Milking the root of hair loss
My co-worker, Jeremy, came into work the other day with a hilarious, yet unsettling, story about his three-year old daughter, Hannah. Hannah is a precocious child with an expansive vocabulary and an adorable understanding of how the world works. While sitting on the floor with Jeremy during their regular morning play routine, Hannah stopped what she was doing, reached up to touch the top of his head and said, “Daddy, your hair is going to heaven like Grandpa’s!” After laughing at Hannah’s wonderfully innocent statement and Jeremy’s subsequent embarrassment, I looked around my work area and noticed the abundance of hair accumulated under the keys on my keyboard and around the carpet under my seat. Surveying this battlefield scattered with fallen hair soldiers, I thought, “Is my hair going to heaven, too?”
When I told my girlfriend about my premature baldness anxiety, she laughed and allayed my fears by pointing out my full head of thick, curly hair. Despite the reassurance, I received daily reminders in the form of hair clogs in the shower that I was, in fact, losing hair. In an effort to try to stave off my increasing apprehension, I tried a variety of different treatments to stop the hair loss. I brushed it. I cut it. I washed it more. I washed it less.
And I found that there was something behind washing it less. I noticed fewer strands in the drain and overall my hair felt and looked better – softer, shinier, more manageable, and noticeably healthier. But with the natural look came the natural smell- something akin to eau du wet dog- which I quickly found out was unacceptable in a professional environment and a loving relationship. Out of ideas and a hair away from full-on balding panic, I turned to the one place I knew would give me answers: the internet.
After doing my research, I found that losing hair wasn’t necessarily a sign of imminent baldness. There are a lot of different factors that can contribute to premature hair loss. In my case, my hair was overly dry, causing it to become brittle and weak. So, with my new-found understanding of hair loss, I set out to find the right shampoo/conditioner routine that would give me the manageability, shine, and softness that my natural oils provided, but sans the smell.
I tried a variety of variations on a theme: shampoo plus conditioner, shampoo then a separate conditioner, just shampoo, just conditioner, shampoo plus leave-in conditioner. None of these combinations really worked for me. That is up until last week, when I found Hair Milk: Just for Me! by Soft and Beautiful. I was a bit hesitant to try the products because the packaging looks like Hannah was on the design team, but the bottles say that the shampoo “gently cleans and nourishes” and the conditioner “provides moisture and shine” - all qualities that my hair desperately needed.
Forgive me for being jaded, but after trying so many products, I found that while most did something they claimed to do, they never accomplished everything. Hair Milk is the exception. From wash one to wash seven, Hair Milk has given me the shine and moisture that my hair desperately needs and the nice smell that everyone who shares a space with me wants. And most importantly, the drain has been clear. Crisis averted – Heaven delayed. Thank God!
Ingredients in Hair Milk Shampoo:
Water (Aqua Eau), Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PPG-5-Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Disodium Cocomphodiproponate, PEG-30 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium C14-17 Alkyl Sec Sulfonate, Fragrance (Parfum), PEG-12 Dimethicone, Glycol Distearate, Polyquaternium-10, Cocotrimonium Chloride, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Citric Acid, DMDM Hydratoin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Saliylate, Limonene, Propylene Glycol, Soymilk, Honey (Mel, Miel), Hydrolyzed Keratin, Polysorbate 20, Hydrolized Silk, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Ascorbic Acid, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ferric Citrate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Chloride, Niacinamide, Biotin, Potassium Chloride.
Ingredients in Hair Milk Conditioner:
Water (Aqua Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-37, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone PEG-8 Lanolate, Dimethicone PEG-7 Isostearate, Quaternium-80, Propylene Glycol, DMDM Hydantoin, Fragrance (Parfum), Isostearoyl Hydrolyzed Collagen, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Hexyl Cinnamal, Phytantriol, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Soymilk, Honey (Mel, Miel), Polysorbate 20, Sorbitol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Ascorbic Acid, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Primula Veris Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Ferric Citrate, Copper Gluconate, Calcium Chloride, Niacinamide, Biotin, Potassium Chloride.