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You’re Kidding Right? 4 of the Strangest Hair Growth Treatments

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By Christina of The Mane Objective

I’m sure that at one time or another, you have googled “hair growth tips” or something similar, in search of different ways to bolster your hair growth progress. In those searches, I’m pretty sure you’ve come across some common, and viable advice — including moisturizing and sealing, protective styling, scalp massages, vitamins, exercise, etc. And then, I’m sure you’ve seen the obscure. The asinine. The gross. Just in case you haven’t, here are four of the strangest hair growth tips, tricks, and treatments that are circulating around the interwebs.

Bull Sperm Treatments

Coming to a Beauty Supply near you.

Did your stomach just churn at the thought of massaging bull sperm into your locks? Mine did. However, across the pond in London, Aberdeen Organic Bull Semen Treatments are all the rage. An intense shot of protein (pun intended), the treatment is designed to leave hair strong and thick (hehe…sorry). Although it seems gross, at a particular salon in London, business is booming. Customers are allured to the repairative and restorative qualities of the treatment, and find solace in its colorless and odorless appearance. For more information about bull sperm treatments, click here.

Is this treatment just a bunch of bull? Most likely. In order for protein treatments to be beneficial to your hair (i.e. have restorative and restructuring impact), they have to be hydrolyzed (broken down into smaller sections). Proteins like eggs, bull sperm, and oat flour are on a molecular level, too large to have any significant impact. Maybe in the future, a hydrolyzed bull sperm.… HydroBull, anyone? For more information on protein treatments,click here.

Monistat

Yes, Miconazole nitrate aka yeast infection cream. All over the interwebs, men and women alike are singing the praises of the taboo tube. Many bloggers and youtubers have claimed to achieve amazing growth with the product — to the tune of two or more inches in a month. Users apply either a mildly diluted formulation, or the product straight from the tube to the scalp.

Could there be valid science behind the unbelievable claims made by its users? Possibly. At the end of the day, Monistat is an anti-fungal cream — helpful for eliminating fungus (if they are even present) from your scalp that inhibit growth, and create an optimal environment for your hair to grow. But Tea Tree oil can serve that same function. Although there have been no extensive studies on the effects of Monistat on hair growth, some doctors speculate that Monistat may interfere with the follicular bonding of receptors that cause hair loss — spurring an increase in hair growth. But be warned, there are some side effects: headaches, burning/irritation at the site of application (scalp), ringing in the ears, and most concerning, extreme shedding/hair loss once use of the product ceases. Is it worth all that? You be the judge.

Tobasco/Hot Sauce

Right out the gate, I’m going to suggest using extreme caution with this one… it could be game over if it gets in your eyes. But on to the strangeness. Many naturals prescribe to the belief that by rubbing hot sauce or cayenne on your scalp, you will stimulate circulation and therefore stimulate hair growth.

Is this treatment a hot tip, or just a hot mess? Scientifically speaking, the active ingredient in peppers (capsaisin) has been proven to stimulate hair growth in one study. Don’t go grabbing a bottle of Red Rooster just yet, though. In the study referenced above, the capsaisin used was administered by injection in mice, and orally ingested by humans. The only evidence to suggest that hot sauce/peppers work topically is anecdotal, at best. So yes, there is some proof out there that capsaisin works…just not in the way we want to believe it does.

Onion Juice

This remedy might make you want to cry. Of all the strange treatments, this one is probably the smelliest (but certainly a far cry from grossest…thank you, bull semen). According to several blogs and websites, onion juice’s high sulfur content and antibacterial properties lend itself to ridding your scalp of bacteria that can inhibit growth, as well as stimulate hair follicle health. The process of extraction can be cumbersome, if you don’t have a blender or food processor handy. For those who prefer hands-on, you can grate the onion and use a sieve or some sort of straining mechanism to press out the juice into a carrier oil of your choice. Otherwise, you can blend the entire onion (sans skin) and slap the paste on your scalp.

