DIY Hair Volume and Growth: Part the Second

In this post I described how to make a DIY Hair Tonic to provide volume, shine, and generally promote healthy hair. I also mentioned that the ingredients in this tonic were said to promote hair growth (only anecdotally, no studies have been done on this) in the sense that it would encourage existing hair to grow faster and encourage new hair to sprout.

Well, it’s been three months since that post, and I’ve had a haircut in that time too, so now is a good time to analyse whether my hair growth has increased. Here are some photos I took this morning showing my hair as it is right now:

The volume of my hair has definitely increased in that time, which I didn’t expect:

By way of comparison, this is what my hair was like originally. A bit sad!

This is what my hair was just after I’d started using the tonic. I’d been using it for a few weeks here, and it was already creating soft volume at the crown and thicker hair:

I took this photo this morning, three months later. I was actually quite shocked at the difference! Looks like my hair has grown super quick, and I’m thrilled with how healthy it looks:

If I look closely, I can actually see lots of new little hairs springing up on my scalp:

I’m beyond pleased with the results of this treatment. I still apply it every day after washing my hair, and I’m hoping for mermaid-quality hair by summer. Best of all, it’s cheap as chips, and as easy to make as pouring a coffee!


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32 Responses to DIY Hair Volume and Growth: Part the Second

  1. Lilit says:

    All I will say is WOW Sarah! I can definitely see a noticeable difference, I’m going to check out that DIY recipe again and if I’m not too lazy I might actually give that a try. Coz unlike you and Jen I’m not a freakishly smart DIY beauty scientist. LOL. It seriously has worked miracles on your hair.

  2. Dempeaux says:

    @Lilit Oh I’m glad you can see a difference! It feels so lovely to have long thick hair 🙂 I hope you do give it a try! :et me know how you go! And I’m sure you could put the other serums together too 😉

  3. wow I can see a difference too! I am too lazy to DIY too but I want to give this one a try.

  4. Dempeaux says:

    @Christina Oh you should try it! It’s one of the simplest recipes I have! 😀

  5. ki. says:

    Your hair looks amazing – healthy, long and very thick! 🙂

  6. Jen W says:

    I’m so glad you did this post, because I’m too lazy to do a comparison but I’m totally convinced that the SKB/Seamollient tonic is making my hair grow faster. Mostly because of the mass of baby hairs that are sprouting from my crown lol.

  7. Dempeaux says:

    @Ki Thankyou! 🙂

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @Jen Haha! I almost didn’t because it was so hard to take pictures of my scalp and hair! You should see how many blurry pictures I got. I’d love to see a similar post from you if you ever have the time 🙂

  9. I need to try this, I looooove a tonne of volume in my hair. *____*

  10. Dempeaux says:

    @SilhouetteScreams I hope you do! It’s fab! 😀

  11. Jessica says:

    Wow, your hair is looking AMAZING Sarah!

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @Jess Thankyou! 😀

  13. Haute Style says:

    omg you are so amazingly gorgeous. Just stunning

  14. Dempeaux says:

    @HauteStyle Oh wow! Thankyou! 😀

  15. emmabovary says:

    Oh wow, you are so beautiful. And intelligent too, you really are like super woman!

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @EmmaBovary That’s a fab compliment! Thankyou so much!! 😀

  17. Moxie says:

    You’re photos are beautiful–both the “before” and “after!” I’m going to have a look at your recipe because now I’m going to give it a try. Thank you for the update post! x

  18. Megan says:

    This looks amazing, your hair looks so full compared to before. I so need to learn how to do DIY so I can get more volume in my hair!

  19. Dempeaux says:

    @Moxie Awww thankyou! Good luck with your DIY! 🙂

  20. Dempeaux says:

    @Megan Thankyou! Good luck with the volumising! 🙂

  21. fawnie says:

    Lovely! Great to see that it working for you too! I do believe I have the “sprouts” also after using SKB + poly80 + goji extr for around 6 mos. I use bergamot oil in my shamp also. Hedging all bets! =)

  22. Dempeaux says:

    @Fawnie That’s great news!! I’m really keen to try the bergamot + shampoo mix. I think it can’t hurt, right? 🙂

  23. I found a really love overnight treatment for my hair that I swear by – it’s not homemade of course but if you ever want to try, it is called system professional hydrate mask by Wella.

  24. I love your lipstick shade in the pics! Hair’s good too! ;)) x

  25. Dempeaux says:

    @StyleOnTheCouch Thanks for the rec! I actually use a L’Occitane hair mask as conditioner every day because I don’t have the time to make everything. I’ll be sure to check out the Wella! 🙂

  26. Dempeaux says:

    @Annette Thankyou! It’s a Dolce and Gananna lipstick (D&G Sheer Shine lipstick in #130, an orange red) and I absolutely love it for summer. Super comfortable to wear too. I must check out the rest of the range! 🙂

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  28. Erin says:

    I don’t know if you read comments from posts this old, but I hope so! I have very fine hair and have been using this tonic for a few weeks now. I am wondering if I am making it too thick, as it really acts like a gel in my hair and makes it crunchy and then flakes off. So I have been putting it on at night and then shampooing in the morning. What is the consistency of yours? Maybe I should be adding more water? Also, are you still using the goji berry? That is the only thing missing from my tonic. Thanks!

  29. Ellie says:

    I made this and have been applying it carefully…. thank you for the recipe! One quick question, does your hair tonic leave tiny white stringy “dust” (for lack of a better way to describe it) on your roots? I think I must have done something wrong. Only been using it for a few days… Your blog is great- thanks for posting all of the DIY tutorials!

  30. Dempeaux says:

    @Ellie Ahh right! I would just dilute it a bit more with some water. It will still have the same growth effect as it is, but aesthetically it will be better with more water 🙂

  31. Dempeaux says:

    @Erin Yes, it might be a bit thick. Just dilute it down and it should be fine 🙂 I’m actually not using the goji berry any more, and it’s still good! 🙂

  32. wannabe says:

    I hope you’re still reading comments! I would like to give this a try but I’m curious why you stopped using one of the ingredients. Is it related to availability or did you decide it didn’t add any value? Also, I’m really curious about the shampoo that was mentioned in the comments. I’ve looked around but haven’t found that recipe. Would you share that one too please!!

    You and Your hair looks fabulous!!

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