How to grow your hair long, thick and healthy.

9 February, 2013

 

This is one looooooong post but bare with me! If you do, you will be rewarded with ummmm sexy hair! Woo hoo! Oh and I promise to never do a post this long again!

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So you wanna grow your hair huh? You want it thick, shiny and lustrous so all the boys swoon and all the girls tap you on your shoulder and say, “Oooh I love your hair, it’s so shiny, it’s so long, it’s so gorgeous and healthy looking! You’re gorgeous!” (You get the picture.)

Well over the years it’s safe to say I have become a little hair obsessed. I have pretty much researched scrupulously to find out the exact method needed to look like Rapunzel’s twin sister, or in my case Rapunzel’s Jamaican, Spanish, welsh and German half-sister????

I will say everyone’s capability to grow their hair to a certain length is different. So if you’ve never had long hair that finished just above your butt at some stage in your life you probably never will. You have to be realistic; we’re looking to attain the best possible results that your own hair can achieve. So by the end of this your hair will be in the best possible condition it’s ever been in your life!

 

My Hair Journey 

 

(Skip this if you’re not bothered about my own personal journey and just scroll straight down to My 6 step rescue programme.)

 

It all started when I was a kid growing up in Lytham, which is a predominately white small town up north near Manchester. My mum didn’t really know what to do with my hair and neither did the hairdressers. I remember once I went to the salon to have blonde highlights like all my white friends, I ended up looking like I had bits of blonde straw extensions clipped into my hair. I didn’t know anything about moisturising or treatments back then.  Then in my mid-teens I discovered relaxer and although my Mum was sceptical about me having it done I begged her to let me douse my hair in chemicals to flatten it and basically make me look like all the other kids.  From then on relaxing my hair became a regular thing every few months or so until the fatal moment happened that changed everything.

It was my 18th birthday and I went to have my hair relaxed by a local hairdresser called Stuart (Ladies and Gentleman for the record Stuart was and probably still is a prick!) After I had the treatment done my head was stinging slightly and I thought my hair felt lighter than usual. Well, later on that evening I was in our local nightclub and the girl from the salon who had assisted Stuart came up to me apologising profusely (I think she was also abit pissed) saying, “I’m so, sooooo sorrrrrrrrrrry, Stuart put extra strength relaxer on your hair, then he left it on for too long as he forgot about you and when I was washing it out I had to stuff your hair into a plastic bag so you wouldn’t see, as it was falling out!” At this point I completely LOST. MY. SHIT.

Anyhooooo….

After that my hair started to fall out at the back, not so I was completely bald but basically it became really thin. At the time my hair was halfway down my back, I was devastated. My Mum and I researched and found a different hair salon in Preston who thankfully specialised in mixed race hair. The hair stylist was shocked with what she saw when I went to see her. She had to cut all my hair into a bob and I cried like a baby throughout the whole experience. I’m still traumatised by that experience today. Really I should have sued Stuart but I believe in Karma so hopefully by now he’s got his. Yes, yes I know I should really forgive and all that but if you ask any woman (well 95% of women) I think they would agree with me that when it comes to our hair DO NOT MESS WITH US!

After that I carried on relaxing my hair and when I turned 20 I moved to London.

So my hair was now still in a bob, it just didn’t seem to want to grow, I was still relaxing my hair not realising the damage I was causing and to add to that I then discovered hair extensions. Great idea Bex lets ruin your hair even more! I had them glued in, Ugh!! After a while I tried having them sewn in too, (Yep I had a WEAVE! Not a full head of weave but like 5 or 6 tracks sewn in to plates in my hair)

My hair was suffering, it was dead. My hair was just basically the host for relaxer and extensions, bad extensions too!! I looked like the poor man’s version of Beyonce! I was in a bad hair cycle I couldn’t seem to rid myself of.  I knew the extensions were bad for my hair but my hair was so short and in such limp condition I couldn’t see a life without them.

Anyway on a random visit to a new hairdresser, can’t remember exactly what for? Oh yes wait that’s right I used to highlight my hair too! Arggghhhhhhh!!

So just so we’re straight I was relaxing my hair, bleaching it and putting extensions in it. My hair hated me and I hated my hair.

The lady took one look at my hair and said, “Umm why do you relax your hair, your mixed race and you’re curls aren’t even tight, there’s really no need for you to do it, you need to stop with this bleaching too as all your hair will fall out if you carry on doing it and who did these extensions, you are killing your hair No, no, noooooo! I am going to help you, let’s save your hair!”

I was dumfounded, all these years of putting crap on my hair and for what!!?? Cha!

She told me to go away and have all my extensions removed then come back and see her. On my return she gave my hair a much needed trim put a treatment on my hair and suggested treatments for me at home. She told me to go away and grow the relaxer out of my hair; I gave her a look like I was a lost, confused and bewildered puppy and walked out of the hair salon with my frizzy hair-line. At first the withdrawals from having no relaxer in my hair were hard. I imagined I was walking around London with a ‘Don King’ hair line.

A friend recommended clip in hair extensions which I wore for about two years until I thought my hair was at a sufficient length to go without. Boob length to you and I! I did miss the volume extensions gave me but I did find my own hair grew thicker and stronger over time. Also I may still pop in one row at the very bottom of my hair to this day if I’m going somewhere fancy and dressing up to the nines. It just adds that bit of extra volume so why the hell not?

So if anyone reading this has experienced something similar to myself, just know your hair WILL eventually grow if you take care of it. Quit the relaxer or all the harsh bleach, and stop with the glue in extensions. They’re destroying your hair! I know some women who now have actual BALD PATCHES from wearing extensions all the time. Stop it all now. Buy some clip in hair extensions if you’re really scared of walking around with short hair for the time being and start saving your hair today!!

 

 

My 6 Step rescue programme

 

This programme obviously won’t work over night so this is to be spread over a 3- month period.

Nothing worth having ever comes easily but if you’re willing to commit, break old, bad hair habits and turn over a new leaf you will not regret it.

So mark the day you want to start this into your diary and watch yourself slowly fall back in love with you hair.

This programme is suitable for all hair types whether your mixed race like myself, black, Asian, white or Chinese.

 

Before we start anything, take a picture of your hair one from the front and get someone else to take one from the back. Before and after baby! Always worth it to see the end results.

 

So you’ve taken the pictures of your hair, front and back. First things first, lets get to the root of the problem, Why are you here? If its any of the below reasons I can help I promise!

 

A) You’ve had a bad dying or bleaching experience and your hair now resembles straw and you look like the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz, You came to the right place.

B) If your hair is dry, brittle and breaking off, I feel you bruhhh, I’ve been there! Read on!

C) Your hair is thin, weak and lifeless :(

D) You want your damn hair to just grow!

E) If it’s all of the above, Oh sweet child don’t despair Imma get you back your hair! (Said in a South Carolina accent only) I know, I’m not normal.

 

Step 1

 

Ok go to Holland and Barrett’s, if you’re from the States Wal-Mart? Or just look online and buy two products called Biotin and MSM. Make sure you buy the one that has the highest micrograms. I bought the one pictured below which contains 1000mcg and I take two pills daily.

 

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Biotin

Biotin, also known as vitamin H or coenzyme R,[2] is a water-soluble B-vitamin (vitamin B7)

Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. If you start taking Biotin, hair growth can be restored and grow much thicker and healthier over time . It has been noted in several experiments that men and women on biotin supplements have had better hair growth, an increase in hair density and some have even regained their natural hair colour!

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MSM

MSM also known as Methysufonylmethane is a naturally occurring sulfur contained in most of the food we eat but through processing and cooking etc most of the sulfurs effectiveness dramatically decreases, thats why leaving hair issues aside this is actually an extremely beneficial supplement to take as MSM helps strengthen our joints and also helps with conditions that cause swelling, inflammation and pain in the body. As a side affect they found that MSM can also increase the length of our hair growing cycle.

Our hair grows in three phases

  • Anagen (Growth phase)
  • Catagen (resting phase)
  • Telogan (Shedding phase)

Through studies they’ve found that by taking MSM supplements it can dramatically increase the length of your hairs growth phase therefore giving you longer hair, now if thats not a reason to start taking this then I don’t know what is!

*****UPDATE August 2013******

Ok I have to add one more amazingly epic supplement to this section.

Since this post went live I’ve been overwhelmed by the emails and lovely comments from young girls and women of all ages who just like myself have been through or who are currently going through their version of hair hell. The two supplements I mentioned above I still 100% stand by as I myself and friends I’ve suggested these to have seen the results but I also received 7 or 8 emails from girls who had heard horror stories about Biotin giving them break outs and one girl mentioned MSM making her feel slightly bloated.

I hate to be one of those annoying people who say, “Ooooh did you have that issue? Weird I didn’t.” With Biotin for me personally it didn’t cause me to have break outs, I didn’t experience bloating from MSM either but when I asked around my friend said she did but she worked round it,  now she just takes one MSM capsule in the evening ( instead of one in the morning and one in the evening) and that seems to have done the trick. As soon as she saw how fast her eyebrows were growing she couldn’t give up that MSM so easily ha! I did and still do get the odd small pimple on my forehead and maybe this is because of Biotin but it’s not enough to make me stop taking it, but I completely feel you if you’re freaking out because you have sensitive skin and you have enough shit to deal with on top of having afew unwanted friends popping up all over your face!

For this ladies I give you…

Silica

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Now I’ve known about silica and it’s affects for hair growth for along time but it wasn’t until recently after researching, reading comment forms and through general word of mouth that I realized holy shit this stuff is Gold dust and whats more it’s the perfect replacement for Biotin if you don’t feel your skin would be able to handle it.  On the other hand if Biotin doesn’t seem to effect your skin you could take Silica alongside this.  Also, ALSO!!! Not only is Silica beneficial for the hair it’s also  benefits your skin. I didn’t realise that Silica helps rejuvenate the collagen in your system so by taking this supplement it can actually reduce the signs of ageing and also clears up acne prone skin!! I mean how have I not been taking this supplement all my life!!?? If you need anymore evidence regarding the benefits of silica you should check out comment forums here and here.

