MABH Hair Growth Challenge

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Hmmm…when I read about the “challenge” I was intrigued. I mean we all  want long, healthy Rapunzel like hair? And if there is a way to get those lovely tresses, who wouldn’t want to be a part of it? But how does one do that? I mean some are just naturally blessed with long luscious hair while others like me have done everything short of pulling their hair to make them grow. However, MABH Fast Growth Hair Oil has helped tremendously with my hair growth. For those of you, who are interested in my first impressions of the hair oil, please refer to my review here.

Coming to the challenge, Lancy announced it last month and you can read all about it here . The whole idea behind the challenge is to follow a dedicated hair care regime, with the MABH Fast Growth Hair Oil at the centre of it, so as to give your hair the best that you can and help them grow faster. Since a number of bloggers are taking part in it, it becomes an online community where you help and motivate each other with advice and disciplined regimes.

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I received a bottle of the oil from Lancy as a part of the challenge. Unlike my 1st bottle, not only is the new bottle sturdier, even the packing is much better- a nicely taped wooden box that leaves no scope for breakage or spillage.

CURRENT HAIR ISSUES-

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As I have mentioned above, I’ve been using this oil since February- March and benefitted a lot in terms of hair growth. However, my son met with an accident in May, which not only threw all hair care regimes off track but also caused tremendous stress. Coupled with the insanely hot Indian summers I battled with all kinds of woes – from hair fall to dryness to lot of breakouts on my face. Now that he’s finally and visibly recovering I have to get my hair care regime, among other things, back on track.

Coming to my hair type- it’s wavy, dry, fine (with some greys) and thankfully plenty of body and bounce. Ever since I moved to using natural things- oil, hair packs, colour etc, my hair have been less prone to any kind of hair trouble- breakage, dandruff and dryness. Growth however has not been very good or healthy until I started using MABH Fast Growth Hair Oil. While my hair would grow, but they would start looking very thin and unhealthy. And honestly, long but unhealthy hair look awful- like a “gadhe ki poonch”( donkey’s tail). So while I would love to have long hair, but would place equal emphasis on healthy hair.

CURRENT REGIME-

If there is one good thing anyone can do for his or her hair, it has to be regular oiling. After years of all kinds of hair spas and treatments, regular oil massage is something that I swear by. Anything else that one may do for the hair- hair pack, henna etc- is a bonus. I had an unwritten rule of oiling my hair before every wash and was able to stick to this rule almost 95% of the times until the past few months. This is what I’m gradually getting back to. Henna – Indigo to cover greys  ( Read here and here about it) or LUSH henna ( read here)  for conditioning is another thing that I use regularly and hope to continue with at least till November end before the harsh North Indian winter sets in. While I do try to use as many natural products as possible, I love to indulge myself with luxurious shampoos. Forest Essentials (obnoxiously expensive) and LUSH are my favourites though LUSH shampoos have SLS.

So that’s it for now folks. I’ll be doing another post on the “challenge” after a month and shall update you about what all I incorporated in my hair care regime and how my hair is behaving. Till then enjoy the festivals but be kind to your tummies!!

 

 

MABH Fast Growth Hair Oil

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See the gorgeous hair of the lady on the bottle? Wouldn’t you die for hair like that? I would. And that is what prompted me to try this oil- MABH Fast Growth Hair Oil. I read Lancy’s One Year Hair Growth Story and was inspired to try this oil. I ordered it around mid February and received it after a week, thanks to our sluggish Indian Speed Post. It’s been almost a month since I’ve been using it now and am quite happy with the results, though the fast hair growth claim remain to be seen.

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So, this is how the bottle arrived, wrapped in bubble paper and since it was still pretty cold up here in Chandigarh, the oil was solidified. As for the ingredients, the bottle hardly says much but more information is on the blog ( read here) – “We don’t add any chemical ingredient to it. We add no silicone, no paraben, no preservative and no colorant to our product. It is 100% traditionally homemade and packed. Shelf life of the product is 6 months. It contains neem, tulsi, hibiscus, bringraj, vitamin E extracts, aloe vera, natural essential oils including 20+ herbs (Few are rarely found and they are collected, dried, powdered and mixed in a secret ratio)”.

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What I can make out, from the smell and look of it, coconut oil is a prominent base oil (which would account for it being solidified) and there is a smell of what seems to me, aloe vera, neem and curry leaves. Long ago, I had tried some concoction with my friends wherein we had put fresh aloe vera and curry leaves in coconut oil and boiled it. How that fared is a story for another day but the smell of this oil reminded me somewhat of my own concoction.

The oil claims to cater to almost all hair related problems and concerns – “Stops hair fall; fastens hair growth; makes hair soft; removes dandruff”. There are detailed instructions regarding its usage on the blog- pretty much how one would use any other hair oil except that you are asked to cover the entire length of your hair and not only the scalp.

