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.

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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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😜