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If you’re like many ladies out there, one of your resolutions for 2013 might have been to take better care of your hair. Or perhaps you’ve joined a challenge to kick the year off. If “growth” is the magic word for you in 2013, check out these growth aides, some of which are widely reviewed and have huge followings on the myriad black women’s hair sites out there in the cybersphere.


Hydrathermal Naturals Growth Oil

The growth boosting factor in this oil is ceramides, which act as a glue to keep the cuticle layers smooth and help bind them down so they don’t get frayed and split. They also shield the hair from damaging UV rays, heat and chemicals by forming a protective barrier around hair that holds in moisture and prevents protein loss. If you’re looking for vegan products, this might not be for you as it is made with Emu oil, which comes from the Emu bird – a large flightless bird that is native to Australia. Also, for those with nut allergies, this contains peanut and macadamia nut oils.

Hair Trigger Explosive Growth Elixir

Featuring a blend of seven amazing oils for hair including clary sage, avocado and safflower oils, this elixir is fortified with the powers of black tea, which is popularly used in rinses to strengthen hair and slow and/or reverse hair shedding, garlic and onion, which are natural sources of sulfur, and cayenne pepper, which is used to kick blood flow to the scalp into overdrive. Biotin and silica, other vitamins that are beneficial to healthy hair, round out this heavy-hitting formula. And their motto “Grow Hard or Go Home” is super catchy!

Gro Aut Oil

Admittedly, this has to be one of the most unoriginal names on the market, so the makers opted for an unconventional spelling. No matter! It sure hasn’t stopped Gro Aut Oil patrons from singing this product’s praises, with some claiming visible results in as little as three days. At one point, it looks as though this product received 4.5 out of 5 stars on out of over 1,400 reviews, but it appears not to be sold on Amazon anymore. They’re a bit proprietary (read: secretive) about their patented blend of ingredients, but info abounds on the internet from the many who have tried this oil with great success.

AfroVeda Shikakai Hair Oil

Infused with a wide array of Ayurvedic botanicals, this oil gets its name from Shikakai, a plant that has been used in Southeast Asian hair preparations for thousands of years, whose name literally means “fruit for hair.” It has been known to combat dandruff and it’s low pH is beneficial to keeping the right acid balance for the hair and scalp. It is often used in shampooing formulas because it is a gentle cleanser that doesn’t strip the hair of its natural oils. Nettle, Amalaki, Neem and Horsetail are just some of the other ingredients that help give this product its potency. Essential oils of spearmint, peppermint, rosemary and lavender give it a pleasing fragrance.

Shapley’s MTG Oil

Like the much acclaimed growth aide Mega Tek, Shapley’s MTG (which stands for Mane Tail Groom) was originally formulated for horses. Savvy sistas quickly figured out that it had the ability to speed up hair growth in humans, especially in cases of severe hair-thinning. Of course not everyone has had the same results, but fans of MTG oil have said that it has been a life changer for them, saving many a balding hairline and edges. In fact, it has earned a respectable 4 out of 5 stars rating on Be warned though, most reviewers say that it doesn’t smell good, but that can be attributed to one of its primary active ingredients — sulfur. The other two, zinc and cade oil, are also known to promote healthy hair.

Sweet Nature by Eddie Spirit Follicle Stimulator

Sweet Nature by Eddie has a whole line of products for total and complete hair care. Again, sulfur takes center stage as the potent player in its growth oils cast of ingredients. You’ll definitely want to shake this one up each time you use it. Although the sulfur smell is noticeable, it’s not as unpleasant as some other mixtures I’ve smelled.

Liquid Gold Hair Growth Oils

Lovers of Liquid Gold Hair Growth Oil have claimed seeing their length gains explode off the charts. Many of the ladies who have commented on their website, as well as on other hair community sites, have reported gains of an inch per month. Some of the products are sulfur-based and some aren’t for those who are sulfur sensitive. And you can buy essential oil blends at an additional price to add to whichever formula you choose to give it a particular scent (names like Cotton Candy, Pear Delight and Honey Bun sound good enough to eat!). In fact, there are whole challenges devoted to the use of Liquid Gold growth aides.

Wild Growth Hair Oil

If you can get past their rather bootleg website appearance, Wild Growth Oil is one of those formulas that has been around for a while and amassed a considerable fan following. Full of oils that are high in Essential Fatty Acids like flax seed oil, evening primrose oil and coconut oil, it also features a proprietary blend of growth promoting ingredients that have earned it 3.9 out of 5 stars on in over 200 reviews. Some like it for its length enhancing properties, while others like how it makes their new growth feel more manageable.

Exotic Allure Growth Oil

While it seems as though Exotic Allure started out in the haircare supplements game (I could be wrong), they upped the ante by adding this hair growth oil to their line. Formulated with some commonly used ingredients — coconut oil, jojoba oil and aloe vera — this also uses a few standout additives such as wild cherry bark, pro-Retinol and pro-Vitamin D, as well as hops extract and lime oil. Vitamin D nourishes hair follicles and helps to ward off hair loss. Hops is the factor in beer that makes it good for hair. Lime oil has antiseptic and bactericidal properties and retinol helps to keep the scalp exfoliated and build-up free, while promoting collagen production, which strengthens the connective tissue around the hair follicles.

While any number of these oils might just be pivotal for you in your hair journey, it’s also likely that sticking to a regimen, being consistent and making a daily practice of massaging/stimulating the circulation of blood flow to the scalp (and keeping hair moisturized and tangle free, particularly if you’re natural) is the real magic bullet in your haircare routine. One thing is certain, all of these will be 100% non-effective if they just collect dust on your shelves.

Let us know if you’ve tried any of these products and which ones worked for you. Are there any you would have added to this list?


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