The treatment stinks, but the truth behind it doesn’t entirely. According to a study done in 2002, onion juice proved to be an effective treatment for alopecia areata, a rare condition in which the body’s own immune system attacks hair follicles to remove them from the scalp. After four weeks of treating the scalp twice daily, about 74% of trial participants saw hair growth returning. After six weeks, growth was observed in nearly 87% of patients. If the treatment is effective against an immune condition, there could be some benefit for those suffering from other forms of alopecia and hair loss.

What are some of the most odd hair growth treatments you have tried?

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Oh, really?
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Oh, really?

So man semen would work too right? I mean its made up of the same protein and is sooo much less expensive. Somebody try it and get back to me, as i am between lovers at the moment.

Screwy Haired Girl
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LOL! *dead* Yeah, in my freshman year of college, a friend claimed that she’d from time to time collect some from an unsuspecting (human) donor and use it on her hair and it was fabulous. Hmm, she’s always did have great hair. I think I’ll stick to eggs yolks, though. Not a hair growth treatment, but growing up in Nigeria, we were told that to revert to natural hair from a perm, you should wash your hair with beer or Guinness. Tried it when I was 17. Only thing that happened was that my hair was hay-dry and I couldn’t… Read more »

Naturalblogstalker
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Naturalblogstalker

OMG, I grew up in the West Indies and heard the same thing about beer there as well! Interesting!
The strangest thing I did was put black shoe polish on my hair when a stylist had dyed it too orange. This was before the touch-up stick. lol.

Sequitta J.
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Sequitta J.

I don’t know about using it to revert from a perm, since relaxers make your hair permanently straight, but I have been using it as a treatment for heat damage from a flat ironing session with decent results. It is pretty drying so I add a good amount of EVOO to it and it works waaayyyy better than beer alone.

stephanie
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stephanie

hi, the Guinness thing is true. tried it on my niece and it was fabulous.

Angela
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Angela

LoL. You’re too funny hehe 🙂

Annie L.
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Annie L.

@Oh, really?

Love it!

Marcia
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Marcia

LOL!!!!!!!!!

Penelope
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Penelope

Haha this article is incredible! Checking out the author’s main blog now 🙂

Anon
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Anon

Absolutely unnecessary! Hair grows with TLC and being common sense practices.

When will people understand it takes time not potions. There are many You-Tubers/Vloggers that are the PROOF you don not need the above items.

Screwy Haired Girl
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+1

Barbara
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Barbara

ICDAM, Some head of hairs require more than just TLC or the “just leave it alone!!!” treatment sort of like that mediocre student who needs that extra push, if you’re in the former, bully for you-no pun intended.

Toya
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Toya

The Bull Sperm remedy reminds me of that scene in “There’s Something About Mary” with Ben Stiller and Camreron Diaz, where she misteakenly uses his sperm as hair gel. Hilarious!!!

elona
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elona

You have the most original natural hair site out here. I’m so impressed w/ this article; it’s informative, original & funny. Keep up the great work!

Donna Palmer
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A lot of hair growth treatments are really funny and out there… but some do work! I wrote a blog post on why monistat works. It’s actually something that has been circulating for a long time on mens hair loss blogs. They use lots of different types of antifungal shampoos and creams to speed up and increase hair growth. Have you ever seen those commercials for Head & Shoulders with Polamalu saying that it will thicken up hair? Well Head & Shoulders active ingredient is an antifungal. If you are reluctant to try monistat, try Nizoral. It’s an antifungal shampoo… Read more »

smiley
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smiley

OMG ewww to the bull semen…but i;ve tried galic lmboo,i smelled like food for 2 days

Curiouskinks
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Curiouskinks

Haha! Pepper on the head? Considering the fact that many black women scratch their scalp to the point that it bruises and sensitive, makes you want to think twice before trying anything crazy! The fact that you have hair on your head should make you thankful.
curiouskinks.blogspot.com

Rachel
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Rachel

Ah, well can’t be worse than perm, now, can it!