The most popular choice of brand seems to be the hubner brand which is pictured above, you can purchase it here but to be honest silica is silica so I’m sure whichever brand you purchase and whether you take it in a gel form or a pill form you’ll be able to reap the benefits! Another great brand is Solgar you can purchase their pill supplement here As you can imagine even though my hair is finally healthy I have now incorporated Silica into my regime, I’m sorry but with the added skin benefits how could I not! Oh and if you’re just as obsessed as I am when it comes to finding out as much information as possible when it comes to supplement consumption find out more about this wonderous stuff here

One last thing remember guys these products will only show real results for your hair  after about 3 to 4 months so stock up, then put it to the back of your mind as otherwise you’ll be 1 month in screeching this shit doesn’t work when the supplements haven’t had a chance to work their magic. Start incorporating them into your lifestyle now and see where your hair is 6 months from now and for those of you thinking whaaaaa six months!!!! Relax the time is going to pass anyway so you may aswell let it pass knowing you’re feeding your hair all the goodness and nutrients it deserves!

Next…..

I’m going to have to ask you to do something hard now,I appreciate for some of you this may seem like I’m asking you to cut off your arm but TRUST me from experience my hair grew like weeds when I stopped using these things.

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You have to ditch your hair straighteners!!!

I have a friend whose hair has been in a bob for over six years and never grown. She desperately wanted her hair to just grow and she could see her new hair growth coming through at the roots but for some reason her length just stayed the same.

She stayed at my house one evening and the next morning I saw her hair routine. She got up in the morning and sectioned all her hair and went through it all with burning hot hair straighteners, then she popped them in her handbag to use them after work when we were all meeting for dinner. She told me she did this practically everyday.

I cannot express how BAD these things are for your hair!  The reason her hair wasn’t growing was because the straighteners were burning her hair to such an extent that her hair was breaking at the ends on a daily basis. Only small little pieces were breaking off so she didn’t notice the damage she was causing.

If you are truly addicted to these things then at least try and cut it down to just once, yes just ONCE a week. Hair straighteners should only really be used for special occasions. I can guarantee you will see your hair grow as soon as you stop using these things.

 

If you really cannot stand your own natural hair then maybe try popping rollers in and sitting under a hooded dryer and blow out your hair that way. If giving up your straighteners seems too hard you have to ask yourself how badly you want your hair to grow and get back into great condition. You have to look at the long-term goal, which is amazing, bouncy hair. So for now you have to accept when you wake up in the mornings your hair may look like this…

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Step 2

 

What state is your hair in?

 

Does it need trimming or do you need to cut at least two inches of dead hair off your length?

 

Some of us are deluding ourselves by saying, “Ohh yeah my hair is long!” when really the last two or three inches are split beyond belief, wispy and straggly. TRUST MEEEEEE it does not look good.  The bad hair test never lies. If you stand infront of a mirror with your back turned away from it and hold a hand held mirror in your hand, look at the back of your hair through the reflection of your hand mirror. If you look closely at your hair as soon as you start seeing gaps through your hair and stringy hair towards the end, that’s when your hair has decided to do the split ends rain dance. Your hair will never grow thick and healthy because the split ends will just continue to travel upwards into your new hair so your hair will forever remain stringy and crap. Life sucks. You can fool yourself by scooping all your hair over one shoulder and admiring your length (I know that trick, you can’t fool me) but the brutal truth is, if someone is walking behind you and your hair is looking thin and wispy towards the end ITS GOTTA GO!

 

 I sorry!!

 

I will say after the big chop as some may call it. I only ever cut my hair at least twice a year, some would say that’s bad but for me it works and added with treatments and maintaining my hair that’s when I’ve noticed real hair growth.

 

Make an appointment with your hairdresser and get her/him  to cut off all the split, dead ends, whatever is necessary. If your hair is in really, really bad condition and you don’t want to cut all your hair off so you look like a boy to get to the healthy section at least just cut off as much as you feel you can. Leaving severely damaged hair on your head will only continue to damage your new hair that grows.

 

Step 3

 

 (If your hair is NOT brittle weak or in bad condition and you just want it to grow quicker you can skip this part)

 

Everyone’s hair needs a healthy balance of protein and moisture But first, if your hair is really damaged you need to build the protein back up in your hair. Our hair is made up of 98% protein (which is called keratin) and 2% water so the more of it in the hair the healthier it will be. Simples.41O5qsJQuL._SL500_AA300_

 

Nexxus Emergencee Restorative Strength Conditioning Treatment 3.3 Ounce buy here

 

This product really helped me, as instructed I used it once a week for six to eight weeks. You basically have to shampoo your hair first (Make sure all shampoo from now on is sulphate-free I will explain abit more about that in a later step) then pop this on your hair for 3 minutes, well it says 3 minutes but nearly everyone I know who’s used this always leaves it on for longer.  I left it on for 20 minutes with my hair wrapped in cling-film (sexy!!) – the things we do to look good!

 

The product will harden once it’s applied to your hair. Then after the 20 minutes is up, it suggests you rinse your hair with shampoo once more as this product has such a high level of protein in it, sometimes too much added protein can be harmful to your hair. From personal experience if your hair is on its last legs I wouldn’t bother washing it out with shampoo the very first time you use it.

 

Next you need to rebalance the protein/ moisture elements in your hair so as soon as you have rinsed the Nexxus  Emergencee out of your hair. You must then apply a silky moisturising conditioner to soften and hydrate the hair. There’s so many out there to choose from but i’d recommend one of the ones below..

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Shea Moisture

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Redken smooth lock butter silk

 

 

 

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L’Oreal EverCreme deep nourishing mask

For a drugstore product this stuff is amazing. It smells lush, and leaves the hair feeling unbelievably soft and silky without making the hair feel too heavy like some deep conditioners do.

 

Step 4

 

So it’s been two weeks now and you should have been using your Nexxus Emergencee treatment once a week  followed with a deep conditioner to balance it out.

You need to now concentrate on your scalp. It makes sense really. Think of your hair like a flower growing in the soil. Imagine if you planted a flower in soil mixed with cement, and abit of gunge which was clogging up the nutrients it needed to grow, well the same thing applies to your hair. It wouldn’t grow into a beautiful flower no matter how much you watered it.

 

Healthy scalp = healthy hair

 

 

 

The Michael John Salon in Mayfair is currently doing an amazing treatment by Nioxin’s which is priced at £45.00 you can call them to book an appointment here

Nioxin’s Scalp Renew Dermabrasion treatment removes dead skin and impurities from the scalp. The recommended use is every 30 to 45 days for the first 3 times and every 6 months there after. You just don’t realise how much your hair is unable to grow by your scalp being clogged up by excess product and general dirt! Eww!

 

The treatment is split into three sections:

  • Step 1 Cleanse Removes sebum dirt and dead skin cells from the scalp.
  • Step 2 Optimise The hair is conditioned to strengthen against further damage.
  • Step 3 Treat Increases the blood circulation to your scalp which encourages growth

 

 

If you’re on a budget The Philip Kingsley  Stimulating Scalp Mask which retails at about £5:25  here is a close alternative. It’s an intensive treatment, designed for thinning hair and is formulated with vitamins and minerals to help improve the long-term health of your scalp. Aiming to improve hair growth, texture and behavior. Use this once a week in conjunction with using your other products.

 

Step 5

 

 

So by now your hair has regained strength from your treatments. It’s basking in the benefits of not having burning hot straightening irons on it every day, your Biotin pills are going down nicely contributing to strong and healthy hair growth and now your scalp is super duper cleansed and clean and ready to grow amazingly, strong healthy hair.

 

Tip:

 

 

Every other night I always spray some water on the very ends of my hair, (believe it or not but water is the BEST moisturiser for your hair) then I add a  tiny bit of pure virgin organic coconut oil on the very  tips of my hair to seal in the moisture the water just provided. Don’t just add coconut oil to the ends of your hair if the ends are dry, as coconut oil like any oil is not a moisturiser it just seals in any moisture you already have. So if its just added to dry ends it will just prevent those ends from receiving any moisture so ALWAYS make sure you wet hair first then use the oil to seal the moisture in.

Remember we are trying to maintain the length here hence doing every mother frunking thing we can so the hair doesn’t break off at the very ends. Doing this really helps, by the morning your hair has soaked up all the moisture and therefore prevented it from breaking Yeah!!!!! I strongly suggest you start to do this too, if your hair seems to be still slightly weak at the very ends.

 

If you wash your hair every other day or every day eeeek! Here are some great shampoo and conditioners to use to maintain balance and moisture in your hair.

 

Shampoo’s

 

 

Now some people do something called co-washing which is where you stop using shampoo all together and just wash your hair with conditioner. Then maybe once a month you use a soft but cleansing shampoo to cleanse your scalp.

For me personally I don’t think this is a good idea. Although I’m mixed race and my hair has curls it’s still quite European and doing this just left my hair greasy and now I know the importance of having a cleansed scalp this didn’t seem to make sense, but if it works for you great.

I think if you just stick to sulphate-free shampoo’s you should be fine.

A sulphate is a salt of sulphuric acid. With shampoo, two particular sulphates are commonly used: sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulphate (SLES)
Sulphate is put into shampoo to make it foam and lather. But the damage it does to your hair is worth having shampoo’s without it! Sulphate strips your hair which over time can make hair limp and dry. If your hair is suffering its worth buying shampoo’s without this stuff in it. Plus there are loads to choose from in the market nowadays check out the one’s below…

Moroccan oil moisture repair shampoo £15.60

L’Oreal Paris Everpure £5.99

Argan Oil Moisture Shine Shampoo Sulfate Free £3.99

Ojon Super Sleek Smoothing Shampoo £20.00

 

Conditioners

 

 

Oh and don’t think the companies don’t try and put this stuff in your conditioner too! Seriously what the hell are they trying to do to us!

Check out the list below for some great sulphate-free conditioners currently in rotation in my bathroom.

