With fall so close on the horizon, I'm frantically thinking ahead of all the ways I can prepare for a successful fall/winter season.  The biggest woe I face every year is a dry, itchy scalp.  But it goes beyond that.  The flakier my scalp is, the more my hair sheds.  The more shedding, the more tangles.  Tangles rob us of length and I'm not trying to deal with that this year.

When I think back to all the remedies that worked in the past, on the top of the list were scalp rinses. Shame on me for not paying much attention to my scalp this past summer.  But it's time to get serious again and I know just where to start.
To keep the scalp happy, we start with trying to create the right pH balance.  If you're experiencing more shedding, flaking, and dryness than you're comfortable with, chances are your scalp is in need of some TLC.  When I first started caring for my scalp, I reached for the obvious choice, apple cider vinegar.  ACV is highly acidic which helps it to quickly balance our scalp.

I'm ready to jump on the ACV bandwagon again. But this time I plan on spicing it up a bit.  For instance, Hawaiin Silky created a rinse that consists of ACV, aloe vera juice, and various natural extracts.  They even took it a step further to incorporate castor oil which is known for its hair growth stimulating properties.  According to the product description, and one reviewer with 4C hair, this vinegar rinse does an awesome job at detangling.  I'm definitely picking this up.

I also want to play around with creating my own DIY version.  I think I'd incorporate a few essential oils like peppermint (which has been proven to stimulate hair growth) and perhaps a couple of drops tea tree. Maybe I'll throw in a pinch of activated charcoal for deep cleansing.  I like the idea of diluting the ACV with aloe vera juice instead of water because aloe vera is still acidic (vs H20 which is neutral).  This'll help your mixture maintain its low pH.  I may even experiment with adding some green or bamboo tea to boost nutrients & stimulate the hair follicle.  Since our hair growth rate will be taking a nose dive over the next several months, we might as well do something to help keep the scalp stimulated.

The strategy this year is not to wait until things get bad to start taking action. The scalp detoxing process starts now.

With fall so close on the horizon, I'm frantically thinking ahead of all the ways I can prepare for a successful fall/winter season.  The biggest woe I face every year is a dry, itchy scalp.  But it goes beyond that.  The flakier my scalp is, the more my hair sheds.  The more shedding, the more tangles.  Tangles rob us of length and I'm not trying to deal with that this year.

When I think back to all the remedies that worked in the past, on the top of the list were scalp rinses. Shame on me for not paying much attention to my scalp this past summer.  But it's time to get serious again and I know just where to start.
To keep the scalp happy, we start with trying to create the right pH balance.  If you're experiencing more shedding, flaking, and dryness than you're comfortable with, chances are your scalp is in need of some TLC.  When I first started caring for my scalp, I reached for the obvious choice, apple cider vinegar.  ACV is highly acidic which helps it to quickly balance our scalp.

I'm ready to jump on the ACV bandwagon again. But this time I plan on spicing it up a bit.  For instance, Hawaiin Silky created a rinse that consists of ACV, aloe vera juice, and various natural extracts.  They even took it a step further to incorporate castor oil which is known for its hair growth stimulating properties.  According to the product description, and one reviewer with 4C hair, this vinegar rinse does an awesome job at detangling.  I'm definitely picking this up.

I also want to play around with creating my own DIY version.  I think I'd incorporate a few essential oils like peppermint (which has been proven to stimulate hair growth) and perhaps a couple of drops tea tree. Maybe I'll throw in a pinch of activated charcoal for deep cleansing.  I like the idea of diluting the ACV with aloe vera juice instead of water because aloe vera is still acidic (vs H20 which is neutral).  This'll help your mixture maintain its low pH.  I may even experiment with adding some green or bamboo tea to boost nutrients & stimulate the hair follicle.  Since our hair growth rate will be taking a nose dive over the next several months, we might as well do something to help keep the scalp stimulated.

The strategy this year is not to wait until things get bad to start taking action. The scalp detoxing process starts now.

Today I read an interesting tidbit shared by a group of men surveyed on the topic of hair health.  Of the 2000 men surveyed, many of them agreed that eating a certain superfood food on a regular basis had a direct benefit on the health and luster of their hair.
Once it became cool to post images of your curated breakfast social media, one option kept popping up in everyone's timeline.  Soon, avocado toast became one of the trendiest foods in recent past. Years ago, avocado toast wasn't on anyone's radar. Now I can order it for breakfast at any of the little restaurants located in the hip parts of town.

This surge of popularity meant that more people started to consume this healthy option on a regular basis.  Since avocado toast is so easy to make at home, people began enjoying it quite frequently.  As a result, some men began to notice an outward benefit to their hair.  When I first heard the information, I wasn't very surprised.  Avocados are loaded with healthy fats, vitamins A, B, C, E, K, folic acid and minerals.  And if you pair it with toppings such as cayenne pepper, eggs, tomatoes, leafy greens, you've created powerhouse breakfast.

Imagine the cumulative effects of swapping your typical breakfast of waffles or pancakes for a nutritious option like avocado laced with a little cayenne pepper (to boost circulation).  That was my staple breakfast for a while and I was addicted.

I've since wandered off and started choose less admirable options for breakfast.  Thanks to these guys surveyed, I was reminded of my once beloved avocado toast.  When fall and winter rolls around, I like to consume foods high in healthy fats to lubricate my skin, hair, joints from the inside out.

Avocados are definitely going back into rotation.  And not just internally.  While researching for this post, I came across quite a few women sharing their testimonies of how well their hair responded to avocado deep conditioning treatments.  I'm also stocking up on avocado oil so I can start lacing my shampoo with oil again.  My hair loved oil cleansing and I"m sure it'll only get better with a hair healthy oil like avocado.



Today I read an interesting tidbit shared by a group of men surveyed on the topic of hair health.  Of the 2000 men surveyed, many of them agreed that eating a certain superfood food on a regular basis had a direct benefit on the health and luster of their hair.
Once it became cool to post images of your curated breakfast social media, one option kept popping up in everyone's timeline.  Soon, avocado toast became one of the trendiest foods in recent past. Years ago, avocado toast wasn't on anyone's radar. Now I can order it for breakfast at any of the little restaurants located in the hip parts of town.

This surge of popularity meant that more people started to consume this healthy option on a regular basis.  Since avocado toast is so easy to make at home, people began enjoying it quite frequently.  As a result, some men began to notice an outward benefit to their hair.  When I first heard the information, I wasn't very surprised.  Avocados are loaded with healthy fats, vitamins A, B, C, E, K, folic acid and minerals.  And if you pair it with toppings such as cayenne pepper, eggs, tomatoes, leafy greens, you've created powerhouse breakfast.

Imagine the cumulative effects of swapping your typical breakfast of waffles or pancakes for a nutritious option like avocado laced with a little cayenne pepper (to boost circulation).  That was my staple breakfast for a while and I was addicted.

I've since wandered off and started choose less admirable options for breakfast.  Thanks to these guys surveyed, I was reminded of my once beloved avocado toast.  When fall and winter rolls around, I like to consume foods high in healthy fats to lubricate my skin, hair, joints from the inside out.

Avocados are definitely going back into rotation.  And not just internally.  While researching for this post, I came across quite a few women sharing their testimonies of how well their hair responded to avocado deep conditioning treatments.  I'm also stocking up on avocado oil so I can start lacing my shampoo with oil again.  My hair loved oil cleansing and I"m sure it'll only get better with a hair healthy oil like avocado.



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.