So last Saturday I purchased Mane & Tail shampoo and conditioner because I have heard and read that it really does prevent breakage while encouraging hair growth.
I've also heard that is can cause a lot of build up and make your hair oily but I am thinking that may only be if you have naturally really thick and oily hair already because it just made my hair silky smooth and soft. I will update you all though to let you know if I end up finding my hair gets oily and nasty from this product. So far though I have really been loving it though because it has really made me hair feel incredibly soft and thick! I've also noticed it's made my hair really shiny which is fantastic because it was starting to look really dull and damaged - yuck!
I'll admit, I've been a bit bad though with over washing my hair these past two weeks because I've really kicked up my workouts - which leaves little option to my hair washing schedule. I am trying to get this under control because I know it can ruin your hair but man-o-man it is hard to do! If anyone has post-workout tips on how to un-nasty hair, let me know!!
To combat my over-washing I have been massaging my scalp every night for about 5 minutes with Sweet Almond Oil mixed with Rosemary, Peppermint and Lavender essential oils because I have read that this can have amazing results in growth and thickness of ones hair. Thus far I have zero results, but who knows - perhaps after a few more weeks of doing this I will have long, gorgeous, full hair....Hopefully! I really like the feeling of the peppermint on my scalp because it leaves this sort of tingly feeling which is really cooling and refreshing.
I have also done one hot oil treatment this week to add a bit more moisture to my hair. I heated up Coconut Oil, almond oil and avocado oil on the stove until it was warm, not hot, and then added in some Rosemary and Lavender essential oils to the mix. I then massaged it into my scalp and damp hair and wrapped it up in a shower cap + hot towel and let it sit for about an hour. When I took my hair down I then took a bit more avocado oil and mixed it with some peppermint extract and gave my scalp a quick massage before washing out the oil. My hair felt super soft afterwards and then ends looked really healthy!
Aside from all that I haven't been using any heat on my hair this week, I made a "No-heat" rule for myself this week because I tend to like to style my hair on weekends. I probably will end up doing something with my hair tonight if we go out this so I think not using heat throughout the weekdays is a really smart way to limit damage. To keep up on this rule through the week I have been trying out a few different up-do styles which hopefully I'll be able to share with you in the next few weeks! I've never been comfortable wearing all my hair up really but I guess I'll have to get used to it if I was great hair! If you have any up-do
So to summarise, I haven't visually noticed any new growth yet but I measured my hair and it said it grew 1 inch! I have set for myself a short-term goal of 2 inches, but I am hoping for my hair in total to grow 4.5 - 5 inches.
(Just to recap: My hair started out being 18" long and so my pt.1 goal will be completed at 20" and apparnetly my hair is at 19" already!!!)