As I’ve posted before, the crown of my head has always been a source of despair for me. This area always breaks really bad. Even when I was relaxed I had this same issue. Last year, I BCed again, BC number 4, because of the same breakage. My hair has grown back only to once again break off at my crown.
So here I am at this place where I’m attempting to regrow this area. I will not BC again. I’m going to have to figure out a way to do this without taking such a drastic step.
So, what am I doing to, in a sense, rehabilitate my hair? First off, I trimmed my ends. I also make sure to strictly follow my moisturizing routine, once in the morning and at night. I co-wash every 2-3 days to remove any product build up and I have been doing a moisturizing, deep conditioning weekly, with a protein deep conditioning once a month. Hot oil treatments are incorporated when I deep condition. I shampoo every other week to prevent excess dryness. Since I rarely use products with silicones, this has been sufficient. Lastly, I try not put the least amount of stress on my hair as possible when styling. I’ve been sticking to this regimen for the past two months and have experienced very little breakage or shedding. Hopefully these measures will be adequate enough to resolve my breakage problem and help my hair grow back healthy.
I get a lot of questions from people regarding what I do to get my hair to grow so fast. As I was thinking about this, it brought to mind ALL of the “grow hair fast” schemes, routines, and rituals that are out there and the ones that I’ve actually tried…Biotin, MSM supplements, KimmayTube’s growth moisturizer, growth serums, the Inversion Method (yes, I tried that too)!
What I’ve come to realize, for me anyway, is there’s no real hair growth elixir. My hair grows and thrives with consistent care. I can’t say that any of the rituals and routines actually “make” my hair grow. Some of them may assist in keeping my hair healthy, which in turn prevents breakage, which allows my hair to grow. But they don’t accelerate growth. Our hair grows at a rate that is personal to us.
As I twisted my hair tonight, I was surprised and amazed at how much my hair had grown, the crown in particular. The hair at the crown of my head, which was shorter than an inch at the time, was the sole reason that I BCed again last summer. This month marked a year. Although I was devastated that I had to start all over again, when I look at my hair now, I realize it was well worth it.
It may be hard to tell how short it actually was from this picture.
This is my hair after I cut it AGAIN…
I actually liked my TWA once it was cut. Those coils in the bottom picture were giving life! Lol
I took excellent care of my hair this time around and it paid off! What a difference a year makes! This makes me ☺.
So after spending the last three hours removing kinky twists, my hair is free! I missed it! It has grown quite a bit over the past two months, it retained moisture, and it is healthy – which makes me happy because I was worried about it getting dry and damaged.
I had planned on wearing the twists for the summer, but they didn’t last. I may get them installed again soon. Who knows…I love having my hair out.
Today is wash day. One thing I’ve learned over these past three years, more so the last nine months, is that wash day doesn’t have to take ALL day. It doesn’t have to involve all of the fifty-eleven steps that I thought I had to do when I first came back to natural. In the beginning I tried to incorporate every process and procedure I saw naturals on YouTube using in their wash routines. It was just TOO much and a lot of it was totally UNNECESSARY! We live and we learn.
My wash rountine now consists simply of prepooing for a few minutes (which I don’t do all the time), washing, a quick ACV rinse, and conditioning. Twice a month I do a hot oil treatment and deep condition. This makes things so much simpler, doesn’t monopolize my whole day, and most importantly, my hair is still thriving and growing!
Now, to the point of this post! I diverged from my topic for a bit. But I felt that was important to say because there may be somewhere out there who reads this that’s caught up and trudging through as I was.
Anyway…this shrinkage though! Lol My hair has grown A LOT since I BCed again in July. This is what I’m working with!
The shrinkage is REAL! The deception!
I’m not one of those people who just accept that something works because it’s the new trend, or must have product boasting miraculous claims. I don’t jump on the bandwagon and absolutely love this new item because everyone else loves it. No…I’m a skeptic…a glass half empty type of person. I don’t accept someone else’s words that something works. I have to have personal experience. It must be proven to me.
I’ve always been this way. I’ve always needed the whys and hows of any process. This really annoyed my teachers when I was in school. As they say, some things never change. So when it comes to hair and skincare products that promise to be miracle workers that will fix all of the issues that the other products couldn’t even begin to fix, yes, my radar goes off and I get a bit skeptical.
