Thursday, 31 July 2008

My monthly hair measure!

I will be measuring my hair at the end of every month to record my progress. The last time I measured my hair was just under a fort night ago but I will still see if there was any growth :)

I hope my measuring is accurate because if it is then my hair has grown 1/2 an inch in 12 days! I have been trying to research on average how much hair grows in a month, I heard an inch a month, then 1/2 an inch and then a quarter so I'm pretty confused about what the average actually is. Anyway I'm not quite sure if I can believe my hair has grown half an inch, but I do know there has been quite rapid growth because I can see my natural hair colour more. I thought I would compare a picture of my hair I took 12 days ago and one I took today :



















Excuse my frizzy hair in the photo to the right :P my hair is quite damp in the one to the left, ugh and also excuse my dirty mirror...how embarrassing lol.

Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Hair food : )

Recently I have taken up drinking a pint of soya milk a day. Soya milk helps to stimulate hair growth possibly because of its high protein content. I also take these three supplements that grow healthy hair :

Biotin (300µg) - Biotin is a B-vitamin but is also knows as Vitamin H, it is often thought to be 'the hair growth vitamin'.

Folic Acid (400µg) - Taking Folic Acid will help you grow healthy strong hair and a Folic Acid deficiency can result in hair loss.

Iron (14mg) - An Iron deficiency can result in hair loss and Iron contributes towards healthy hair growth.
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Who has had success taking those supplements and drinking soya milk often?

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

VO5 Perfect Lengths Conditioner.

As I hopped into the shower I noticed my Mum had bought a new conditioner. I took a look at it and scanned the ingredients, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Keratin Amino Acids, Pathenol, Biotin and no parabens, now I don't know too much about ingredients in products but I knew those ingredients would defiantly benefit my hair! Just so I could inform myself a bit more about these ingredients and inform you guys I did a bit of research.

Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein - It penetrates the hair fibre, delivering moisturising and conditioning benefits.

Keratin Amino Acids - Keratin enables penetration of each individual hair shaft with essential amino acids and nutrients.

Pathenol - Fills cracks in the hair shaft which results in strengthened hair.

Biotin - Enhances strength of the hair.
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No parabens - Parabens are used as preservatives and have been found to be linked with cancer.

It seems to be very beneficial then! I wasn't planning on using it until I had finished my Aussie conditioner but I smelt the conditioner and the smell reminded me of something when I was young and also it does generally smell nice, so I decided to use it. My hair felt very smooth after. Then I had an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, usually when I use my Aussie shampoo after the rinse my hair doesn't feel as soft as it was before but my hair still felt as smooth!

I would defiantly recommend this conditioner to anyone!

Sunday, 27 July 2008

Spice up your scalp!

What is it about putting food in the hair and scalp? After more research on how to maximise hair growth I came across the claim that Cayenne pepper massaged into the scalp stimulates hair growth.

Cayenne pepper is well known for improving circulation so therefore when it is massaged into your scalp it will get more nutrients to the hair follicles, resulting in faster hair growth!

Here is what others have said about Cayenne pepper for hair growth:

'It works!!! It's ironic how this thread was bumped b/c I was going to post a new thread today. I have been doing it for 2 months now. There is major growth. I can kick myself because when I read this post I didn't believe it would work.' -

http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=44710&page=8

'Vodka and cayenne remedy for loss - mix one jigger of vodka with a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper (test on skin first for sensitivity) and rub it on the scalp; blood rushes to the hair follicles stimulated by the vodka and cayenne pepper - be careful if you try it.' -

http://www.articlefriendly.net/Art/13858/82/Hair-Loss-Remedies-Get-Informed-Now.html
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Be careful some Cayenne pepper is hotter than others and please please don't get it in your eyes! Mine is quite mild, I mix it with Coconut oil (which also benefits hair growth and strengthens hair) so it is kind of like a paste then I massage it into my scalp and leave on for as long as desired :)

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Benefit your hair with Apple Cider Vinegar!

If you haven't already, I highly recommend you go out and buy some Apple Cider Vinegar ASAP! You can benefit your hair in so many ways with this strong smelling marinade. Use it as a final rinse in the shower (1/4 cup of Apple Cider Vinegar to 2 cups of water) leave for as long as desired, then rinse out with cool water afterwards.

Apple Cider Vinegar benefits hair growth because it promotes blood circulation. It also gets rid of product build up which should discourage dirt and bacteria that may plug the hair follicles which can cause slow hair growth.

I saw this shampoo recipe on http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art41572.asp and decided to give it a go. To make the all Natural Shampoo (ACV), add the following ingredients in a blender:

1 oz/25g Olive oil
1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon ACV.