Keisha
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Keisha

NO to all of the above.

Lexa
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Lexa

My thing is who came up with these ideas especially about the bull. Who woke up one day and said “Hmmm, bull sperm, now that should make my hair grow?” Really! My hair is fine with water, oil and lots of love.

Jenny
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Jenny

Poor innocent bull, minding his own buz, munching on grass.…then all of a sudden being manhandled for his precious sperm…all of the baby cows sacrificed in the name of hair growth…lol

Likewaterforchocolat
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Likewaterforchocolat

Perhaps the “love” you give it is not enough and it needs some “extra” male love.lol.

I gotta get off of here. This post is realy bringing out my immature nature.

Dani
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Dani

lol ewww to all of the above indeed lol idk whats up with some people and their obsession with long hair that they’ll put vajay-jay and ding dong creams on their scalp ‑__- i want my hair to grow too but i also have common sense to know that no cream in the world is going to get my current twa to apl by the end of the year

Barbara
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Barbara

IDK whats so ewww about “vajay-jay” cream in and of itself unless it’s recycled “vajay-jay” cream from strangers “vajay-jays” =/

caribbeancurl
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caribbeancurl

Double lol. *rolling on the floor holding stomach*

Ebonydoll
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Look! I think you’re stuck on the fact that Monistat is primarily used for VAGINAL yeast infections. But the truth of the matter is, the main active ingredient in Monistat is used for FUNGAL infections. That could be anything from SKIN FUNGUS’ to JOCK ITCH to ATHLETE’S FOOT, etc. I think the words VAGINAL CREAM is throwing you off. But assuming we are all adults, this shouldn’t bother you soooo much. Its not like you’re putting USED vaginal cream on your scalp. Who would have thought mouldy bread would one day be used to kill infections (Penicillin). Do you also… Read more »

Texas T
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Texas T

Rolling on the floor lauging my ass off an peeing on myself!

Dana
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Dana

Don’t block your blessing just because its not in the pkg that ur used to or want it to be in. I can attest that Monistat does work. I trimmed my hair b4 using it and within a week my hair had passed my pre-trimmed length. I didn’t dilute it and I did not get any headaches or any of the other side effects. I am on week 3 with this and plan to use it for the rest of the yr. Ladies, think about it. Everything that you put in your hair or do to it, somebody at some… Read more »

Marilyn
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Marilyn

Hi Dana, I am interested in using Monistat, please tell me exactly what you do and how you use it on your hair.

nylse
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if you want to get onion juice easily from an onion, slice it, place it on a plate, sprinkle brown sugar over it and cover with plastic wrap. the sugar brings the juice out of the onion — i’m guessing brown sugar and onions could work on the hair.

anyhow, i can’t vouch for any of these remedies, just wanted to provide an easier way of getting juice from an onion.

Curly Queen
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Thanks for the info. The brown sugar can even be used as a scalp scrub.

YouTuber HowConnie swears by onion juice as she used it to regrow her hair from the effects of Alopecia.

*Muffin*
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*Muffin*

Whatever happened to using castor oil, sulfur, and various essential oils? Sheesh!

Afro Fly
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Those aren’t “strange” methods to me.

Barbara
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Barbara

Some folks put “special” protein in their mouths and Some folks put “special” protein on their hair, I don’t find one more “eew” than the other.

Also,

I disagree about Proteins like eggs being too large to have any significant impact on hair especially after using an egg protein treatment to reverse severe moisture overload.

Cee Mac
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whether mouth, head, shoulders, knees and toes or scalp.…all are disgusting

Vonnie
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Vonnie

Yeeeeaaahhhh.….….no.

