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.


Winter Care for Curls

Curly hair is naturally dry, so it’s important to keep your curls moisturised at all times. With winter around the corner, the cold and dry air doesn’t exactly help retain moisture on hair due to low humidity! (the amount of water vapor in the air) And this might also leave you thinking that the products you used to love in your summers which were your holy grail might fail to sprinkle it’s magic in these stubborn winter. So, what could be the reason for this? Read on to know~

Which ingredients to look out for and Why?

  • Humectants (promote moisture retention and have the ability to attract water from the atmosphere) such as glycerin, sodium PCA, sodium lactate, propylene glycol and occasionally agave nectar and honey should be on a look out as they could be the culprits this winter making your hair dry and brittle. Wait! What? I know, I know. They are supposed to be “the humectants right” !! Since there is not a lot of water / moisture in the air for the humectants to attract to the surface of your hair there is high chance that humectants may remove moisture from the cortex of the hair into the air. Moisture will move from areas of high concentration (in this case the hair) to areas of lower concentration – the air! This can result in dry, icky feeling hair. Hmmm, Not cool right! So don’t look for ultra moisturised hair from humectant use in this type of climate because it’s just not going to happen.
  • Not all humectants act in similar way. Film forming humectants such as flaxseed, okra seed, xanthum, Guar gum etc work really well to grab the moisture on to hair due to their large complex molecules unlike others.

Now, what if you wish to use products with humectants? What precautions can you take?

  • Use products with humectants that are lower on the ingredient label.
  • Steam your hair in the shower before applying the products with humectant to make it easier in penetration.
  • Use a moisturizer/leave in with a lot of emollients, butters and oils underneath.
  • Instead of traditional gels use cream-gels that contain a fixative polymer, as well as oils and butters. This way you’ll get the added moisture as well as the hold.
  • Use a sealing oil to lock the moisture.


Now, let us look at few other ways in which you can keep your hair hydrated this winter:

  • Deep condition – This is an absolute necessity for curly hair to retain moisture. And during winter, it becomes even more important to deep condition, may be twice the usual count. So continue to give your thirsty dry curls the required moisture. Check out my DIY deep condition mask here.
  • The LOC method – LOC method (leave in conditioner, Oil and Curl cream) usually works greatly on hair that is high poros and not so with well with low porosity. However, we all have an excuse this winter and the aim is to get as much moisture in hair as possible. Trial and error gains perfection. So try and use a light weight sealing oil such as Grapeseed oil for this method which could be ingenious.
  • More/Extra product – Indoor air is extremely drying to curls so make sure to use extra product this winter. Listen for hair to squish, to make sure there’s enough product in the hair. Remember, most curly hair is dry, so don’t be afraid of using a some extra product.
  • Diffuse your hair – This may or may not be a thing for you but if you wish to make your curls look and feel better this winter, try diffusing. Moving around with wet hair in and out in this dry and cold weather does not really help.
  • Increase the usage of oil – Oils and creams are curly girls best friend in these dry winter. Shea butter could be one. Check here. They prevent your scalp and hair from becoming dry and work as a barrier to lock the moisture in.
  • Cover your hair – Use a satin scarf while heading out as your first layer touching your hair, then cover with a thicker scarf or hat. Curly hair tends to get trapped in cotton and other fabrics and can break off and become damaged. A satin layer will stop your hair from getting caught in your favorite winter garments.
  • Eat and drink right – Well, it goes without saying but really What you eat directly affects your body, including your hair. Make sure you’re drinking lots of water and eating enough green vegetables. Try your best to eat foods with the vitamins and minerals you need.
  • Use protective hairstyles – Winter is a good time and reason to use protective hair styles. It doesn’t seem like a good idea to leave your hair open for too long in this dry winter.
  • Flaxseed gel – A perfect styler and gel to retain the moisture on your hair. Check my DIY homemade flaxseed gel.

How to Volumise your Curls

Getting volume on your curly hair is often compromised with definition especially if you have fine and thin hair. I have been experiencing and experimenting on certain areas to enhance my hair volume this winter and I must say I am quite impressed with the results. So let’s dig in>>>>

  • Diffusing the hair upside down – This technique has made such a tremendous improvement in maximising the volume of my curls and reducing frizz. When you diffuse this way you actually lift the roots and increase space between them for more volume.
  • Clipping the hair – This is a technique for those who prefer to air dry . Once your are done with styling, gently lift small sections of your hair and clip them to roots all around your head. You could use 4 to 5 clips depending on your hair density. Make sure to leave enough gap between each clip.
  • Fluff and shake your roots – Once the hair is 100% dry, get your hair upside down the gently insert your fingers on to hair and shake the roots. This could be done after you scrunch out the crunch (SOTC).
  • Get layers – Get a haircut with lots of layers to increase the volume on your hair. This will also enhance the curl your natural texture.
  • Use Volumizing shampoo / stylers – There are many brands these days who sell such shampoos/ mouse/ foams especially designed for fine haired curlies.
  • Avoid oil during styling – Using oil while styling your hair could weigh down the hair and compromise on the volume. Use foams and gels instead.
  • Use lighter products – Butters and creams are known to weigh down the hair more than others. Thus try to use lighter and lesser products to gain more volume.
  • Clarify your hair monthly – Product buildup could weigh down your hair and not give you enough volume. So remember to clarify once a month especially if you have low porosity hair which tends to buildup faster.
  • Part your hair differently –  Changing the way you part your hair could get you extra volume.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil doesn’t get as much love as it should because it is not as trendy as jojoba, coconut, olive, Argan, or even castor oil. However, it is one of the most lightweight oils available. Its ability to condition and seal moisture into the hair is top-notch. Also, grapeseed oil is non-greasy and absorbs easily into the hair, skin and scalp. In cold seasons, grapeseed oil is a great alternative to coconut oil, which can solidify and leave little lumps on the hair due to cooler temperatures.

Now let us look at the properties of this liquid gold (amazing oil ;-))

  • It has no odor so you won’t have to worry about layering on perfume to cover it.
  • It is light, so it won’t leave your hair feeling weighed down. This property makes this oil great for people with thin hair that is easily weighed down or people who like to layer on many different products.
  • It has antiseptic properties and is a mild astringent which are both help keep the scalp healthy and fight dandruff. Hot oil treatments with grapeseed oil leave hair shiny and fight scalp dryness.
  • It contains Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that helps to heal and build tissues. Vitamin E reduces inflammation, heals the scalp, and promotes healthy hair follicles which, in turn results in healthy hair growth.
  • It is hypoallergenic, which makes it a perfect choice for everyone, including curlies with sensitive scalps.

So, have you guys used grapeseed oil? How do you like it? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

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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!!