Hair Growth

Today I would like to throw some light on one of them most hyped about part of the hair journey which is “Hair growth”.

A lot of you have asked me for tips and suggestions to speed up your hair growth. But before I begin I would like to stress upon a fact that every one’s hair is different and the growth may vary on one’s lifestyle and general body health. Also, please note that the tips are based on my self experience. So let’s begin>>>>

Weekly hot oil treatment – This is one of the most important part of hair growth which I follow consistently every week. Heat the oil (I prefer olive or grapeseed oil). Put your hair upside down and massage the oil well on to scalp using your fingers tips. Continue this for 10 minutes. Now, use a steamer or hair dryer to give a gentle steam to your scalp. You could also use a warm towel to wrap your head (dip the towel in hot water before doing the same and continue for at least two to three times). This will help the oil to penetrate in (those who have high porosity hair can skip the heat) Now, take a shower cap or grocery bag and cover your head well. Rinse off with shampoo after one hour.

Nightly scalp massage – Use three to four drops of any essential oil of your choice such as peppermint oil, lavender oil, rosemary oil( extremely good for hair growth) with any carrier oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil (my choice) and gently massage your scalp with your finger tips every night before going to bed. Make sure to be very gentle as you do not want to create any frizz or disturb the curls.

Regular trims – Now, this might sound a bit odd but it is not. You must trim your hairs end every now and then to ensure healthy growth. It need not be a foot long but a small trim as an inch is more than sufficient. This is most important if you have split ends or if you have straightened your hair to get rid if the damaged hairs. Now, you need not always go to a salon to chop an inch as they might go over the board and take off a huge chunk of your hair. So, try a DIY cut yourself.

Ditch your cotton pillow case – This is literally an under rated point in hair growth. Using cotton pillow case will generate frizz and lead to breakage of hair. Well, you might not notice this but it is definitely happening without your knowledge. So make sure to switch it up with a satin or silk pillow case.

Eat healthy – Make sure to include vitamins, iron, zinc, proteins in your routine. Remember you are what you eat!! So get all the nutrients from the food you intake for better hair growth.

Minimise the usage of shampoo – It’s shocking to me how many women skip conditioner when showering, which is the worst thing you can do for your hair — especially when you’re trying to grow it long — and it’s actually shampoo that you should be skipping as much as possible. Here’s why: The purpose of shampoo is to wash away dirt and product buildup, but it can also take essential natural oils that keep strands soft and healthy along with it. When you really do need shampoo, be gentler on your hair by only lathering up at your scalp and then simply letting the suds slide down strands, hitting the rest of the hair as the water rinses it away.

Use a microfiber towel – Stop using your super soft bath towels on hair. It causes breakage. Instead use a microfiber towel or a cotton t shirt.


The Goodness of Shea butter

What is Shea butter?

Shea butter is produced from the Shea-Karite tree nut, which is a native tree found in the tropics of East and West Africa. It provides extraordinary moisturising properties and is therefore known as “mother nature’s conditioner”.

Shea butter is also known to heal burns and injuries, and to get rid of surgical marks, dermatitis, and stretch marks. Apart from its medicinal uses, it is also used as a UV protector, as a lip balm, for baby care, natural moisturizer for your body and face and of course on hair. So here’s how you can use this on your hair:

  • As a sealant –  Shea butter is packed with moisturising properties and thus it can amazingly seal in the moisture on your hair. It can be used in the LOC method especially by those who have high porosity hair. A great advantage of Shea butter is that it doesn’t leave the hair greasy. Also, it can be easily washed off afterwards. Just melt down a tiny amount of Shea butter in a double broiler over boiling water and use it as required.
  • Sooth irritated scalp – Spread some melted shea butter onto your fingertips and apply in small amounts directly onto your scalp. Rub in circular motion. You can add drops of tea tree oil for an extra soothing sensation. It absorbs easily into the scalp and it does not clog the pores and provides moisture from the roots on down to the ends. It is therefore extremely beneficial to hair that is relaxed, colored, or heat-treated.
  • Scalp massage – This could be used for hot oil treatments either alone or could be combined with other oils. It can be used whether your scalp is dry or oily. On oily scalp, it helps reduce excessive oil production by the skin glands. It can moisturise dry scalp and reduce flaking due to dryness.
  • For deep condition – Add half a tablespoon of Shea butter to your favourite DIY hair mask and you will get all the moisture in the world 😉
  • Natural curl enhancer – Amazingly this can be used as a styler too. It helps to enhance and clump your curls together and give you a retain able definition.


