South Africa's hair growth remedy I had no idea about!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let's face it, if you're in South Africa healthy/natural hair brand products are expensive. We suffer from severe product envy on this side of the world. We imagine what those butters smell like, dream about how long our hair would grow when taking that particular branded capsule. We literally have to save up to buy a few great products online. 
Fortunately, the natural or healthy hair community in South Africa is growing and we now have locally made products such as AfroBotanics, which I am yet to try (really excited about this one) 

A few months ago, I discovered a gem of a secret in hair care on a facebook group called
Lady Hacks. On doing some digging, I discovered that the recipe was concocted right here in sunny South Africa. The 3 magical ingredients are:

Bergamot essence/oil
Bay Rum
Placenta

Allow me to break it down for you: 

Bergamot: An essential oil with many fantastic benefits (including self-love. Who knew!)  When applied to hair, bergamot oil apparently soaks into the scalp and strands. It stimulates the blood flow to the hair's follicles to give hair strength and shine. (The recipe calls for the synthetic version.)
Bay Rum: This essential oil originates from a West Indies tree called Pimenta Racemosa. Bay Rum was in fact used as an after-shave in the 20th century. This oil stimulates hair growth and helps alleviate dandruff.
Placenta: Now I am aware that this particular item could be quite controversial- however, we have all used egg in one way or another. Placenta helps with frizz and hair breakage. It is filled with protein and it helps alleviate itchy scalp. 



The Recipe

The mixture can be used as a spritz: 
1/2 bottle bay rum
1/2 bottle bergamot essence 
1 ampule of placenta
spritz on your hair, concentrating on the roots, 2 to 3 times a week

and as a treatment: 
throw the above mixture and 1 extra ampule of placenta into your favourite shampoo and/or conditioner. Use as often as you wash your hair. 

** Should you choose to use the essential oil instead of the essence, always dilute with a few drops of a carrier oil (eg: coconut). **

Does It Actually Work?



I started using the mixture about 3 months ago and let's just say, the proof is in the pudding. As you can see in the first picture my hair is the dreaded "medium length", just above my boobs. It is now in the middle of my back, as you can see in the second picture. I don't exactly know how many cm's it has grown but, there is a noticeable difference in the length of my hair from July until now.Besides this mixture's amazing hair growth properties, it also improved the overall condition of my hair" - Leshea Segers

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my dry scalp has cleared for the 1st time in 7 years, and its exactly 30 days since I started using it. Hair growth:2.8cm to be exact. My hair has stopped falling out and feels healthy with a great shine. My hairs life long bff has been found!" 
- Lisa Anne Kitching

Would I use it? 

Hell yes I would! In fact, I started my first spritz last night. My length check is:


Front: 22cm

Side: 20cm

Top: 20cm

Back: 19cm



Besides the fact that my hair smells like after-shave (my hair has apparently become my new boyfriend #singlegirlissues) I am in love with the softness... and that's after only one treatment. I have heard stories of ladies who have the same hair texture as mine who claim their hair grew 1cm in 1 week. Bear in mind, hair grows on an average of 1 to 2cm per month and growth while using this miracle concoction is completely dependent on your hair.




I would like to point out that I am not an expert in essential oils, I'm an expert in my own hair though. My findings would therefore be my honest opinion on whether it works for me.


Have you tried this miracle mixture? 
Would you give it a try? 
Do you have a hair growth mixture you're willing to share?

Comment below, I'd love to hear your opinion.

Thanks for reading and as always, 

Stay Gold, 
Mandy




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96 comments

  1. Anonymous16/10/14

    Hi Mandy, this is interesting!!! I'd love to try it out, where would I find these products? Particularly Placenta?

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    1. Hello, I bought my placenta at a pharmacy. You can also try places such as Clicks and Dischem. Good Luck and thanks so much for reading :)

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    2. Anonymous20/12/15

      Hi Amanda, I got mine at dischem but bayrum and the other one was not oil should I ask for the oil one? I moved to pretoria a year ago and every time I went to a hairdresser my hair has been messed up more and more

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    3. Anonymous20/12/15

      Hi Amanda, I got my bayrum and other one at dishem. It was not a oil should I ask for the oil one.?

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  2. Anonymous17/10/14

    Hello Mandy, bought all three at dischem.. 20ml bergamot, 200ml bay rum and 10ml placenta, I also have coconut oil, please advice on how to make my spritz am clueless..