Morroccan Oil Moisture Repair Conditioner £16.55

Tigi Bed Head Superstar Sulfate-Free Conditioner £9.95

L’Oreal Paris Everpure Conditioner £4.49

Joico Smooth Cure Conditioner £13.95

L’Oreal EverCreme Deep nourishing mask $7.74

 

Step 6

 

One great DIY at home treatment

 

 

Coconut oil

 

 

Coconut oil is one of the most effective natural conditioners out there; the benefits of this stuff for the hair are endless. Its combats dandruff encourages hair regrowth and helps to rebuild damaged hair.

You have to make sure you buy the 100% pure unrefined virgin coconut oil without any added preservatives to really reap the benefits from it. When you buy coconut oil it will usually come in a solid white form.  Once the oil warms it then obviously turns into liquid form. You can find it anywhere online. I buy mine from Holland and Barrett  here.

To use as a treatment at home, make sure your hair is damp and then part all your hair into sections. Then rub the coconut oil into your scalp and then apply it evenly to the rest of your hair, making sure the very ends of your hair are covered too. Do this section by section until your entire scalp and hair is covered in the oil. Then you can either wrap your hair with cling-film and then wrap your head in a towel and leave it on for as long as possible, at least an hour. Or if you can leave it on overnight then wash it out in the morning. Your hair will feel unbelievably soft after this treatment. It is actually the best and the cheapest hair treatment I have ever used and many of my friends who I have suggested should try this have said the same.

 

 

So, your three months is up! How you feeling? How’s the hair looking?

 

 

Make sure you take a front and back hair picture at the end of your 6 Step 3-month programme to compare the results. (I swear I feel like a probation officer every time I type 3-month programme!)

I can honestly GUARANTEE by the time your three months are up you’ll be flipping your hair here there and everywhere and posing at yourself in the mirror telling yourself “You’re worth it” Just like the L’Oreal ladies do! Hell you might even lick the mirror you’re looking at with sheer glee!

Oh and if you managed to reach the very end of this post, you’re still reading? Amazing!  I’m so sorry this was so ridiculously long!!! Apologies for writing a flipping essay but this is a subject so close to my heart I wanted to make sure I told you everything that helped me and to make sure it could help you too!

 

 

Keep going with this, I’d say I did all of the above for a solid 6 to 7 months  and now I just take one of the supplements daily just to maintain the healthiness and strength in my hair. I rotate but at the moment I’m taking one silica supplement a day. Also no matter what, if your hair is prone to breakage and feeling dry always make sure you give yourself a weekly deep conditioning hair treatment at home or if you can afford it at a salon fancy pants!

 

 

So good luck with your hair journey and say goodbye to limp hair and anything else that may be limp in your life for that matter! Ahem.

 

B xx

 

 

{ 117 comments… read them below or add one }

Aisha March 15, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Heard so many people talk about Biotin, it must really work. Thank you for this x

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Thiswomansstyle March 15, 2013 at 3:00 pm

It’s not a miracle worker but does improve the hairs condition and makes it stronger yes xx

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Lauren April 3, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Oh my god, this is an amazing post! I’m slightly obsessed with hair myself and have been “growing” it for about 6 years. My hairdresser told me that, in order for it to grow, i’d need to have it cut every 10-12 weeks – there could be some truth to it as you keep the ends in good condition but my hair just wasn’t growing. Over the past year and a half I’ve been taking biotin, using aussie deep conditioning treatments (i’m not sure if it’s sulphate free, will look into it now though), hot oil treatments, cut down on using straightners a LOT, washing it once every 5 days instead of everyday (I use a lot of dry shampoo though which could also have sulphate in it, i’ve no idea!) and only having my hair cut every 6 months or whenever I feel the ends are really dreadful. My hair has grown three times as much in the past year than it did in the first 5 years! It’s now around about boob length (started off just below my ears) and seems to have stopped growing again i’m going to look into the sulphate thing and scalp treatments – i’ve never thought of or heard of this kind of thing before.

You have beautiful hair and i’m glad you stopped using relaxer. I wrote my dissertation on hair and beauty, comparing the attitudes of black and white british girls on hair, skin and fashion. I found it astonishing the lengths (pun intended, ha) that all girls go to to achieve the european “ideal” of straight hair. I’m really glad you wrote this post to show girls, no matter what texture their hair is, that natural is beautiful and so much better for you. I might have to write a similar post but will definitely credit you for inspiring me! xx

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Thiswomansstyle April 3, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Thank you Lauren! This is actually the best comment I’ve had on this blog so far,I’m so glad you found it helpful! You absolutely have to write a post on this subject, I mean it, I for one would wanna read it and so most probably would hundreds of other women! God we’re all hair obsessed lol

Keep in touch xx

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Louise July 24, 2013 at 9:41 am

Whats your blog link?? I would want to read this post too :)

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marisa April 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

I love it!, I have curly hair and I will try some of the stuff you said. I can totally relate to you! When I was little my mum used to brush my hair and It was so frizzy!, she then cut it short (like a boy), bless her, and I hated it so much.
From that time on, I have never had short hair!!! I would have cried like you!.
You have great hair!!!
Marisa.xx
http://www.cremaluisa.blogspot.co.uk

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Thiswomansstyle April 22, 2013 at 8:29 am

Thank you Marisa! Haha so you feel my pain. With curly hair it’s a love hate relationship! xxx

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Afro Thunder April 24, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Lol you are hilarious but very serious at the same time. You also gave good info and instructions that were nicely set out. I’m definitely going to try this allllll!!! I’m so unhappy with how my hairs become :(

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Thiswomansstyle April 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Oh thank you so much! Yes you have to try it and let me know how you get on! Honestly my hair used to look like a hot mess and I brought it back to life so I’m sure you can do the same. Also another great tablet to take along side the Biotin is MSM (You can get this online or in Holland & Barrett etc) I’ve just bought some myself to test out as I’ve been reading really good reviews about it and hearing great things so I’ll probably add it into this post. Good luck! xx

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Jade April 25, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I agree with the above comment, you are pretty and funny which is just not fair! I found your blog through instagram, this is great advice and I will definitely be giving it a try! x

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Thiswomansstyle April 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Oh thank you Jade! Some call it funny some just say special ha! Let me know how your hair journey goes xx

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Black China May 18, 2013 at 9:08 am

You know your stuff girl! Thank you for this :)

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chelsea May 28, 2013 at 3:42 am

Thank you so much for the great tips, but just was wondering is it okay to mix and match shampoos and conditioners , or should i just stick to the set ?

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Thiswomansstyle May 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

Hey Chelsea, although brands suggest you should use their two products together remember they want you to buy both their products. So as long as the shampoo and conditioner you use is of high quality it’s definitely ok to mix and match xx

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Harriet May 31, 2013 at 11:49 am

Reading this has made me feel so much better – I suddenly noticed a few weeks ago that my ponytail was a lot thinner, and have since become obsessed with the idea that my hair is thinning. It has become very wispy, especially around the crown where I colour it the most. I don’t straighten it that much, but have a lot of colour treatments done, and have been having them for 10 years. I can’t think of any other reason that would have caused it, and have been unsure of what to do.
Do you think these methods help with growth as well as volume?

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Thiswomansstyle May 31, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Hi Harriet, absolutely it will help! The reason why your losing hair around your crown is because all the bleaching around your hairline has slowly made your hair dry and prone to breakage. Is there any way you could possibly quit the bleach and try highlights instead. I know it’s rubbish if you hate your natural hair colour but look at it this way, what looks better thick healthy hair or thin wispy hair. Start taking hair pills and make sure you do treatments once a week and I promise you will see improvements good luck xx

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hana June 7, 2013 at 5:43 am

hey,my hair is not thinning,it just too fine and limp,brittle and dry. T.T is this really effective? i mean biotin ? and can u give me other tips how to take care and thicken my fine hair. pleaseeeee T.T

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Thiswomansstyle June 7, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Hey Hana, it’s hard for me to give you exact advise as I don’t know your hair type. Is it afro, mixed race, european? In general if your hair is limp and brittle start taking hair vitamins asap I suggest you buy Biotin, Msm and maybe iron tablets too as Iron is sometimes the cause of limp hair, but make sure you get the low iron tablets. Also don’t expect results straight away when taking the tablets, I’ve seen so many people start taking supplements then after 5 weeks they stop because they can’t see any results. Just buy the supplements and just put it to the back of your mind, all you need to do is remember to take them twice daily and that results won’t start to show for up to 3 to sometimes 4 months but do it because the times going to pass anyway.
I also think if your hair is brittle you definitely need to be doing a deep treatment once a week that is an ABSOLUTE MUST!!!!! Look for a conditioner that says it hydrates, or a deep conditioning treatment and if you can leave it on your hair overnight even better, if not try to leave it on for at least an hour.
Lastly make sure you steer clear of heat! If you have curly hair and your used to straightening it daily you’ll have to try and cut it down to using your straighteners once a week, I know it’s a pain but straighteners really do make your hair break off daily, it breaks into little pieces so you don’t realy notice but if you notice that your roots still grow but your length doesn’t seem to I guarantee it’s heat thats stopping the hair growth.
Lastly every night before you to to bed as I say in my post above get yourself a little spray bottle of water and spray the very ends of your hair with water then seal this with pure virgin coconut oil. TRUST ME this is what made my hair grow, our hair usually breaks off through the night through tossing and turning in our bed so you need to protect those ends with any means necessary! Good luck and don’t dismay my hair used to be jaw length and so thin and brittle that I could barely pull it back into a ponytail but by doing all the above it grew! Just have patience and baby your hair and slowly you will fall back in love with it I promise! xx

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Chelsey June 23, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Hello! I was just wondering, for this to work do I need to take all the tablets that you had listed because it would be quite a lot of pills to intake daily :-/ Is it safe to mix them all together? :-)

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Thiswomansstyle June 23, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Hi Chelsey, you don’t have to take both tablets but it will more beneficial if you do. It’s only two tablets so that really not alot at all? Trust me I know people who take 7 different supplement tablets daily. I’ve only suggested two here MSM & Biotin so you should be fine. Obviously supplements react differently to different people so no-one can ever really guarantee anything but 2 in the morning two at night is totally fine x

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Ligia Gaviao July 5, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Hi Rebecca,

My scalp is oily, so oily that I need to wash my hair everyday but the ends are really dry. My hair is a lot thinner than it used to be, all I do now is blow dry it straight. Do you think to blow dry it straight can damage my hair and I should stop it? I don’t use the straightener often maybe once or twice a week and only on a few part of my hair not on the whole lot.
My hair has been thinning for a while now and my scalp was never this oily it is now. I remember going for 3 days without washing my hair now I can not even think about doing that. I heard of Biotin before but never MSM do you think this supplements can help my hair grow thinker again?

