein or moisture. A moisturising product shouldn't contain any protein (e.g. hydrolyzed wheat protein or hydrolyzed soy protein) therefor a protein product will contain proteins. To help keep the hair moisturised you need to seal with a small amount of oil afterwards, make sure it is afterwards or you may end up sealing out moisture.

I hope this has been helpful, my information source was this article - ( http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/278612/the_fine_art_of_protein_and_moisture.html?cat=69 )
Take a look for some more information about balancing protein and moisture.


















Mayonnaise can applied to hair for protein, Glycerin can be diluted and applied to hair for moisture.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Just a quick update!

My roots are extremely bad, although this is a sign of my hair growing so i guess that is good :D FAST shampoo & conditioner seems to be working well, I only just realised how bad my roots were today. I decided I am going to dramatically cut down on the amount of heat I am using - I will only straighten my fringe and any wild bits of hair. Also I will pre-poo with coconut oil nearly every time I wash my hair, I really want to make sure my new hair growth stays and doesn't just break off! Just in case any of you need reminding how great coconut oil is, take a look at an older post -


http://thelonghairdiaries.blogspot.com/2008/08/benefits-of-coconut-oil.html


Sophie x x

Sunday, 15 March 2009

The products I want and need :D

Im becoming a product junkie, I have lots of hair products already and I want more! Here are some products that I would love to own. I will also tell you a little bit about them. Let me know if you have used any of before :)

Aubrey Organics - White Camellia & Jasmine Shine Conditioner, 2 fl oz spray - Contains Aloe Vera, Camellia Oil & Vitamins A, C & E.

Godiva Solid Shampoo by LUSH (solid shampoo) - It's second ingredient is cocoa butter, contains a wide variety of essential oils and is described as being a shampoo and conditioner.

Lush, Hard (solid shampoo) - Contains Camellia Oil and is designed for people living in hard water areas.

Mane 'n Tail Conditioner 32 oz. - To be used as a protein treatment.

Aveda Dry Remedy Moisturizing Conditioner 16oz - Claims that it's deep-moisture complex penetrates hair to deliver lasting, intense moisture, powered by buriti oil, pomegranite and palm-derived conditioners.

Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Hair Lotion 8.5 oz. (Case of 6) - I have used a deep conditioner from this line before and it was great! Im hoping this will work just as good.

Dabur Vatika Enriched Coconut Hair Oil 300ml - I have used this before but unfortunatly I ran out, I absolutly loved it.

Thicker Fuller Hair Weightless Conditioner - 12 fl oz - I have also used this product before and I thought it worked well with my hair. It contains lots of natural extracts, Im definatly going to try to get hold of some more.