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    Hi i'm new here. I've been natural for a couple of months now. I have about 3 or 4 inches of nappy hair (i think that is what you call it). Well it's nappy. Lol. I have some bald spots that i need to grow out. I'm kind of scared that it will never grow back. What kind of products should I use to help my spots grow out faster? (if it's possible) What kind of routine should I follow? And how long does it take to see results? Did anyone have any trouble growing out spots? Like did your regular hair seem to break off more or grow slower? (Basically, did the spots affect your hair in anyway?) How can I make my hair stronger so I won't get any more spots/breakage? sorry for all the questions.
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    I think some folks have used rosemary spritz or the surge spray to regrow bald spots. Check out the products forums (both homeade and commercial).

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    My bald spots have never grown in and it's been two years. I haven't taken any hair growth vitamins or used any topical measures either besides the rosemary spritz. As long as the rest of my naps cover them up, I don't worry about it too much.....I think the old school gollum fire cream for eradicating the napps just cleared those areas out, no follicles, nothing.

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    Growing out bald spots is possible but every person is different. Your bald spots may never fill in. My bald spot took about 6 years to start growing back, so there maybe hope for you. I didn't use any topical treatments but I did take supplements.

    About a year ago I tried the Bargello Vitamin Routine. I started pill popping in an effort to speed up hair growth and to be honest with you I'm not sure if taking a million supplements helped. I have a very healthy diet & I exercise so that probably had something to do with my bald spot growing back.

    Now I take a multi & MSM. MSM is the only supplement that I have seen results from. When I take MSM my hair doesn't shed as much. So now my hair is a lot thicker than it used to be. It took about 6 months for me to see a difference in the thickness of my hair, but I don’t know if the MSM had anything to do with my bald spots growing back.

    Here is a copy of the Bargello vitamin routine:
    By: Bargello
    Growing Out Message Board

    Vitamins are very important for not just the growth of hair but for overall health. After doing years of research on vitamins, I have found what vitamins work and what ones don't. My overall health has improved 200% since starting my vitamin program. And healthy body means healthy nails, skin, and hair.

    Multivitamin: I believe everyone needs to be on a good multivitamin. You need a vitamin that contains at least 100% of the most of the recommended daily nutrients. I am very partial to Vitaminshoppe's One A Day vitamin. This is an excellent vitamin for overall health. Note that it does not contain iron. This might be a concern and might not be. Most menstruating women can benefit from extra iron in their diets. If you happen to be a woman that becomes iron deficient easily, you might just wish to add in an extra iron supplement. By not having iron, this makes a good supplement for men, teens, and post-menopausal women.

    Calcium: We all need calcium in our diet. This is something that is an absolute necessity. There is some calcium in the above multivitamin, but not enough. Remember that when taking calcium you also need Vitamin D and Magnesium for the calcium to be absorbed properly. Most multivitamins will contain Vitamin D and Magnesium.

    Now for the vitamins which promote healthy hair, skin, and nails.

    Hair Vitamins: I like a good hair vitamin to start my program. There are several out there. GNC's Ultra Nourishair is probably one of the best I have seen. It is what I take and is the absolute heart of my program. I am a firm believer in this vitamin. It contains all the necessary vitamins needed for healthy hair.

    Note: I do not like the vitamins that state for Hair, Skin, and Nails. They generally have less than you really need of the necessary vitamins for healthy hair, skin, and nails. I am not sure why, but they do. If you take a good hair vitamin, your skin and nails will automatically benefit.

    MSM: This vitamin is very important for healthy hair, muscles, and joints. It helps to decrease hair fall out. It does this by assisting in making the growth stage of the hair longer. The longer you are able to retain the root, the longer you hair will grow. You may take up to 2000mg/day. Note: Ultra Nourishair contains 500mg of MSM. I take an additional 1000mg/day.

    Silica: Helps in the shine of hair. It is also a very valuable antioxidant. It assists in a lot of other areas other than just helping your hair be soft and shiny. There is silica in the Ultra Nourishair; I take an additional 500mg/day.

    Evening Primrose: There is so much to say about this essential fatty acid. It contains Omega-6 Fatty Acid (Gamma-Linolenic Acid). This is a good Omega-6 Fatty Acid. It has several benefits of which I will only name a few. Some of the benefits are reducing PMS, clearing up eczema, helping your skin glow, minimize fine wrinkles, reduce cholesterol, help with your metabolism, and cure hair and nail problems. It helps nourish straw-like hair. You really only need 480-960 mg of GLA to reap wonderful benefits. I personally take 500mg/day. You should see results with Evening Primrose as early as 2 weeks of daily consumption. Your scalp should feel less dry and the hair growing in should feel softer and more nourished.

    Flaxseed Oil: Now flaxseed Oil is wonderful in the sense that it contains both Alpha-Linolenic Acid (Omega-3 Fatty Acid) and Gamma-Linolenic Acid (Omega-6 Fatty Acid). Omega-3 is very important in our bodies too. We need both to help maintain a healthy body. Omega-3 has been know the help ADD/ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder). It is also essential for healthy hair, skin, and nails. It helps hair in the same way Omega-6 does. Why take both? Because the cells of the body need both to work properly. Our bodies do not make either of the Fatty Acids, we must supplement. Taking both will help the cells of the body work more efficiently and in return help growth of hair as well as health of hair and body. I take 500mg/day. I really don't think you need more than that, but experiment. You might find your body does need more.

    Biotin: Now biotin is what really can boost your hair growth. Skin, nails, and hair rely on biotin to grow. So, if we feed our bodies more biotin, then our skin will look better, and our nails will be stronger, and our hair will grow faster and stronger. My hair vitamin contains 1200mcg of biotin. I take an additional 2400mcg/day. I have played with the dosage a little and have found that my hair definitely grows faster with the total biotin of 3600mcg/day. You might need to play with this too. You might need more or less than I do for results.

