Nope. It’s no joke… I’m writing a post about my hair care routine. It’s a well-known fact that I’ve actually got a pretty minimal amount of the stuff after chemo gave me the gift of baldness, but why on Earth would that stop me from having a routine now it’s all over? I’m often looking for things to do in my spare time.
In all seriousness, I think it’s doing me good. I quite like to feel as though I’m doing something to aid my hair growth, even though it’s still excruciatingly slow, due to my Herceptin injections. Just two more to go (or is it three?) and then those long luscious locks will be mine in no time. Hmm.
I think of all the things that I’ve had to deal with; I might just find the growing-out part of my hair the most frustrating. I’m vain like that, you see. Hair was always my thing. I’ve mentioned in the past that when it had to come off, I wasn’t that bothered, but growing my hair out again… well, that’s a totally different story!
I’ve been using the Lush soap bar since I lost my hair. At first, just now and then, to stimulate my scalp, then more frequently, as my hair started to grow back. It’s easy to use and smells nice (if you like cinnamon and peppermint). It does, however, turn to gloop if not used quickly enough. (well, mine did) – I am not convinced it’s worth the hype that so many people give it, but I continued to use it as I thought it was free of nasties. However, after a little Google search today, I discovered it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (named as the first ingredient), something that I usually try to avoid. I didn’t notice this when I bought it in-store, so I probably won’t be using it for much longer… I’m undecided.
When the ladies at Beauty Expert heard that my hair growth had been incredibly slow, they offered to send me a few products to help speed things up. Aren’t they nice?!* These were the two products that came my way:
Nioxin Intensive Treatment Night Density Rescue – I’ve been using this every night for about six weeks. Over that time, my hair has become fuller, and I’ve lost almost all of my bare patches. I imagine this has a lot to do with the stage that I’m at with regrowth after chemo, but I really did notice a change in its appearance after a few weeks and feel that the product has helped somewhat. The packaging says to use two-four drops, but I felt that didn’t really go anywhere, so upped it to five or six.
Grow Gorgeous Hair Growth Serum – Another product that promises thicker hair as well as to improve visible hair length in eight days. I keep forgetting to use this one on a regular basis as it’s meant to be applied in the morning but am definitely going to get on it when I’ve finished my Herceptin injections in six weeks or so. This one states that you should apply twenty drops to the hair, massaging well into the scalp. It’s only a small bottle and with my very short hair, I feel that about ten drops are plenty. I see they do an intense version as well, which would probably be more suited for me… *eyes up another purchase*
This made me chuckle (because I still don’t have a full set of brows) –
“Please Note: Do not apply to eyelashes or eyebrows…”
Tempting. Very Tempting.
The problem with trying so many hair growth products at once is that you never really know which one is working. This is my second bottle of Fountain – The Hair Molecule. A liquid complex of Silicon, Biotin, and Hyaluronic Acid – It claims to work from within and promotes healthy hair with a shine. I’m game… and got it at a discount price so what the hey, why not try it all!
Last but not least. I have taken to eating two Brazil nuts a day (or rather on days that I remember). Aside from being appetizing, they contain Selenium, which is apparently great for hair growth. Don’t over do it though or it will have the opposite effect!
Fingers crossed that I’ll have my luscious locks back soon and that my hair care routine involves me plugging in my hairdryer and styling it up for a change… It’s been far too long now.
Until next time x
*Not sponsored – They are just very nice ;)