Monday, September 15, 2014


Without a doubt, fall is one of the best times of year style-wise. There are just so many endless options on layering up, adding in cozy looking prints, pretty fabrics and eye-catching textures! 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


To preface, for years I’ve been trying to grow my hair out to what it was when I was a teenager. Sadly, ever since discovering I had hypothyroidism, achieving that ideal length and health has been a struggle. I’ve tried nearly everything - horse shampoos, prenatal pills, no-processing and of course supplements which claim to increase hair growth.  Though I think some of these methods do help to improve your new hair growth's shine and luster, I also think they can mask underlying health issues or have side-effects that are somewhat unpleasant.

Admittedly when I first tried this shampoo & conditioning set out I was surprised to find how healthy it made my hair feel. Within the first months I definitely did think my hair had grown out more than it usually would. Unfortunately it also didn’t take long for me to realize that this product really weighed down my hair, made it look oily and caused serious tangles. I ended up tossing my Mane and Tail hair set when I started to notice my hair feeling stiff & dry; I figured, what’s the point in having longer hair if it looks and feels more damaged?

I used Nioxin hair products for quite some time during high school as it was recommended to me by my doctor after I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. Many people take this set as a way to achieve fuller looking hair, rather than grow their hair faster, which I think is exactly what it does. So though it did not increase the growth rate, it definitely did make my hair look fuller. I had zero negative side-effects with this product line, my hair felt soft and healthy - and who doesn't love fuller looking hair? I also really loved it's super minty smell! 

To start, I will say that I definitely did notice changes with my new hair growth.  Though I am not entirely sure if my hair growth accelerated, I do know that my re-growth hair was a lot shinier and healthier than it had been previously. The reason I chose to stop taking these prenatal pills was (aside from them totally freaking my boyfriend out) that they gave me terrible stomach aches and bloating. I only took these pills for 6 months so I may have noticed a faster growth rate had I of kept up on taking them, but I just couldn't stomach them at that point!

Just like Prenatal Pills, I do believe that biotin helped improve the condition of my new hair growth. Though, it did absolutely nothing for the rate of hair growth. I took biotin for over a year but in the end my stomach kicked my vanity to the curb. 

After tweeting out & asking if anyone had tried Viviscal hair growth pills, I was surprised to find an email sitting in my inbox from Viviscal customer service. They were kind enough to offer to send me a 3 month trial which I was very excited to try. I had expected to see significant results by the end of my three month trial but unfortunately I saw very little difference. My lack of results may truly have been to the short time I had to try the pills. I have known many people who have continuously taken Viviscal pills and swear by them, I do believe they work to grow healthier hair but I would be surprised if they truly increased the rate of hair growth.

In summary, I want to say that everyone reacts differently to vitamins, supplements and hair products. I'm sure that, just like all vitamins, supplements will give your body a boost and will react well if it needs it. I also believe that you need to invest in these sorts of supplements and take them for a great deal of time before they take effect which can be very difficult if you have a sensitive stomach at all. 
For me, there is no doubt in my mind that the best way to have long lush hair is by treating it well, identifying underlying health issues, and limiting damaging processes and heat tools. (Speaking of which, if you're looking to style your hair without heat, I recently posted a heatless beach waves tutorial!)

If you've tried any of these products or supplements I would love to hear about your experience! 

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