I really liked your post!! Well done :)

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Thiswomansstyle July 6, 2013 at 9:42 am

Hi Ligia,
Ok first off I will state I am no expert but I do know afew things that may help you. Firstly have you ever tried just scalp washing? You only put the shampoo on your scalp, massage it in then when you rinse it out it will wash over the very ends of your hair but not douse them in shampoo, I always scalp wash only, I never but shampoo on the very ends of my hair. Also are you using a sulphate free shampoo as remember it’s less drying for your hair. If you can is it possible for you to wash your hair every other day so on Monday wash your hair, Tuesday if needed blast the roots with abit of dry shampoo (Baptiste is fine) then on Wednesday was the hair again and so on.
Without seeing your hair it’s hard to tell if your ends are just dry because you need a good inch cutting off. If you really don’t think your ends need trimming then like I say in my post spray the very ends of your hair with water in the evening and then lightly coat with coconut oil and by the morning it will all be absorbed, trust me this helps!
Last but not least yes absolutely go out and buy Biotin and MSM now they do really help, but be patient as you don’t see real results until 3 to 4 months but do it because that time is going to pass anyway so you may aswell start now. It’s all about babying the hair to bring it back to life, the supplements should help with the thinning of your hair but not over night so have faith just make sure you keep taking them,alot of people take them for say 6 weeks then see no results and stop taking them. Again without knowing your hair type or seeing your hair it’s hard to tell if blow drying is affecting your hair but it’s a fact that any heat to the hair is damaging so it’s up to you if you feel you can maybe cut back on the heat but in the long term it’s worth it.

Good luck xx

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Kelly July 15, 2013 at 11:01 am

My hair is dry and it doesn’t grow after about 2years it was the same length and I always feel a bit angry my friends always laugh at my hair and I was trying everything I could and guess what I tried this it worked
Thanks

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Aaliyah July 26, 2013 at 6:19 am

I’ve just decided to grow my relaxer out this month. I’m already doing quite a bit of what you’re describing and I was even with the relaxer in my hair (especially the co-washing), but I’m looking forward to trying the Biotin and MSM.
I don’t have a great deal of damage, just tired of getting it done (I don’t have the patience to go to a salon and it was getting to be too much for my mother) and I’d like to see what it looks like since I’m 36 and have NEVER allowed it to grow out in 33 years, LOL.
I want to thank you for the article for mixed girls, there aren’t many out there, unfortunately, and there are so many of us who relax our hair (unnecessarily most of the time).
Do you know of any oils that are unscented that are good for the hair? I just hate the smell of the coconut oil (I know it’s not that strong, but I can smell EVERYTHING). What do you think of vitamin E oil? That’s what I’m currently using and it seems to do well, but I’m always looking for new and better :-)

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Thiswomansstyle July 26, 2013 at 9:13 am

Hi Aaliyah (awesome name btw) thats great news! Although it will seem tough at first and you will think you have a crazy hair line that needs taming soon you will see the benefits! I think most oils are good for the hair when used correctly so vitamin E oil sounds fine as long as you always dampen the hair first to lock in the moisture. You could also try jasmine oil, morrocan oil, carrot oil, castor oil, even olive oil. I’ve just discovered a new oil online which I’m yet to try myself but it seems to be getting good reviews online its called simplicity hair oil blend and I’ve posted the link bewlow. I may try it soon and write a review on here to see if it lives up to all the hype its getting.

http://www.simplicity-oil.com/

Good luck with your hair journey and thank you for your lovely comment xx

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Tanya August 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

OMG I love you for this post thank you so much!!!!
I’ll be updating you on my journey xx

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Thiswomansstyle August 6, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Ahh thank you hun, I just checked out your blog and your gorgeous, let me know how your journey goes xx

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Jordyn Amir August 13, 2013 at 7:18 am

Wonderful post. I have a question for my 2 year old daughter. She is mixed I am white/French Canadian & black my hair is black, thin, mixed with waves & curls, her father is Indian & black his hair is very thick. So my daughter has semi thick soft curly hair unfortunately it is very dry and doesn’t hold moisture. I’ve tried pink moisturizer but her hair dries up in an hour. I’ve tried hair milk & it makes her curls really pretty, but eventually it rubs of or dries up. I also put leave-in pantene conditioner but nothing seems to help the texture of her hair. Its terribly dry & I feel as though that’s why it doesn’t grow. Any suggestions? I appreciate any input.

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Thiswomansstyle August 13, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Hi Jordyn,

Hmm thats a tricky one. Firstly I will say stop using Pantene as Pantene is full of sillicone’s which will create build up on your daughters hair and in the long run block any moisture from accessing her hair. Pantene gives the illusion of soft, silky hair when you first buy it as all the sillicone in the conditioners makes the hair appear healthy and shiney but with long term use this will just block moisture for reaching the hair shaft. I think natural is best when it comes to moisturing your hair, so if you can always check the ingredients of the shampoo’s and condiiones you buy to make sure they’re sillicone free and if possible sulphate free too. Kerestase is a great brand but they are a tad expensive. Have you tried the coconut oil, or maybe almond oil? You would only need a tiny amount and just apply it to her hair when it’s damp so her hair can drink in all the moisture, making sure you pay close attention to the ends.
Also I haven’t tried this product myself but I’ve heard afew good things about this brand http://www.mixedchicks.net/kidshaircare.html maybe their leave in conditoner would help? Or how about using burts bee’s conditioner as a leave in conditioner. I think it’s all about sourcing products that are as natural as possible to make sure the moisture reaches the hair shaft.
Hope this helpd a little, good luck and thanks for stopping by! xxx

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Nida July 22, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Also try using Kinky-Curly. It’s an organic product. Expensive, but worth it! I use it in my son’s hair and occasionally mines when needed. He has long curly hair that gets knotted up at the ends. The conditioner detangles his hair like magic. Love it!!!

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Rachel August 15, 2013 at 11:06 am

Wow thank you so much fo this post! Firstly can I say I never comment on any blogposts I’m more of a silent reader but I loved your honesty and your writing style, you’re hilarious you should have your own YouTube channel I’d watch! It’s good to know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel if you have awful hair and the situation seems hopeless! I’m curently growing the relaxer out of my own hair I’m mixed race like yourself and really like you it should have never been relaxed in the first place! The first thing I’m going to do tomorow is head out and buy Silica aswell as the Biotin and MSM. Oh and I am staying away from those hair straighteners!
Have a great day Rebecca and thank you again!
PS I love your whole blog by the way you have actually made me want to start cooking haha! <3

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Thiswomansstyle August 15, 2013 at 11:23 am

Thank you so much for your lovely comment Rachel I’m so glad my post helped you and that I also inspired you to dust off those cooking skills! Lol have a great day and you’ll have to let me know how you get on with your own hair journey xx

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Chelsey September 3, 2013 at 5:00 pm

Thank you for the reply. I’m on a tight budget at the moment and I’m dying to sort my hair out ready for next Summer. The only Silica product I could find was pills, would it be okay to take them pills aswell as the MSM and Biotin aswell? Also, Holland and Barrett only sell MSM 750g pills, will they still work or do I need 1000g? :) x

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Thiswomansstyle September 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

Hi Chelsey, as I’ve said before I’m no expert on supplement intake but from what I’ve experienced myself and what I’ve heard from my friends it should be fine o take all three, and yes 750g is fine too :) Good luck xx

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Andy September 29, 2013 at 1:17 am

This is a great post and I can’t wait to try out those supplements. However, my problem is a bit different and it is driving me insane and I don’t know what to do! Basically I spent the summer in my home country and everything was alright with my hair. However, I came back to London for uni on sunday and since then I’ve been having the strangest problem. I wash my hair one day and everything is alright, but the next day, my hair gets incredibly oily at the roots. And I’m talking seriously oily! It’s like someone put a bunch of oil or gel on the crown of my hair. I’m hoping it’s just from the sudden change in water, but I’ve been living in London for 2 years now and it has never been this bad. Could it be hormone related or could this be a medical problem? Please get back to me, I really don’t know what to do!

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Thiswomansstyle September 29, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Hey Andrea, ugh what a nightmare! I’ve heard of people experiencing this before when they come back from holiday; it must be something to do with the water change? I haven’t experienced it myself so I don’t know how much I can help on this one.
It could be hormone related but I’m sure all you care about right now is just getting the damn grease out of your hair.
Firstly I will say don’t over wash it, alot of people when they suffer from greasy hair they wash the scalp more and more to try and dry it out with shampoo but if you wash your hair too frequently the scalp produces more sebum to counteract the dryness from the shampoo.
If you aren’t over washing your scalp and just washing it every other day say Monday, Wednesday, Fri etc the only thing I can suggest is dry shampoo, Baptiste is great. Spray this all over your roots on the second day and hopefully your scalp will remain oil free until you go to wash it the next day.
I even had a quick look on Google myself and afew people seem to be putting vinegar on their roots and then shampooing and conditioning as normal but again as I haven’t tried this myself I don’t want to tell you to try something I haven’t but maybe it’s worth a try?
I’m sorry I couldn’t have been more help! Good luck and thank you for stopping by my blog xx

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Glory September 30, 2013 at 2:08 am

Your post is wonderful i must say. But will this work for a pure african? As you would know, wooly hair is very difficult to maintain and as such we africans have to plait our hairs. Please can you throw more light on the subject as concerning wooly hair? Also do you think ours can grow that long?
Though my hair is neck length and natural, it’s not as thick as i would want it to be and i want it to be longer, waist length if possible. I’m very obssessed with my hair n it’s failure to grow faster is killing me. I’l be very grateful if you could help out. Plus i’m Nigerian based, so most of the shampoos and conditioners you mentioned might not be possible to get

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Thiswomansstyle September 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Hey,I absolutely think your hair can grow long. As long as you see new hair growth coming through your roots this means your hair can grow. The problem is no-one takes care of the ends of their hair black and mixed hair is especially weak, so weak it almost needs to be protected and cared for like a new born baby! I know. Lol
I’m not an expert on black hair as such but this ladies website I found online is amazing and she just adds to the proof that black hair can grow if you really take care of it.
http://www.blackhairinformation.com/
Click on the beginners section and go from there. Remember you can always order products online too.