It doesn't lather as it doesn't contain any soaps so I just massaged it into my scalp. It felt like it had left some oils in my hair so after I have rinsed it out I jumped out of the shower and blow dried parts of my hair to see if it had worked well (I don't normally blow dry my hair also it was on the cool temperature). I was amazed at the results, it was so shiny! My hair wasn't very greasy when I washed it so I'm not sure if it had worked that well at removing grease. So after I had checked out the results of the shampoo alone I got back into the shower and conditioned my hair with Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner, then followed with an Apple Cider Rinse then when I was out of the shower I sprayed Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner onto my hair. The conditioner's all cover the smell of the vinegar :)

Has Apple Cider Vinegar worked well for you?

Friday, 25 July 2008

Seaweed for hair growth : D

Eating seaweed sounds like it is very beneficial for fast hair growth. On the Long Hair Care Forum there is a discussion about it, one person said:

'Komba, nori, and arame seem to be top ones for hair growth. The Komba had 775% Iodine per serving, the nori 70%, and arame 100%+ of iodine per serving. I remember my hair having a three inch growth spurt in two months time a couple of years ago, and I remember that back then i ate the SAME thing for dinner each night: a bowl of miso soup, salmon, rice, and seaweed added to the miso. I even snacked on seaweed throughout the day.'
Here is the link to that discussion http://www.longhaircareforum.com/forums/showthread.php?t=105659 .

This sounds pretty promising! I have made sushi in the past and I have all the ingredients in my cupboards already, I think i might try to take up eating sushi daily, who's with me?



Thursday, 24 July 2008

Im not very happy guys : (

After all this massaging coconut oil into my scalp everyday I seem to have about four huge painful spots on my scalp. It must have blocked my hair follicles or something, this can't be very good for hair growth can it? It really piddled me off. So after spending a couple of hours lying in the sun (Lovely weather over here by the way!) a light bulb lit up above my head! I once read Aloe Vera was meant to be good for hair growth and moisturising hair, it's also non-greasy so won't block my hair follicles, so I thought massaging that into my scalp will work well. Has anyone used Aloe Vera for hair growth and been successful?

I recently found this on http://www.add-hair.com/circulation-enhancers-hair-regrowth-activators.htm :

'Aloe vera is a wonderful product. Aside from it's well known moisturizing effects, it contains many of the products that seem to be effective in fighting hair loss. Like biotin, b-vitamins, zinc and even inositil. It also has anti-bacterial properties that help keep the scalp healthy, controling the bodies immune response which we know can have adverse effects on hair growth. In addition the moisturizing qulities when applied to the scalp increases the blood circulation to the hair follicle.

Aloe-Vera in the Strategy

Nourishes and moisturizes the hair and scalp.

Keeps scalp healthy thanks to its anti-biotic properties.

Promotes hair growth due to the many hair friendly vitamins it contains.

Increases blood circulation to the hair follicles.'

I do use Aloe Vera everyday, (I have a slight obsession with this multi-purpose plant) it is very good at keeping hair straight and I have been using it as a substitute for straightening my hair. Okay so it doesn't work as well as GHD's but defiantly tames frizz better than any anti-frizz product I have used before.


To the right is one of my seven Aloe Vera plants, luckily this one hasn't been as hacked away as the other ones lol.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

A recipie for long hair!

Just came home from my last day of school and my tummy started growling for food so I thought I would make a nice healthy smoothie! After blending it I realised this smoothie would definatly benefit my hair growth. Here are the ingrediants I used if you are intrested in making one of these tasty hair growing smoothies:

300g of any fruit (I used mangos.)

125g of any flavour youguart (I used a peach youguart.)

100ml of soya milk, sweetend or unsweeted (you may want to add more if you'd like it to be less thick)

2tbp of wheatgerm.

The fruit you use in your smoothie will no doubt contain levels of Vitamin C & E which can contribute to healthy hair growth, Calcium in the youguart also contributers to this. Soy protien from the soya milk is found to stimulate hair growth. In a study into this, hair growth increased by 15%. For the 2tbsp of wheatgerm, it contained 4.5g of protien (which is essentail for improved hair growth), it also contains Vitamin E & Niacin which both stimulate scalp circulation and Zinc which can spark hair growth.

This is my own recipie (not copied from anything) and the drink is served best chilled ;) lol.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Just straightened my hair!

I have resisted the temptation of using heat on my hair for quite a while but I just used GHD's, that heat damage best be worth it!

It is my last day of school tomorrow so I thought it would be a nice idea to make an effort to look nice :) I did saturate my hair in my TRESemmé heat defence spray and applied Aloe Vera (which locks in moisture) which should hopefully reduce the damage of these very hot hair appliances.