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    1. Hi there, for my spritz I mixed half the bergamot, half the bayrum and 2 ampules of placenta in a spray bottle with 300ml aloe juice (you can water) and about 5no castor oil (you can use coconut) shake it up, part your hair and start spraying. Good luck!

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  3. You can also use the whole bottle bayrum, all of the placenta ampules and the whole bottle bergamot essence, that is the way I use it (for my very thin blonde hair) and it works like a charm. I started using it mainly because my hair began falling out in clumps on a daily basis rather than to help wit hair growth (that was just an added bonus) Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for the advice Frankie :)

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    2. Hi Frankie, how many ampules would you use?

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    3. Hi Frankie, how many ampules would you use?

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    4. Hi how do u apply ? Do u leave on ?

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    5. Hi how do u use it ?

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    6. Hi how do u apply ? Do u leave on ?

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    7. Nicole Hunter24/11/16

      Yes you leave it on & if you read above it tells you how to apply

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  4. Hey i use it as a leave in om dry hair daily is that correct? Or should i use it on wet hairafter i was n then blow dry? Cos i noticed it wets my hair n my hair goes all curly n hardish like when i wash hair without blowing... i do not hav3 straight hair its between straight and coarse..please advise thanks

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    1. Hello Haajira, I changed up the mixture a bit because it's a bit to harsh for my type 3c hair. I now use my new spritz as part of my wash n go or as a treatment before I wash n set or blow my hair. Good Luck! You can find the link here >> http://www.themandyexpedition.co.za/2014/11/update-on-south-africas-hair-growth.html

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  5. Anonymous13/2/15

    Hi Mandy, im aan african lady i would like to find if this remedy works on our type of hair, because my hair is very thin and the hair line is a problem,

    please help, i have tried everything but no result im even thinking of cutting my hair now .

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    1. Anonymous8/10/15

      HI Mandy This Magical remedy hair treatment is for all tipes of hair... please dont cut your hair off, show your femine side of lushes long beautiful hair. I promise you it will work.

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  6. Regular consumption of high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol rich foods are also linked to increased DHT levels which further causes hair loss. My brother was also facing hair loss and often tells importance of using toppik hair building fibers products.

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  7. I have used this mixture and LOVE the amazing results!

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  8. hi mandy plz advise im tyn 2 grow my hair. its natural iv usd castor oil, coconut n this range cald afro botanics m in south africa

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  9. Anonymous4/8/15

    Hi, I cant seem to find Bay Rum Essence as everywhere I have been they out of stock. I have the placenta and Bergamot and I have thrown the Placenta into my shampoo as instructed.I have however jot made the mixtiee for the spritzer yet because of the Bay Rum being absent.Please advise If I can start using the Placenta and Bergamot in the mean time?


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  10. Anonymous31/8/15

    I will definitely try this because i usually use bergamot essence mix with mpl and it does wonders for my hair.... try it

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  11. Khadiejah Ebrahim31/8/15

    Hi i will try the mixture. i usually mix bergamot essence with mpl and it does wonders makes the hair thick and strong and it grows. Apply mixture to the scalp and ends

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    1. Have you tried it yet, Khadiejah?

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    2. My cousin told me about this mixture, because I'm hooked on argan oil. She reckons this remedy works better. Am willing to try it out.

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  12. Hi Mandy! How often should i apply the mix? Daily? Twice a week? Please help?! Also, could i put it on at night before bed and wash it out in the morning?

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    1. Hi there, it depends on your hair type really. Are you referring to the recipe I created or this particular one? Email me at mandycooke@gmail.com

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  13. Anonymous11/9/15

    Hi there, just to be clear. I can add this to my conditioner as well? Or use as treatment before shampooing my hair? Thank I'm advance

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  14. Hi my hair is static since I started using the mixture as a treatment in my shampoo. Is this normal or did I do something wrong?

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  15. Anonymous18/10/15

    Is it safe to use on children over 10 yrs?

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  16. Most perfect product this for eye scanner and very nice post, i definitely love this web site, carry on it… I started using the mixture about 3 months ago and let's just say, the proof is in the pudding. As you can see in the first picture my hair is the dreaded "medium length", just above my boobs.The best treatment for thinning hair requires knowing what you’re putting in and on your scalp. More often than not, traditional, store-bought hair care products strip the natural and healthy oils from your hair as well as the damaging ones.Hair Loss Help

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  17. Hi Mandy
    Thanks for this. Will definitely try this out.

