Saturday, 30 August 2008

My monthly measure!

I measured my hair yesterday while it was wet and from my measurements my hair has grown an inch this month! It has grown to 25 inches which I am very happy about and I am quite positive these measurements are accurate because I pinned a tape measure to the top of my head and got my mum to tell me what measurement my hair ended. My target was to grow my hair at a minimum, 27 inches so if this growth continues on at this rate I should be there in two months! :D

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

The first time I co-washed!

Co-washing is when you wash your hair with conditioner instead of shampoo to increase moisture in the hair. I have heard a lot about it but because my hair gets greasy very quickly I hesitated trying it out as I thought my hair would result in being very oily. Yesterday was just a lazy day for me and I had applied coconut oil to my hair the night before and had it in my hair until about 3pm and thought seeing as im going to be staying at home all day I might as well try co-washing so if it goes horribly greasy nobody would know! I also made an ACV rinse to do after as it gets rid of product build up and may improve the results of the co-wash.

I co-washed my hair with a conditioner I found in a pharmacy, the brand is called 'Thicker Fuller Hair' and its specifically designed for thin hair that may look limp when its conditioned. It also contains many ingredients that benefit the hair such as rosemary oil, wheat protein, pathenol, biotin, aloe vera and many more!

So i applied the conditioner throughout my hair and put a plastic bag on my head for about 5-10 mins. When I rinsed it out all the coconut oil was gone, I was amazed! I imagined it being a big oily mess. I then used the ACV rinse. That was my first co-wash and I was very happy with the results. I have been focusing on the health of my hair
because recently I got loads of split ends but the condition seems to be dramatically improving and co-washing has helped with that :D !

Thursday, 21 August 2008

How to prevent split ends!

I have suddenly got loads of split ends! Its making me so angry! I'm cutting off as many as I can because that is the only cure for split ends, but preventing them is better than a cure so here are a few tips on how to do just that.

Don't brush your hair when its wet, so before you shower brush your hair thoroughly so you don't need to brush it afterwards. Start with brushing the ends of your hair and work your way up, use a wide toothed comb or a natural boar bristle brush.

While your washing your hair try not to bunch it on top of your head, you only need to apply shampoo to the scalp unless you have been applying oil or lots of styling products to your hair.

Don't use heat appliances because this fry's the hair making it weak and can cause split ends and breakage.

Using chemicals on the hair such as dyes, perms or relaxers also weaken which can result in split ends.

Interesting hair facts

  • Hair grows fastest in the summer.
  • The anticipation of sex accelerates hair growth rate.
  • The average life span of a strand of hair is about 4-7 years.
  • Hair grows the best between 10am and 11am and then again at 4pm and 6pm.
  • Female hair grows more slowly than male hair.
  • Split ends cannot be repaired.
  • The longest hair on record is 5.15 meters.
  • 90% of scalp hairs are growing while the 10% of hair are resting.
  • Its normal to loose about 100 hairs per day from your scalp.
  • The average human scalp has 100,000 hairs.

My deep conditioner : )

Yesterday I was looking at my hair closely and I was annoyed about how weak, damaged and split it has suddenly become and thought I defiantly need a deep conditioner as they penetrate the hair shaft more deeply than normal conditioners, which can restore moisture and protein in the hair. I went to town and looked throughout the hair section for a not too expensive deep conditioner and came across Botanics 3 Minute Deep Conditioning Hair Mask, it contains Rice Bran protein and Grapeseed oil. I like products that contain natural extracts so I bought it :)

Later that night I used it, I didn't time how long it was on for but I think it was longer than three minutes. When my hair was dry it defiantly appeared to be more healthy.

What deep conditioner do you use? As I'm sure this will run out quickly lol ;)

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Sophie's Scalp Stimulating Formula!

I find it quite hard to add all these things on my blog to my daily regime, so last night I decided to make a mixture of things that should make hair grow when it's massaged into the scalp!