The TRESemmé heat defence spray contains some important ingredients that contribute to hair strength that you should look out for in hair care products:

Glycerin : Well known for moisturising, you can buy it pure and add to hair care products when diluted for extra moisture.

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein : Reduces brittleness of hair and adds body and shine.

Pathenol : Increases the strength by penetrating the hair shaft.

What do you use to protect your hair when using heat appliances?

Feed your hair with mayo!

It's tasty with pastas and baguettes, so give your hair a tasty treat with a mayonnaise hair mask!

The egg in the mayo is a good source of protein so it adds strength to the hair. When my hair used to be in very bad condition I would apply mayonnaise to it and leave on for anything up to an hour then shampoo out in the shower and I would really see a difference. To make the mask extra beneficial you can add things like coconut oil or aloe vera.

Using a raw egg instead of mayonnaise gives the same affect but can be sticky in the hair, where as mayonnaise smooths on more easily.

Be careful not to have the water too hot when your washing the mayo or egg out - I have heard stories where the egg starts to cook in peoples hair!

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Biotin for hair growth : )

I was extremely happy when i purchased my Biotin supplement today. I have heard many good things about Biotin improving hair growth!
I only have two days left of my skin, hair and nails supplement, in that supplement i was consuming 200.01µg of Biotin, my new supplement has 300µg of Biotin. I can't wait to see the results :D !
I found a few articles relating Biotin and hair growth which you may find interesting :

http://www.add-hair.com/Biotin-hair-loss.htm

http://www.hairfinity.com/BiotinHairGrowth.htm


(If you are thinking about buying a Biotin supplement I got mine at Holland & Barrett for £3.99, it contains 100 tablets, so please don't go spending a fortune on something you can get relatively cheap!)

Mmmm Aussie : )

Don't all the Aussie hair products just smell so so nice ?!
I bought two Aussie conditioners yesterday (Miracle Moist Conditioner and Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner) I haven't yet used them because I skipped a hair wash yesterday but I can smell them every time I am near them I can't wait to use them tonight :D
I do like to know what I'm putting in my hair, so I thought I would do an ingredient research to find out what is in these conditioners.


I picked 5 ingredients, at random for each conditioner and researched them...

Aussie Miracle Moist Conditioner :

Cetearyl Alchohol : It is not actually alcohol (which would be drying), it is made from vegetable sources and is used for moisturising and as a thickening agent.

Linalool : I come across this in many ingredients and discovered it is found in plants and is used for it's scent.

Aloe Barbadensis : I didn't have to research this one because I knew it was Aloe Vera which is used for moisturising and protecting.

Anthemis Nobilis : That is the Latin name for Chamomile, it is widely used for Aromatherapy so may have been added for scent.

Ethylparaben : A preservative.

Aussie Miracle Hair Insurance Leave-In Conditioner :

Citric Acid : A weak organic acid which is used as a preservative.

Cetrimonium Chloride : An anti-septic.

Simmondsia Chinensis : Latin for Jojoba. Jojoba is moisturising.

Hexyl Cinnamal : A common additive to perfumes and cosmetics.

Melissa Officinalis : Latin for Lemon balm, it has a gentle Lemon scent (which I can slightly smell when I sniff the product).

I don't know about anyone else but does this ingredient research thing bore you or interest you? Just wondering cause personally I find it quite interesting cause I don't think enough people actually know whats in their cosmetics these days. If researching these ingredients bore you just say please and I will stop doing it lol :P

Talc saved my hair!

I actually can't beleive I used to do this, and I'm not sure if the damage is permament but basicly untill about a month ago I only conditioned my hair about once a week. I did this even when i dyed my hair so much and straightened it everyday! I should be ashamed, but the reason I did it was because my hair gets greasy very quick and whenever I conditioned it it would get greasy even quicker, even if I just conditioned the ends.
I knew that talc (baby powder) was good for greasy hair but I never really used it, now I swear by it! I conditon my hair so much now, even right in the roots.

After a shower, when my hair has air dyed I put talc in it. You need to do it the right way or you may end up with white hair. Bad times.
I do this everynight so if I do get a bit of a white problem it has hopefully rubbed off on my pillow or my hair oils have soaked it up. Part you hair and sprinkle on small amounts, one section at a time.

My hair never gets as greasy as it used to and sometimes I can even skip a hair wash! :D

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Massage your scalp for maximised hair growth

I have been massaging my scalp everyday for about 3 weeks in belief that it will maximise hair growth :)
I think it may have worked because I have roots and can see my natural hair colour. I massage my scalp with Coconut oil because that is meant to promote hair growth.