Ebonydoll
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Onion juice is another hair growth method that has worked for me. For months my broken(almost bald from too tight hair extensions)edges just would not grow. Then it hit me. My Southern (Texas) family members use to apply onion juice to they’re scalp. And they ALL had long thick hair. Did it smell? I never noticed any unpleasant scent. So I began squeezing the juice out of onion slices on my edges. It took a couple of weeks to notice any new growth, but I now can braid my edges; where as before the onion juice application, I could barely… Read more »

AnonyChick
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AnonyChick

Growing up in Nigeria, I used to get…placenta treatments. I was really young, so I really didn’t care. But, there used to be these capsules you could buy at salons. They open the capsule and pour the content (placenta tissue, etc) on your hair to moisturize/condition it. Yup, placenta.

Sue
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Sue

The treatments are also available in Beauty Supply Stores, under the name Hask or Husk Placenta. They are packed in a satchet. I believe they are touted as having some kind of hormone–estrogen maybe. Not really sure.

Claudette UK
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Claudette UK

I remember there is a treatment for hair which contains placenta.

KaraJ
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KaraJ

This is quite interesting, I have actually heard of the monistat cream craze and some people swear by it. IDK what happened to patience and loving your hair, with that the growth will come.

Landry
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Landry

So yeah, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little bit. lol

Stick to keeping your hair clean, moisturized, and trimmed and it will grow. You also have to drink water and make sure to eat healthy.

Cee Mac
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umm..yuck!!! gross…pepper already burns inside and I wouldn’t try it on my scalp…onion juice??? It really isn’t that serious in terms of “stimulating growth”. As long as you take care of your hair, then growing will come into place. Long hair doesn’t equal healthy hair. The main thing is to focus on healthy hair including things we ingest.

Cee Mac
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I would try onion juice but I’m not sure ’bout the smell. Of course, I’m sure something can be done to combat it.

Curly Queen
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The focus should always be on healthy hair but if you are suffering from hair that can be devasting so most would be willing to try something to reverse the condition. I personally know someone who use onion juice to treat her alopecia and swears by it.

Jc
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I wrote an article about the evidence behind garlic/onion juice and alopecia — I believe on my blog at least 4 people have written to confirm that it worked for them. I don’t know the figures for those for whom it did not work but I actually do recommend it when people email me.

I also agree with you, there is a really big difference between normal growth and abnormal growth (e.g alopecia). People applying onion juice to their scalp to encourage normal growth will be disappointed. People trying it to repair bald patches or hair lines may have some success.

Camden
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This article is kinda hilarious. As repulsive as the onion one sounds I think I’m going to try it! Geez I dont know how my hubby is gonna like that one tho! LOL Ive been following bglh for a while and a couple weeks ago I came across this product link on here http://bit.ly/get-The-GUD-Stuff and I tried the product on my hair last month. It was friggin awesome. So glad someone posted it because I’ve been looking for something to keep my hair soft for days a time and Iv been looking for something for my husbands eczema and it… Read more »

Texas T
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Texas T

Anyone who puts bull semen in their hair needs their ass whooped! LOL..ok, so I’m only kidding…but seriously, there has to be some type of bacteria, health risk!! I will stick to my JBCO. LOL

Melba Woodard
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Melba Woodard

anyone who puts bull semen in their hair is definitely desperate. and i’ll dare say, in every sense.

yo mama
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yo mama

i agree/you are absolutely right

df
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df

have people never heard of massaging the scalp with castor oil or avocado oil?? At least TRY that first, I mean dang!

theclasseone
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theclasseone

Lol!! Whats up with all the “Ewwwwwwws” and “gross” comments?!! I honestly dont see nothing wrong with these remedies…Ive heard of worst ones…the worst one is the one people seem to is the most — Relaxers!! I would rather put a cream on my head that is 100% safe to put in one of the most vunerable areas on my body (vajay jay) then to put a relaxer back on my head. Bull sperm is probably better than puting “other” sperm in “other” parts of your body!! I enjoy adding hot sauce and onions to my meals, so they will… Read more »

victoria
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victoria

I don’t know what the big deal is either. I have been using my bf’s for over a year, it really works for my hair, what can I say. I don’t have any hang ups about it. He has a great diet so his is really clean and white. I did try eggs which didn’t work at all for me. I would rather use his than an animal’s.

