Monday, December 15, 2014

I Am (Not) My Hair

I've always had a love/hate relationship with my hair... It never did what I asked, it pretty much did what it wanted. I've always been a "shedder". My hair would shed a lot every time I brushed it. If anyone was around me when I brushed my hair, they would end up wearing a blanket of my hair. It was so ridiculous. 

I ended up getting pregnant, and life was great! My hair was fabulous during the pregnancy. But after... Oh, it was a nightmare! I shed more than I ever had. It would tangle up whenever I left it down, and with a new baby that isn't ever good. Hair got wrapped around her fingers, hair was everywhere.. and I mean everywhere. There was once or twice where I found my hair in her diaper!? What the heck!?

So I made a drastic decision.......................................I cut my hair off.

See my hair touched the top of my butt. It was SO long that when I went to the salon to get a trim, if I got a shorty she had to stand on a step stool. They'd comb it out after washing, and then immediately my hair would tangle back up. It was horrible. I tried to warn them, but no one ever listens. They thought they knew my hair better than me LOL. 

Here's another photo of me before I cut my hair....

 And here is what I ended up at:

 Then at one point I colored my hair a reddish brown color.

It was different for me to not have my hair down, and to be honest, I hid behind my hair. Don't get me wrong, I'm a social person, and I loved my hair, but I wore it up all the time. I wore it down when I wanted people to see the length, or if I just wanted to show off.

I never wanted to say that. There are powerful songs out there (such as India.Arie's "I Am Not My Hair") that relate that your hair is not your power. My hair was my comfort blanket. My hair felt like my power. I felt sexy, I felt confident, my hair gave all that to me. Then I go and cut it all off.

But I totally regret being so irrational and just chopping it all off. My husband didn't like it (he likes my hair long) and I missed the feeling of my long hair. So I started looking around for products that claim to help hair grow. 

I stumbled across Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Long & Strong ShampooNot Your Mother's Way to Grow Long & Strong Conditioner, and Not Your Mother's Way to Grow Leave-In Conditioner. It has biotin in it and claims to help your hair grow. Surprisingly, I think it's working. I noticed a difference in my hair after the first use. My hair felt a bit thicker and after a few weeks of using I noticed my hair growing. My hair is a super slow grower. It's never grown fast, and I always envied those whose hair would grow to Rapunzel lengths in a short period. It took me two or so years to get it as long as it was before it was cut! 

I also use Not Your Mother's Plump for Joy Thickening Hair Lifter for Fine, Thin Hair to help give body/volume.  You can find all these products at stores like Walmart, Target, Ulta and some drugstores like CVS and Walgreens. I've even seen it at Safeway (local grocery store).

Last month I had the chance to receive a hair growth vitamin from Zenwise Labs. Now, I've never heard of them, but I figured why not, and gave it a shot. I've been taking the Hair Growth Vitamins from Zenwise for about 2 weeks now. Is it crazy to say it's already working? I mean, I used to be able to lift my arm up, bend my arm back and feel my hair. The ends were always reachable. Now, my hair is past my reach when I lift my arm that way! It's still above my bra strap, but its getting there!!! 

So here's what I got from Zenwise.

The directions state to take 2 of these 5000mcg pills every day. One bottle is enough for 30 days. Is it crazy that I just noticed that today! After 2 weeks?! I've only been taking one. Imagine if I start taking 2!

A little about Zenwise.
The product is formulated with 27 high quality ingredients that are designed to revitalize and nourish your hair, as well as preventing vitamin deficiencies that can trigger hair loss in women and men.  Biotin has been shown in major scientific studies to facilitate hair growth, shine and density (there are many products available online and in stores with this in it). These are allergen friendly and contains NO gluten, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, soybeans, eggs or fish. It is made in an FDA-registered facility is NSF and GMP certified and all the products are made here in the USA. The company wants you to be happy with the product, and if you aren't let them know. They offer a 100% no-hassle guarantee for all their products. Let them know you aren't getting results and they'll give a full refund. 

Of course, this is a vitamin, and you may want to consult your doctor before starting. 

I think it goes without saying, I'm super happy that my hair is growing. I hope that by this time next year I'll be close to my original length. But let's be realistic, I cut off something like 18 inches. So I know it will take time, but you never know. I'm going to continue taking the vitamins and using the shampoo and conditioner. Maybe, just maybe, I'll have my hair back!

Hopefully one day I can honestly say that I am not my hair. I hope that one day I can just cut my hair and not care. I don't think that day will be anytime soon, but maybe one day.

You can purchase the Hair Growth Vitamins from Zenwise on Amazon.

Let Me Know!
Do you have a regret with your hair? Did you ever cut it and regret it? What's your biggest pet peeve when it comes to your hair? Comment below and tell me!

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