Let’s talk hair, shall we? I love long hair and I’ve been trying to grow my hair long for years. It was very long my entire childhood, down below my butt actually. Since then, it has been somewhere between just below my shoulders and about mid-way down my back. Last year around this time I went in for a trim with a new hair stylist and he chopped off all of my hard work. I was devastated. He did a nice cut but it wasn’t at all what I wanted. He gave me layers and chopped off way too much…rookie mistake on my part. NEVER get layers if you want to grow your hair!! So anyway, I went home and cried, and spent the last year growing it back. Since then it had grown several inches and it was about time for a trim. It had been about 5 months since my last cut when I went to yet a new stylist the other day for a “trim.” I asked for 1/2 an inch.
YEP you guessed it. I came out with my hair about 5 inches shorter. And without layers. So it wasn’t even a nice cut…just a butcher job. I was SO pissed off. I can’t believe this happened again, almost exactly a year to the date of the last awful cut. Note to self: no more hair cuts in the month of April.
Once reality set in that there was nothing I could do to get my hair back, I started trying to focus on the positive. The one good thing that came out of it is that ALL of my split ends were gone. Completely. I had a ton of them before since my hair is really prone to them for some reason. So at least now I had a fresh start to promote new hair growth. Right?
When I get excited/motivated to do something, I go full force. So I threw myself into full-blown hair growth mode immediately. I did loads of research to figure out what to do to make it GROW. I started ditching all of my bad habits immediately to focus on making my hair as healthy as possible so it would grow and not break off. I spent a crap load of money.
Now I know this sounds crazy, but what I did actually worked. In the first few weeks, I got about 1.5 inches of hair growth. In the following month, I got another inch or so. I can’t say for sure that this was due to my hair growth experiment, or maybe a boost in growth from my really aggressive cut, but I got almost 3 inches back in 2 months. I’d say that is a huge success. Since then the hair growth has slowed but I am just about ready to start another Inversion (see below) so we’ll see what happens.
This was the my 4 week progress (from late April to late May):
Like I said, I got about another inch or so in the next 4 weeks after this. So I’d say my plan worked pretty well.
Here is the full extent of what I did:
- Inversion method 1x a month for 7 days with Hairdrenalin concoction (more on that below)
- Took daily multi-vitamins, Biotin and CoQ10
- Daily exercise – mix of weights and cardio
- Ate lots of protein and tried to eat more of fruits/vegetables (especially the ones rich in B vitamins, iron and zinc)
- Drank bamboo tea daily (it’s known to promote hair growth)
- Minimize heat (blow dryer / curling iron) – if you do this, get used to wearing lots of pony tails and buns
- Protein treatments 1x per week – It took me months to realize my hair was weak, not dry, and conditioning treatments were actually making it worse. I switched to protein treatments.
- Massaged coconut oil onto scalp and down hair shaft the night before washing (leave on overnight if possible).
- Massaged argon oil onto tips each morning.
- Always used a heat protectant products if blow drying or curling but I only did this twice I think, when I was going out somewhere nice and actually needed my hair to look decent.
- I tried to wear my hair in a loose bun to prevent damage / exposure / stop touching it so much.
- Used a silk/satin pillowcase at night to protect hair (I actually only did this for about a week)
So first let me say that as I mentioned earlier, getting a really solid haircut probably did help. But let me talk about what I really think worked the best and that was the first thing I listed: the Inversion method. Google it and find a video on it so you can get a better idea of what it is. Apparently women have been doing this for centuries. It’s basically a process whereby you rub an oil concoction on your scalp and turn your head upside down (not totally – just an angle) and wait 4 minutes. The blood rushes to your head and your scalp freaks out and causes the hair to grow… or something to that effect. I don’t know. But it’s worked for a lot of women.
I watched a bunch of YouTube videos and noticed a lot of girls do this differently. Some either don’t use oil or do it longer than 4 minutes (or even twice a day). The whole point is to do it enough to shock the scalp but not so much that your scalp gets used to it and stops reacting to it by making the hair grow. What seemed to work for me was using the Hairdrenalin potion (see recipe below) and turning over while massaging my head for an entire 4 minutes (no longer). Some girls don’t massage the whole time but I think it helps. You should only do this once a day for 7 days and then not again for at least 4 more weeks or you run the risk of your scalp getting used to it and it won’t work. Hairdrenalin is a concoction of different ingredients that have been known to increase hair growth or otherwise promote healthy hair.
Here is the Hairdrenalin recipe:
- 16oz clear castor oil or Jamaican black castor oil – Castor oil is great for regrowing bald spots in people suffering from alopecia.
- 45 black tea bags – Black tea contains caffeine which stimulates hair growth.
- 30 biotin pills 5000mcg – Biotin is the original hair growth supplement and also stimulates hair growth and thickens hair too.
- ½ bottle cayenne pepper – We wrote something recently on cayenne pepper being used as a hair growth aid
- 4 large squirts of onion oil – Onion is also commonly used to stimulate hair growth and we recent wrote a post on an onion juice hair growth aid.
- 2 large squirts of garlic oil – Garlic is known to stop shedding and is commonly used in some medicated shampoos.
- Stocking or cheesecloth to strain the oil (you can use knee high nylons)
Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F. Pour all the castor oil into an oven proof dish. Use a loaf pan if you have one or something with tall enough sides that the oil won’t spill over since it will remain liquid in the oven. Add the contents of the tea bags, NOT the bags themselves to the oil. You have to cut them open and pour in the tea. Also, pour the contents of the biotin capsules into the mix but not the whole capsules. Break them open one by one. This part takes a while!
Mix the concoction really well with a spoon. Then put in the oven for 5-5 1/2 hours. Yes you read that right. Hair growth takes time, people!! The cooking time allows the ingredients to fully infuse into the castor oil. After the time has elapsed, let it cool enough so you can strain the oil through the stocking/nylons into a bottle. It can still be pretty warm, just not burning hot to the touch. Basically, you will end up with nylons full of clumpy oil/tea goo. Throw that stuff out. All you want is the oil and you should end up with a good amount of it.
Now, add the onion and garlic oils in a 2:1 ratio to your strained oil mix. (4 squirts of onion oil and 2 squirts of garlic oil). I, of course, got distracted and did this part all wrong. I totally forgot about these oils until my oil was already cold in the refrigerator. I added them after the fact so they didn’t mix well at all and my hair reeked every time I used it. Do this step while your oil is still warm!
Shake the bottle to combine the oils. Keep in the refrigerator. Use a small amount for the Inversion method and make sure to heat it up in the microwave (20 seconds or so and no longer since oil heats up FAST and gets super hot).