Hi I am new here. I am transitioning from relaxed hair to my naturally curly hair. My hair has been relaxed since I was 9 years old, I absolutely can not wait to have my hair back! I have one to two inches of new growth on my scalp and it looks like I am a 3c. I don't even think of the relaxed hair as my hair anymore! I would do a BC now but I don't have the features for such a close cut, so a short curly fro wouldn't be my cup of tea :-D. Although I know there have been plenty of brave women with my "issue" who have gone ahead with a BC anyway. I am not one of them, I plan to transition until Spring of 07' or until Summer of 07', by then I should have enough hair so that it can hang a bit.
I know many people here are anxious to grow out their hair. I have found a mixture of essential oils that were featured in a study on people with hair loss trying to regrow their hair without meds. I figure that if the essential oils worked for the people with hair loss imagine what results people with normal hair growth would see, the article is below.
Thyme, Rosemary, Lavender and Cedarwood
An exciting study in the Archives of Dermatology (1998; 134:1349-1352) finds that aromatherapy can promote new hair growth and safely and effectively treat temporary hair loss due to alopecia areata. The study was performed by Scottish researchers who had half of their patients massage thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood essential oils onto their scalps each day. The other patients massaged in "carrier" oils jojoba and grapeseed oil.
After seven months of treatment, 44% of the patients using the essential oils showed significant improvement in hair growth. The group using carrier oils showed just 15% improvement. In addition, the aromatherapy caused no significant side effects. Researchers concluded that not only did the aromatherapy work, it was also far safer than traditional alopecia treatments including conventional steroids.</article>
I would also add Sage, Ylang Ylang, and Burdock to that list because I have found favorable information on them as well. The original article:
A more in depth article featuring the same study:
I have already ordered my essential oils online, now I am waiting for them to arrive. I would suggest that you mix your oils with a "carrier" oil such as Sweet Almond oil. And please check with your doctor before using these oils if you are pregnant or have any other medical condition such as high blood pressure, because even though they are natural they can have adverse effects if you are not in good health.
Obviously this isn't an exact science but I figure I would give it a try even though theren't aren't more studies on the same subject. At the very least it will improve the health of my hair and scalp. BTW I posted this on another hair board I frequent.
With those of us with dandruff who don't want to use Neutrogena T-gel that contains coal tar as the active ingredient. Tea Tree oil is a fantastic alternative, it is a natural anti-fungal that can be mixed with water as a spritz for your scalp.
You can also mix the hair growth mixture into your leave in conditioner to help quench your thirsty curly hair, and if you use Henna to color your hair adding the mix would condition your hair along with the natural strengthening properties of the Henna. Thanks for reading I know this was long :-D!