The weirdest hair growth secrets we've ever heard, plus which ones really work
Beauty High: What are the top 5 weirdest things you've heard women do to grow their hair faster?
- Applying vodka to the scalp.
- Applying mouthwash to the scalp
- Applying yeast infection cream to the scalp.
- Decreasing the frequency of shampooing.
- Ingesting large amounts of Jello or gelatin.
BH: Which of these "alternative treatments" might actually work and which are just absurd?
Dr. Fusco: I can't possibly hypothesize a way where vodka or mouthwash would work to make the hair grow faster, but if an individual had a scalp yeast infection overgrowth, that type of cream might help, but I'd prefer they use a formulation made specifically for the scalp. As for decreasing shampooing, I can't justify this. Also, if an individual is protein deficient and the gelatin they're ingesting is protein-rich, it can help, but you must look for a protein-rich gelatin.
BH: How can you take care of your hair better with products?
Dr. Fusco: Regular conditioning after shampooing is a must. A conditioning mask once a week, like Clear Scalp & Hair Intense Hydration Deep Treatment Mask will increase resiliency, so hair and scalp stand up to daily stresses like hot tools and chemicals.
BH: What's your best advice for women concerned with hair loss or thinning hair?
Dr. Fusco: Please consult with a physician if the hair loss persists for more than a month. If you notice a small (or large) bald spot, go to a physician immediately. The prognosis is better with early intervention. Also, take good care of the hair you have with regular conditioning.
BH: What's the #1 mistake you think women make when it comes to their hair?
Dr. Fusco: The most important thing is to condition the hair AND the scalp. Many women avoid doing this because they worry that it will weigh down their hair. I recommend Clear Scalp & Hair because it is formulated for both the scalp and hair and conditions without weighing down hair-no matter what kind of hair you have or how much hair you have.
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