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.



I've been known to randomly poke around Amazon in search of unknown beauty products that could potentially change my life.  This morning, I stumbled on a wonderful little gem and I couldn't be any happier.

The actual product itself is manufactured by a well known Japanese beauty brand.  In fact, they are the makers of one of the most popular cult facial cleansing oils on the market.  It just so happened that they also carry a line of "after shower hair products."  These items are specifically made for application post shower.

We already know the value of adding product to damp skin post shower.  Applying an oil/lotion to wet skin enhances our skin's moisture retention levels in a wonderful way. Why not apply this same principle to our hair routine?  Thanks to the inspiration I received from DHC, I may have found a way to replicate the perfect DIY after shower hair oil recipe.
The after shower hair treatment is a simple oil based product applied to wet hair to retain moisture, prevent frizz and add shine.  The timing of the application is what matters most.  While the hair is wet, the cuticle layers are slightly lifted to absorb the water particles.  This can be a dangerous time for our hair because lifted cuticles are more susceptible to damage and breakage.  But, on the other hand, we can leverage that situation for our benefit.

The folks who reviewed DHC's After Shower Hair Oil Treatment claimed to experience softer, shinier, smoother hair post use.  Another wonderful benefit that I'm super-excited about is how this product also manages frizz.  In mid-July, frizzy hair is our greatest enemy.  If this product can free us of this burden, I'm here for it!
Just before I made the purchase, I took a quick look at the ingredient list.  At first glance, I noticed that the primary ingredients were silicones.  That's understandable since most frizz elimination products utilize silicones to block moisture and humidity from disrupting the strands.  Some people tend to avoid 'cones because they coat the cuticles promoting product buildup.

As I continued to survey the ingredient list, I noticed the after bath oil also contained squalane, olive oil, shea butter and vitamin E.  That's when I realized that I could create a quick DIY version.  For my first experiment, I kept it simple by mixing a little squalane and baobab oil.  Squalane has a similar consistency and feel as silicone hair serums but it's all natural.  Baobab is my favorite oil at the moment so I figured that pairing them together would be a winning combination.

First I misted my hair with soft water mixed with a little leave-in.  Once damp, I ran a little of my blended hair oil into the strands. Immediately, I noticed the difference.  My hair was smooth, shiny and moisturized.  I've instantly fallen in love with this hair oil concoction.  Although I'm not sure it will repel humidity, long term,  as well as a product with silicones, I feel like this combo gives a similar initial result and I'm very happy about that.  Next up, I try this on wash day after applying leave-in.  I might still pick up DHC's formula for those times when I need that extra bit of humidity fighting power.  Also, silicones have heat protectant qualities which makes it a great product to use prior to blow drying/flat ironing.  But, until then, this DIY version is absolutely perfect.

I've been known to randomly poke around Amazon in search of unknown beauty products that could potentially change my life.  This morning, I stumbled on a wonderful little gem and I couldn't be any happier.

The actual product itself is manufactured by a well known Japanese beauty brand.  In fact, they are the makers of one of the most popular cult facial cleansing oils on the market.  It just so happened that they also carry a line of "after shower hair products."  These items are specifically made for application post shower.

We already know the value of adding product to damp skin post shower.  Applying an oil/lotion to wet skin enhances our skin's moisture retention levels in a wonderful way. Why not apply this same principle to our hair routine?  Thanks to the inspiration I received from DHC, I may have found a way to replicate the perfect DIY after shower hair oil recipe.
The after shower hair treatment is a simple oil based product applied to wet hair to retain moisture, prevent frizz and add shine.  The timing of the application is what matters most.  While the hair is wet, the cuticle layers are slightly lifted to absorb the water particles.  This can be a dangerous time for our hair because lifted cuticles are more susceptible to damage and breakage.  But, on the other hand, we can leverage that situation for our benefit.

The folks who reviewed DHC's After Shower Hair Oil Treatment claimed to experience softer, shinier, smoother hair post use.  Another wonderful benefit that I'm super-excited about is how this product also manages frizz.  In mid-July, frizzy hair is our greatest enemy.  If this product can free us of this burden, I'm here for it!
Just before I made the purchase, I took a quick look at the ingredient list.  At first glance, I noticed that the primary ingredients were silicones.  That's understandable since most frizz elimination products utilize silicones to block moisture and humidity from disrupting the strands.  Some people tend to avoid 'cones because they coat the cuticles promoting product buildup.

As I continued to survey the ingredient list, I noticed the after bath oil also contained squalane, olive oil, shea butter and vitamin E.  That's when I realized that I could create a quick DIY version.  For my first experiment, I kept it simple by mixing a little squalane and baobab oil.  Squalane has a similar consistency and feel as silicone hair serums but it's all natural.  Baobab is my favorite oil at the moment so I figured that pairing them together would be a winning combination.

First I misted my hair with soft water mixed with a little leave-in.  Once damp, I ran a little of my blended hair oil into the strands. Immediately, I noticed the difference.  My hair was smooth, shiny and moisturized.  I've instantly fallen in love with this hair oil concoction.  Although I'm not sure it will repel humidity, long term,  as well as a product with silicones, I feel like this combo gives a similar initial result and I'm very happy about that.  Next up, I try this on wash day after applying leave-in.  I might still pick up DHC's formula for those times when I need that extra bit of humidity fighting power.  Also, silicones have heat protectant qualities which makes it a great product to use prior to blow drying/flat ironing.  But, until then, this DIY version is absolutely perfect.

