Archive for August 10th, 2010

Over the past year and four months (since I started transitioning), I’ve heard all sorts of things about hair growth.  For example, my grandma used to trim my mom’s hair according to the lunar calendar, saying that twice the amount that was cut off would come back by the next new moon.

Now, I must admit, I know nothing about hair when it comes to the lunar calendar, but there’s one myth I’ve heard time and time again that I know FOR SURE is not true:

You should cut your [relaxed] hair off now because, if you don’t, your natural hair wont grow.


OK, here are the facts:

Hair growth, as in actually getting hair to come out of your scalp, has nothing to do with the hair that is currently on your head.  Your hair can be relaxed, natural, color-treated, cut asymmetrically, drier than the Sahara, or even all of the above and guess what… your hair will still grow (thank God).  For those of you giving me the side-eye over this one, just trust me.  Your hair will grow no matter the current condition of the hair that is ALREADY on your head!  The older hair may be breaking off faster than the new hair can come in, but your hair is still growing.

So, what does affect hair growth, you ask?  Scalp health, for one.  If your hair is dry, it’ll still grow… but if your scalp is dry, dirty, or otherwise unhealthy, the rate at which your hair grows can and will suffer.  You must keep your scalp healthy in order to enjoy healthy hair growth (and, by association, healthy hair in general).

Another condition that will affect your hair growth is your overall health.  You can use all of the growth aids and miracle creams you want, but only a healthy body grows healthy hair.  Therefore, keep yourself healthy!  Eat your fruits (and veggies) and get a little sweat in your life.  I guarantee you, your hair will thank you for it!

Finally, some medications herbs, and vitamins have been known to extend the growth cycle, halt hair fall (such as garlic), or even cause hair to become brittle (my mother claims morphine did this to her hair).  In addition, pregnant women often experience a wonderfully extended growth phase with little to no hair fall, followed by what is known as “postpartum shedding” for a few months after the baby is born, though it is said that the hair grows back in to it’s pre-pregnancy fullness within 18 months.

As for cutting to make your hair grow… ehh… negatory, rubber ducky.  If you are attempting to grow your hair out and you do not see any growth (even when you stretch your hair), make sure your scalp and body are healthy.  Investigate your medicines for possible hair-related side-effects.  If you turn up nothing, investigate your ends: they may be split or otherwise unhealthy and breaking.  It is then and only then when you should consider more protective styling to pull your hair off of your collar or cutting away the split ends before they have a chance to travel up the hair shaft and break.

In conclusion, as long as you are treating your ends right (no rough brushing, dry combing, etc), keeping yourself and your scalp healthy, and not taking any medicines (or treatments) that would cause your hair to fall out or your growth rate to slow, you should enjoy a healthy growth rate and, thereby, healthy hair.

Peace, Love, and Hair Growth,



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Finally: A Regimen!

Good Morning, World!

After months and months and months (OK, sixteen months to be exact) of experimenting, testing, youtube-ing, reading, stopping random naturals in Target, and lurking in the forums (lurkedy lurk lurk lurk), the unthinkable has occurred: I finally have a regimen.

I mean, usually, I just try to listen to my hair to figure out what it needs.  If it’s too soft and won’t hold a curl, I’ll do a protein treatment.  If it’s too hard and fragile, you’ll find me in my dorm with several different conditioners on my head along with a very sexy self-heating cap (you know, the bronze reflective shower cap that traps all your body heat while you deep condition.  Yeah, the boys LOVE it.).  I thought I was doing a good job up until this last cut, when the back (and a bit of the sides) of my head were all of a sudden completely natural and I noticed that my hair behaves very differently once the relaxed ends (even though they were only an inch long) come off.  It’s been about a month since that cut, and I find myself just now becoming full acclimated to how I need to treat those areas.  I mean, I knew my hair was dry, but good gravy!

So I’ve been forced to follow a routine in an attempt to keep things simple and stress-free:

  • Co-wash every four days (at least) using Aussie Smooth 3-Minute Miracle as a prepoo on dry hair for about an

    Why is my hair changing up NOW?

    hour, then using Giovanni Smooth as Silk as a detangler in the shower (trying to use up my conditioner stash).

  • Poo every two weeks to month (depending on what products I use) using RenPure “My Pretty Hair is Parched” Shampoo and Conditioner, then deep-conditioning with a mixture of Giovanni, HE HH, and raw honey for shine.
  • Spray Giovanni VitaPro Infusion on half-dry hair
  • Style once every three to four days (after cowashing)
  • Finger-detangle in the shower, occasionally using a wide-toothed comb

It looks pretty simple, but it takes a lot to remember to do everything on time.  When I don’t, my hair usually suffers.  Right now I’m on the search for new styles that take my hair off of my collar without requiring all of it to be pulled back.  At this point in my transition, protecting my hair has become of a challenge and a change in my styling routine needs to occur to protect that fragile, all natural hair in the back.  Wish me luck!

PS: Is it bad that I really wanna try Oyin Handmade?  I’ve been trying to suppress the product junkie in me and use up my stash, but OMG those reviews are KILLING me!

Peace, Love, and Regimens,


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