Good luck xxx

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Amanda September 30, 2013 at 3:43 am

Hi I just found this from googling about how I can grow out my biracial hair effectively. I used to have longer hair but in middle school I went through this “scene” phase and chopped it a bit and started wearing long heavy extensions, it looked so nice until I unclipped the hair and faced reality. Now I’m 18 and trying to grow my hair out! I took your advice on MSM and Biotin and I just wanted to know how often I should be washing my hair?

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Thiswomansstyle September 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Hey Amanda I wash my hair every other day but some people only wash it twice a week. As long as you don’t wash it everyday it’s really up to you. If your roots get greasy too quickly maybe spray them with abit of dry shampoo and remember when you’re washing your hair with shampoo only let the shampoo touch your scalp and when it washes out it will quickly wash over the ends then. If you’re wanting to bring back the thickness and length to your hair it’s all about protecting those ends, staying away from the heat and keeping your hair moisturised.

Good luck xxx

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Tia October 2, 2013 at 8:23 am

Right after reading this post I am determined to finally take care of my hair! Thank you soooo much for this! xx

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Amy October 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

Hi!

I pretty much have the same hair story as you! I was wondering if anyone on this site that has commented or anyone who has emailed you has been Australian, as I am Aussie and simply cannot find 1000mcg biotin or msm, and with the silica is it better in gel form or capsule form?? Please I’d really love to buy this stuff but yeah again I can’t seem to find high potency vitamins like these!

Thank you for your help :)

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Thiswomansstyle October 9, 2013 at 9:25 am

Hi Amy,

I’m not too sure where all the people are from who’ve commented on my blog, the only thing I can suggest is buying your supplements online? I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help xx

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Amy October 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

Thanks for the reply! That’s alright, yeah I’ve looked online but heaps of places either don’t sell/ship to Australia or take over a month to get here :’( it’s ok though. I’ll try scope around some more!

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Raylene October 21, 2013 at 12:19 am

Hi.. Just wondering how old you are.. I’m 42. Do I still have a chance for my hair to grow longer than my shoulders? I use to take biotin but I think my system got use to it. I’ll try it again along with the MSM you suggested and see what happens!

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hailey October 22, 2013 at 2:13 am

my hairs been the same length for 3 years. ive tried so much stuff… but i cant take silica.. what do i do? i dont straighten it, blow dry it, or any of that.. the worse thing i do to it is comb it when its wet and wash it too maybe a little too often! HELP

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bio conditioner October 23, 2013 at 11:35 am

i have straight hair.but they r frizzy, how long will the treatment last on my hair??

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Timber T October 25, 2013 at 7:13 pm

When I was younger my hair was horrible. About a year ago my hair broke off sooooo bad, so I did what I always do and put micro braids in it. When I took them out my hair was healthy again and grew back.. after 3 weeks of having the braids out it started again…the breaking process… so I tried something new. I started taking “Hair, Skin, and Nails” vitamins..and damn they work. I also stopped flat ironing my hair as much. My hair began to look healthier than ever. So that pretty much worked for me. I still use the Normal Olive Oil Relaxer as its never done me wrong. And now I use “Simplicity hair oil” along with those things…this all works for me!!!!

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Hannah October 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

How long have you been doing this? I was looking up side effects and I’m a little worried about taking these for too long now :|

But thanks for your post!! I loved it I really want to try it out

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Thiswomansstyle October 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I did it for 6 to 7 months Hannah and now I just take one of the above supplements daily. I only use my hair straighteners when I really need to and I always keep my ends moisturised before I go to sleep at night.

Thanks for stopping by xx

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Melanie November 2, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Nice to know about silica. I have a big problem. About a month ago I started using oils like jojoba, coconut, caster, almond and olive oil, mixed together with conditioner, I call it my monster mix haha, washed my hair every 3rd night, then towel dried and put the oils in from scalp to ends. Used no heat and learnet a few neat trics with a soc and a headband to make curls and used huge curlers if I wanted to go straight (white girl:p). I fell in love with my hair. I got myself some hair skin and nails vitamins, solgar brand biotin 300 micrograms, started using them, about a week later heard of prenatal vitamins, got me some pregnavit M too. All was dandy… And then I decided to coulor, using henna. *@£.. Never ever ever ever again will I do that again. Ever. My hair is dry, coarse, tangled, feels like synthetic hair, its just horrible. I used my monster mix. Avon’s maroccan deep treatments, mediscalp conditioner, amla oil. I have a bit improvement but is still not my hair. Everytime I google something to improve and restore moisture for henna’d hair, everybody is raving about how great henna made their hair, and I start swearing silently. It ffffed my hair. I have bra strap length and I almost cut it with a clipper off yesterday. How can I get my hair back??? I think I got a protein overload or something. Pretty please help me..

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Thiswomansstyle November 4, 2013 at 9:57 am

Hey Melanie,
lol I will try! First of all I must state I’m no expert and as I don’t have a picture of your hair I can’t determine exactly the problem, but from reading your comment firstly I would say although the “monster mix” has lots of amazing, nourishing products in it, it may be product overload. Sometimes we drench our hair with too much moisture thinking it will help but it can sometimes do the opposite.
I think the first thing you need to do is clarify your hair with a good clarifying shampoo so you can remove all the product build up in your hair try one of the below…
http://www.lookfantastic.com/paul-mitchell-shampoo-2-300ml/10303382.html?utm_source=googleprod&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=gp_haircare&affil=thggpsad&switchcurrency=GBP&gclid=CPD47a7qyroCFSrJtAodd1UA8g
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pantene-81430851-Clarifying-Shampoo-400ml/dp/B00D46GWYA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1383557971&sr=8-1&keywords=clarifying+shampoos
http://www.amazon.co.uk/K-Pak-Joico-Chelating-Clarifying-Shampoo/dp/B0028S0W1O/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1383557971&sr=8-8&keywords=clarifying+shampoos

Now you’ve removed all traces of product from your hair you need to use a good moisturising and hydrating conditioning treatment try some of the below….
http://www.lookfantastic.com/mop-c-system-hydrating-conditioner-300ml/10375549.html?utm_source=googleprod&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=gp_haircare&affil=thggpsad&switchcurrency=GBP&gclid=CMXs1ZrtyroCFUqWtAodGQoAfg
http://www.lookfantastic.com/keracare-humecto-creme-conditioner-236ml/10557045.html
http://www.terencepaulonline.com/redken-smooth-lock-butter-silk-250ml.html?utm_source=googlebase&utm_medium=feedmanager&gclid=CIWA48rsyroCFfMbtAodZg4AIw

So maybe do this on say a Monday clarify then deep condition, then again on Wednesday repeat the process and see how your hair feels after that. Also never put oils or deep conditioning treatments all over your hair only ever put it on the ends. Of course with a deep conditioning treatment you can lightly smooth the conditioner over the top of your hair too but the main focus should be the ends and with oils you only ever need a tiny amount you don’t need to douse your hair in oil and always remember to damp it with water first to lock in the moisture as thats what oils do.

Good luck and let me know how you get on x

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Shelby November 29, 2013 at 7:39 am

Hello! I have been actively growing out my hair for about a year, as in no heat on my hair (except maybe twice a year), no brushing, only wide tooth comb (when 80% dry), i stopped putting it up in high ponys or tight up dos, i just do a loose side braid 99% of the time. My hair last december was right about at bra hook length, and today its at waist length, probably need about 3-4 more inches for hip bone length. I do still dye my hair (with a demi permanent dye 3-4x a year and thats when i trim too). I took biotin but it made me break out horribly, (im 22 still have bad acne), I have the healthiest diet out of anyone I have ever known. But i still feel like my hair is growing slower than I want. I don’t use shampoos/conditioners/skin care products with any sulfates or damaging ingredients. I used to use Pureology but it got too pricy so I just switched to Alba Botanica. I also use an Acure Organics leave in conditioner spray/detangler, then a bit of Moroccan oil (but i dont think it works well with my hair, makes it super greasy even if i just use a dab)

Okay my real question. I have naturally straight hair with just a few long layers, and i let it air dry always. How can i make my hair shiny and smooth without heat? I feel most products only work when applied with heat. What do you recommend as far as a leave in serum, or something applied after shampoo/conditioner/deep conditioner? Thanks!! :)

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Thiswomansstyle November 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

Hi Shelby wow your hair is waist length I’m jealous!
For adding shine the only thing that helps me is rinsing my hair with freezing cold water just before I get out of the shower, or if you can’t bare to stand in a freezing cold shower, wash as usual then tip your hair over the bath to rinse your hair one last time, the colder the water is the better for the hair as it closes all the cutilcles on the hair which makes it shine more.
For serum try usuing Kerastase Lumiere Liquide it’s abit pricey but worth it. Or Redken Glass 01 Smoothing serum shine brilliance.
Hope that helps?

