Hair Growth Challenge (:

in the name of science..  per say.

a coworker forwarded me a link to a forum discussing the use of Miconazole Nitrate (MN for the rest of the post)… in your hair.  o_O

MN is the active ingredient in the cream ladies know to assist in yeast infections.. and with men more often, an ingredient used to cure athletes foot.

*shutters at both thoughts*

however, it seems for some time, people have been experimenting with using MN to assist in hair growth.  i believe the theory behind its use is that MN is an anti-fungal.  clearing out whatever fungus or blockage from the hair follicle will allow hair to grow more freely.  also, *ahem* as some women have experienced with cremes containing MN, one will notice a warming sensation.  ladies who use the MN mixture on their scalps say the warming sensation either is increasing/or will increase blood flow to the scalp, thus encouraging more growth.

on average, hair grows about a 1/2 an inch a month.  those who use a MN mixture yield about 1 inch a month.

that sounds super crazy in my head.  turning to google (i google everything, –books are for nerds. ..kidding) i cant find where MN comes from.  i just see that its a very strong powder, available in creams in very low doses (like 2%).  but i dont see anyone selling Hair Growth MN or anything …should they?  i’d imagine that product would by flying off the shelf.

anyway, its my “theory” (..someone who stopped liking science the minute they entered 11th grade chemistry -_-) that if its the anti-fungal properties that makes MN a “successful” growth aid, then other anti-fungals should do the same.

three natural products that are known for its anti-fungal properties i have in my bathroom supply are neem oil & powder, tea tree oil, and castor oil.

undecylenic acid is an anti-fungal derived from castor oil, which is known to cure yeast infections and jock itch.

tea tree oil from the Melaleuca alternifolia plant, is known for its anti-fungal properties in preventing things from lice to dandruff as well as yeast infections

and neem oil, from the Azadirachta indica tree, seems to be the answer for everything including who kicked the dog!  neem for insect repellent, acne, eczema, lice, …scabies!?

so our challenge – or experiment, really, is to see if these other plant derived anti-fungals work the same as MN

starting Feb 1.

me with the Neem in one corner

vs.

idkmybffLAN_ with her MN cream in the other

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    • Elan
    • January 25th, 2011

    i’m ready! *spirit fingers*

  1. February 5th, 2011

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