Monday, February 24, 2014

Good Products Are Not Always the Right Products

I have been MIA for a while here. First we were getting through Christmas and then we were dealing with some hair issues. I took a little break to try to get back on track and here I am!

I was so excited a little while ago about Scholar's baby bald spot finally growing in. Then, he had a section or hair break off on the top of his head at the front from having eczema on his scalp. Both areas were growing in well, as well as his edges which had broken off at some point months ago. Then I tried a new conditioner. I loved it at first. It seemed to make the boys' hair softer and help to retain moisture longer. After using it for a while I noticed that the spots that had been growing in were no longer long enough to braid into the cornrows. The hair had actually gotten shorter.

Good Products Are Not Always the Right Products for Everyone's Hair

I was perplexed, but tried to keep the hair moisturized and healthy. It kept getting worse and the hair just would not get longer. I read somewhere that someone had had problems with the Shea Moisture line of products causing their hair to break off. That was the conditioner I had switched to! I immediately stopped using that conditioner on the boys' hair and within a few weeks, the growth in the trouble areas was noticeable. For some reason that conditioner does not agree with Scholar's hair. I did not notice any problems with Explorer's hair, in fact, it seemed to be very good for his hair. I use the shampoo on my own hair and absolutely love it! I do not think it is a bad product, just not right for Scholar's hair for some reason. Since switching back to Aubrey Organic GPB conditioner for both boys (it is easier to use the same products, if possible), Scholar's hair is growing back and is much healthier.

I wanted to help his hair grow better, so I started using Jamaican black castor oil on the short areas that need to grow in. I have read that this is a very good oil to help those thin areas and is good for growth. But a big bottle of oil and two toddlers just do not mix. I am constantly worried that they will spill it while I am trying to use it and it seemed a bit awkward to try to apply to wiggling little boys. I decided to make a wax out of it to prevent spilling and to make it easier to apply.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Wax

To make the wax, I used 1/2 cup Jamaican black castor oil and 1 tablespoon of beeswax granules. I mixed about half of the oil with the granules in an 8 oz mason jar and microwaved it for 30 seconds at a time until the beeswax was completely melted.

Then I poured in the rest of the oil and quickly mixed it together with a bamboo skewer while it began to set up. The JBCO wax is soft, but not runny. It is very easy to apply and hard to make a mess with it. The boys have tried putting their fingers into it and could make a huge mess if I let them, but so far we have not had a mess with this wax. I am excited to see if it will actually help the hair to grow in faster. At the least, it keeps the hair moisturized and makes it softer. I have been using it on the damaged spots every morning and night. I apply a small amount to the scalp and gently massage it into the skin.

Have you found any natural solutions for damaged hair? Please share in the comments!

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