Yesterday I was having a conversation with my friend Philana and some how it turned into a conversation about hair routines. She had mentioned earlier in a blog comment that her hair was thinning, which I told her was probably due to stress. Our conversation ventured into my hair routine and the products I mainly use. I guess you can say that I’m a hair product connoisseur because I think I’ve tried almost every damn product under the sun.
Every time I visit a beauty supply store, there’s always some new hair growth gimmick product. Which always boasts some sort of miracle cure that will give you long flowing locks. Most of these ‘growth’ products are full of it. A while ago, while doing some research I came across a hair care group on Yahoo. All of the women were singing the praises of a product called Original Mane-Tale-Groom. They bragged about how quickly they noticed growth and thickening of their hair. At first I figured it was just talk and that the product was probably some cheap beauty supply store product, but upon further investigation of Original Mane-Tale-Groom , I learned that it’s primary use is for horse grooming! After learning that, I was definitely more hesitant to try it. I didn’t necessarily have a hair growth problem, I just wanted to see if all of the talk about this product was true.
A few days later, after I ordered the product, it arrived. The first thing I noticed was the horrid smell! It smells like burned bacon and sulfur. There was no way I was applying this oil to my hair. I went back to the forum and saw that the women mixed it with Peppermint oil that they purchased from the natural market. What I found amazing, is the fact that the Peppermint oil was $15 for 0.2 ounces and the MTG product was only $6!
After I mixed my concoction, it definitely took away the smell. I used the product for a few weeks, but before I started using it, I made sure I applied it to my hair while it was straight, so that I could better gage the growth. After about two weeks I noticed my hair grew about an inch! It did make sense. Being that its used primarily on horses to keep their manes strong and healthy, why wouldn’t’ it work on human hair?
So after many trial and error experiments to come up with the perfect concoction for something that will provide growth and moisture to my hair, here is what I came up with:
An empty hair dye bottle
Olive Oil (to provide moisture..any grocery store brand will do)
Peppermint Oil (to get rid of the stench!)
- Pour 5 ounces of Mane-Tale-Groom in the the dye bottle
- Mix 3 ounces of Olive Oil
- Add between 3-4 drops of Peppermint Oil (try gage the smell, you don’t want to walk around smelling like menthol)
- Shake the bottle well until it forms a uniform mixture
- Apply sparingly to your scalp (a little goes a long way)
Typically I did this routine about 3 nights out of the week, followed with a weekly wash and condition. By the way, if you’re a curly head, I’ve found this leave-in conditioner to work best!
I’m in no way saying this will work for everyone, but so far I’ve had pretty good luck with it and so have others that I know.