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.

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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.

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

300gms

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.

Cons:

  • 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!!

Ways to detangle your curls

Detangling your curls is a very important aspect of a proper hair care routine. It would eliminate frizz and knots during non wash days. However, it is recommended not to detangle your hair when its dry to prevent breakage. It is also best to use your fingers to remove the tangles rather than a brush or comb.

You would always need a slippery agent in your hair to detangle easily. So here are the different ways in which you can easily detangle your hair:

  • Pre-Poo ~ Use oils like coconut oil, olive oil or argan oil and apply it on to your hair in a smoothing motion before you shampoo. Gently detangle your hair in sections using fingers.
  • During condition ~ You could also detangle your hair while you have your conditioner on hair. Since the conditioner has good slip, it would allow you to remove the tangles easily without much breakage. Start by smoothing the conditioner in sections from roots till tip of your hair for sometime before you insert your fingers to detangle. This will untangle to knots quickly.
  • Under running water ~ This is one of my favorite way to detangle my hair. Before you shampoo your hair, get your hair under running water in upside down position. Let the water run through your hair. Using fingers gently separate the tangles. Since the hair already has conditioner and leave in conditioner from the refresh days, it would provide quite a good amount of slip to hair.

Refreshing your hair on non wash days will reduce frizz and tangles on hair. (See my post on how to refresh your curls)

The Shingling method

The Shingling method is a curly hair wash routine / technique where in we define or moisturise the hair strand by strand using a leave in conditioner/curl cream or hair gel. The best way to go about this method is to section off hair into four small sections, and then again make smaller sections inside each of those sections to focus on the strands. The process is time consuming and requires your ultimate patience 🙂 It is best to practice this style on soaking wet hair. This styling method is most commonly used by curlies who have kinky or coily curls.

It is also possible to shingle in very tiny sections if you do not have much time or if your hair type is wavy or 3a/3b curls.

Once you finish shingling a strand or section do not touch it and continue to complete the whole hair without messing the hair strands. Once you are done with the whole hair you could either air dry or use a diffuser to dry out your hair.

This method gives you ultimate curl definition and reduce frizz to a large extent.

I recently styled my hair using this method which was indeed time consuming and patience testing, although I was very happy with the result. I used the following products:

  • Washed my hair with SebaMed baby shampoo.
  • Deep conditioned using my favourite mask (Tresemme botanix conditioner + olive oil + honey)
  • Rinsed and used the same conditioner as leave in.
  • Shingled using Ogx moroccan curling perfection cream.