3 Hair Treatments To Use When You're At A Total Loss
You know what sucks more than getting an unsolicited dick pic?
Losing your hair. Hands down.
I'm gonna go out on a limb here and assume not many of you are losing your hair at the ripe age of 20- or 30-something. As such, this post may not prove helpful to most, but for the few of you lone souls who ARE dealing with this disaster, I hope this gives you a shred of follicle faith.
So, as we all know, I started losing my hair close to 10 months ago, and only really noticed it 6 months ago and then only really BELIEVED it 3 months ago. By then it was so thin you could see through it, falling out in small sections. Whole healthy strands were taking to the floor like they were on a kamikaze suicide mission. If I didn't style my hair correctly, you could see scalp. Volume was a ghost of hair styles past.
In no other situation was the phrase "Thin is NOT in" more relevant.
Being the Resourceful Rhonda that I am, I took to the interwebz for an answer, and to my beauty publicist friends for some solutions. To borrow from Matt Damon in The Martian (solid flick, btw), I was going to science (and shampoo) the SH*T out of this problem.
The Answer: Stress + the resulting unbalanced hormones = a compound that binds to your healthy hair follicle and suffocates it.
The Solution: These 3 hair treatments and products listed below + eliminate the stress.
First up, I got wind of Renessence's Follicle Forever system of shampoo, conditioner and serum, all of which are formulated to combat the effects of DHT, aka that pesky compound that shows up when your hormones are out of whack and gets its atomic mutts on your hair follicles and squeezes all the fun out of them.
Now, considering the type of hair I have (or what's LEFT of it. Yeesh), I'm pretty particular about what I use to suds up and smooth down. I'm curly, coarse, and once-thick, so most shampoos are too stringent, and most conditions can't hack the job. Not so with Renessence Follicle Forever shampoo and conditioner, which was a HUGE win in my book.
The shampoo, which smells divinely citrusy to boot, does an excellent job of clearing out the layers and layers of hair spray, coconut oil, dry shampoo, and then some that I abuse in the days between washes. And I do mean days -- I straighten my hair so I can keep a blow out for about a week before giving in to the shower head. But this shampoo doesn't dry me out, praise be! Just delivers that good squeaky-clean-but-not-stripped feeling. On top of that, some proprietary ingredients claim to strengthen your friends the hair follicles, and anchors strands while stimulating blood circulation within the scalp. Sounds good to me.
The conditioner moisturizes like a muther without weighing me down. True story. Its proprietary Voluminis also does a fab job of minimizing my frizz (major issue for me) and call in biotin and B vitamins to the rescue to restore flexibility and manageability.
As for the serum, it was a first for me. This treatment you apply directly to the scalp after shampooing and conditioning, do not pass Go, do not collect $200. I forgo my fingers, put tube tip to scalp and start squeezing. Go HAM or go home, right? The magic here are several compounds including exclusive peptides that stimulate stem-cell-level hair growth and stop hair loss; Resveratrol that reverses and prevent follicle death (hey Brooks, can I get an, "Amen!"?); and... wait for it... a grouping of linoleic acids that inhibit and knocks out DHT. Woot!
So I've been using all three products for almost 2 months now, and I gotta tell ya, I definitely have noticed a slowdown in the abandon-the-ship attitude my locks have had recently. And in an exciting turn of events, new baby hairs are taking root. Huzzah!
2) Everyone and their mother immediately suggested I start downing shots of biotin like it was my 21st birthday to stimulate hair growth and work on getting my sexy strands back.
The people over at Nouráge were like, "We'll do you one better." Their dietary supplement includes biotin plus a ton of other essentials, like vitamin C and various Bs (including B6, which helps hormone regulation, DING DING), zinc, copper, keratin, AND antioxidants from acai, blueberry and elderberry extracts. If that doesn't sound like a feast for your mane, I dunno what does. Also, Kyle Richards of RHOBH fame is a spokeswoman. Homegirl has some serious locks.
Now, to aid in this process is our friend coconut oil. I won't waste your time here pronouncing all the known and amazing uses of coconut oil, but one of said uses is as an intense hair treatment to promote hair growth. Like, insane growth. It basically involves you dousing your head and strands in coconut oil and letting it sit overnight, and doing this 1 or 2 times a week.
Yes, it gets messy. Yes, it's totally worth it.
Here's beauty YouTuber Jordan Anne of TheBeautyWithinYou to share with us just how to pull this off.
I dunno about you, but I'm looking forward to a full head of hair come winter (hey, a girl can dream). Happy growing!