I swear by this stuff! And based on the many, many reviews on the internet, so do a lot of other people. I’m hesitant to believe there is ever a “magic pill” for anything but these vitamins work wonders. My hair naturally grows pretty slow. With this stuff, I get about an inch of growth per month. It’s truly incredible. Here are the links to some of the reviews that convinced me that I should try them.
You do have to take them for about 2-3 months before you start noticing how much faster your hair is growing and at about $36/month, it’s a bit of an investment. I’m currently using Viviscal for the second time, after cutting my hair to an angled bob six months ago.
The downside? You know it’s working because you have to make a hair appointment when your roots get bad in half the time. Also, if your hair is growing faster on your head, it’s also growing faster everyone else too. It makes for a lovely 5 o’clock shadow on your legs. Just sayin’.
2. Coconut masks and Scalp Massages
I can never tell if expensive hair masks or deep conditioning treatments actually work. My first roommate out of college was an Indian girl. Not only did she teach me how to cook a couple great Indian dishes, she introduced me to coconut oil. She had long, thick black hair. She told me that women in India use coconut oil as a mask in their hair. After trying it as a mask in my own hair, I’m convinced there is no product on the market better than this stuff.
I put a ton of it in my hair. I’ve seen some articles say use 2 tablespoons. That’s laughable. I probably put 1/4 cup at least. Once my head feels saturated with the oil, I give myself a good scalp massage to work the oil in and stimulate hair growth. I leave it on for an hour or two with a plastic grocery bag tied on my head like a turban (to keep the heat in and help it work better). Then I shampoo twice in the shower and skip conditioner. It makes hair unbelievably soft and strong.
I also use coconut oil as lotion and it’s a fabulous replacement for shave gel. Just smother a tablespoon on your legs while you’re in the shower, shave, and you’ll get out with smooth legs and no need to moisturize.
3. Good Shampoo and Conditioner
Pureology is the good stuff. I’m sure there is other good stuff on the market but I’ve seen Pureology work wonders on my hair. In an effort to save money (because after all, this stuff is pricy), I alternate my shampoo days with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil Shampoo. It’s also sulfate-free and all-natural (derived from oils, mostly) and so it’s a great, inexpensive option to alternate with the Pureology. I use the Pureology Perfect 4 Platinum Shampoo and the Hydrate Conditioner. I bought a liter of the conditioner on Amazon about a year ago and I’m still not done the bottle!
4. Heat Protection
I used to put nothing in my hair and then I’d hit it with a 450 degree flat iron. I cringe when I think of that now.
According to my stylist, anything that coats the hair protects it more than nothing at all. I alternate between a Moroccan Oil knock off from Sally’s Beauty Supply and Aussie Leave-In Conditioner Hair Insurance, which smells amazing. I’ve also realized that for my straight hair, I really don’t need 450 degrees to tame a few kinks and flyaways. I never go above 400 degrees now.
5. Don’t Cut It
This seems like common sense but I’m so shocked by how many articles say you have to trim your hair to get it to grow. Um, no. Your hair grows from the scalp. That really doesn’t have anything to do with the ends. If you trim your hair too often, you’re growing and cutting it and basically keeping it the same length.
I get my hair trimmed every other time I get it colored (i.e. about once every 5-6 months) and I ask for a dusting, not a trim. My stylist removes a teeny tiny amount of hair from every end. No cuts, just dustings. If you’re following the steps above, you’ll be seeing much stronger, less damaged hair that doesn’t need to be cut anyway.