To make my scalp stimulating formula combine -
  • 2 Tablespoon of Aloe Vera (preferably from the plant)
  • 1 Tablespoon of grated onion
  • 1 Teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper (or less depending on how hot it is)

Then use an electric whisk to get rid of most of the lumps and store in the fridge in a closed container.

It makes one or two applications. You should take your time to massage the formula into your scalp and leave on for as long as you want.

Im now going to do this daily :)

Saturday, 16 August 2008

I got highlights!

My natural hair colour is a dark blond and I have wanted to go back blond for a while, well the other day I did it and got my hair highlighted. Now because I had dyed my hair dark so many times before they had to do the highlights in bleach, and bleaching hair is possibly one of the worst things you can do to your hair, it raises the hair cuticle and penetrates the hair shaft then disperses colour that is already there. Bleaching the hair is a very harsh process and defiantly causes damage that in some cases cannot be reversed.

I only got half a head of highlights and some of my highlights have gone slightly ginger where my hair has been dyed before, but let me get to the point, even though I only got half a head all my hair seems to have become very damaged and I can see the breakages in my hair! There are lots of little white dots on many of my strands, they break easily so I have been cutting as many off as I can. My hair hasn't been like this in ages, since I dramatically reduced the amount of heat appliances I used on my hair and stopped dying my hair the damage seemed to have been repaired but now it has come back within just a couple of days. I am quite angry!

In the photo the half that is tied up is the half that was dyed, the blond isn't very visible in the photo and I'm not sure why.

I suppose dyeing my hair will give me a bigger challenge towards achieving long hair, and can also help all those people out there that have chemically treated hair too.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Onions for hair growth! *Updated*

Rubbing an onion that is cut in half onto the scalp is a type of old herbal folk medicine that is still used today because it is known to stimulate hair growth. It is thought that the reason for this is because of its high sulfur levels.

Sulfur can be responsible for keeping hair, skin and nails in top condition. MSM is formed from sulfur and has been shown to improve hair growth, it is known as 'the hair mineral'. You can buy MSM as a supplement at most health food stores.

I'm defiantly going to buy some text time I'm in town!

I bought a MSM supplement today and I am very excited about taking it, I found out about a experiment in to hair growth and MSM, it said -

'A recent, double-blind, placebo-controlled, pilot trial, performed by Ronald M. Lawrence, M.D., Ph.D., showed that 100% of the subjects on MSM (methyl-sulfonyl-methane), a nutritional supplement that provides biologically active sulfur, showed increased hair growth compared to the group on placebo.'

When I was searching for some information about MSM someone claimed that it improves hair growth everywhere, including facial hair which defiantly isn't a positive for me. Has anyone who takes MSM found that it improved facial hair growth?

Australian Organics Shampoo

I was in Holland & Barret and came across Australian Organics Shampoo for dry, colored or chemically treated hair. I took a look at the back, here is what it said:

Especially effective for dry, coloured or chemically treated hair types, this gentle pH balanced shampoo is formulated with soya and wheat proteins, 6 pro vitamins, organic plant extracts, pure essential oils and UV filters. Moisturises and protects as it cleanses and nourishes the hair and scalp. Salon developed and tested to meet and exceed professional standards. A unique formulation that gives your hair exceptionally improved appearance, condition and shine.

Unlike most products, we do not use petrochemical or animal bi-products. Instead of harsh chemicals that can damage your hair, skin and scalp, we utilise herb, flower and other plant derived ingredients. Pure essential oils are used in place of synthetic fragrances, and plant extracts are used instead of synthetic colours.

The 6 pro-vitamins are vitamin A, E, B, B5, F and vitamin H, also known as Biotin. So after scanning through the ingredients, I bought this shampoo for roughly £3.50! I will defiantly be using this until all 350ml has gone, and I might consider buying it again.

It seemed to work pretty well, here is a review on the product that I have found -

Sunday, 10 August 2008

The benefits of Coconut oil!

I use Coconut oil nearly every day in my hair-care routine. I often leave it in over night, distribute tiny amounts throughout my hair after a shower and massage it into my scalp. I know its highly beneficial for the hair but I want to know exactly what it does...

