After battling a bad pixie cut for years, I finally figured out how to give my hair the boost it needed without breaking the bank. Bonus all-natural remedy at the end!

Three years ago, I started growing my hair out from a pixie cut. Albeit super cute, the style eventually left me longing for something to throw into a hair tie. After an eternity of waiting impatiently (there’s no good way to grow out a pixie), my hair eventually reached my chin. “Finally!” I squealed, “A tiny samurai bun!” It felt like a pivotal milestone.

I figured this was it – I was past the hump – the rest of my hair would grow naturally, quickly, and with great ease. In the words of our 45th president: Wrong.

My hair stayed at chin-length for almost six frustratingly long months. At times, it would get to my shoulders but my thin, brittle hair would split easily at the ends, forcing me to continually trim the frizz. It was a never-ending battle.

The Amazon Solution:
I quickly hopped online, read review after review and tried product after product. After experimenting with things like collagen supplements, expensive shampoos, sulfate-free shampoos, and countless other costly fails, I found the angel from Amazon which answered all of my prayers:

Hairfluence – By Zhou Nutrition ($21)

First and foremost, I’d like to make note that the Zhou company is an FDA registered facility, so you know you are getting secure products with superior quality. Secondly, I’d like to point out that they offer a 60-day money-back guarantee (which probably contributes to its 4½-star review on Amazon)!

But pictures speak a thousand words, and so I’ve attached before/after pictures to let it speak for itself. The first picture was taken on August 7th, 2017, just 10 days before I received my first bottle. The second picture was taken March 25th, 2018, approximately seven months after taking the pills consistently. As you can see, my hair grew almost six inches – which is what hair usually grows in one full year!

At only $20 a month, you cannot beat that price for those results. You literally don’t have to do anything else, take anything else, or make any other changes to your hair routine – it’s that simple. Men and post-partum mothers experiencing hair loss are also pleased with the product.

Bonus Tip!  The Natural Alternative:
Castor Oil. Yep, you heard me. Just regular ol’ plain-Jane castor oil. A bottle will typically cost you five bucks at your local grocery store or pharmacy (found in the laxatives section). I saw this recommendation online from various sources, and wanted to test it out. I figured I’d begin with my poor brows, beaten down from years of over-plucking.

After a few months of simply trying to let them grow back without assistance (and without tweezers), it was obvious they needed help. Picture number 2 is after one full month of applying castor oil on my brows. I am not wearing brow makeup in either picture.

The best part is you can easily use a Q-Tip to apply the castor oil onto the areas you’d like to stimulate growth. Every other night before bedtime is enough to see results. I have now started using it on some spots on my head (a mixture with water and other oils), which you can read more about in my upcoming Cheap, Natural DIY Hair-Care article, to promote that same growth for my hair!

This article was written by our newest Doc Frugal staffer, Elyse Carabello. Elyse is a graduate of Elizabethtown College and recently moved to Pittsburgh where she is enjoying all of the new opportunities the city has to offer. She is also a big animal lover who enjoys doodling in her spare time. Elyse is currently being “super frugal” to save money for a house. Before that, it was student loan debt that had her pinching pennies.  She is a paralegal by day and works other part-time jobs too. Her goals keep her motivated and busy, yet still finds time to help others. We are excited to have her on board.  🙂