Welcome to our latest Student Success Story! Today we are celebrating Tine who joined The 14 Day Challenge suffering with hair loss and hair that was prone to breakage. This caused her to feel quite self-conscious. Read her story here:
I have always had very thin hair that was prone to breakage. In the months leading up to the Hair Challenge, I had experienced significantly increased hair loss. My hair was in a state that made me constantly embarrassed over it and I would always put it up to hide it. For the past 3 years I have had full-length extensions to give my hair more body and to fulfil my dream of having long hair - I just never thought my own hair would look good long. It was definitely something I was super conscious about
I had been talking to my hairdresser about my hair loss, and she said it was "normal 2020 things", but that didn't make sense to me. None of the expensive products I got were making a difference - my hair kept coming out in chunks. My grandmother always had thin hair and she used a wig for her final decades, so I thought it might be genetic. My last stop to my hairdresser I asked about when I should switch from extensions to a wig. I am 36 years old. When I saw the challenge come up, I was so sad and disappointed in my hair, I figured why not! Why not just try - before I opt to hide it under a wig for the rest of my life. I saw it as a last hope.
The first thing I noticed was the reduced hair loss. It was INSTANT! As soon as I threw away pretty much all my hair care products, I stopped pulling out chunks of hair. Reading the ingredients on the products I had been given that were supposed to help with hair loss made me cry - those were the most harmful products in my collection! I couldn't believe it! Once I started making my own shampoo my scalp felt better and it stopped itching. I hadn't thought about how itchy my head had been and how much I would scratch. Now there is nothing! I currently only use the mild shampoo they gave us in the challenge and only pure Aloe Vera gel as a conditioner. My hair is so soft, no longer oily/greasy, and I have close to zero hair loss - even when brushing! I ended the challenge by removing my extensions - for the first time in 3 years.
The challenge taught me that I wasn't cursed with bad hair - I had been misinformed and the state of my hair is a reflection of how I treat it as well as myself. I am a lot more conscious about how I eat, I changed which vitamins/supplements I take, and I now meditate at least 10 min every single morning. The challenge started because of my hair, but it gave me so much more. It made me like myself better and take better care of my entire being.
Learning about the banned ingredients was a shocker. It was still a little hard to go through everything, checking all the ingredients. The community was amazing for support in this. Whenever I had a question, I would get answers immediately - either from a representative or from others in the challenge. I loved seeing the changes others were experiencing - knowing it was not just me that was getting my eyes opened.
I am still working on finding my perfect hair care routine. I would love to continue working with the Hair Growth Lab to establish my unique hair profile. I have since the challenge cut my hair short since I had so many layers after the extensions. I would love to save out my hair and let it grow healthy and long. Being able to wear my hair down without being ashamed of how thin and broken it looks would be the ultimate goal.
It is amazing to see how far Tine has come in only 14 Days! She has gone from relying on her hair extensions to feel confident and even contemplating wearing a wig, to reducing her hair loss to almost zero allowing her to confidently remove her extensions after 3 years! How wonderful is that? Tine has now started this amazing journey towards her hair goals and now understands how to go about achieving them! We can't wait to see what the future holds for her!
Follow Tine on Instagram: @VikingPrincessTV
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☀️ A powerful morning routine to set the stage for hair growth and self-confidence for the coming day.