April of 2018 was the most magical and stressful time of my life. Between wedding planning, work, launching a brand, seeing to my family and a few other drama induced situations, my body really took a beating. From my dry and bumpy skin, all the way to my thinning and falling hair. Post honeymoon and I sat on my bed in tears as I ran my fingers through my hair and ended up with most of it in my hand instead of my head. Combined with the image of more scalp than black hair, I figured it was time to source out a long-term solution for something I had struggled with for a while.
It was in the aisles of Dischem where I was looking for yet another quick fix shampoo and conditioner that I came across the most friendly and insightful lady who looked at me and said “stop wasting money and do it the old school way” – I looked at her shocked and curious. “What is the old school way?” I asked. Her response was Bergamot Essence. My curiosity turned into confusion because I had no idea what she was talking about. She went on to tell me about how in her day it was all about what you ate and the natural ingredients lying around the house. She advised me to buy the Bergamot Essence, Hair Placenta, and Bay Rum. Mix it and massage my scalp with it at night and then wash out in the morning.
I have been doing it for 5 months now and I can honestly say the results have been nothing short of amazing! My hair has started growing stronger than ever before and my hair fall has minimized completely. So how, where and how much?
All you need is the following:
- Bergamot Essence – It is an essential oil that when applied to hair, soaks into your scalp and hair roots. This oil works by stimulating the blood flow to the hair’s follicles, in turn revitalizing your hairs strength and shine.
- Bay Rum – One of the most sought-after benefits of bay rum is its ability to promote better circulatory health. Much like Bergamot Essence, it’s ability to improve blood flow is what makes it a great essential oil for hair growth. This is why it is commonly found in aftershave products and hair growth shampoos.
- Hair Placenta – If you want to go the non-animal route (i.e no egg) then you can use Coconut oil.
All of the above you can source at Dischem for no more than R100.00
In a spray bottle, mix half a bottle of Bay Rum with half a bottle of Bergamot Essence and 1 Ampule of Placenta. Shake well and store in a cool and dry place. Spray on your scalp and massage every second – third night and wash off in the morning with a mild shampoo that preferably has Keratin. My preference has been the Prosana Range. Towel Dry your hair and style as normal.
As with any home remedy, do not expect to see results over-night but do not let that discourage you. It takes at least 1 – 2 months to see visible results but I promise it is so worth it.
A few other things I have discovered on my journey to healthy hair:
- What you eat (or don’t) has a massive influence on how your hair grows, if at all. Add things like Eggs, Berries, Spinach, fatty fish, Sweet Potatos, Nuts and avocado’s to your weekly diet. Then stay away from Alcohol, Refined Sugars, Excess oil and grease and too much of animal protein.
- Avoid hair dyes of any kind. Ammonia strips your hair of it’s natural nutrients and can leave your roots with permanent damage. Instead, opt for a stunning lace front wig for when you want a little change.
- Consistent trims – now I know this sounds weird but trimming your hair every 8 weeks really helps. Hair on the ends thins out (which is normal) making the overall appearance of hair look thin and dry. Your hair looks shinier and healthier without the dead ends.
- Avoid excessive heat styling. Opt for a towel or air drying your hair instead of a blow dry. If you really must use a hair straightener, a trick I learnt is to just straighten the bit of your at the bottom instead of all your hair. It gives you volume without burning your hair in the long run.
- Drink lots of water…I don’t think I need to tell you why.
- And last but not least, my favorite full body treatment – Coconut oil! Use it.
And that about sums up what has worked for me. I can’t guarantee it will work for everyone but I guess you will never know till you try right?
Good Luck 😉