B xx

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Bianca Engle December 9, 2013 at 12:22 am

Ok so I’ve read this article a dozen times to make sure I do everything right. HAIR OBSESSED right now haha! I thought it may be helpful to also add some foods that are great for growing healthy hair salmon, eggs, brown rice, spinach, bananas and walnuts to name a few;). I started my journey on the track to healthier hair yesterday and will let you know how everything goes:) Thanks for all of your helpful advice lookfoward to falling in love with my hair again.<3

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Thiswomansstyle December 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

Thank you for this Bianca you’re completely right, what we eat plays a huge role in how our hair grows, I didn’t even think to add this to the article! I’m going to add a healthy eating section and I’ll make sure I give you a shout out for prompting me to do so. Good luck on your hair journey you’ll have to let me know how it goes! xxx

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Bianca Engle December 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

Look forward to reading what you add! Your such a doll

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Sagal December 28, 2013 at 10:59 pm

HELP!!!!!IS IT SAFE TO TAKE BOTH BIOTIN AND MSM

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Thiswomansstyle December 30, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Lol yes! haha! Although as I’ve said before everyone is different but for me personally I took both supplements together and I was fine x

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Tam January 3, 2014 at 10:50 pm

What is better Bition or silica?x

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Thiswomansstyle January 4, 2014 at 5:46 pm

Both are good hun guess it would depend on the person x

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Ellie January 7, 2014 at 5:38 am

Ok so i used to take biotin but i had stomach problems so they took me off. And now i have noticed im loosing a lot of my hair! My hairdresser was worried! Do you think it may be because if not using biotin anymore or could it just be the birth control i take!? Please help!

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Thiswomansstyle January 7, 2014 at 10:23 am

Hi Ellie, I’m so sorry I don’t know how to help with this one, I have no idea? Is it a significant amount of hair loss? Perhaps for this you should go to see a tricologist. I know the Philip Kinglsey one I’ve listed below is supposed to be fantastic. Good luck and I’m sorry I couldn’t have been of more help x

http://www.philipkingsley.co.uk/clinics/trichological-clinic-london-team/

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Becky January 19, 2014 at 8:20 pm

Hi Rebecca,

Thank you so much for this post, you have given me hope that my hair will be beautiful again.

Thanks
Becky xx

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Thiswomansstyle January 19, 2014 at 9:02 pm

Ahh yay I’m so glad! Do let me know how you get on xx

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Becky January 19, 2014 at 9:10 pm

I will thank you xx

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Becky January 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm

Hi Rebecca,

I can only find 750 rather than 1000 in biotin, is this ok? I’m struggling to find it otherwise.

Thanks
Becky

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Thiswomansstyle January 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Heyyy,
You should be able to find 100mcg in most places such as here… Just type Biotin 100mcg into Google
http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=348&prodid=17&cid=165
Buuttt yep 750mcg is totally fine too xx

Jeni January 22, 2014 at 8:52 pm

hi there i have read everything and i want to start using all the products necessary but i had really lovely think hair until 4 years ago my hair starting falling out and receding and is thin and dry and brittle and does not grow now i have been told i have female pattern hair loss and been told to put minoxidil on my scalp do you think that if i use the supplements you have told about would help me with dry brittle constantly falling out hair. oh by the way i,m white and hair length to the boobs area but wont be for as its all falling out ive lost all confidence dont go out i,m so embarrassed im just a single mum with 2 kids no man my future looks pretty dim as all this is due to hair loss i know you said your not an expert but you sound like you are with all the knowledge on hair i think your great just thought id ask as im still looking for help desperate help thank you.

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Thiswomansstyle January 22, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Hey Jeni,

Your message has really touched me, please don’t talk in that way about yourself. I’m sure you are a beautiful woman and you’ve been blessed with two wonderful children, which many women all over the world could only dream to possess. You may be single now but the amazing thing about life is that next week, or next month, or by the summer everything could change. Life gives us exactly what we think we deserve so if you’re thinking my life looks pretty bleak right now thats what will continue to happen as life mirrors the thoughts you put out into the universe. I don’t mean to sound like a spiritual hippy chick here but I am a firm believer of the power of positive thought, I know some people think it’s all a load of rubbish but thats because they’re lazy and give up too easily. To heal anything in life everything starts with the mind. I sound crazy I know but shit is true, it really is!

Have you heard of a lady called Louise Hay? She’s incredible, she teaches you how the way you think about yourself influences your future. If you get time you should watch this movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lScyi3pBG4E and also buy her book http://www.amazon.co.uk/You-Can-Heal-Your-Life/dp/0937611018 Sorry to ramble on but I’ve been in the exact place where you seem to be right now, where everything seems hopeless, just know that things WILL change for the better, you just have to put in that bit of effort.

With regards to minoxidil a friend of mine was taking that for a while and I know it’s expensive. Also the issue with that is you have to take it for the rest of your life, because as soon as you stop taking it apparently your hair reverts back to what it was. Or so I was told…
I think you should 100% start taking the supplements I posted here, but remember you won’t see results until about 3 to 4 months.
I also think you need to pay a visit to a tricologist, intact you should make that your top priority! http://www.philipkingsley.co.uk/clinics/trichological-clinics/ Pricey but worth it if it helps your hair! Aswell as taking the supplements your diet really effects your hair, Kale is an amazing vegetable to eat as it’s a natural hair strengthener, I try to include it in my diet as much as I possibly can. If you can, start eating it daily, here’s some example recipes http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/healthy-meals/healthy-kale-recipes-00000000058049/ Also don’t forget all of these amazing foods http://www.webmd.com/beauty/hair-styling/top-10-foods-for-healthy-hair, so stock up!
Lastly if you can perhaps have a good inch and a half cut off from your hair so it finishes just below your shoulders, it’ll grow back and while your giving your hair the nutrition it needs it won’t seem so thin as the shorter cut should hopefully thicken it slightly also I’m sure I don’t need to sat heat is your enemy and it’s imperative that you do a deep conditioning treatment once a week.
I think I’ve just wrote the longest reply ever to someone on my blog! But like I said your message touched me, please check out her video if you can. We’re at the start of a brand new year and anything can happen!

Good luck beautiful xxx

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Jeni January 23, 2014 at 7:42 pm

hi there thanxs again i watched the video and yes i was learning about all that stuff from my children s Nan and she lent me the book the secrets but over time ive just forgotten about it i believe in all the spiritual life too. i will try to think like that again. With the minoxidil i have started taking you see i went to london liverpool street and went to this place called bulgravia that deals with hair lost and i had a free consultation with the trichologict she checked my hair and said i have female pattern baldness well hearing her say that i was omg ive had thick hair all my life my parents have thick hair all my sisters and brother has thick hair why is this happening to me she said its a broken down gene that has just triggered its called the DHT gene is not responding so the blood flow is not getting to my hair. mind you ive had a lot of stress in my life what with losing my 8 month old baby girl called Lexi who passed with spinal muscular atrophy i was with her threw her dying days and then the same happened again to my baby girl. i panic alot i feel im living in fear im very nervous in my body i dont feel right im always anxious all the time even as i type this im nevours but like you say ask for things positives which i say im gona be alright in the future i try not see myself nervours im relaxed calm living life thinking for my kids future that they graduate i try and picture there future and im got all my hair and happy and healthy and with a nice man and we are happy. Anyway sorry to go on ots just im in a dilemma really coz they said use the minoxidil and i did,nt i kept looking for other reason why my hair is falling out on the internet searching for answers but in that time my hair was falling much worse so i just started using the minoxidil again because i want to save my hair it is very frightening for me to lose my hair you see i met some one and we both have kids he lives in benfleet i live in south ockendon and i really love him but then as my hair starting falling even more i quickly ended it with him but did not tell him the reason because i feel ashamed and in case he will end it with me rejection from a man due to the look of you is awful but i hurt him and he did not understand why i ended it. So then i thought i may be all right so then i said im sorry i ended it and i really do love him and dont want us to end cause i dont but my hair omg you know its just frightening. sorry im going on but thats whats happening in my life i feel i cant fulfill my love i feel it is being taken away due to my hair its different if ive been with him for 10 years or so but i only just met him in august and my hair wasnt that bad and never got told i had female pattern baldness so what do i do ive started using the minoxidil so now theres no goin back now for me is there other wise i lose my hair and yes it is very expensive and i,m a single mum that does not work im trying to get a job but if my hair goes then facing the world is another obstacle to get threw. i,m so sorry ive poored my heart out to you what must you think i,m not mad just in a bad place right now if hair would all come back i can get on with life happy coz i met some one so nice. anyway thanxs for listening. Jeni x

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Thiswomansstyle January 24, 2014 at 10:45 am

Hey Jeni, my friend stopped taking minoxidil and her hair didn’t just fall out so by all means you can stop taking it! If you’re talking about the hair clinic next to Victoria underground station that is where she went! Remember this is sales for them, they want you to carry on buying the product.
My heart really does go out to you and regarding the guy you left because of your hair maybe you underestimated him, you don’t know how he’d react. Because your feeling low at the moment your perceptions of how different scenarios will turn out in life will always be negative.
I absoloutely think a big reason of your hair loss is due to the stress and worry you’re currently going through. Our bodies react to the way we feel. When my friends mother past away her left arm went completely numb for over a week, the doctors put it down to stress and what had just happened, then she became ill with something else. I honestly think that you need to start focusing on your own happiness, I’m no Deepak Chopra or Oprah but I do know having a clear mind and a positive outlook dreastically changes everything around you including even potential hair loss but it comes with consistancy it’s something your going to have to work on daily, even when you just want to stay in bed and feel low, you have to fight it. Don’t give up your own happiness hunny because every woman deserves to feel loved and accepted. Liek I said we’re at the start of a brand new year so try and make it count!
Start taking the hair supplements, eating the kale, and if you can try not to think about your hair, stop stressing over it and try and find something else positive in your life to put all your energy and focus into.
Good luck

B xxx

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Kelly January 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Hello I was wondering what you could suggest to make my hair thicker? I know it’s a long shot but my hair is so thin :( Love your whole blog by the way and thank you so much for this post! x

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Thiswomansstyle January 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

Ahh thank you so much, but really everything I know is in the above post I’m afraid, sorry I couldn’t have been of more help xx

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shirley February 9, 2014 at 2:49 am

On one of your replies, you say not to put deep conditioner or oil on the top of the head (crown area). I have breakage here from excessive colouring, so what can I do to treat this if I don’t condition that area. My crown has become wispy and broken in places and in humidity it looks as though I have all hair sticking out.

