Achia, host of the ALove4Me Extreme Hair Growth Challenge (which runs from May 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019), sent participants assignment #2 (please see below). I thought the assignment was different, unique, and actually pretty effective! I enjoyed completing it, and honestly every time I look at the goal hair that I drew, I want those results!
In response to Achia’s suggestion to place the completed assignment somewhere where we would see it frequently (wise!), I decided to tape mine into my main hair care cabinet. This way, every time I reach for a hair product or hair band or hair tool in there, I will be re-envisioning and deepening my desire and commitment for my goal. 🙂 👌
My Growth, Retention, and Length -Related Goals for This Challenge
The following are my growth, retention, and length -related goals for this challenge:
- To psychologically handle well the trim and curly cut (the shaping) that Sonnie of Silked by Sonnie will give my hair later on this month . . . even if it turns out that she needs to cut an inch or more. EEK! 😬 😊
- To grow my hair at least back to bra strap length if it gets trimmed at the salon to higher than bra strap length . . . and of course I’ll take the greatest length feasible. 😀
- To have healthy ends at the conclusion of the challenge.
What We Did for Our Earlier First Assignment
Our first assignment from Achia was to
- design our regimen for the growth challenge (I documented my planned regimen in detail in this previous post);
- record our starting hair stats; and
- schedule our intended treatment days, wash days, and hair appointments on a calendar.
It took me very little time to create a dedicated Google Calendar to schedule my regimen tasks. Clicking on a wash day entry on the calendar brings up the steps and details of wash day. Good deal. 🙂👍
Update on the Search for a Collagen Powder and a Stimulating Hair Growth Oil
Though I’m not really big on hair growth aids, I am still on the hunt for a marine collagen powder that contains vitamin C (this supports the body’s uptake of the collagen), Cynatine HNS (please see related research article), and hyaluronic acid. I would take collagen regardless — aside from any desire for support of hair growth. Collagen has been just that good for my knees. 😉 I figure I may as well get in some hair-benefiting nutrients while I’m consuming the collagen powder. 👍
I did find a replacement for the Soultanicals BLOOM Supa Potent Healthy Hair Oil which, as I shared in a previous post, didn’t work out for me. I didn’t end up going with the Camille Rose Naturals Nibs & Honey Ultimate Growth Serum as I thought I would (I still love the ingredients, though!).
Whitney Eaddy’s Her Growing Hands Healthy Hair Growth Elixir happened to be in stock at BPolished beauty supply in Arlington, Texas. (Aside: This store is both black-owned and female-owned and has great customer service.) And I ended up getting the Her Growing Hands elixir. 🙂 The main reasons? Science supports the rationale of the inclusion of so many of the ingredients that are in Whitney’s hair growth elixir. I was GENUINELY PLEASANTLY SURPRISED at the ingredients list. I could tell Whitney had really done her research. After sniffing the store’s sample bottle, I was basically sold on getting it. 😀
These are the ingredients in Her Growing Hands Healthy Hair Elixir:
Grapeseed Oil, Golden Jojoba Oil, Marula Oil, Argon [sic] Oil, Avocado Oil, Amla Oil, Hibiscus Oil, Certified Raw Indian Organic Amla, Certified Organic Hibiscus Flower, Chia Seed Oil, Abyssinian Oil, Clove Oil, Rosemary Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Eucalyptus Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Ylang Ylang Oil, Peppermint Oil, Ginger Oil, Sweet Orange Oil
The only additional ingredient I wish this oil contained is Helichrysum essential oil.
What About You?
- Have you ever quickly grown your hair back from a significant trim or cut without putting your hair away in a protective style? If so, how did you do it, and what are your tips?
- Have you had success with a hair vitamin or with collagen powder or something similar? If so, what worked for you, what were your results, and how did you take the supplement?
- Have you ever used a topical hair growth stimulant that you feel really worked? If so, which one, and how did you use it?
- Who or what has helped you most to grow and retain your hair? For instance, is there a YouTuber’s hair growth tip video/channel that you highly recommend? (I’ve found the GreenBeauty YouTube channel to be absolutely indispensable and her videos NOT to be missed! 🙂 ) Do you have a technique or stylist that you highly recommend?
- What are your tips in general for hair growth and retention?
As always, thank you so much for visiting. Please feel more than welcome to comment. I’d love to hear from you. 🙂
Until next time! 😀