One of the most important aspects of a successful hair journey is our ability to retain length.  Even if you aren't trying to have hip length hair, retention serves as an indicator of how solid our hair routines are.  If we're constantly loosing length, there's a problem somewhere.   Either we need to improve our products or our practices.

If you still haven't quite yet grasped the proper techniques to help you retain length, you've come to the right place.  Because today, I'm featuring a video that details the regimen of women who have truly mastered the art of length retention.
These woman are native to the country of Chad. They pride themselves in perfecting a ritual that results in hair that doesn't break.  Because they use ingredients native to their surroundings, we can't duplicate exactly what they do step by step.  But.....we can certainly pick up a few tips that integrate well with our routines.

First, I'll share the takeaways learned from my observations.  Then you can watch the video for yourself to see if you can learn a trick or two.

These Basara Arabs pride themselves in growing tailbone length hair.  As such, they've perfected the exact regimen that pretty much eliminates breakage.  One key factor is a blend of locally harvested ingredients that, combined with the application method, keeps their hair "extremely hydrated and moist."  Since we can't readily access these ingredients, we won't focus much on them. Essentially, they practice a variation of the L.C.O method. But instead of using a cream, they substitute with a finely powder.  In essence, they apply a liquid (water), powders ground from grains, and an oil/hair butter.

What interests me most is the application process.  I feel like this process is super important.  In my own experience, when I take the time to painstakingly apply product to my hair, it flourishes.  While watching the video, I was reminded of the strand ceremony that I practiced years ago.  It takes me a long time to do a proper strand ceremony but, when I'm consistent, I'm rewarded mightily.

Since these women don't really have a weekly wash routine, they perform a "strand ceremony" while they moisturize and seal.  It's during this process that they are able to create unbreakable hair.  When you watch the video, pay attention to how much time and attention is given to a section of hair. Every strand is engaged in the process.

If I'm being completely honest, I have to confess that I don't give my strands the level of attention I should when moisturizing.  That's probably one of the biggest areas of opportunity I have.

 When you watch the video, I want you to notice something else.  If you pay close attention when the product is applied, you can see the woman is smoothing it into her hair.  Years ago, I came up with a theory that smoothing conditioner into the hair can enhance the results in a similar way that smoothing relaxer creates straighter hair.

Our hair is porous and very receptive to the products we apply. If it can draw water particles from the air, it can certainly take in the products we layer on.  But, more importantly, if we lightly massage the product into the strand, perhaps we create an even greater impact.  Of course, this is just another one of my crazy theories but I'm pretty confident that there's a little bit of truth to it.  I've smoothed in conditioner after application and liked the results.  But I've never thought of smoothing in my moisturizer/oil until now.

Once all of the product is applied, the women braid their hair for 5 days until the process is repeated again.  This is the epitome of protective styling.  We all know that protective styling must be a factor if we are to retain major length.  Without it, our efforts will be severely hampered.

 Their routines are simple but super effective.  How do we know? Well because they don't utilize the same process on their bangs.  These women wear two tiny braids near their hairline.  These two braids remain short because they don't undergo the same rigorous retention process.  I'm sure this is intentionally done for aesthetic reasons.  But it just goes to show you that they aren't blessed magically long hair.  It's a result of consistent moisture and regular protective styling.

Take a look at the video and see if you pick up on any helpful tips.
A couple years ago I instituted the micro trimming process into my hair journey.  Basically, I trim minuscule amounts of hair on a monthly or every other month basis.  One positive benefit I've enjoyed from implementing this method is thicker ends overall.  Micro trimming has been really good to me.  So good that I've pretty much avoided having to do a mini-chop to salvage my ends.

While I'm grateful to have not suffered any major setbacks, I'm strongly considering doing a mini chop anyway.  I'm really trying to convince myself of why I should do a "pre-summer trim" and these are the reasons why I think it makes total sense.

In my mind, the most obvious motivation for trimming is for the aesthetics.  Hair always looks and feels amazing after a trim no matter how much damage it had beforehand.  In the winter we can get away with hiding undesirable ends, but in the summer, I actually want healthy looking hair.  The easiest way to instantly have healthy hair is to remove those lackluster ends.

Summer is all about glowing skin and cute outfits.  To bring everything together, we need our hair to be on point.

Another reason to favor my argument to trim now is because of our hair growth patterns.  As you may know,  hair growth rate starts to increase during spring and summer.  One thing that sometimes keeps me from trimming is missing out on length.  Trimming just before an annual growth spurt might be the perfect compromise.  We get to enjoy healthy hair while it grows back at a faster rate.  We'll barely even miss that length.  

The last and most powerful reason to trim pre-summer is for the retention possibilities.  Again, everything is about the timing.  Trimming our hair now means greater retention over the next 6-9 months.  You guys know this.  Notice how breakage practically comes to a complete stop after a decent trim?  Let's use that to our advantage.  Let's enjoy a summer where our hair looks amazingly healthy, as it grows faster, while retaining as much length as possible.