10 Products That Promote Hair Growth
First off, I wanted to thank everyone for the overwhelming support I received on my last post. Sharing such a personal story is liberating, and also very scary, and I was touched by all the support I've received since that post went live. So, thank you so much for reading my story!
A number of people reached out to me asking about some of the products I use to try and help grow my hair so I wanted to share with you some of the products I use that have made a noticeable difference in my hair growth. All of these products contain natural ingredients which I prefer. From my experience chemicals only make your hair worse and strip it of the nutrients and moisture it needs to grow. A lot of these products are also available at Target in the natural hair section.
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Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner ($20)
This shampoo and conditioner combo is the bee's knees. I've tried a number of hair growth shampoo and conditioner sets and I always felt like they left a residue in my hair and made it look worse. This product contains peppermint oil which stimulates hair growth but doesn't give you that tingly feeling. It also contains castor oil which is a hair growth must.
ArtNaturals Argan & Aloe Hair Mask ($20)
I deep condition with this product at least once a week. I'll put it on in the shower and leave it while I shave, exfoliate and perform a concert for myself before rinsing it out. It leaves my hair so soft but also doesn't leave behind a greasy residue.
Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In Conditioner ($20)
In an effort to keep all my hair products as natural as possible, this is the first natural leave-in conditioner I found and it worked so well I never had to try another. I love the way it smells too! I spray this in my hair after I wash and condition it, brush it through and let it air dry.
Stimulating your scalp is very important for stimulating hair growth. You're supposed to really massage your scalp when you condition or use hair oil and this tool helps a ton. I use this for about two minutes every time I shower to give myself a scalp massage. I also use it when I am using my hair oil before I go to bed to make sure it really gets into my pores. Honestly, even if you're not trying to grow your hair, this just feels so good on your head, it's worth a try regardless.
Silk is really the ideal aesthetic but satin does the trick as well. This pillowcase keeps the frizz at a minimum and doesn't absorb moisture from your hair overnight (cough, cough cotton pillowcases do).
Alikay Naturals Essential 17 Hair Growth Oil ($40)
Ok, if you purchase anything from this post, make it this hair growth oil. I owe the new growth I have to this product. I started using this a few years ago and my hairstylist swears it is the product that has made the most noticeable difference. It helped me get some new growth along my hairline and in the back of my head where I had some patchy spots. The baby hairs aren't super cute, but that means my hair is growing so I'll take it. I use this along with the two oils below the night before I wash my hair. I pour some directly on my scalp and massage it in with the scalp massager mentioned above.
Shea Moisture 100% Pure Argan Oil ($19)
Argan Oil is found in so many hair products because it is a powerhouse ingredient. It helps to hydrate and soften hair while soothing a dry, itchy scalp. I purchased this pure argan oil, in the effort to avoid any non-essential ingredients, and mix it in with the hair growth oil above for some added benefits. Bonus: this can also be used on your face because it is so rich in antioxidants.
Shea Moisture Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil ($9)
Jamaican Black Castor Oil has been used for years to help enhance the health of hair follicles. If your hair follicles aren't healthy, your hair can't be healthy. That's why it's important to use ingredients that are good for your follicles and scalp. It's also been known to prevent hair loss. It's very thick and should be used with a carrier oil so I mix it in with the other two oils I use.
Deep Conditioning Heat Cap ($18)
After doing a ton of research, I learned that using heat with your hair oil will help the oil penetrate the follicle better. This is essentially a microwavable shower cap. After I douse my hair in oil, I put this in the microwave for 90 seconds and then put it on as your would a shower cap. It's a little heavy so I actually choose to sleep with a beanie over this to prevent the oil getting on my sheets. I may be imagining it but I swear I can feel my hair follicles opening up with the heat.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I have tried every hair vitamin you can think of. Nutrafol, made of entirely natural ingredients, has been a godsend the past few months. I've been using it for about six months, taking four pills every morning, and my hair has been filling in quicker than it was before I started these vitamins. It's a little costly but I really do think it's worth the price. I knew I wouldn't see the transformation that some others have just because of my genetics but some of the transformations I've seen from using Nutrafol are incredible.
If you have any questions about the products listed above feel free to leave me a comment or reach out on Instagram or Facebook!