So imagine my mindset when I read about this little, inconspicuous oil here:
Many bloggers and vloggers rave about JBCO. I’ve read many of their blogs and seen many of their vlogs that taut its praises. I’ve been using this oil for well over a year now in my hot oil treatments, as well as adding it to my deep conditioners sometimes, and often in my spray bottle. I’ve even participated in a few challenges where I was supposed to use castor oil on my hair so many times a week for so many months, usually three. However, I was never consistent enough with any of this to notice any changes. The big deal about this oil is that it is supposed to make hair grow. To say that I was a bit skeptical is putting it mildly. I have always believed that our bodily functions and processes will happen in their own time and on their own accord; I wonder why should I pad someone’s pocketbook when their product will do nothing out of the ordinary to correct problems A, B, C, or D.
Well, I must say this…the proof is in the pudding (that’s cliche, I know!) But it’s true. For the past month, I’ve been using JBCO on my eyebrows and eyelashes. I’m in awe of how much thicker they are. My brows and lashes have always been fairly thin. I’d started to use liner to darken my brows a bit. I’ve always used mascara on my lashes. I can see a remarkable difference. I can see hair sprouting and filling in areas of my eyebrows where hair has long since stopped sprouting. My brows are much darker and my lashes are longer.
I’ve added some photos, and hopefully you can see the difference. I wish I would’ve taken actual before photos. But, you can see the normal shape of my brows, as well as where the new hair is growing. I am not wearing any eye makeup in these photos. Please overlook my oily face, I was in the process of cleaning it.
The breakage at the crown of my head is getting out of control. *long, deep sigh* This area has always been a problem for me, even when I was relaxed. If my hair is going to break, it’s going to be at my crown. I trimmed a lot of the dead, damaged ends which makes the hair in this area even shorter than it already was than the rest of my hair. I’m not at a point where I want to BC again. But I have to do something!
I’ve been on the lookout for a product that would help me recover the hair at my crown since I noticed the problem. When I came across the Bee Mine brand, I noticed all of the reviews that I’ve seen of this products have been positive. The owner of the company, Tracey, created and used this serum after she started losing her hair due to health complications.
Now, I must say, I don’t believe in magical potions for growing hair. The key to a healthy head of hair that grows is all in how you care for it. My hope for this hair serum is that it will help me get the hair to it’s healthiest state. If it actually makes it grow, that’s a plus.
All of the Bee Mine products are at least 99% natural and organic, which is what drew me to them. There are three types serum available: the original Strawberry Kiwi with Sulfur, Mango with Sulfur, and No Sulfur. There are three sizes to choose from: 2 fl oz Trial Size – $5.50 and 8 fl oz – $16.00 (on the Bee Mine website). I ordered the trial size so I could try it out to see if my hair likes it. I will also be doing very low, manipulation styling. So, no more of my beloved twist outs for awhile. *sigh*
Strawberry Kiwi Scent Hair Growth Serum w/Sulfur
100% Natural and Organic Hair Growth Serum Scent Strawberry Kiwi 8 fl oz.
This is one of the Original Serums if you are not allergic to sulfur or have any health problems this would be the one for you. The only difference with this is the scent of the other original “Bee Mine Hair Growth Serum with Sulfur – Strawberry Kiwi Scent”.
100% Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus amygdalus dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape Seed) Oil, Select Ayurvedic Herbs, Sulfur Powder, Essential Oils, Fragrance (Phthalates Free) & Vitamin E Tocopherol Oil
How to use
Please perform a patch test prior to full use. Shake bottle prior to each time. Apply sparingly to scalp only a little goes a long way. Massage thoroughly throughout your scalp concentrating on the areas that need it the most. You will need to use a moisturizer on your hair after each use to make sure during the process any Serum didn’t get on your hair. If you have high blood pressure, maybe pregnant or breastfeeding please get clearance from your Doctor prior to using any of our Serums.
If you are doing any chemical service to your hair such as a perm, relaxer or dye job please stop using the Serum 7 days before the chemical service and shampoo prior to the service and wait 7 days after the service and shampoo before you start using the Serum again.
The consistency of the serum is like an oil. It has a slight sulfur scent but not it’s not overwhelming. I applied it to my scalp for the first time today. The bottle has a flip top cap that made it easy to apply. I added a few drops and massaged it into my scalp and then applied my leave-in and sealed my ends. There was no tingling or anything as I expected. I plan on using this 2-3 days a week in my crown area and on my side edges. I will provide frequent updates about how my hair responds to the serum.