Let’s Talk About: Growth Aids!

Claiming a certain length is quintessential to just about every hair journey.   And most of us would certainly be open to trying out new things to get it there faster.  Even with that, you’ll notice that I don’t talk about growth aids much on this blog.  I like to keep things as basic as possible around here because growth aids are one of those things that don’t work the same for each head of hair.  And they can be prone to causing some serious and unwanted side effects.

Disclaimer: If you are interested in testing out any of these growth aids, I strongly urge you to do extensive research. There are possible side effect and unsafe drug/ingredient interactions that I haven’t mentioned.  And there are some brands of these products, which should absolutely avoided for health and safety reasons.

Which Growth Aids have I tried?

When I started my hair journey, I did test out a few growth aids.  But after not seeing much as far as accelerated growth rate (and/or having to deal with the side effects), I’ve sworn them off for the most part.  Below are my experiences with the growth aids I have tried and some new info on newer ones that have been circulating the hair blog/vlogosphere lately.

Biotin

It’s a supplement that you can purchase from your local pharmacy or grocery store.  It’s been claimed that it increases the growth of your hair and nails.  And it is also supposed to improve the quality of your skin.  When I started taking it I did notice that my eyebrows were getting out of control earlier than expected.  However, I distinctly remember is that I got a bunch of painfully large pimples on my face as well.  Some say you should drink a lot of water when taking them and/or take it in conjunction with vitamin B-complex.  But I was already over it by then and haven’t tried it again since.

Chlorella

It is a green algae that is high in protein and chloropyll.  And when I saw women on long hair care forum raving about how adding a one teaspoon to one tablespoon of this each day to their diet gave them an inch of hair growth each month, I was interested.  Despite hearing the possible side effects of gas, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, I was still interested.  While I didn’t experience any on the side effect (because I started with a 1/8 tsp and slowly built my way up to 1-2 tsp), my hair did not grow any faster. And I took this daily for several months.  Eventually, I let that one go too as a daily supplement. I still have a whole tub left of the powder, so I add a tsp to my smoothies and juices occasionally (it makes them green).

Oil Scalp Messages 

(I used Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Rosemary Essential Oil – two oils that have been purported to promote growth) – It’s recommended that you do scalp messages 5 to 15 minutes a day to improve blood circulation and accelerate your growth rate.  I bought the oils, but I never was able to message my scalp for that long (especially not every day).  The closest I get to this is with the oil pre-poos and hot oil treatments that I am doing with each wash day now.  And even with that I’m not messaging my scalp for 5 minutes straight — that would take some serious determination on my part.  Nor am I using those oils.

What’s been popular lately?

But if you are like me keep your finger on the pulse of things happening in the hair blogger/vlogger world, you too have noticed major increases in the amount of growth aid discussions going on.  I’ve rounded up some blogger and vlogger sources that have been testing out some growth aids that are currently popular.

The Inversion Method

I first heard about it on youtube when LongNhealthy(here too), DessyGT and JourneyToWaistlength posted their video results after doing the inversion method for 7 days straight.  And each of them got at least an inch in that time frame.  What is the Inversion Method, you ask?  Essentially you commit to daily scalp messages for seven days straight and you must do this with your head upside down.  It sounds easy enough, right?  A part of me definitely wants to give this a try because who doesn’t want an extra inch of hair after just 7 days, but the other part of me just doesn’t have the motivation to actually commit to that.  Right now, my focus is on my ends — not growth, so maybe after my ends are in better shape, I’ll give this one a try.

Hairfinity

It is a hair growth supplement and Longing4Length was the first place that I saw this product mentioned.  At first I thought ok, just another hair growth concoction, but with celebrity endorsements from the likes of Keshia Knight Pulliam and Porshia Williams (Stewart), two women with beautiful hair, it certainly made me do a double take.  My cousin just let me know that she ordered some, so I’ll be checking in on her impressions of it after she’s used it for about a month.

Bamboo Tea

I like tea, but for whatever reason bamboo tea sounds like it would not taste very good.  But with benefits like promoting hair and nail growth, I can see why some are interested.  It’s a fairly rare tea type, so most of us would have to purchase it online.  But if you want to see what other hair journeyers have to say about this growth aid, check out this before/after and this before/after.

Sulphur

And I’ll give an honorable mention to Sulphur Mixes, because the girl who started this trend got a ridiculous amount of hair growth in one year, but personally the possible side effects are too much for me to really give that much attention.  Here is a link to her website and her growth results from using a sulphur mix.  She sells her own version now, but you can buy sulphur based growth aids in several other places as well.
While none of these have led me to change my no growth aid rule as yet, I still enjoy watching everyone else work with it and share their results.
What growth aids do you use (or have you tried)?  What was your experience with them?
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16 Comments


  1. I've tried a few of the ones you've mentioned, at the beginning of my journey I took biotin for a while as well as the oil scalp massages. At this time I'm doing a few of the popular ones you've mentioned such as Hairfinity & Bamboo Leaf Tea adore them both and my hair loves them even more, (It's crazy a good crazy) I haven't tried the inversion method possibly in the future. I'm stuck on Hairfinity and my tea right now=)


  2. Just so you know, Hairfinity contains Biotin.
    I am a bit sceptical towards bamboo. From what i have read up on internet, there is very little vitamins and minerals in it. If you in addition to that, dilute it with Water, i cant see how that canhave any impact on hair growth.

    Personally, I try to eat as many different raw vegetables aday as possible. I found that a good way to get a variety of vitamins and minerals.

    That is good for general health as well as hair.


  3. I take Biotin per my doc's orders (5000 mcg) with no adverse reactions. I'm not losing as much hair and appear to see some regrowth on my thinning edges but still feel like my nails are benefiting more (used to quite thin & break often but are much harder now).
    I started drinking bamboo tea, carrot juice, & Fiji water at the start of 2014. I feel like I may be seeing results from those too. My NG is slightly looser and scalp doesn't itch as much.
    I won't speak to any real growth per say but things are definitely happening


  4. Great post Kim. I never tried biotin but was sent Hairfinity tablets which I've been using inconsistently as I get enough breakouts as it is! The inversion method is so intriguing to me but I doubt I'll ever try it x


  5. I've tried biotin which broke me out like crazy, and also use castor oil on my edges which seems to work when it wants to. I just started taking silica about a week ago which is a major part of the bamboo tea and so far my skin seems to be benefitting. It will take a while to see if it works. Good post!


  6. About the best I can do is JBCO and I honestly don't use it for growth outside of helping to give my edges the push that it needs to recover from my senegalese twists! Biotin was tragic for my skin and overall I find that most growth aides don't do much for me. Great post!


  7. As far as supplements I have tried MSM and Biotin. I got pretty good results: long, strong nails, my eyelashes seemed fuller and a little bit of hair growth, but I started breaking out and ditched them both!
    I have also tried JBCO but it is just too thick for me.


  8. I saw your starting video, I'll have to look out for your update too. Good luck to you with both of them.


  9. I'm currently on the same plan as you. I'm trying to increase my daily fruit and vegetable intake. More so, for the health benefits of it but I won't be mad if it helps my hair too. 🙂


  10. If it weren't for those horrid break outs, I would still be taking biotin. More power to you for being able to take with no side effects. I wish I were so lucky.


  11. Re your skin improvements: Nice! My skin has been rebelling against me lately, so I'm jealous. 🙂


  12. I should have mentioned that the castor oil did help to thicken my edges when I was going through a rough patch. I'm sure you'll see improvements too with continued use.


  13. That JBCO is very thick. I'll either mix it with another oil or only apply it to my nape/edges.

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