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  18. Hi Mandy

    Thanks for this recipe. Will definitely try this out.

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  19. I fully support you blog.There may be noticeably a bundle to find out about this. I assume you made certain good points in options also. I grew up with so-called 'hard' hair so I personally feel a lot of pain when I hear that word used to describe hair. There are three main reasons why your hair would feel hard:Shampoos come as a rescue measure and are used to add life to get add some force and life to your hair. The market place is full of brands that claim to be the best shampoo for thin hair. Such products are mild and can be used regularly too. Black Hair Growth Products

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  20. Lerato16/11/15

    I have tried the mixture and I can see the growth already, after two weeks of using the mixture three times a week. The only thing I am experiencing now is that my hair gets dry quickly, nothing water, oil and cream can't fix. I just have to make sure that I moisturize twice as much...I cant wait to do my length check in two weeks...whoop whoop!

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    1. Anonymous21/7/16

      What do you use to moisturise your hair Lerato?

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  21. Anonymous18/11/15

    Hey girls
    You also ask your doctor for a script for premarin tablets . You need only six tablets crushed in shampoo , it will make your thicker and longer ! Good luck

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  22. Anonymous20/1/16

    hi
    I would like to know if this works on indian hair

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  23. hey Mandy,
    hope your well? loved the recepie and i shall try it very soon, i stay in Botswana, where would you recommed me to buy these products?

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  24. hey Mandy,
    hope your well, i read your recipie and im really very convinced to actually try it out, where would you recommend me to buy these products? and can we use olive oil instead of coconut oil?

    thank you so much,
    my email is: goelarti@yahoo.com
    regards,
    Arti :)

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  25. if you cannot find pacenta oil in your small town; with what can you replace it with

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  26. if I cannot find placenta oil with what can I replace it with as I stay in a very small town

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    1. It os difficult to find it even at big pharmacies. I always into the small no-name pharmacies to check if they have. And if they do I buy the whole lot. About R9 an ampule. Ask your local pharmacy to order for you.

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  27. Been using this for years. My hair falls out due to thyroid disease. Really slows down that process. My hair also in a an excellent condition. I mix my own. I see that a premix product is now availavle in pharmacies (about R90 for 250ml). Cannot remember who makes it. As your pharmacy. Sometimes diffucult to get the placenta ampules. Bayrum dries out your hair, so make sure you use a good conditioner.

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  28. Been using this for years. My hair falls out due to thyroid disease. Really slows down that process. My hair also in a an excellent condition. I mix my own. I see that a premix product is now availavle in pharmacies (about R90 for 250ml). Cannot remember who makes it. As your pharmacy. Sometimes diffucult to get the placenta ampules. Bayrum dries out your hair, so make sure you use a good conditioner.

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  29. Hi guys can someone plz give me an advice years bck have got this nice long looking hair,but just last year I had to cut it very low coz I was unable to rock my natural hair.so a frd advice I use horse shampoo..the truth been told my hair v been improveing but yet it still gives me a male shape hair..am angry coz now my hair grows but the baldness keeps frustrating me,plz if u know what I can use to make the hairline grown properly kindly advise me on what to do..thanks

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  30. hey guys.. can I spray my hair with this mixture every night and day??

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  31. Hi I have an underactive thyroid and my hair is falling out will this help I've tried all sorts and I'm in the UK and you can buy all the stuff you have mentioned on ebay please get back to me I'm at my wits end thinking of cutting my hair short

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    1. Hello Maggie. I also have severe hair loss due to thyroid problems and stress. I haven't used this recipe yet, but I am going to. However, what I started to do, was to use a mixture of organic coconut oil and organic apple cider vinegar. I add about 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 oil. Heat it in warm water until the oil is melted, shake it, apply it to dry hair. Massage it for about 5 minutes into your scalp, then cover it with plastic. I keep it on for the whole day, then wash it normally. I then rinse it with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar. Again, ratio is 1/3 vinegar, 2/3 water. I do this twice a week. You can also do it in evening and keep it on overnight. I've been doing this for about three months and can already see the difference. The bald spots are diminishing, and less hair falls out.