    Protein: I can't scream enough about protein. We need it. I don't care if it plant or animal. Truthfully your body can absorb and utilize plant protein better than animal. This is why vegetarians are incredibly healthy. I drink a protein shake everyday with my vitamins. I drink it with milk (it tastes better and I get extra calcium and protein with the milk), vegans can make a protein drink with soymilk (get it with calcium added and you have the benefits of extra vegetable protein and calcium). Adding protein to your diet will help your body all the way around. It will function better and you will not be as hungry all the time. I suggest a protein drink of at least 22gr. of protein. I suggest at least one serving a day. If your diet is really bad, you can drink more. The extra protein will also help your hair grow. It is protein too, you know.

    With all this said, everyone is DIFFERENT! You might need more of something than I do, or less. Vitamins are personal things. You need to play with them to get the correct dosage for you. They are not a cure all. They can help your body in ways you wouldn't think about. I have tried to keep the above information brief. I could write pages about each vitamin and why you should take it. The above program works very well for me. My hair grows at the speed of 1 ½" per month. One thing to always remember, when starting a vitamin program, don't expect results overnight. It will take your body 2-6 weeks to benefit from vitamins. This time period depends on how depleted your system is. The average time being 4 weeks. If you are recovering from a serious illness, it could take longer.

    One word about prenatal supplements. I personally do not think they will boost hair growth anymore than a good multivitamin. There are a lot of good over-the-counter prenatals out there. I like Natrol probably the best. When I sat down and actually compared the ingredients in prenatal vitamins and multivitamins, the multivitamin actually had more than the prenatals did. Prenatal vitamins do contain extra iron (for anemia), folic acid (for birth defects), and potassium (to help with muscle cramps). Now, none of those ingredients will boost hair growth. I have had 3 pregnancies and I have NEVER taken prenatal vitamins. When I presented my vitamin program to my OB-GYN, each one has stated that they could not have put together a better vitamin program for overall health during pregnancy and after. They have never prescribed a prenatal for me. There really was no need.

    If you wish to take a prenatal in addition to a good multivitamin, by all means do. The only reason I think doctors have stated that there has been a boost in hair growth is that generally people don't take vitamins until they get pregnant. They take a prenatal and their hair starts to grow. They think it is the prenatal when in fact it is just getting some good vitamins in the system and the result of pregnancy itself. Pregnancy can cause your hair to grow faster as your body is renewing things a lot faster.

    **As of 4/22/2002 Bargello has increased her intake of Biotin to 7500 mcg/day.
    The rumor is that Bargello lost her hair because of illness. Doctors told her that they could do nothing to help her hair grow back so Bargello started taking supplements. I know a lot of women who are on the Bargello plan but I have never seen any photo proof that the Bargello plan ACTUALLY grew their hair faster than normal. Maybe the Bargello information will help you.

    My advice to you is to be gentle to the balding areas, eat healthy and don’t stress.

    Good luck! :thumbsup



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    Thanks for breaking it down!

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    thank you!
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    I'm treating bald spots and have been for the past two years or so. I've been seeing a dermatologist for scalp treatments and I've definitely seen some growth but not as fast as I'd like. I know that the sooner you address the problem the better. I would suggest you see a dermatologist before giving up. I've read several posts on this site from people who seem to swear by a product called Surge Revitalizer (I think that was the name) and I plan to try that as well. Good luck and don't get discouraged. Try to see a Dr., preferably one that treats women of color, and go from there. :thumbsup

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    thanks Jackie!
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    As Jackie, I think that consulting a dermatologist would be very helpful.

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    I wrote this for someone and thought that I would share it with the group:

    Read your posting and wanted to respond to it. There are a lot of things that can contribute to thinning spots and breakage. Stress, improper diets, not enough water, medications and a common cause bad hair care products.

    Everything that we consume in our body comes through our hair. What people forget is that all of the important activities of hair growth take place under the scalp. When Jackie mentioned that the doctor gave her scalp treatment that is important for healthy hair. Quick story, the papilla (hair root where hair growth starts) receives it's nourishment from the blood. The healthier you are, the healthier your blood is and so goes your hair and vice versa.

    The scalp treatment causes your blood to circulate around your follicle and the more blood circulate around your follicle, the faster your hair will grow (true fact). That is why scalp massages are so important to promote hair growth.

    A good product comes into play because a good product is a product that can cleanse your scalp and penetrate down to the follicle and provide nourishment to aide the hair growth. Like a flower, to produce a beautiful rose the soil (scalp) must be properly cared for and the seed (papilla) must be nourished to produce the flower (hair).

    Most of the products on the market do not penetrate the scalp, so the product stay on top of the scalp, clog up your pores (build-up) and this process starts thinning or balding spot, because your hair that is trying to grow can not pass through the clog pore. That is why grease and saturated oils are bad, because they clog pores and hinder hair growth.

    Breakage come from chemicals (multiple gollum fire creams, colors, etc..) or the follicles inability to receive the proper nourishment under the scalp (essential oils, vitamins, etc..). A lot of times if your hair is dry, then so is your scalp. Hair and scalp goes together! So what you will need to do to help fill in the thinning spots is to unclog the pores and get the blood circulating!

    A product called Satin Tame was in Essence's April issue that is a good moisturizer and de-tangler. Looking up the product I saw that the web-site is www.deccaplus.com. Check out the products, Satin Tame (hair), Scalp Therapy and Satin Pomade (scalp). It will be worth your while!

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