Tasha
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Tasha

So you put your boyfriends semen in your hair? That conversation went something like, “just put it all on top of my head” ‑_- I personally couldn’t do that one.

Kiki
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Kiki

Are you kidding!!? 😮 your boyfriend’s semen!! This is just hair and they naturally grow!!! Girl dont you think you goes too far away?! 😮

Toya O
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Toya O

After I read the article…I couldn’t wait to read the comments! lol

Gee
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Gee

Me too! lol

Tina
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Tina

I know, right?!!

helloelo
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helloelo

Same for me loool

Cassy
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Cassy

I’ve lived lived in London all my life and have never heard of or seen bulk semen treatments. Weird stuff always gets pinned on us lol

Caramel
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Caramel

Weird stuff does but I like being different.I’m afraid its true about Bull Semen treatment. Its been around for a couple of years now.

Likewaterforchocolate
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Likewaterforchocolate

I have never used hot sauce but have used cayenne pepper (in a loive oil mix) as a treatment for edge breakage and it was effective my edges grew back in no time. Also used it as a scalp stimulant for when I am in my wig wearing phase for edge protection.

Cee Cee
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Cee Cee

Nubian Heritage Grow & Strengthen Indian Hemp & Tamanu Oil Treatment Masque and Edge Taming Taffy have garlic extract as one of its key ingredients to stimulate growth. I’ve been using it for over a month now. Great stuff!!!!

Candice
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Candice

Hair grows from the inside out, what you consume plays a large role on what your hair will look like as it grows. These vitamins are great and the scalp oil is fabulous, especially if you have dandruff, or dry itchy scalp. http://www.exoticallure.com/hair-vitamins-for-black-women.htm

Jeffery Roorda
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Jeffery Roorda

Most cultivated varieties of cayenne, Capsicum annuum, can be grown in a variety of locations and need approximately 100 days to mature. Peppers prefer warm, moist, nutrient-rich soil in a warm climate. ‘^-;

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awesome
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i HATE onions! they make me sick even just smelling it! 🙁 But i hve used the infection cream one and i seriously don’t know what i’d have done without it

Josh
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I like the idea of using tobacco or hot sauce. When I want to grow my hair, I also use something like this. And surprisingly, it works. 🙂

You can also use black pepper. This ingredient has similar results on your hair as the tobacco or hot sauce. Thanks a lot for your information.

Diane
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Diane

Many videos on YouTube about using cayenne pepper as hair growth aid

Sunshynn
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Sunshynn

Why try all these aggressive treatment when you can use coconut oil with other essential oils.? I tried the onion treatment about a year ago and it was the most regrettable thing I had ever done in my life. Forgetting how sensitive my scalp was, this onion juice burnt my scalp like hot oil, it stunk and the scent will make you cry throughout the treatment.
Find better treatment options than these

Heather
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Heather

I use a combination of these oils, as I can’t figure out why I’m losing hair at the root (so is my daughter, no, we don’t share hair care tools or even shampoos).…JBCO plus coconut oil warmed up, plus 1/2 tsp of mitroconazole antifungal, 1 tsp of sublimed sulfur, and 10 drops each of tea trea oil, lavender, cedarwood, rosemary and thyme. Sulfur in this case doesn’t stink, but you will smell like somebody’s pantry. I have noticed a serious soothing of itching (which is driving me nuts) with this treatment.

shaaronie
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shaaronie

If your scalp is itching, it could be a sign of a DHT attack and you may soon experience excessive hair loss. You may want to look into progesterone cream to counter the DHT.

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Claudette UK
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Claudette UK

The starchy water from rice. Oh and someone used her breast milk as a protein conditioner.

Anisa
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Anisa

some people put eggs in there hair for hair growth. im too afraid to try it though. i want long hair, but im not that desperate

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