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  32. Hey Mandy . I am interested in blogging. I tried tons of sites to set me up and none worked ! Could you please help me to start of like you did ? You inspired me and well now I want to blog on my own.Could you just maybe send me a email to show me what I should do ?

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  33. Hey girl. Hope you're well. I want to try this! Can you please post results?

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  34. Hi Mandy
    I loved reading your article, im a sucker for oils as long as i dont swallow im game.
    soooo... I am going to give it a try and will give feed back in 60 days!!
    widh me luck**

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  35. I can't seem to find Bay rum where I am.Is there an alternative? Or can I leave it out completely?

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    1. Hello, I'm afraid bay rum is very necessary for this mixture to work effectively. Have you asked your pharmacy? Which area are you in?

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    2. Hi. You can find Bay rum at Dischem. It's about R18 for a 200ml bottle.

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    3. Unfortunately, I'm in Malawi.

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    4. You can find it on takealot, but very, very expensive. Also on Amazon.com. That might be cheaper, even with the exchange rate.

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  36. Hi Mandy. I managed to get the Bay rum at Dischem today (Canal Walk, Western Cape, South Africa for those that stay in Cape Town). Could you please tell me the exact amount (in ml preferably) to mix though cause the volumes vary, so I don't know if your half a bottle would be equivalent to my half a bottle. I have 200ml bay rum, 20ml bergamot essence and 3 x 10ml placenta

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    1. Anonymous11/2/17

      Use 100ml bay, 20ml beg and 2 plac.

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  37. Hi, Has anyone had a Brazilian and used this mixture at the same time, with a brazilian yoy use a special shampoo so was wondering if i can still put this mixture into my shampoo.

    Thanks

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  38. Hi,

    I currently have a Brazilian & highlights (very blonde) on my hair & you use a special shampoo for the Brazilian, was wondering if i can still put this mixture into my shampoo. Thanks

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  39. Hi Mandy can I use the recipe on my 3 year old daughter's hair?

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  40. Anonymous2/6/16

    baie dankie vir die resep. ek is 66 grys hare en raak dun omdat dit so uitval !, kan nie wag om die resep te probeer nie. baie baie dankie julle almal . fransie

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  41. This stuff is wonderful! I have started with in 1 week ago and my hair is softer than ever! Trying to let it grow out, so gonna keep using it for at least a couple if months to see what happens! :-)

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  42. Ive started to loose clumps of hair die to stress and a sudden loss of weight. My hair in general is very thin. I started to get desperate and come across this recipe. I use it for 2 months now. I cant believe the shine and thikening of my hair already. I Use it everyday and twice a week a treat my hair with coconut oil and fresh lemon juice. I leave it on for 2 hrs. It worth the while. Whish ive come across this recipe years ago.

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    1. Hello Elise. You mention treating your hair bi-weekly with coconut oil and fresh lemon juice. Can you please give tell me how much oil and juice you mix together? Thank you. Ilse

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  43. Ive started to loose clumps of hair due to stress and a sudden loss of weight. My hair in general is very thin. I started to get desperate and come across this recipe. I use it for 2 months now. I cant believe the shine and thikening of my hair already. I Use it everyday and twice a week a treat my hair with coconut oil and fresh lemon juice. I leave it on for 2 hrs. It worth the while. Whish ive come across this recipe years ago.

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    1. Hi Elise
      Do you spray it on your roots before, whilst wet, or after blow drying your hair.

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    2. Hi Elise
      Do you spray it on your roots before, whilst wet, or after blow drying your hair.

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  44. Anonymous27/6/16

    I used the mixture and have seen tremendous hair growth, my hair looks so shiny, thick, soft and healthy. People are stopping me to ask me what I have been using on my hair. I used the following ingredients:
    - Half bottle bay rum
    - Half bottle bergamot essence
    - 1 Ampoule Placenta
    - 10 drops of lavender oil

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    1. Anonymous4/9/16

      How do you use the mixture? How often? Do you spray on the roots and leave it on the hair and scalp? Do you use twice a week? And how big (in ml) are your bottle of bay run and bergamot essence? Please let me know. I'd love to try.

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  45. Just an update to my last message. My hair has grown something mad and ive got new hair growing everywhere on my head. Clumps of new hair all over and the new hair are already 6 cm long. And best of all, I have a new hairline on my forehead that starts growing as well. I am so pleased. Im speechless.