I have found a video on YouTube that has a nice-feeling head massage tecnique, take a look : http://youtube.com/watch?v=MVsjmtgVRIg

Head massages promote circulation in the scalp, bringing nutrients to the hair follicle which should maximise hair growth.

So i thought, in theory if you have good circulation then your hair should grow quicker? I reaseached how to improve circulation I found out...

Don't smoke (an obvious one :P ), the herbs Cayenne and Ginger improve circulation you may be able to buy supplements of them or add them to food, exercise often, Ginkgo Biloba is a good circulation supplement too and in the shower alternate from hot and cold water on your scalp.



My mother goes to the gym 5 times a week and does those aerobic classes. Her hair grows so quickly, so she exercises often which should improve circulation, I think my theory could be right :D

Did anyones hair benefit when they improved their circulation?

My Shampoo : )

I wash my hair daily with Colour Care Therapy, Shampoo with Protecting Serum for Darkened Hair. It is a pH balanced formula and I like the fragrance, it lathers well and makes my hair feel soft.

Now I don't know too much about ingredients in shampoos but I will copy them down and if anyone knows anything about the ingredients I would appreciate if you shared your knowledge about them. Also I will be picking 5 ingredients at random and researching them :)

This shampoo contains : Aqua, Sodium Laureth Sulfate (A) / Sodium C12-13 Pareth Sulfate (B), Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Chloride, Dimethiconol, Glycerin, Glycol Disterate, Parfum, Carbomer, PPG-12, Sodium Hydroxide, DMDM Hydantoin, Citric Acid, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA, TEA-Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Glyceryl Oleate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Lysine Hydrochloride, Fumaric Acid, Silk Amino Acids, Imidazolidinyl Urea, PEG-180M, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, BHT, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Mica, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol, Coumarin, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool, CI 16255, CI 77891.

The 5 ingredients I researched:

Cocamidopropyl Betaine : Is used as a thickener in cosmetics, reduces irritation, reduces static, and has anti-septic properties.

Sodium Hydroxide : Neutralises acidic materials.

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride : Imparts conditioning properties to shampoos and after-shampoo hair care products.

Silk Amino Acids : Adds softness, repairs hair structure and penetrates to add body and strength.

Coumarin : Found in plants, it has a sweet scent and has been used for perfumes since the 18th century.

Post update : As you can see someone posted a comment saying there is too much sulfate in the shampoo which is bad for the hair, thank you for that comment and you will be happy to know I have changed my shampoo!

My daily skin,hair and nails supplement : )

Currently I'm taking Holland & Barrett's, Naturally Inspired, Skin, Hair and Nails Formula. You take 3 tablets a day I only did that until recently because i didn't read the directions properly and was only taking one a day lol :P

By taking 3 tablets a day, the vitamins and minerals I am consuming are:

Vitamin A : 1500µg, Vitamin D : 2.49µg, Vitamin E : 10.08mg, Vitamin C : 60mg, Thiamin (Vitamin B1) : 5.01mg, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) : 5.01mg, Niacin : 25.02mg, Pantothenic Acid : 15mg, Vitamin B6 : 5.01mg, Vitamin B12 : 8.01µg, Folic Acid : 200.1µg, Biotin : 200.01µg, Calcium : 834mg, Iodine : 112.5µg, Iron : 3mg, Magnesium : 99.9mg, Phosphorus : 330mg, Zinc : 7.5mg, Betaine Hydrochloride : 25.02mg, Choline Bitartrate : 75mg, Citrus Bioflavonoids : 25.02mg, Inositol : 30mg, Magnese 5.01mg, PABA : 25.02mg, RNA : 30mg, Rutin : 12.51mg, Selenium : 12.51µg

Some of the stuff in this supplement I have never heard of before :/ but others I know are very good for hair growth like Biotin. I have noticed a spark in hair growth since I have been taking these, my nails seem to be pretty long too :) I just realised I only have enough tablets left for 3 days ! I may buy these again or research what other vitamin and minerals can spark hair growth, I will report back as soon as i can ;)

Introduction : )

Hiya I'm Sophie, I'm from the south of England and I'm wanting long hair desperately!

I'm making this blog to record my progress of trying to reach my goal of having hair, at minimum 27 inches (this is measured from front of my hair) and sharing what helps hair grow and good hair products.


Currently my hair is 23 inches and I'm finding is quite hard to grow because it is weak and breaks easily due to dying it too much and using heat appliances too often. I have been successfully resisting the temptation of both of those hair sins and moisturising my hair often.


Feel free to share hair information on any of my posts as this will help me on my way to long hair and will help anyone else with the same intentions :D






Sophie x