We're entering into a new season.  Whenever fall rolls around, I always think about the status of my hair journey.  First of all, we're only left with 3 months before the year ends. So now is the time to get laser focused so we finish the year off strong. Secondly, hair growth rate slows so we need to do whatever necessary to promote length retention. 

The first action I've taken to combat winter hair woes is to restock on my favorite hydrating conditioner of all time.  Now that I have a brand new tub of Kanechom Shea Butter in my possession, I'm thinking about ways to balance its ultra moisturizing properties by pairing it with strengtheners. 

 I sent the mental energy into the atmosphere and the solution was soon revealed.
There's this 3 ingredient hair mask that kept showing up on my Pinterest feed.  Everyone was practically begging me to give this all natural hair mask a try.  If I simply mixed a combination of an egg, some mayo or coconut oil, and honey, all would be right with the world. 


Obviously, by taking a look at the ingredients, you can see that this is a protein strengthening treatment.  Eggs do a decent job of depositing protein on the hair strand providing a barrier of protection.  This is probably why you'll notice a tangible benefit following the treatment. 

Coconut oil has been shown to help your hair retain protein so adding it to the mix could help the newly deposited protein to "stick." 
Adding honey helps to balance out the mask by incorporating a moisture promoting ingredient.  This would, hopefully, help you avoid the unintended result of "protein hair" that feels stiff and unmanageable.
I'm going to experiment with this mask. But since my hair isn't really that damaged at the moment, I may tweak it a little.  I'll start by spreading out the frequency of how often I do this.  If your hair isn't breaking/shedding excessively, there's no need to make this a weekly thing.  Once a month or every 6 weeks might be more reasonable.

  Secondly, we need to include a little diversity in the types of protein we use in our regimen.  Egg-derived protein stays mainly on top of the strand due to its particle size. That's not a bad thing because protein on the exterior of the strand does serve its purpose.  But we should also remember to include hydrolyzed protein into our deep conditioning routines.  Hydrolyzed protein delivers small enough particles so that the interior of our strands is benefited.  The best approach is to experiment with incorporating both types of proteins and see how your hair responds.

Have any of you tried this mask yet? What's your final verdict?
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:

on September 22, 2016
People... attention... this is the purest vitamin A I found in America... and is the " key " secret to make the famous " bomb shampoo " in South America.
I have no words for how it works... my hair grows ultra fast.
You can give it a try.
Take a picture of your hair after mix in you shampoo without sulfate.. and compare 15 days later.... it's extremely insane how it works... plus, when you wash your hair the vitamin A runs on your face and body, making your skin baby soft ".
It's like a magic potion for being young again...
( mix all the bottle with half gallon of shampoo without sulfate)
You can do the same with conditioner and some body lotions...THAT'S MY SECRET


Here's another one:

on July 9, 2016
I bought this to use on my hair. Let me explain.
I use a lot of chemicals on my hair by coloring it every 3 months.
I started to lose all my hair. It also started to become very dried and fine. Someone told me vitamin A was great for hair growth. As I was searching Amazon I was looking for something that would make your hair grow with vitamin A. I came across this Pure vitamin I didn't really read the description where it said it was a supplemental vitamin and to take one drop daily. I was so worried and horrified about becoming bald all I wanted was a vitamin A for my hair. The one everyone was talking about was supposed to be an oil, not this liquid pure vitamin.
Funny thing when It arrived I opened it and was laughing very hard at myself, then I went to read the description and was like "" Ohhhhh ""
I decided to add this bottle to my shampoo anyways. I figured either it will be good or I'll just buy a wig.
I bought a deeply clean Pantene shampoo and added the vitamin to it.
Mixed it well and started to use it on my hair 3x a week. I would wash my hair leave it in for 3 minutes and wash it out.
Condition with regular conditioner and style as I regularly did.
Now before I did this I measured my hair and it was 16" long ( straight )
That was 2 months ago in May
Today in July I measured my hair again as my shampoo ended ( yes it lasted that long because I used a very small amount )
My hair is 18" long and it's healthier. I'm loving the results
I do have a photo but not of the final measurements sorry.. hope this helps.
I do recommend this vitamin for anything I guess, it is 100% pure and it works for whatever your needs are.

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.



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:

on September 22, 2016
People... attention... this is the purest vitamin A I found in America... and is the " key " secret to make the famous " bomb shampoo " in South America.
I have no words for how it works... my hair grows ultra fast.
You can give it a try.
Take a picture of your hair after mix in you shampoo without sulfate.. and compare 15 days later.... it's extremely insane how it works... plus, when you wash your hair the vitamin A runs on your face and body, making your skin baby soft ".
It's like a magic potion for being young again...
( mix all the bottle with half gallon of shampoo without sulfate)
You can do the same with conditioner and some body lotions...THAT'S MY SECRET


