One of my goals last year was to focus on my hair - I wanted it to grow longer and thicker (blogged about here). My hair has definitely grown a lot longer (I think it will be my goal-length by summer!) but I'm still working on getting it thicker. As I discovered last year - *some* hair-growth supplements do NOT agree with me (never take Biotin if you have acne-prone skin!!!). Last May I reviewed some supplements and topical products here. Since it has been a while, I thought I would post an update of my current hair routine:
On my scalp I use Nioxin 1 (to promote hair growth) and Burt's Bees Shampoo (to build volume). On the length of my hair, I use a tiny bit of moisturising shampoo (brand may vary - I'm currently trying to use up previously purchased products)
I use Nioxin 1 conditioner on my scalp and Terax Crema on the length of my hair. I use my fingers and a wide-tooth comb to detangle my hair and then cover it with a shower cap for 3 minutes for a deep conditioning effect. I rinse the conditioner off and apply Nioxin 1 scalp treatment.
I use a microfiber towel to squeeze the water out of my hair. I apply Moroccan Oil to the length of my hair and use my Mason Pearson natural bristle brush to distribute the treatment evenly. (My hair was getting quite tangly - but this boar bristle/oil combo keeps my hair straight and sleek for days!). I take 6 jumbo Velcro rollers and position them along my crown and let my hair air-dry. The Velcro rollers keep my roots volumised (this works even better if I use my Aveda volumizing tonic and a hairdryer - but I only do that for special occasions).
I try to apply oil twice a week to my hair (in the morning on Shampoo-days - then I shower in the evening). Of course I can only do this if I'm staying at home for the day! I used to apply oil overnight, but I ended up breaking out on my forehead and the sides of my face - even if I covered my hair with a scarf. The Castor oil is to promote hair growth and the Coconut oil is to condition and prevent split ends.
Silica is supposed to be good for hair, skin, and nails. I've taken the orthosilic acid form before in Biosil - my nails grew stronger and it cleared up my skin, but it didn't increase hair growth. I'm now taking the mineral form of it - it is supposed to be more effective - but it tastes like you're drinking ground up chalk - yuck! I also take Omega 3-6-9 and Multi-vitamins with Folic Acid . I make berry smoothies with Vanilla protein powder a couple of times a week (I want to start having this everyday - it is a healthier alternative to iced coffees - and it provides antioxidants too! But I'll be honest, iced coffees are much more yummy!)