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Yesterday, I made a couple of stops to some local beauty supply stores in search of a product or conditioner to help me address my unusually dry hair.  My hair was in need of something special and intense.  A product with the ability to transform it with just one use.

Once I arrived at the second location, I realized that the answer to my ultra dry hair would not be found at any of the stores.  I didn’t need another product, I need to refine my technique.  More specifically, a technique I developed a couple of years back when my hair was at its worse.

I’m here to share this intense moisturizing technique with you today.
The entire process consists of 4 steps.  But, it’s so powerful that I was able to execute only two of the four steps yesterday and create amazing results.  The moisturizing technique is a play on the L.O.C (liquid, oil, cream) Method but with a few minor differences to make it more intense.

When I first implemented this technique, I wanted to do more than just moisturize my hair, I wanted to infuse it with moisture.  This meant that I had to get a little creative with a few tweaks here and there.

Ok, here’s a break down of my intense moisture infusion routine.

STEP 1.  Hydrate
Before I moisturize with a creamy product I hydrate with a liquid.  This is somewhat typical of the L.O.C process.  But I like to make sure that the liquid both dampens the hair while actually moisturizing it.  Water alone isn’t a great idea.  Instead, I create a moisturizing water that’s comprised of ingredients my hair adores.  Examples include aloe water, a small amount of my favorite leave-in from Biolagepowdered MSM, and maybe a tiny bit of ACV to help bring down the pH.  Lastly, I make sure that I use a spray bottle with an ultra-fine mist because I don’t want to wet the hair, I want the tiny water particles to be absorbed by the strands.  This makes a difference.

STEP 2:  Oil Mist
Here’s where it gets interesting.  Instead of grabbing oil from a bottle on layering it on the hair, I reach for my nifty oil mister.  For those of you who aren’t familiar, you can add your favorite hair oil to a salad oil mister and lightly oil your hair without weighing it down.  For my intense hydration method, this is ideal.  My goal is to that the products penetrate my strands so I use (fractioned) coconut oil to mist my hair for now.

Once my hair is lightly coated with a hydrating water and fine particles of oil, I tie my hair up in a satin scarf to allow everything to penetrate.  This step is key.

Thirty minutes to an hour later, I check in on my hair to see how it’s going.  Sometimes, those two steps are enough.  But if my hair needs a little more TLC, I then move on to steps 3 and 4.  Basically, I then reach for my favorite daily moisturizer and sealing oil and apply as normal.  Steps 3 & 4 are meant to moisturize and seal the outer layers while steps 1& 2 moisturize the deeper layers.

The end result is a total transformation of my hair.  The difference between how my hair looked and felt yesterday versus this morning is like night and day.  Best of all, the moisture actually lasts.  Sometimes we work on strengthening our cuticle layer so much that products have difficulty penetrating. If you have low porosity hair, this method might work well for you.

I’m officially going back to this way of moisturizing until further notice.  This time, I may experiment a bit with various oils.  For instance, I’m really curious to see what it would be like to try squalane or baobab oil in the mister.  Oh, and if this technique doesn’t work for your low porosity hair, give the moisturize, heat, seal method a try.

I was scrolling through reviews for a liquid hair supplement the other day.  I then came across a comment that immediately caught my attention.  The reviewer shared her disdain for the product. She then went on to say that taking probiotics and other vitamins gave her better results.

Probiotics? What do probiotics have to do with healthy hair growth?  At first, I thought this woman was sadly mistaken. But then I did some digging and realized that probiotics might play a major role in healthy, shiny hair growth.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered the connections between a healthy gut and thriving hair.  The two are very closely related in several ways.

Before I go into detail, I want to remind you how crucial it is that we have a healthy gut biome.  We have about as many cells in our gut as the rest of our entire bodies.  This part of our health cannot be ignored.  Optimal health can’t be obtained without a strong focus on healthy gut bacteria.

While searching for the truth, I found a study that determined feeding probiotics to older rats gave them “a glow of health.”  These changes produced characteristics typically found in younger mice during their peak.  One of the most obvious side effects of probiotic supplementation in older mice was the growth of “luxuriant fur.”  This was in obvious contrast to the control group of elder mice who didn’t receive supplementation.  Somehow, probiotics produced shiny, healthy fur in these rodents.  The difference made by taking probiotics is like night and day.  Take a look.

Not only did their hair get shiny, their skin actually thickened as well.  A healthy gut biome also lead “robust hair growth” in mice of both genders. 

Why was this happening?

The reason why eating probiotic yogurt made such drastic changes is because probiotics stimulated their hairs to enter the anagen phase of the hair cycle.  This is the phase where the hair strands are growing and happy.  That’s exciting news, but do the same benefits translate to humans as well?

When I did a little digging, I found a testimony on a forum where the person talked about their experience taking probiotics for acne.

“It seems that when I take probiotics I get a lot of vellus hairs growing on my temples where there was no hair before. I haven’t been able to find any info on how probiotics could be related to hair regrowth. Although my hairloss isn’t caused by the usual reasons, it was caused by a drug called Accutane.”

In some of the responses, a huge piece of information was revealed regarding the link between gut bacteria and hair growth.  Probiotics produce biotin. Yes, the same biotin that we purchase to stimulate growth is produced naturally in our bodies with the help of probiotics.  Our friendly bacteria also produce folate (folic acid), vitamin B12, and panthenol (B5) just to name a few.  Each of these ingredients can be found in all of your favorite hair vitamins. 

