The other day I picked up a bottle of vitamin D capsules at a local grocery super store. For a couple of years, I’ve talked about the benefits of ensuring that we have enough vitamin D in our diet. Because of our melanin, most of us might actually be vitamin D deficient. For the past couple days, I’ve noticed a renewed sense of well-being. Not sure if it has to do with the vitamin D intake or if it’s a residual effect of having just returned from a much-needed vacation. Since incorporating B vitamin shots and, now vitamin D, I’m starting to feel like my old self again.
A few years ago, I took a bunch of vitamins every day and it really made a difference. Since then, I’ve fallen off the wagon. But as I get older, I realize that my body isn’t as efficient as it used to be. Plus I’m not eating as great as I should. It’s time to take my nutrition seriously again. So I started to browse around Amazon for other vitamins that I could incorporate into my daily life. While there, I somehow stumbled on vitamin A. Whenever I research a product on Amazon, I always go to the reviews and do a quick search for the word “hair” or “skin.” I do this to discover products that positively impact our hair & skin. That’s how I stumbled upon hyaluronic acid.
When I did my customary search under vitamin A supplements, I uncovered a little-known hair growth secret that Brazillian women swear by.
These crafty women of Brazil somehow determined that mixing a little liquid vitamin A to their shampoo could somehow stimulate hair growth. They call this concoction shampoo bomba. It began when these ladies experimented with combining a liquid vitamin A, primarily sold in veterinarian’s offices, with shampoo.
Somehow, adding vitamin A topically to the scalp made a difference in the hair growth rate for some. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first. But then I remembered the time I visited a salon in L.A. that boasted of special treatments consisting of vitamin enhanced conditioners. Honestly, the idea of infusing conditioners with vitamins seemed a bit gimmicky.
That was then…
Since launching my own vitamin based hair enhancer, I’ve changed my tune. I notice a difference when I add vitamin B enriched bamboo extract to my conditioner and others do as well. The idea of lacing my shampoo with vitamin A really peaked my interest. At the very least, I’m sure my strands would feel healthier because of the process. And, maybe I’d even experience a positive benefit to the growth rate.
Take a look at what one reviewer had to say after making her own “Bomba Shampoo” at home:
Ok, so here’s what I got from the first review. Obviously, this vitamin A treatment worked well for her. She actually noticed a boost in her growth rate. She urges us to make sure we use sulfate free shampoo. Chemical heavy shampoos will interfere with the effectiveness of the vitamin A. My favorite part of her review is how she lets us in on a secondary benefit. Apparently, the vitamin enriched water run-off will nourish our skin as well. What could be better than that? And, just like Beautifully Bamboo vitamin extract, she mixes a little vitamin A in her conditioner and lotions.
If I had acne prone skin, I’d play around with adding a little vitamin A to my skin moisturizer to apply at night. A lot of the popular, professional strength, acne treatments on the market incorporate vitamin A as a main active ingredient. I’m not saying this will work, but I’m curious about the potential. There are a bunch of videos on Youtube reviewing this vitamin A + shampoo combination. Unfortunately, none of them are in English. But most of them have impressive progress pics as their thumbnail pic so one could assume that they’re experiencing positive benefits. As with any concentrated treatment, less is more. Don’t go overboard with the vitamin A because this is somewhat of an experimental strategy. One person in the comments of a video recommend 1 ml of vitamin A concentrate per 100 ml of shampoo to start with then increase to 2ml per 100 ml if you don’t experience any results.
Start with a little and see how your hair or skin responds.