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Hair Habits, Then & Now: Biotin, Castor Oil, Moisturizing, & Other Growth Oils

Updated: May 21

(Plus some DIYs)


First, let's remember that just because your hair is dry, doesn't mean you need to lather growth oils on your scalp. Sometimes a moisturizing serum or simply a drop of oil massaged into your scalp can do the trick!

Like I stated in the other blog posts for this series, some oils can cause people to break out!


Coconut oil does this to me and is too heavy of a moisturizer for my hair. Although I have medium porosity, coconut oil can leave my hair limp.


When using the right moisturizing products, you can see a major difference in your hair!


My favorite growth oils are obviously castor oil, I mean, I promote it like my day job lol. But, I also had a great experience with Alikay Naturals Hair Growth Oil.


It smells good too and contains: olive, corn, sweet almond, tea tree, jojoba, and peppermint oils (to name a few)!


If castor oil is too thick you can mix water and an essential oil (like lavender, lotus, etc.) with it! (I haven't tried it myself, but I'm sure this diluted mix will work all the same!) And you can always peep my how I apply my castor oil here.

Biotin vs. Growth Oils


Personally, I found more growth and had a better experience using castor oil than biotin. Biotin supplements that contain amounts higher than your recommended daily intake, can cause breakouts and acne.


I took biotin with fish oil for some time, to combat the breakouts, but I wasn't seeing any exponential growth, so I stopped taking them. However, some people have found great success with biotin and hair supplement pills!


I guess, don't knock it till you try it? I've tried it, so I'm knocking it...lol.


I don't take any hair supplements but I do have a healthy diet that contributes to my hair. Peep my Hair Growth & Diet: Are They Linked? to see what kind of daily vitamin I take!


DIYs


Another request I had was if I had any DIYs! Well, si si, I do.

1. Avo & Banana Hair Mask


This one is known to be bomb because avocados have so many benefits! (Peep my beautiful cuzzo, Alaysiajoi in this picture)

You'll need...

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

  • 1 Banana

  • 1 Avocado


Then blend! Keep the mask in for about 15 minutes and rinse!


2. Flaxseed Gel


Also, my fave blog Naturally Curly has a TON of DIYs, and I honestly plan on trying some because, yum.

Skin DIYs


1. Avocado & Almond Milk Mask

I haven't done this often, but it did leave my skin feeling supple!


STEP 1 - You’ll need honey, 1 avocado 🥑, Almond milk & possibly a blender!


STEP 2 - You’ll need to scoop

  • 1 teaspoon of honey into container (that you will mix everything in- I used my Nutribullet container) get

  • 2 tablespoons of Almond Milk

  • 1 tablespoon of Avocado

  • Mix well or Blend!


STEP 3 - Apply over sink or area you do not mind getting messy—apply evenly on all areas of the face avoiding eyes, nostrils, and mouth (it does taste good though...)


STEP 4 - Leave on for 10 minutes!


STEP 5 - After 10 minutes rinse with lukewarm water! Apply (optional) Cetaphil cream.


2. Lemon Honey Face Scrub

For my particular scrub I added a 1/2 tsp of honey to make it the scrub thicker in consistency.


STEP 1 - Wash your face!


STEP 2 - Apply scrub evenly on face-avoiding eyes-rinse (I used like warm water)


STEP 3 - Moisturize


Or take a peep at Homemade for Elle to look at some additional scrubs!


And, always remember to proceed these DIYs with caution because everyone's skin and hair reacts differently!


Peep the following Hair Habits, Then & Now post series, for tips on:


*Products & Ingredients Effect on Skin

*Transitioning & Protective Styles, Trimming Your Hair & Using Heat

*Breakage, Hair Porosity, Deep Conditioning, & Retaining Moisture

And, this additional blog post on hair growth!

*Hair Growth & Diet: Are They Linked?