I’ve not been a massive user of growth aids in the past, mostly because I get lazy and forget to use it consistently; also I’m a little sceptical about them. However I really wanted to amp up my growth during my last stretch so I did some research and decided to try Miconazole Nitrate (MN). MN is an antifungal agent commonly used externally for the treatment of athlete’s foot, ringworm and thrush. You are probably wondering why I’m putting this stuff on my head then huh?? Well the theory is that the anti-fungal properties of MN help to maximise hair growth by killing fungus living on the scalp which could potentially slow hair growth or block follicles. Please note that I used the word maximise as opposed to increase. I don’t believe that there is anything man-made or otherwise which can cause your hair to grow faster or more than it is genetically pre-disposed to. I do however believe that few of us are at our maximum capacity of hair growth and some growth aids can help get us there.
Because I already have underlying scalp issues, I know that I’m not at my maximum potential and so MN seemed like a growth aid which would work well for me. I did some additional research and realised that I could soup up the effects of MN by including some additional ingredients:
JBCO – this is a tried and tested growth aid and you can read this post to see why.
Cayenne Pepper – contains capsaicin which increases blood circulation to the scalp and stimulates growth.
ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor – this helps strengthen and moisturise hair to prevent breakage.
I purchased some Daktarin, which is an ointment cream available in the UK and contains 2% Miconazole Nitrate. I mixed all the above ingredients with a whole tube of Daktarin and decanted it into an applicator bottle; it was a lovely shade of orange. I applied the mixture directly to my scalp 1- 2 times a week, usually at night. It has a tingling sensation which is a little weird but not unpleasant. I’ve been using it since the first week in March and within a week I noticed that my new growth was denser than usual. Also I found my edges were also beginning to fill in.
It wasn’t until I saw the comparison pictures from my relaxer on Monday that I realised how well this treatment was working. Parts of my hair had actually grown almost 2 inches in just 10 weeks. That is a pretty astounding rate for me, given that my average growth rate is usually 0.5 inches a month if I’m lucky. From the looks of things, I’ve finally found my go-to growth mixture. It works for me given my specific hair and growth needs but this doesn’t mean it would work as well for anybody else.
I strongly suggest you do your own research when choosing growth aids. Please note that in no way is this blog a recommendation for trying this treatment. If you decide to try it out yourself, do so at your own risk! It must also be noted that the growth I achieved during this stretch was probably also boosted by regular use of my dietary supplements and Aloe Vera juice.