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    1. Madeleine4/9/16

      Hi Elise. Congrats on your new hair growth! I'm so happy for you. Can you explain how you use the mixture? Do you spray on your roots and on hor hair and leave it on? Do you massage it on your scalp?

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  46. Anonymous21/7/16

    Hi Mandy, i just started spritzing with this mixture. My hair smells of Bergamot essence and i cant seem to shake the smell, i used half the bottle of bergamot essence. Do you think its wise to decrease the bergamot quantity? I also added castor oil and olive oil to the mixture.

    I'm in PS for now so i'm just spritzing my scalp and haven't done length check. I spritz at night and then put castor oil in the morning and evening the following day. I"m using this 2-3 times a week.
    Here's to hoping for progress.

    Thanks for the blog

    Thabile:)

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    1. Hi Thabile, You can try using less as long as you use it. Have you tried using my mixture with aloe juice and castor oil? It really works as well. The smell is not pleasant for some people, but you get used to it.

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  47. Anonymous8/8/16

    hi there my hair is extremely damaged its long and short in between im so fed up im thinking of just cutting it all off i have tried the mixture in front i can see the growth it has been a month and a half now of me using this mixture can i get some advice please maybe i am just impatient please help

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  48. Hey gals. I hope this question doesn't come to late... I bougjt the Bergamot essence 20ml, the bay rum 200ml and the restoring placenta treatment sprits from Kair 200ml. How would I mix them and how and when should I apply. Please help?Chantal

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  49. Hey gals. I hope this question doesn't come to late... I bougjt the Bergamot essence 20ml, the bay rum 200ml and the restoring placenta treatment sprits from Kair 200ml. How would I mix them and how and when should I apply. Please help?Chantal

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  50. Will this mixture work without the placenta. I'm worried that placenta will disrupt hormones with long term use?
    Sarah

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    1. Anonymous11/2/17

      Huh?? Hormones..???

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    2. Anonymous12/8/17

      Hi iv braided my hair...now along my hairline it's damaged and broken off what can I do plz plz coz nw I can't walk wit hair all back coz it's visible

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  51. Anonymous14/10/16

    Hi, I've always had fine hair. I have started using olive oil, bayrum, bergamot essence and kair placenta two week ago and i need to know has anybody had fine pimples and an itch while using it? Is it advisable to continue?

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  52. Anonymous18/10/16

    Is it save to used on babies hair

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  53. Anonymous18/10/16

    Is it save to used on babies hair

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    1. Anonymous11/2/17

      Rather don't

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  54. Trying that now, I'll see how it'll result in 4 weeks

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  55. Hi Mandy,I'm an African lady my scalp at the center is etching with a very thin hair and almost bald. So I was wondering should I use the mixture.

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  56. Hello Mandy,can I use placenta in my sheabutter and coconut oil mix?

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  57. Thanks for posting this info. I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can't wait to read lots of your posts. regrow hair protocol

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  58. can i add it to my hair food

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  59. Anonymous3/6/17

    Hi I started using the mixture about one month ago,bayrum,placenta and bergamot essence.I mixed it with horse mane and tail shampoo.It is working well,but my hair is so much fuller and thicker at the right side of my head.Why is that?I'm v happy with the results overall and would really recommend it to users struggling with hair growth.Thank you for the advice and the feedback you gave.Wishing you all happy hair days and lots of growth

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  60. I've been struggling for my hair to grow i used to have such healthy hair but my hair is so thinned out and it even look feathery I felt like cutting it all off and starting over but than i came across this blog and in the process of buying my stash. after reading everyone's comments i've decided that its best to add olive oil or coconut oil in mine for it not to dry out... hope to see results soon

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  61. Anonymous3/7/17

    Hi everyone, just wanted to say iv been reading all your comments and im excited to try this product as I just bought it today, iv been struggling to grow my hair since last year and cant wait to see the results.

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  62. Anonymous28/7/17

    Hi Everyone,I discovered this remedy on this site roughly four months ago when a hairdresser i trusted cut the ugliest layer on the one side of my hair without my permission. Perhaps she was tired, I dont know but everyone noticed when i went back to work the on side infront was significantly shorter. I came across this remedy out of sheer desperation and all I can say is my hair has never been this healthy! My hair is thick, strong and definitely growing. I recommend this to anyone BUT you need to be consistent. You have to do the routine religiously to see results. Dont give up and dont worry if people tell your hair smells funny.

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