One of OAM’s readers is taking the Coochie Cream Challenge! For the next 4 months, she’s going to apply the cream to her scalp and document what happens! Here is her update for the 1st two weeks of her experiment! Keep reading… You might just want to drop by Walgreens on your way home tonight!
If you’re like me, you have a love-hate relationship with long hair. You love the length, but then get bored or hot in the summer, and decide to chop it all, only to absolutely regret it about a week later. I go through this cycle about every 2 years. This last October I chopped off my luscious locks for the shortest due I’ve ever sported:
This is my hair right about a month before I chopped it all off. Look how long it was! (Please ignore the awkward pose. This is when I thought modeling was a practical career choice ……)
This is my hair RIGHT after I got it cut in October 2011. (This is my cousin and I at her wedding!)
Then I got my hair cut again in January for a job interview (which I got, by the way), and this was the last time I had cut my hair. It was literally around the last day in December or the first day in January.
Well, I ended up loving my short hair for about two weeks, if that. The stylist did an amazing job, and yes it was neat to try something new … but I want my long hair back! Unfortunately for me, growing your hair out requires a lot of time and patience. I was desperate to find a faster way to get my length back, so I started researching every trick, product, and regimen there was out there to speed up the process. Through all my research and countless hours spent on YouTube, the only thing that really makes a large difference in growing your hair out is keeping it healthy, and that doesn’t speed up your normal growth process at all, it just maintains it. So I started a decent concoction of vitamins to make sure my hair was getting all the important nutrients I may have missed in my diet (plus I needed to start taking a multi-vitamin of some sort), and I waited. I am pretty lucky, because my hair grows an average of an inch a month, and I believe the typical amount of growth for hair is about a half an inch a month. After about five months of vitamins and practicing healthy hair habits, I was still frustrated. My hair was the softest and healthiest it has ever been in my life, but I was still frustrated. So I got back on YouTube (I swear, YouTube is my solution for everything).
I am browsing though YouTube, clicking on every hair video I see, when I spot a video about Monistat 7. Yes, Monistat 7. Out of sheer curiosity I click on the video, expecting to laugh my butt off the entire time. Let me tell you, it was hilarious! Monistat …. In your hair?! Hilarious. After I got over the absurdness of the idea (and the chic’s ridiculous accent) , I started to browse the before and after pictures, and watch other videos from girls who have used Monistat 7 for hair growth. The results were amazing! The extra hair growth they saw was anywhere from an extra half-inch to possibly even two extra inches of hair growth! (I think the two inches may be exaggerated. I think more reasonable results would be an extra half-inch to one inch of growth). This is extra growth, meaning in addition to what your hair already grows. So if you average a half-inch of hair growth a month, the Monistat would increase your growth anywhere from one inch to one and a half inches. After reading up on the use of Monistat (antifungal cream), side-effects (tingling of the scalp during application and possibly a headache) , and several testimonies from users, nurses, and beauticians, I decided to give it a try (this is after I got over the idea of putting antifungal vagina cream in my hair, and after I made my boyfriend swear he would not call me choochie-head). I believe the convincing part for me was the RN’s testimony. She said that they would use miconazole nitrate (the active ingredient in Monistat) creams to treat ringworm on individual’s scalps, so it is completely safe (and if anyone has experienced ringworm, it will remove your hair in the of the scalp it is on).
I am not going to go into lengthy detail about the details. I am going to leave you the links to the YouTube videos I found helpful so you can check it out for yourself:
Here is the original video I watched: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U_gmnZJ0V8
(Please ignore her ridiculous accident …. )
Here is the before and after video that convinced me it was worth the financial investment/risk:
(Please ignore the obnoxious sound track … This is the best video I could find with enough before/after shots so just hit the mute button on your computer when you watch it)
THE MICONAZOLE NITRATE CHALLENGE!
I decided to document my experience with miconazole nitrate, a) because I wanted to really see how effective it is at increasing hair growth, and b) I wanted to pass on my experience to anyone else who may be struggling to grow out their own hair.
Here’s my challenge: I am using the MN cream in my hair daily for four months. (I apply it at night, but it dries clear and is not greasy so you can easily apply it during the day and style your hair – again, the YouTube video will explain this). I am going to take photos of my adventure along the way, and update you with the progress I have made so you can see for yourself if MN really stands up to it’s reputation!
If you by the name brand Monistat 7, this can be an expensive treatment. Daily application would get you two weeks use from one bottle. (Some people dilute the cream with hair oils to lengthen their supply, but I have naturally oily skin and find that oil application to my roots just leaves my hair heavy and full of build-up. I prefer to use the solution straight – no dilution). At $20 a pop, that would equal $40 a month, and $160 total. I’m not about to invest that much in my hair. However, the Equate brand runs for $5 a pop (yay!), and will only bring me about $40 for the entire four months. I am applying it every day, but many people said they saw the same results when they applied it every 3-5 days. I am going to start out strong, and maybe reduce it a few days if I see rapid growth.
DAY 1 – 5/16/12
Day 7 – 5/24/12
Allright, it is day 7! Well, first I want to say that I’m on day 7, and I still have about 1/6 of the first bottle left, so I actually use less than predicted, thus the total cost will actually be cheaper than anticipated – big plus. Application: The application of the ‘MN’ has been very smooth. I have put it on 6/7 nights, and it dries in about five minutes. One of the six days I put it on in the afternoon because I was having a “gross” day and just planned on cleaning and working out, so the gross-ness of my hair really didn’t bug me. To be honest, if you are going to put your hair up in a messy pony, it actually makes you hair look better because the creams works almost like a texturizer and gives your hair a “beach-y” look. Now the important part: the results!
Day 8 – 5/25/12
Here are close-up images of the ends for further comparison:
Thank goodness I wore a shirt with a design, because otherwise this would be very hard to see the difference. However, with the help of that little apple on the back, you can see that on day 1, my hair was just above the leaf on the top of the apple stem, and one week later …. BOOM! My hair is a little past the top of the apple! In the picture it looks about a solid ½ inch!
On both days I straightened my hair, root to ends, as best as I possibly good to get the most accurate results. This is just after one week. If this same pattern continues, I could see up to two inches of growth a month! If that holds true, by the end of August (the end of my challenge), I will have added 8 inches to my hair! Now, if that is really how it ends up, I am definitely not stopping in August! I am very excited to see how the rest of the experiment goes!
DAY 14 – 5/31/12
Let me tell you, this past week I’ve been very excited to take the two-wee pictures, as I felt like I could even see a difference in my hair. My pony tails seemed longer, and my hair even styled very differently. Application has been really easy and quick, and I used about 1.5 bottles in two weeks. If that holds true, the total would be about 3 bottles, or $15 a month. I applied the cream 13/14 days, so if you were to decide to reduce your application to about 3-4 times a week you could reduce the cost and still maintain results (according to the videos). I will keep you posted on the following months! Feel free to give it a whirl and post your comments below!