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Thiswomansstyle February 9, 2014 at 9:27 pm

Hi Shirley absolutely but the deep conditioning treatment there if your hair is breaking off from colouring damage! I only say don’t put the conditioner around the crown area because it can weigh the hair down and become greasy easily but if your hair is damaged there then you need to make sure you’re giving it all the moisture it needs xx

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Allie February 9, 2014 at 6:32 am

So my hair use to be thick when i was in 7th grade now im
In 11th an over the years my hair got so thin an i just want my hair back to how it was …im scared bcus i loose a lot of hair an my hair is already thin im afraid im goin to go bald …well i read your steps an so far i have only been takin the biotin vitamins an i change my shampoo an conditioner to sulfate free i got the lo real kind is that enough to help my hair grow or do i need more things that u mentioned …also should i be shampooing my hair everyday with the sulfate free kind or what? Please help i dont want to have thin hair anymore i hope this process helps me iv only been on my 2nd day

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Thiswomansstyle February 9, 2014 at 9:36 pm

Hi Allie it’s so hard for me to give you any advice because I can’t see what your hair looks like and I can’t see how thin it really is. You shouldn’t be washing your hair everyday if you’re hair is thinning, does your hair get greasy quickly? If so then perhaps wash it every other day instead. Carry on taking the supplements but as your only on your second day you won’t see any change for a while yet. I really think you need to go and book a consultation with a tricologist to find out the cause of your thinning hair. Taking supplements, staying away from the heat, and keeping your hair moisturised work wonders but if your hair is thinning regardless I really think you need to book and see a professional who will be able to advise you of your next steps. Perhaps give these guys below a call and see if you can book an appointment.

http://www.london-centre-trichology.co.uk/?gclid=CM_Hp_D_v7wCFSn4wgodRSIAog

Good luck and sorry I couldn’t have been of more help! xx

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Allie February 11, 2014 at 3:44 am

Okay im going to wait about 3 months in the supplements to become effective hopefully it makes my hair stronger than it is now i think thats what i need vitamins since i dont consume all the vitamins i need its probly why my hair falls but on the other note i like the sulfate free shampoo i can feel a diffrence compared to the other shampoos it feels better in my hair an i started washing my hair every other day too hopefully it helps with my hair not becoming dry an i have a question can i just wet my hair with water everytime i shower not shampoo it just put conditioner instea of having to wash it every other day would that be helpful or no?

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Thiswomansstyle February 11, 2014 at 9:17 am

Yup absolutely, it’s called co-washing i.e washing your hair without shampoo and just using conditioner. Some people only use a shampoo only twice a month and just co-wash the rest of the time, everyone’s hair is different so just do whatever you feel makes your hair feel and look its best xx

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Wendy Francis February 23, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Goodness gracious this blog on hair maintainance is incredible. I already have MSM in the house. I am going to go and buy the Biotin and Silica tomorrow. Thanks Rebecca I will let you know how I go.

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Thiswomansstyle February 24, 2014 at 10:12 am

Ahh yay so glad this post helped you! xx

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Amber Kendall February 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your experience and knowledge. I am the mother of a beautiful bi-racial daughter, whose curls I love! She is 14, and I’m not sure if it is hormone changes in her body, but her hair has become a lot drier than normal. Your advice is greatly appreciated. Coming from a woman who has straight hair, most of us want curly hair. I guess as women we need to learn to love ourselves for what we are. We are each beautifully and wonderfully made! !

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Thiswomansstyle February 28, 2014 at 11:16 pm

I second that Amber! Thanks for stopping by xx

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Nikki Fido March 5, 2014 at 5:42 am

Hi I want to start doing this but I would also like to know, this is probably impossible, but would it make my hair thicker? Not just look thicker but actually be thicker? And if no, would it make it so I would have more hair growing to make up for how thin my hair is and make it look thicker?

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Thiswomansstyle March 6, 2014 at 11:02 pm

Hey Nikki,

I can’t really say yes your hair will be thicker as I can’t see your hair or how thin you say it is, all I know is if you do the method suggested for 3 to 6 months then maintain it on a more low-key level after that, your hair will be in the best condition it can possibly be in which is the case for most people when you keep it moisturised, take supplements and stay away from the heat xx

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Ida March 6, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Hi! Thank you for all tips! I’m happy to finally find a biracial woman who had problems with her hair. I’m biracial too and I’m fighting to grow my hair. Bad experience like you with hairdressers, so I ‘ve decided to take care of my hair. When I go online to find some advices, most of the time it’s black women who have different type of hair as mine. I still follow their advice but not sure it’s good for mine. Question for you : do you relax your hair ? If yes, which product do you use? Thank you so much for your website, I loooove it.

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Thiswomansstyle March 6, 2014 at 11:12 pm

Hi Ida,
Ahh thank you I’m so glad you like the site! Yep I used to use the relaxer, if you read my own hair story story (which is totally understandable if you didn’t as I bang on about what happened to my own hair for half the blogpost!) Anyway, I used it in my teens and early twenties then stopped at around 23 I think? I was told and just realised that I didn’t really need it. It took about two to three years to all fully grow out, my hair grows slow :( I had to really baby my hair and most importantly protect my ends, every night I damp the ends and seal them with coconut oil even now, or as much as I can anyway.

I do use brazillian blow-dry now and again and even though it gets some bad press because of formaldehyde etc my hair really grew when I had it, I make sure I get the formaldehyde free one now. I haven’t had one in around 5 months now though and I ‘m starting to notice how frizzy my natural hair can be at times so for the summer I’ll probably have one again as it really helps combat the frizz from the humidity and it just makes my hair look silkier and the curls a tad looser but thats just my personal experience I know everyones hair is different xxx

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Ida March 7, 2014 at 3:28 am

Thank you for answering back ( I’m on couple sites for black hair and you are the only one who answered back). Yes I read all your story about your bad experience at the hairdresser, the length didn’t bother me because I’m like you. When I write it’s always long. :)
I did once the keratin treatment and I had good results but I was surprised about the chemical smell, I thought it was natural. My problem is I work out a lot and my head sweats so my frizzy roots come back less than 3 months and the keratine treatment is pricely. But I really want to try the Brazilian blow dry, I guess it’s different from KEratin treatment, right?. Do you do it by yourself or hairdresser? Which products do you use? Do you have a special routine everyday ( except the water and coconut oil on the ends every night)and products? Is it because of the Brazilian blow dry you use shampoo sulfate-free?

Sorry for all my questions, I’m too excited :) and sorry for my broken English (I’m french)
By the way, your hair is beautiful, love it! :-)
xxx

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Thiswomansstyle March 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Hi Ida, lol no worries. The brazilian blow dry is basically the same as the keratin treatment. Thats if with the keratin treatement you have it’s applied to your hair, blow dried then gone over with the flat irons and then left for three days before you wash it out. I have mine done at Daniel Hersheson on Conduit Street in Mayfair, I’m not going to lie it is abit pricey there and as I said I haven’t had it done for a while but will probably do it again for over the summer. You can buy DIY ones online for around £30 they work, but obviously not as well. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Brazilian-Straightening-Blow-Dry-Keratin-Treatment/dp/B003YUEF7C For me when I have a brazilian blowdry they only last about 3 months too. I think thats the average time really.My hir doesn’t go straight eithe rit just loosens the curl and gives my hair a smoother texture.
Even when I don’t use a brazilian treatment I still always use sulphate free shampoos etc, unless I’m having a specific treatment done to my hair I always try to use natural everything.
With regards to a routine I just do what I posted. When I go to bed at night I either wet my ends and put coconut oil on them ( only a tiny amount) or use one of my conditoners on the end or the keracare overnight treatment I listed in another hair post.
In the morning if I’m not washing it I will just damp my hair and apply some shea moisture thickening growth milk, the one in the green bottle, scrunch my hair then leave it to air dry.
Hope this helps alittle and thanks for stopping by!
Oh and with regards to before and after yeah I know I need to dig some out but if I’m honest when my hair was short I never had a picture taken without extensions in my head; I know I had issues but yep will try and post even those or find one somewhere I’m sure my mum may have a few dreadful pictures that I’d want to burn if I saw them! xx

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Ida March 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm

Hi Rebecca! thank you for all these details. I’m sorry I asked you questions that I found the answers on your site on Sunday. For some reasons, when I clic on the rubrics hair, beauty, skincare, decor, lifestyle , pages are empty. I think I got the articles about hair through “home” and them I clic on “read more”. Maybe it’s because I live in the US. Sometimes it happens when I go on a foreigner website. Anyway, I have all my information now. Thank you. Just have to decide to do or not the Brazilian treatment. My friends scare me now. I did the keratin treatment once, my hair was fine even though I couldn’t breath. Next time I will ask for formaldehyde free. I paid around $120 because I took the appointment through lifebooker.com.

My hair length goes until my shoulder so hair extensions clips are what I use so far. So I understand you 100% when you wrote you used them before you reached your goal. I feel the same! My problem is I have different lengths. Very annoying.

Other questions
-did you do the Brazilian treatment when you were growing your hair or at this time you stayed natural?

- actually I use on my new grow hair a edge holding gel. Could you use something similar with a Brazilian treatment?
Thanks again for everything.

Ida March 7, 2014 at 4:33 am

I forgot to ask, it would be nice if you can post photos of you before / after, to see the improvement. :)

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Michelle G. March 13, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Hello!