While shea butter is quite safe and can be beneficial for the skin and hair, you should avoid shea butter or shea butter products if you have tree nut allergies. There are no clinical trials concerning shea butter and allergies. Consult your allergist or health care provider if you have further questions.

Where to buy Shea butter?

When buying Shea butter, it is important to choose unrefined, raw Shea butter. You can purchase it from here on Amazon.

Things to know before starting CurlyGirl method

  • DO NOT blindly purchase any product even on recommendation without gaining enough knowledge about your hair. This is only going to empty your pockets unless you learn what your hair actually needs “because not all hair is same”.


  • Know your hair type.

Diameter – Even though you can say your hair is big/flat/crazy just by looking at your hair in the mirror, it’s the diameter of your hair that’s super important for picking out the right products. Test if your hair is fine, medium, or coarse by doing a strand test.

  1. If you take a single hair in between your fingers and you don’t feel anything, then you have fine hair.
  2. If you can feel the hair, then it’s medium.
  3. If you feel a strong, thick strand, then you are coarse.


Determining both your diameter AND density will help narrow down the types of product you should use. Someone with dense, coarse hair will need smoothing products. While someone with less dense but still coarse hair will need a Volumising product. Just because the diameter of your hair is fine doesn’t mean you can’t have a thick head of hair — and vice versa. So, get to know the density of your hair by standing in front of a mirror, grab a handful of hair at the side of your head and notice the space around that ‘clump.’ Can you easily see your scalp? Your hair is likely thin. No scalp visible? Probably thick. If you’re in the middle, you likely have hair of medium density.


The amount of elasticity your hair has indicates how healthy it is, plus how easy it’ll be to style the way you want. To begin to slowly stretch the hair. If it breaks almost immediately, your elasticity is low, but if it stretches to 50 percent of its original length, your hair has high elasticity.

Texture/Curl pattern

Compare your hair texture with the below to understand where exactly do you fit in.




  • Educate yourself with the Curly Girl method.

CG method was introduced to an international, multi-ethnic audience by hairstylist   Lorraine Massey in her bestselling book, Curly Girl: The Handbook. Following are the so called rules under this method:

  • Say no to shampoo or use a sulphate free shampoo because it strips your hair of its natural oil called sebum. (Avoid products with ingredients like Sodium lauryl sulphate, Sodium laureth, Ammonium laureth or lauryl sulfate, Ammonium or Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium cocoyl sarcosinate etc)
  • Use Silicone free conditioner and stylers since silicones buildup on hair and ruin the natural curl pattern. (Avoid products with ingredients ending with cone, col, nol, xane etc.)
  • Unplug the dryer and use a diffuser instead.
  • Not using a brush instead use a wide tooth comb to avoid frizz and breakage.
  • Trim your hair to get rid of the damage or split ends.
  • Co-wash or Conditioner wash to clean your scalp and hair as a second option to a shampoo.
  • Apply products to your hairDo it while it is soaking wet. Smooth or rake the product into your hair by sections. A common method is to begin with a leave-in cream or conditioner to decrease frizz and then follow with a gel for hold and definition. Using your normal conditioner as a leave-in is fine too. Scrunch in an upward motion with hands.
  • Ditch your towel and scrunch your hair with a cotton t-shirt, paper towels, or a micro-fiber towel to remove excess water/moisture.
  • Decrease the drying time of your hair by plop. Plopping means spreading an old t-shirt or micro-fiber towel onto a flat surface. Bend over at the waist and position your hair in the middle of the cloth. With your head touching the cloth, drape the back section of cloth over your head. Twist the sides until they form “sausage rolls” and clip or tie them at the base of your neck. After 15-30 minutes remove the t-shirt and air dry/diffuse.
  • Do not touch your hair while it is 100% dry or it will mess up and frizz.
  • Give your hair time to adjust. It takes 2-4 weeks for your hair to adjust or even more. It may even look worse at first. Hair is a long-term project and it may take a couple weeks for it to regain its health after being stripped of moisture for years by harsh chemical and sulphate shampoo.
  • Finally Clarify with a sulfate shampoo or clarifying shampoo before beginning. This will cleanse your hair of any silicones–ingredients in some hair products you would have using that are not water soluble.


  • Plan a hair routine

❤ Make a decision as to when and how many hair washes you will need per week. This will depend from person to person. If you feel your hair does not get itchy/ greasy soon you can have a wash whenever you feel the need. Sort about the products to use or seek advice. Click here for My hair routine OR click the link below for a video on my hair routine

❤ Deep Condition  – This is one of the most important aspect of a hair routine. Deep conditioning your hair on a weekly basis helps to get rid of dryness and retain moisture on hair. Check here to know how to deep condition.