  • Coconut oil is an excellent conditioner for the hair.

  • It provides essential protein required for nourishing damaged hair.

  • If regularly massaged into the scalp it can prevent dandruff and help hair growth.
  • Coconut oil is found to reduce protein loss remarkably when applied to hair before shampooing (pre-poo).

Sounds pretty good then!

Friday, 8 August 2008

Cutting your deads ends off makes hair grow faster : true or false?

The answer is false. It is said that cutting your ends off makes your hair grow faster, it can appear to grow faster because if your ends are damaged and split they will probably break very easily. So even if your hair grows fast, if your ends are damaged it will appear not to grow at all. Think of it as your hair growing a centimeter and then a centimeter getting chopped off, not much length then.

I am quite prone to split ends and hated getting my hair cut because the length was getting chopped off but recently I bought my own pair of hair dressing scissors. I recommend this to anyone trying to grow their hair because if you get your ends cut off at a salon they often cut an inch off the end of your hair, well what if your split ends aren't all at the end of your hair? I remember getting my hair trimmed hoping all my split ends would be gone, but I could still find many. Now with my hair dressing scissors I can pin point split ends and snip them off before they start splitting all the way up the hair shaft.

For anyone who plans on cutting their own ends from now on, in case you didn't already know, using the hair dressing scissors is very important so you get a clean cut. If you use your old kitchen scissors you will be more prone to the hair splitting easily because they aren't as sharp as the hair dressing ones. They aren't too expensive either, mine were £7.10p from Boots.

Anyway I hope you are enjoying my blog so far, I have had it for about a month now if there are any suggestion on how to make it better then don't hesitate to drop a comment : D

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

The exotic ingredients of Garnier Fructis hair care products!

I used to be a total hair noob and didn't know a thing about hair care! About a year ago I bought Garnier Fructis Smoothing Cream, it's an anti-frizz serum which works very well and I used it everyday. Soon I wondered why the underneath of my hair was brittle and split and all my other hair seemed to be strong and shiny, it took me months to work it out but I soon realised I was applying the serum only to the tops of my hair, and not underneath. This made me realise I had actually found a hair care product that did what it claim :

'From 5 applications the active fruit nutrients leave your hair up to 3 times smoother for really shiny sleek hair.
From 10 applications the active fruit nutrients leave your hair up to twice as strong.'

The serum contains ingredients such as, sugar cane extract, avocado oil, lemon peel extract, apricot kernel oil and more!

I found a Garnier Fructis shampoo and conditioner in my bathroom cabinet earlier, they contain almost the same ingredients as the serum so I will defiantly start to use them!

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Why conditioning is so important!

Some of you may have read my post when I said I used to not condition my hair. Yes its true and it has left my hair damaged : (
For anyone who does not condition their hair or thinks conditioning is not important I am about to inform you how important it is! And for all you people who just want to boost their hair-care knowledge read on too...
There are many types of conditioners on the market, if you are like me and sometimes are confused about what conditioner to buy and aren't quite sure what you are looking for or are confused about what all these conditioners actually do, read on...
Rinse-through conditioners : These are the conditioners that are worked through the hair for detangling. They affect the outer layer of the hair shaft, it smooths the hair cuticle, making the hair feel silkier and more smooth.
Treatment or repair conditioners : These penetrate the hair more deeply and often contain ingredients that restore protein and moisture in the hair. High protein hair care products are designed to gently swell the hair, allowing it to pass through the cuticle of the hair shaft and replenish the proteins in the cortex, restoring the strength and elasticity of the hair. The deep hair care treatments should be used no more than once a week.
Leave-in conditioners : Are designed to protect the hair, add extra moisture without weighing the hair down and to tame tangle-prone hair. They are especially good for fly-away hair caused by daily shampooing.

I hope this has helped some of you to pick the right products and to make the most out of your money. Also if any of you are willing to recommend a deep conditioning treatment to me that isn't too expensive please could you post a comment because I am currently searching one. Many thanks.

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