Here's another one:

on July 9, 2016
I bought this to use on my hair. Let me explain.
I use a lot of chemicals on my hair by coloring it every 3 months.
I started to lose all my hair. It also started to become very dried and fine. Someone told me vitamin A was great for hair growth. As I was searching Amazon I was looking for something that would make your hair grow with vitamin A. I came across this Pure vitamin I didn't really read the description where it said it was a supplemental vitamin and to take one drop daily. I was so worried and horrified about becoming bald all I wanted was a vitamin A for my hair. The one everyone was talking about was supposed to be an oil, not this liquid pure vitamin.
Funny thing when It arrived I opened it and was laughing very hard at myself, then I went to read the description and was like "" Ohhhhh ""
I decided to add this bottle to my shampoo anyways. I figured either it will be good or I'll just buy a wig.
I bought a deeply clean Pantene shampoo and added the vitamin to it.
Mixed it well and started to use it on my hair 3x a week. I would wash my hair leave it in for 3 minutes and wash it out.
Condition with regular conditioner and style as I regularly did.
Now before I did this I measured my hair and it was 16" long ( straight )
That was 2 months ago in May
Today in July I measured my hair again as my shampoo ended ( yes it lasted that long because I used a very small amount )
My hair is 18" long and it's healthier. I'm loving the results
I do have a photo but not of the final measurements sorry.. hope this helps.
I do recommend this vitamin for anything I guess, it is 100% pure and it works for whatever your needs are.

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.



Photo Courtesy of Melanin Goddess/Khoudia Diop

by Mary Wolff

Hair growth is a complicated subject. It isn’t a result of just one factor. However, an agreed upon fact is that what you eat directly impacts your hair health which in turns plays a role in generating hair growth. Here are a few of the best fruits and veggies that help hair growth.

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1. Spinach 
This green superfood is great for hair growth because it is full of nutrients. With high levels of vitamins B, C, and E, as well as iron and potassium, this leafy green helps keep your scalp healthy and offers improved circulation. A healthy scalp and proper blood flow are the bedrock of hair growth.

2. Sweet Potatoes
This cousin to the French fry potato is packed with nutrients that help hair grow. Vitamin A is an important part of keeping the scalp healthy with proper circulation and the production of natural oils. Sweet potatoes are one of the foods with the highest source of this essential nutrient! It also has biotin which can help with hair thinning for an added bonus.

3. Avocado
Packed with vitamins A and E, this superfood is a favorite in the hair world. You can eat it or apply it to your hair for great results. The best way to use it for hair growth is by adding it to your diet. It’s a great healthy fat for your cardiovascular health that gives health benefits beyond just hair growth.

4. Papaya
Vitamin C helps your body produce collagen which helps with hair growth. Collagen helps to stimulate the scalp and the hair follicle thereby promoting growth. Papaya has one of the highest concentrations of this vitamin which makes it a must-have in your diet for great hair.

5. Swiss Chard
Another leafy green on the list, this veggie packs a punch. It is full of lots of stuff your hair needs like iron, potassium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin C, and biotin. As if all that wasn’t enough, it also has methylsulfonylmethane which is hard to find. Also called MSM, this little element helps with the production of keratin and collagen. Collagen helps hair grow while keratin makes it strong so it is a win-win situation.

Your hair health is made in the kitchen. With these fruits and veggies that help hair growth, get healthy and get great hair at the same time!

Let us know if you've seen any improvements from trying some of the recommendations above. 
Photo Source: Style Weekly

by Mary Wolff

For any curly girl embracing her natural hair, it is a journey. Some curlies choose the big chop method to jumpstart their hair journey. While the big chop can be intimidating for a lot of women who have never had short hair, it is also an easy way to take that first step and embrace the commitment of natural hair. This is a big step and lots of questions come up. Is it better to big chop or transition? Does hair grow faster after the big chop? Here are the answers to these two big questions that come up all the time.

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Is It Better To Big Chop Or Transition? 
There has been a lot of debate on this one, but it is really up to you. The big chop is more drastic than transitioning which can be either a good or bad thing, depending on how you see things. For example, the transitioning allows you to keep your length longer, but takes a long time to fully recover your healthy new hair. The big chop means your hair will become fully natural sooner, but requires being comfortable with short hair. It is really a matter of preference.

Does Hair Grow Faster After The Big Chop?
This question comes up a lot because there is a lot of confusion. Many people claim that hair grows faster when you big chop versus transition. Others say it doesn’t make any difference. While there is still some debate about it, hair that is freshly cut does not necessarily grow faster. Growth is born at the scalp level with the follicles. When you cut your hair, you cut the bottom of the strand, therefore, the two are not related. There are a few reasons why people might think hair grows faster after the big chop. Here are a few of the reasons.
  • Hair is healthier. When your hair is healthy, it is more likely to grow. 
  • Split ends make hair look shorter. However, hair that is freshly trimmed looks healthier and longer. When you big chop, you get rid of all the unhealthy hair, including those pesky split ends, and this in turn makes it seem like your hair is growing faster than it actually might be. 
  • Hair relaxes. When you first cut your hair, it may curl up and then relax back down after a few days. Many people confuse this relaxing of the hair as new growth. 
At the end of the day, you have to go with the method you’re most comfortable with when embracing your natural hair. Whether you big chop or transition, the process takes time and seeing new growth can take even longer. Stay patient and persistent with your curls and you will eventually see results!