Hair Porosity

Hair Porosity refers to how well your hair is able to absorb and hold moisture. It is affected by the flexible outer hair layer called the cuticle, which determines how easily moisture and oils pass in and out of your hair. For most, porosity is genetic, but it can also be affected by external factors such as exposure, heat treatments and chemical processing. Knowing your hair’s porosity can help you choose the right products to keep your hair well-moisturized, supple, strong and shiny. And here are three ways to determine where yours falls on the porosity spectrum: low, normal or high.

  • Hair strand test

Drop few hair strands that’s been shed as a result of brushing/combing into a glass bowl of water and let it remain untouched for few hours. If the strands float, your hair is low porosity. If your hair remains somewhere in the middle, it means they are normal porosity, and if it sinks and lays at the bottom of the bowl, your hair is high porosity.

  • Go by feel

Gently stretch a tiny section of curl strands from different areas of your head – front hairline, nape, crown and temple. Place the stretched curl between your thumb and finger and slide it up the hair strand from the tip towards the scalp. If your fingers move easily up the strand and it feels dense and hard, you have low porosity hair. If it feels smooth, you have normal porosity hair. And if the strand feels rough or dry or it breaks, you have high porosity hair.

  • Water absorption capacity

If your hair takes a long time to absorb water and you can find droplets of water on top of your hair, you have low porosity hair. And if it quickly absorbs water then it means your hair is high porosity. And if the time consumption is medium then normal porosity.


  • Low Porosity hair 

Low porosity hair has very compact cuticles, so it’s hard to inject moisture into the hair shaft, although it does retain moisture once it absorbs. Thus, use heat such as steamer,warm towel, shower cap, drier etc to help products absorb better and bind with the hair well. Always distribute products evenly throughout your hair making sure not to put too much on. And apply products to damp, not drenched hair. Also cleanse your hair of product buildup once a month using an ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) or sulfate shampoo. Low porosity hair is more prone to protein sensitivity.

Some other characteristics of this type of hair are:

  1. Curls take long time to dry.
  2. Products tend to build up on curls rather than getting absorbed.
  3. Natural oils don’t readily penetrate, but rather sit on your hair.
  • High Porosity Hair

These kind of hair Parched needs products that help it retain as much moisture as possible. So use minimal heat. It’s best to air dry your hair, if possible. Incorporate regular deep conditioning treatments into your curl care routine. Rinse with cold water to seal the cuticle and prevent frizz. The LOC (Leave in, oil and cream) method works on such hair type very well.

Some other characteristics of this type of hair are:

  1. Curls easily absorb water, however, it requires more products.
  2. Curls often look and feel dry.
  3.  Curls are often frizzy.
  4.  Curls dry quickly.
  • Normal Porosity hair

Normal porosity hair has compact cuticles that easily let moisture enter in. So continue to do regular deep conditioning treatments to maintain good product absorption.

Some other characteristics of this type of hair are:

  1. Curls are full of bounce and elasticity.
  2. Requires very little maintenance.
  3.  Easily accepts and retains moisture inside the cuticle.
  4.  Holds styles well and can be colored with good results.

List of Protein free CG friendly products

Hey readers! So finally i have listed out some absolutely protein free ( including Panthanol) and CG friendly products which could be used by all those who are sensitive to protein and also follow the curly girl method as well and do not want any sulfates and silicones in their products. Please feel free to comment below if you do not see any product you happen to know or use which are SSP free and are missing in the list below. So here you go.

PS- I will be updating the list as and when i find any more new product .

Protein free CG friendly Shampoos

  • The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Balance Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Volume Shampoo.
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Shampoo
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Shampoo
  • As I Am Curl Clarity Shampoo
  • Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo (Contains Olefin sulfonate)
  • Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo
  • Alikay Naturals Coconut Milk Shampoo
  • Elaine hair and body clarifying shampoo


Protein free CG friendly Conditioners

  • The Body shop rainforest moisture conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Volumising Conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Shine Conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Balance Conditioner
  • The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Conditioner
  • Curl Junkie Curl Assurance Smoothing Conditioner
  • Kinky Curly Knot Today conditioner
  • Matrix Biolage conditioning balm
  • Shea Moisture African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner
  • TRESemme Botanique Nourish + Replenish Conditioner
  • Yes To Carrots Conditioner
  • Yes to Cucumbers Conditioner
  • Elaine hair and body conditioner (and a separate leave in conditioner)


