When we curlies want something, well, we do whatever it takes to get it! Take the lack of a natural hair community ten years ago. Then, BOOM! – thousands of bloggers, YouTube videos and sites like NaturallyCurly to the rescue! Or what about the lack of natural hair products for our curls? BOOM – at-home recipes become brands and arguably the most environmentally conscious, organic beauty products out there.
So what do you get when a curly girl wants long hair, but it takes forever to grow? You invent something.
"Hairdrenalin” is an at-home potion believed to make your hair grow longer, faster! We got a bit caught up in exactly what's in this at-home magic potion, and if it actually works! Follow us along on our journey to the inner working of hairdrenalin.
What's In It?
Castor oil seems to be the base ingredient for this home hair growth remedy. Then other essential hair oils like olive or jojoba oil are added. Finally, the hairdrenalin formula contains other curious items including black tea, green tea, cayenne pepper and horsetail extract.
How is it Applied?
Usually, the process of applying hairdrenalin begins by infusing the oil mixture with tea, cayenne pepper, and other extracts. The infusion process may take several hours to complete.
What You'll Need
- Castor Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Black Tea
- Green Tea
- Cayenne Pepper
- Horsetail Extract
- Once you have infused the oil, strain the oil of all other ingredients to leave just the pure infused oil.
- Heat the oil oil in the microwave to just below boiling point and let it cool slightly before slathering it on your hair.
- Wrap your head in plastic wrap to keep the heat of the formula in. This also helps to keep the formula in place and allows your hair to get the most out of it. It also keeps it off of your beautiful face.
- Finally, wash it out in the morning, and ta-da. You have just brewed up your first magic potion!
Castor & Other Oils
Before we continue, we have to mention that this formula has been known to cause issues, including allergic reactions, so test a small patch of skin before you use hairdrenalin on your scalp.
Cold pressed castor oil is used for holistic purposes including the treatment of skin and abdominal ailments, and most controversially, inducing labor. That being said, there is no researched scientific evidence that supports castor oil’s promotion of hair growth.
Other oils including avocado, olive, and jojoba oils are used in both the hairdrenalin formula as well as other hair care products. Even though they are used in store brands for the treatment and promotion of healthy hair, they also do not necessarily lead to faster hair growth.
Keep in mind: The extensive use of oils in your hair can be a problem. Oil can clog the pores, leading to uncomfortable itching and even breakouts. With some ingredients, such as cayenne pepper, it might make it even less tolerable. If you’re doing it more than a couple of times per week, it may not bode well for your skin. Many people also complain about the smell of the hairdrenalin and the difficulty of getting the remainder of the homemade formula out of their hair. If this is an issue, it's likely to clog up your pores and cause an itchy scalp.
Does it Work?
Starting with the base ingredient, oils are good for your hair. Basic conditioning techniques involve first wetting the hair, then adding essential oils to make the hair more manageable and even adds gloss. However, there are few studies in the ways of natural remedies, including this one. There are so many methods that it’s difficult to figure out which method and certain proportions in the concoction are right for you. The process takes a lot of patience and TLC as the hairdrenalin method takes anywhere between a couple of times per week to once every three months.
It may simply be that the growth comes from a weekly rubbing in of the hairdrenalin, since head massages increase blood flow to the scalp which has been shown to increase growth.
With so many hair growth remedies going around, which have you tried? Black seed oil may be for you!
In spite of the negative information and unanswered scientific questions, many people boast of the hairdrenalin’s amazing qualities. There doesn’t seem to be a straightforward or formulaic recipe that everyone abides by, so it might take some time to figure stuff out. Either way, we’d love to hear about your experiences.
Comment below or leave a message on CurlTalk for your fellow curlies and tell us about your experience with homemade hair growth remedies!