When our gut bacteria is compromised, we potentially lose out on the natural production of these hair-healthy nutrients.  You might say to yourself, “no worries, I’ll just take hair vitamins instead.”  Yes, you can…..and you should.  But, if your gut isn’t healthy, don’t assume that your body will properly assimilate the nutrients.  If you want to maximize the absorption of all those wonderful hair vitamins you’re swallowing, thee absolute best way to do it is to focus on improving the health of your gut.

A lot us don’t even think about probiotics as a “healthy hair supplement” but it is.  Perhaps this is why that woman who left the Amazon review experienced such wonderful benefits.  She addressed the root cause.  If your diet hasn’t been that great or you’ve taken antibiotics over the winter, loading up on probiotics should be your priority.  If you’re currently working on your summer body, don’t forget to include probiotics as part of the plan. 

Probiotics are the answer to everything. 

In the early days of this blog, one of my guilty pleasures what trying out little-known beauty and hair care brands.  I stumbled on some fine gems simply by stepping outside of my comfort zone.  It’s been a while since I found a brand that inspired me to try something new.

Somehow, I stumbled on a brand that I had never heard of in my life. Then I learned that they incorporated a unique ingredient not commonly found in other hair conditioners.  Combine that with the countless positive reviews and I was sold.
The product description is what really sold me.  According to the manufacturer, this conditioner is formulated to treat highly processed, dry or brittle hair.  But what really caught my attention was the hero ingredient–tomato extract.  At first I wondered why tomato extract would even be a desirable ingredient in a hair conditioner.

After a small amount of deliberation, I took the plunge thanks to a special deal I found online.  A few days later, my small container of Davine’s Nou Nou conditioner arrived. Luckily for me, it arrived on wash day, and I just ran out of my beloved Kanechom conditioner.  My first observation was how small the packaging was compared to my other faves.

I’ve been known to empty an entire 16 oz bottle of conditioner in a single strand ceremony session.  Staring at an 8 oz container kinda scared me a little bit.  But then I remembered that thicker conditioners can actually last longer than watery formulas. Nou Nou conditioner is ultra thick and nourishing, similar to a hair mask.

Much to my surprise, I was able to saturate my entire head and still have a little over half a container remaining.  After rinsing, my hair felt strong, nourished, and well conditioned.  I’m looking forward to using it again this week. But let’s talk about why they would ever think to use tomato extract in this formula.

I questioned whether this was a marketing ploy or if there was any viable reason to use tomato in a hair product.  The first piece of information I wanted to know was the nutritional content of tomatoes. Specifically, if there was anything that could promote healthier hair.  Much to my surprise, I learned that the tomato is actually very hair-healthy.

Tomatoes contain ingredients such as biotin, vitamins A, C & E, folate along with nutritious minerals like copper, and phytosterols which have wonderful anti-aging benefits.  Every year, my mom grows a bunch of tomatoes.  I wasn’t a huge fan so I’d often turn down her many advances for me to bring home a handful of them every time I visited.  But now that I know how much nutrition they contain, I’m going all in.

On one website I found online, someone divulged that they used fresh tomato puree directly on the hair.  Check it out:

“For hair loss, shine and thickness and growth, I was told to puree fresh tomatoes and apply to clean hair, preferably leave it on overnight and wash off in the morning. It is really messy and I have noticed the first time lots of shine and less breakage, however it being so messy I have not stuck to the regimen which should be twice a week.The person that told me about this had a problem with her hair thinning and acne, she swears by it and has beautiful hair and skin. Also was told drink it for overall good health, processing it through a juicer by itself or with other vegetables, I will do so, as soon as get the juicer and write back.

Let’s also remember that tomatoes contain lycopene which was one of the supplements taken daily to help women with thinning hair to experience regrowth.  Bottom line, tomatoes have so much potential when it comes to nourishing our hair from within.  I’m sure most of us have a few slices here and there on salads but we could do so much better.  I dunno about you, but I’m going to incorporate more organic tomatoes in my diet from now on.  And maybe I’ll juice one or two of them and add to my conditioner just to see it adds any value.  Apparently, people are also using tomatoes for healthy skin too.

The possibilities are endless.


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A few weeks back I ranted about the need to focus on scalp health now that winter is approaching. Promptly after writing that article, I picked up a bottle of Hawaiian Silky’s Vinegar Scalp Rinse.  I love the stuff.  To make it even better, I add a little peppermint and tea tree oil for the cooling sensation and to stimulate hair growth.

I thought I had my scalp regimen down packed but, last night I stumbled on a product that I absolutely have to incorporate on wash day.
Our friends at dpHUE have come up with a scalp scrub that seems to embody all the ways of healthy hair.  First, they start off with a base of pink sea salt.  Most body scrubs are sugar based but Himalayan pink salt might be a better choice for several reasons.  Not only does this unprocessed salt contain a slew of trace minerals that are essential for the body, it might also be beneficial to the actual hair strands.

A while back I wrote about how adding a pinch of salt to my conditioner made my hair so soft, manageable and moisturized that I could hardly believe it.  This is a little-known secret that can be a life savior for dry hair.  If any salt remains on my hair following the scrub, I wouldn’t be freaked out because it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.

Pink salt based scalp scrub sounds amazing enough but dpHUE took things to the next level by adding ACV and a slew of other hair loving ingredients like aloe vera, avocado oil, a coconut-derived cleansing agent, and more.  So this scrub exfoliates, nourishes and it’s pH balanced.  What more do you want?

Of course, I want to get my hands on it as quickly as possible but I already have most of the main ingredients on deck.  Next on my agenda is to create a quick DIY version to try at home.  If I love the results, I may want to scoop up the “commercial version” to see if I notice any difference.  I’m sure many of you have similar ingredients at home as well so why not give this a try on wash day.

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?