By Junko

Let’s talk about my old hair first. On average hair grows six inches per year or half an inch per month that makes the later part of my hair about five years old. Five years is a long time to be hanging around enduring every other day washings, blow dryings and exposure to the outside elements. Not to mention daily abuse from cheap brushes, hair-bands, clips and heat driven straightening and curling devices. Its no wonder then that split ends had me cutting off each year’s growth, making its length fairly consistent from year to year. For most of my life I’ve had long hair, but I can’t recall when it has been this long. From crown to end it measures 30 inches and I give full credit for this and it’s lack of split ends today to Marta.

In the beginning of 2009, I read enough on TIA about sulfates to ditch my beloved Pantene Pro-V for safer, healthier products. This change drastically reduced the amount of split ends my old hair develops now. I am in need of a trim as layers cut 9 months ago make the bottom look scraggly, but those ends have very few splits in them. I’ve almost gone a year without a cut so at this rate, I should be able to add 4 inches of length each andevery year!

At the beginning of 2009 TIA didn’t have a 5 Best Shampoo or Conditioner category yet, so I purchased reviewed and recommended’s along with a few from my local drugstore. If you read my throw everything at it facial routine from last month, my initial hair care approach was again, the same. Must be something in my personality that drives me to do this, but nonetheless, Max Green Alchemy Scalp Rescue and Nutra-Lift are the favorites that came out of it. Both brands are wonderful for cleansing, conditioning and keep my hair healthy.

Let’s talk about my new hair now and we can talk about those forehead wrinkles later. Looking like Cousin It from the back, you’d never think there’d be any sparsity on my head, but my widow’s peaks are lacking. Age has made those widow’s peaks even sparser, but a new row of bangs and growth has begun from the use of Folligen Hair & Scalp Nutrient Cream ($22 in the TIA Shop), Osmotics FNS Follicle Nutrient Serum ($69) & Clearly Emu Oil ($25 in the TIA shop).

Individually, each of these products has potential to grow hair and initially I started with just the Folligen. I applied Folligen every day and slept with a mask of it on 2 nights a week. Hair grew but it was extremely dry, so dry it was crunchy even. I added a layer of Clearly Emu Oil to my night masks hoping to reverse the dryness, but that only helped a little. Dryness was still a problem but alas, Clearly Emu helped speed up the Folligen growth. A desire for something less greasy for day use led me to try FNS Follicle Nutrient Serum. FNS isn’t greasy and has softened the dry Folligen hairs beautifully, but doesn’t seem to grow hair very fast. Thus, being a woman of excess, my regime includes all 3 products. FNS Serum every day with twice a week sleep masks which includes the layering of all 3 products. I may never grow heavy frontal hair like Pamela Anderson or Denise Richards, but since I’m getting results, I’ll stick with it. I’m remembering too that FNS is supposed to show results after 6 months, and so far I’m at halftime.

My thanks to Kim for sharing her hair routine with all of us last month. I’ve started taking the Andrew Lessman Healthy Hair Skin & Hair supplements, my take-away and pearl from her hair journey. Of course to TIA and to Marta, my thanks for all the hairs on my head, the old and the new!