I’ve been using it regularly since a month now and although, thankfully, I don’t have any major hair issues, I am very pleased with it and here’s why-

  1. Not a very strong smelling oil or too “chip chip”. I don’t like the smell of coconut oil but have not had any problems using this oil. It looks heavy but is not so and shampoos off easily. The instructions say as much but it seemed heavy to me so the 1st few times I ended up using more shampoo than required. Moral of the story- listen to the instructions!
  2. Leaves the hair soft and shiny and this is visible from 1st few uses.
  3. About the “fastening hair growth” part, it’s too early to say. I am almost out of my 1st bottle and 2more are on the way( greedy me). I’ll be posting again in few months about this aspect.
  4. Is all natural, chemical and preservative free.

 

On the Flip Side-

  1. Expensive- At Rs 400/- for a 100 ml bottle it is priced in same range as Forest Essentials and Kama Hair Oil. To my mind it is as good as those oils, depending on what suits you and catches your fancy. But yes it’s not a big brand name, so you need to decide if you are comfortable dishing out this amount.
  2. Only available on line through Lancy ( and e bay, I think) – She is very prompt and answers all your dumb ass queries patiently as well but if you like to walk into a shop and buy a product, that option is not there.
  3. Packaging is very basic and not glamorous. While I don’t care about fancy packaging, but if you do, you may not like the look of it. As far as I am concerned, I think that a sturdier bottle, especially the cap can replace the current one. One of those flip open caps will be helpful.

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Lancy has a giveaway going on wherein you get a free bottle of this oil by sending in your hair story. All valid entries win!! I sent mine ( read here) and so can you. It’s open till the end of March. Ladies gear up and write – it’s a great oil and if you can try it for free, why not?

Kama Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment

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This is a curious hair oil that I picked up about 2months ago. I say “curious” because one of the ingredients listed is Indigo, which is what I have been using for getting natural black colour on my hair ( Reviewed here). And this is the ingredient because of which I picked up the oil- as much as I love hair oils and keep trying out new ones, I’ve never come across one that had indigo as an ingredient.

Kama calls it “Intensive Hair Treatment” instead of a hair oil. Their website says – “This product is meant to prevent hair loss, dandruff and premature graying. It is also a natural conditioner for lush hair growth. In addition, it cools the head.

Intensive Hair Treatment, the secret of Indians’ lush, glossy hair, is a blend of herbs processed in pure sesame oil and milk. The herbal formula includes indigo (neeli), Eclipta Alba and gooseberry to promote hair growth; liquorices which acts as an anti-fungal agent; and balloon vine which prevents scalp infection.”

 

The key ingredients are – Sesame oil along with indigo, Bhringraj and amla. The oil has a deep brown- black colour to it, no doubt owing to the indigo in it. Application is the same way as with any hair oil- heat the quantity required in a bowl and massage all over the scalp. As you massage it into the scalp, the fingertips get a blackish tinge due to the indigo ( it washes off easily though) and even when shampooing, the water has a black-blue tinge to it quite like when you rinse indigo off. I prefer to leave the oil overnight though it says that leaving for 20 minutes or so is good enough. Shampooing it off is no more a hassle than any other hair oil would be and it is not particularly very greasy. I mean it is an oil so it has to be oily, right? The smell is not very strong but yes it is a herbal-ayurvedic kind of smell that may not appeal to some.

My take on it? I love this hair oil and here’s why-

  1. Bhringraj, I have come to realise is an ingredient that works wonders on hair. The other two hair oil I have used and really liked are Forest Essentials Bhringraj hair oil and Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila, both of which had bhringraj . (Reviewed here). This oil too has bhringraj which seems to be suiting my hair.
  2. While I don’t have persistent hair fall or dandruff problems, whatever I did it has sorted them out. I think it will help people battling problems of hair fall and dandruff.
  3. The indigo in it has been of a great help in preserving the black colour on whatever few greys I have. I did not need any root touch up with henna and indigo for almost one and a half months. This hair oil, I reckon, lives upto its claim of preventing greying and giving you black, lustrous hair. This is unlike any other hair oil I have tried.
  4. Hair gets a nice shine and body but then that will depend on the overall quality of your hair. I have always used a conditioner after shampooing but those who do not have dry hair (or are not paranoid about not using a conditioner, like I am) could skip it. It does work as a natural conditioner.

 

CONS-

  1. The smell may not appeal to everyone.
  2. While indigo is wonderful for those who have or want black hair, those with light coloured hair may not like it. Not that it coats the hair but indigo is meant to give a black colour to the hair. Those with light hair colour, or who like a burgundy tinge to the hair, may prefer oil with, say Rattanjot in it.
  3. Expensive- Rs 450/- for 100 ml. But that’s the going rate for all branded hair oils it seems. But it does last long. With regular, twice/thrice a week oiling, the 100 ml bottle has lasted me about 2months and is still left for 2-3 more uses.
  4. Availability is a problem.

If you have any serious issues or are interested in the over all health of your hair, this is one of the few hair oils worth trying, other being Forest Essentials Bhringraj hair oil and Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.