Protein free CG friendly Deep Conditioners

  • Body shop rainforest moisture hair butter
  • Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter
  • As I Am Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner
  • Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment
  • EDEN BodyWorks JojOba Monoi Deep Conditioner
  • Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
  • Shea Moisture African Black Soap Purification Masque
  • Maui moisture heal & hydrate mask
  • Eden natural deep conditioner
  • Elaine hair and body deep conditioner
  • DIY homemade Mask


Protein free CG friendly Gels

  • Kinky curling custard gel
  • As i am curling jelly
  • Giovanni LA Natural Hair Styling Gel
  • Jane carter coiling all curls elongating gel
  • DIY homemade flaxseed gel


Protein free CG friendly Curl creams

  • Ogx moroccan curling perfection defining cream
  • Rizos curls curl defining cream
  • Jane carter conditioning styling cream

Gatsby Water gloss hyper solid gel

I found this amazing little anGEL the other day when I was on my grocery shopping. And guess what I did when I had the first sight of it?🤔 Yes, you are right! I quickly jumped in to check the ingredients and to my amusement it was protein free but did have SD alcohol which could be a drying agent . Nevertheless I decided to give it a try since it is very difficult to find a gel without protein / panthanol. Flaxseed gel will and forever remain my ultimate favourite but I was really delighted to have found something which I was looking for like ages.

So let’s look at the ingredients:

Water (Aqua), SD, Alcohol 40-B, PVP, Dipropylene Glycol, VP/VA, Copolymer, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, PEG-50 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Cellulose Gum, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Methylparaben, Fragrance (Parfum), Benzophenone-2, Benzophenone-5, Disodium EDTA, CI 14700.

Price: INR 120.00


And here are the Pros of this gel.

  • As the name suggests this gel has a very very hyper hold which I loved because I have thick curls and I like my gel to give the best hold.
  • Protein free.
  • It is very glossy and hence gives a natural shine to your hair.
  • Not very sticky and soft to touch.
  • Budget friendly.
  • Easy availability.
  • Love the fragrance.
  • Big tub so a little goes a long way.


  • Need not suit people with fine and thin hair due to its high holding power which is 7. However, there are other varieties under the same brand which have much lesser holding power like 2 and 5.
  • Contains SD alcohol which could be drying for some. So make sure to use a lot of leave in and creams before u put on this gel to give extra moisture.

I would definitely purchase this gel again when I run out of my homemade flaxseed gel or go too lazy to prepare the gel at home😜

The Struggles of being a Protein Sensitive

1511971398720We all know the importance of protein in our daily life and hair care. And especially if you are a curly girl who loves protein in the hair, it can give you amazing results such as hair growth, definition, clump and so on just when your curls lack them by doing a simple protein treatment. But what if you are on the other side of the ore and your hair hates protein?Well, here comes the real struggle of being a curly girl!!

I learned the fact that i was really sensitive to protein gradually through my hair care routine. When i begun my journey I did not have the faintest idea that my hair could hate protein. But I am glad that i could demystify myself from the fact as to why my hair was behaving so strange after all, through various protein tests and product usage. Please check out my older post on protein and its sensitivity to know how you can identify if your hair needs protein or not. Protein and its sensitivity on hair 

So, here comes the ultimate challenge. Now that you know protein is your biggest enemy, you need hair products without any kind of protein related ingredient along with any sulfates or silicones especially if you are dying to go all natural. I have literally struggled to find products without SSP as i say (Sulfates, Silicones, Proteins). I researched, googled online, connected with curly hair experts but all i could find were very few products which were either impossible to grab due to non shipped region or too expensive and not under my budgeted line. Whenever I found any CG friendly product in store or online I would straight away dive into the ingredients section to find out if they were protein free, unfortunately I was disappointed every time.

So, I decided to let go off the SS from my SSP and searched for products without protein alone and did not mind the sulfates and silicones 😦 And then I came across the Organix quenching coconut line products from Ogx. I was pretty happy the way they suited my curls but somewhere down the line was guilty enough to be using them after all they were not CG friendly products.

I kept my research on in the search of those magical products and was fortunate enough to find a silicone and protein free conditioner from Tresemme botanix which was under my budget so i grabbed them but still continued to use a sulfate shampoo. And very recently around 5 months ago i learned about few more products and one among them was the body shop rainforest line through one of my social media friend which was SSP free and could be netted as a budgeted product when compared to the other high branded ones. So, finally I started using a perfect blend of products with the right ingredients.

I am still in the hunt for SSP free curly hair products which could be easily available and not very expensive at the same time. And i am dying to create a list of these products for my co-protein sensitive curlies, “BECAUSE I KNOW THE STRUGGLE” 🙂 So stay tuned!!