I hope all is well. Rebecca I am so desperate :( I am now 27 years old and my hair has never been longer than 1 inch. So you could imagine I wear my hair really short. As I grew up I have adjusted to the short hairstyle and accepted that my hair will never grow. My hair looks the same as it was when I was a baby. People have even thought I cut my hair every week or every month but little do they know MY HAIR NEVER GREW. I got tired of telling people that my hair never grow ever since I was a baby. They don’t even believe me. My hair is very short and thin now and I have a bold spot on the back of my head that is not so easy to cover up. I am so self conscious and insecure about my hair it stresses it me out. I feel ugly sometimes and I get so envious of people who could just cut their hair and watch it grow in 4 months. I worry about being completely bold as I grow up. I have now decided to do something about it just to see if my hair would at least get fuller. I don’t even need it to be longer. Someone told me about HairFinity supplement so I bought it. I also saw that you recommended to one of your followers to see a tricologist so I will go see one locally too. I can’t keep my hair braided so I need to know what can I do to keep it looking nice while I try those hair remedies.

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Thiswomansstyle March 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Oh Michelle my heart goes out to you but have faith because I’ve heard so many fantastic results from women who’ve been using hairfinity. Apparently the scalp can itch for the first month but after that it subsides and you just need to make sure you keep your scalp moisturised.
I know this sounds bizarre but I’ve also heard blending a raw onion (Yep. a. raw. onion.) lol and putting the juice of the onion onto your scalp actually encorages growth, and it’s not an old wives tale either it really works read more about it here….http://www.healthextremist.com/onion-juice-for-hair-growth-and-reversing-grey/
With regards to hairstyles if I’m honest I’m not too sure? I know it must be daunting to wear it out natural for the first couple of months whilst the rest of your hair evens out but it could all be worth it in the long term. Or could you wear a wig? Just for the first couple of months if you really don’t want people to see your natural hair whilst it’s growing out? Hey if its alright for Beyonce and Rihanna then why the hell not?

Anyway good luck and sorry I couldn’t suggest any new hairstyles??? Make sure you go to see the tricologist too and eat lots of kale! Thanks for stopping by my blog lovely xx

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Karrina April 8, 2014 at 4:02 pm

Hello!!

Im that engrossed in reading this that the time has flown at work without anything completed :O! I have to leave now so have emailed the rest of it to myself to read on my commute home! YOU ARE HILARIOUS!!!

Your page might just answer my question as i read on so feel free to ignore! But any advice you can give me would be GREAT!

So, coming from a white background I have had no education on my hair heritage and how best to deal with it. So from an early age I have been using chemicals and glued extensions, dying it (every month)!!!!! Any way, recently I have decided to go for the big chop (shave it!!!!) and trying to do as much research as I can to have the best experience! As my hair has always been around 4-5 inches it really doesnt bother me and i just want to start a fresh and get all the left over glue out etc…So my main question would be what kind of steps should i take until i start seeing some growth?? I have kind of established a routine and ordered highly reviewed products/books but kinda could do with a pen pel lol. From reading up on routines they mention shampooing (only at the root) and this is also a point i’m concerned about, as my head would be shaved, will the shampoo affect my hair ends (what there is of them) Or would it be best to stick to co washing and protein until growth comes through? Thanks a lot – confused befuzzled mixed chick :) xx

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Thiswomansstyle April 11, 2014 at 10:53 am

Hey Karrina, congrats on starting your natural hair journey! With regards to the shampoo they say to only shampoo at the roots as alot of shampoos are full or sulphates and nasty chemicals that strip the hair and dry it out, but if you buy organic natural and sulphate free shampoos you should be fine as long as the very ends of your hair always stay moisturised. If co washing works for you by all means do that but every once in a while our scalp does need a good wash with shampoo to keep it clean.
Also try Hairfinity out I’ve just bought some myself to review so I’ll do a blogpost to let everyone know how I got on.

Good luck and thanks for stoppin gby my blog xx

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Isabella April 15, 2014 at 6:17 pm

My hair is not that long but medium sized should I get layers for my dead hairs at the bottom of my hair? Or should I just leave it?..

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Natalie shield May 7, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Day 1 of my journey fingers crossed ✌️

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Justin Sharief May 16, 2014 at 5:07 am

im so sorry about what happened to your hair way back then.
great post, it was very interesting and inspiring.

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Caitlin May 25, 2014 at 5:04 am

Hi! Really love your site. I had a question regarding the need to use a shampoo WITH SULFATE to wash out the silicone contained in a protein product like Nexxus. I came across someone saying that it is important to use a sulfate shampoo in conjunction with any nexxus product because the silicone buildup can lead to breakage. Do you have an opinion on this? I am using the more moderate treatment Nexxus keraphix and I’d hate to start using sulfate shampoos again because it seems counteractive to the whole hair restoration process. I’ve been using oil on my hair weekly but it appears that it lacks protein because it’s thin and straggly at the ends, so that’s my main focus. Thank you for your help!

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Thiswomansstyle May 31, 2014 at 10:21 am

Hey Caitlin,

A sulphate shampoo is ok to use perhaps once a month to stop build up of any product you may on your hair just not all the time. You always need to give your hair what you feel it needs,so once in a while is fine! As long as the majority of the time you use sulphate and silicone free shampoo’s and conditioners and you keep those ends moisturised your hair should grow healthy! Also if your hair is straggly at the ends does it need an inch chopping off? I know no-one wants to think of cutting their hair whilst growing it out but thin, wispy ends can make hair look more damaged than it is xx

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Allie June 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I noticed iv been on the biotin product for 4 month now it has been growing slowly but i just recently bought the hairvist product have you heard of it ? I was wondering if you heard anything from those vitamins and if they actaully work ? Lol

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Thiswomansstyle June 24, 2014 at 11:25 am

Hey Allie, no not Hairvist but I have heard of Hairfinity which I’ve been taking for over 2 months now, I’ll post a review of how it went on the blog once I’ve been taking them for four months xx

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Razina June 30, 2014 at 11:05 am

Hi Rebecca!!
Idk how to start thanking you for all the details on this post…. I know I’m gonna spend a tonne of money buying everything you mentioned but it’s all worth it….bless you❤

I have a question…. I have Arabic/black curly hair and I had really nice hair when I was younger and for some reason I’m not sure of my mother started relaxing my hair since I was 10…for 11 years now I’m on the hair crack cocaine…and I’m so scared to stop relaxing my hair because my front hair looks horrible….it’s so damaged around the sides of my head I’m not sure if I’ll ever have my hair grow the way it was again….do you think I should take the risk and follow how you grew your hair back….I’m really scared mine won’t bring the same result

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Thiswomansstyle July 3, 2014 at 8:40 pm

Hey Razina,
Sorry for the late reply. I absolutely think you should take the plunge, I know it’s scary believe me but it’s so worth it in the end. The thing with hair growth is it’s all down to patience and being ‘patient’ is quite frankly a bitch – I know. The key is to not keep checking growth/improvements etc after say 5 or 6 weeks because you don’t see real significant changes until around 3 to 4 months. but DO IT you won’t regret it, your hair type should be fine to follow exactly what I did. So try and let the hair crack go, cut off any dead ends, stay away from heat (only use it for special occasions etc) and keep your ends moisturised, moisturised, moisturised!

Good luck!! xxx

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Alex July 2, 2014 at 12:28 pm

You’ll never believe this but I actually used to have a weave too. Errr what !? White girl with a weave !?!? Yes it’s true. I, for some stupid reason, let my mum trim my hair, and she cut my waist length hair up to above my shoulders ‘by accident’. I cried for hours then called my friend who took me to the hair shop and then patiently sewed it into my hair while I probably carried on crying. Of course it looked terrible but it gave my hair a chance to grow out, even though the weave damaged it quite a lot. I only use vegan hair products now, sans chemicals, and my hair has never been as soft and healthy as it is now. Yay for our gained hair wisdom. Although I did recently get a really rubbish hair cut *sigh*

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Thiswomansstyle July 3, 2014 at 8:41 pm

Noooooo Alex I can’t believe it lol! I bet you rocked that weave with style ha! You’re hair is gorgeous I’d love to know the name of the vegan hair produces you used? x

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Alex July 4, 2014 at 10:03 am

I use a range by Dr. Organic from Holland & Barret (I like the vitamin E & argan oil ranges as they are the most moisturising) and they are totally affordable :)

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Thiswomansstyle July 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Ooooh trying! xx

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kaushiki roy July 25, 2014 at 11:57 am

I’M TRUSTING U I WILL TRY THIS IF IT WORKS WHO WILL TAKE THE RESPONSIBILITY?

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Alina July 30, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Okay first of all thank you fot that. I got up this morning and went to Holland&Barrett straight away to buy Biotin and MSM :D

And I might have an extra tip for those with really dry hair.
I bleached my hair quite alot over the last couple of month (I know silly me!) and my hair was incredibly dry until I found the products of Charles Worthington, especially the Over-Night-Serum! So for girls with really dry hair, I recommend those products :)

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Thiswomansstyle August 1, 2014 at 6:59 pm

Ooooh I’m definitely going to try the Charles Worthington serum! Thx for stopping by Alina!! Xxx

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Thiswomansstyle March 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Hey Ida, yes I had a brazilian blow dry when I was growing my hair out for me it helped as I was’nt applying any heat to my hair because the brazilian had maintained it so I didn’t have to, I just wore it down or in a high top knot or ponytail without using any heat.
With regards to holding gel, you’re not supposed to out any product on your hair for the first initial three days before you wash it off but after that I’m sure it’s fine xx

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lucie April 28, 2014 at 9:29 pm

Hi, your post is the best ive ever seen! Deffo gping to go out and get the suppliments! My hair is kinda straight with a kink to it… I used to have hair soo thick when I was younger but years of being stupid, pulling it tight, glueing extensions, weaving and all has left me with track thinning and I have had this prob for years now… ive stopped pulling it tight and stopped the weaves and extensions for about a year now… do u think these suppliments will help regain the thickness?? Im at my wits end and don’t know what to do!

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Thiswomansstyle May 9, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Ahh thank you Lucie I do but bare in mind it will take time, so make sure you say to yourself ok I’m not going to keep checking my hair every five seconds for length and thickness just know you’re taking the supplements, staying away from the heat and not pulling your hair back tightly and after 4 months or so you’ll suddenley notice how much your hair has improved! The key to regaining your hair is consistencey.no heat, deep conditioning treatments and supplements. Good luck and thanks for stopping by my blog xx

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