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2-way: DIY stimulating scalp treatment + anti-inflammatory face mask



Uneven complexion? Check. Hair falling out? Double check. What to do? Head to your kitchen first before hauling Sephora.

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Update #3: NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner

*UPDATED* I apologize for doing this review with the interference of my personal life. I’ve gotten rid of it – and now here’s a more comprehensive overview of NISIM’s products!



Please refer to this post, on 2 weeks after using NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner, and this one, 4 weeks after using the products.

Today is exactly 6 weeks since I started using the products.

Again, compare my photos from the beginning till the end.


Didn’t seem to grow that much, do they? :(



I gotta confess: For the past 2 weeks, I haven’t been doing as the instructions told me to do so (as I did on the previous 4 weeks). There were times within these last 2 weeks I was so busy I didn’t leave the conditioner even for a minute before I quickly washed it off. I also used the shampoo only once (when the instructions tell you to do twice) before you use the conditioner, whereas in the first 4 weeks I’ve been religiously following those instructions, in addition to good diet, great sleep, and using my leave-in conditioner. I also haven’t even been applying my leave-in conditioner for the past 2 weeks, except maybe once.

I haven’t had lots of sleep. In case you didn’t notice, I put on extra concealer under my eye to hide my black under eye circles. It’s more obvious on the second photo.

Just in the previous entries, these pictures are taken in the morning after I woke up. I believe on my first entry, my hair was a bit more than 9 inches. In the second entry it was almost 10 inches, and now it’s still almost 10 inches.

So that’s still a much longer hair growth than the average growth of half an inch per month.

It’s humanly impossible for hair to grow shorter, unless you’re losing hair. And if you do, I suggest you start thinking of getting biotin supplements, like the one that I’m taking now from GNC. I find that the biotin content, with the addition to eating enough protein everyday, helps your scalp to grow more voluminous hair. Also I have to give credits to NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner for having less to no hair falling out when I brush them now. I started taking GNC supplements long before I use these products from NISIM, and during that time, on a daily basis, I can see strands of my hair pulled out as I brush them, and they would fall miserably to the ground. Considering how much stress I’ve been lately, it’s amazing that I stop falling out my hair, and I can safely say my hair is at its strongest.

However, according to my picture this morning, I’m pretty much not growing any hair for the past 2 weeks :( On a side note, though, I guess this is just because your hair behaves differently every morning when you wake up.

Overall, I think NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner does help in hair growth, although if you’re not one of those people who wash their hair everyday like me, I do not promise whether it will work for you. The instructions specifically said that you must wash your hair everyday, therefore using both the shampoo and conditioner everyday. This is the instructions as I quote from their website:



Fast shampoo and condtioner works best when it is used daily. Shampoo: Wet hair, apply shampoo and work into a rich lather. Scrub entire scalp thoroughly and rinse with warm/hot water. Repeat. Conditioner: After shampooing apply the moisturizing conditioner onto hair and massage in thoroughly. Allow conditioner to permeate the hair for 1-2 minutes and rinse with warm/hot water. Style as usual.




Like I said, for the past 2 weeks I’ve only been using the shampoo once, and I did not wait for the conditioner to be absorbed into my scalp for a minute or two like I did during the first 4 weeks I’ve been using these products. Besides this factor, clearly the fact that my lack of sleep completely affects the hair-growing hormones I’ve been expecting and watching the results for those 4 consecutive weeks.

Now I learned that sleeping is a huge part of human hair growth, just because that’s when the human growth hormone levels, or better known as hGH levels, are at its peak the moment when your mind starts to relax and your body’s about to go into a deep sleep, i.e., REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. When you merely close your eyes for the night and wake up to the restroom every 2 hours, that doesn’t count as sleep. When your tinging head gives you headaches throughout the day and all you feel is anger, stress hormones (namely cortisol) affects the production of your body’s GH levels. (See: Growth hormone (Wikipedia)).

Even though I’ve been eating well everyday, diet isn’t as much a big factor as sleep is, because getting enough sleep means regulating a healthy metabolism. Even while still supplementing my diet with GNC products, it is proven here that nothing else will work if you don’t get your quality time of sleeping.

I would buy these products again and is recommending others who are desperate after a bad haircut to use NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner.

Periodically massaging your head with olive oil, coconut oil, and essential lavender oil helps stimulate your follicles to grow too, but do it only when you’re ready to go shower as your hair will become really greasy. On an important note, I conclude and strongly emphasize that if you want to grow your hair longer, faster, these are the most important things you must be doing: Do get your sleep, and when you do, sleep well. Minimize and cope with daily stress, and commit yourself to eating healthy.












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Update #2: NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner

Please refer to this post, exactly 2 weeks ago, on 2 weeks after using NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner.

Today is exactly 4 weeks after I started using the products.

Compare my photo from the straight-on picture with this morning’s picture, same angle with the same condition – just woke up and all messy.



Note: I cut my bangs (but I don’t think it’s obvious enough from these pictures, huh?). I cut them just until the corner of my eye. But other than my bangs, I did not cut or trim the ends of my hair.

This is a picture with my measurement:





The last time, the longest strands of my hair is a little bit more than 9 inches. Now, as you can see, is almost 10 inches already!!!

Thanks to NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner, GNC supplements, and the many beans I’ve included recently in my diet…  :) Beans are packed with protein and fiber, and very little fat. Although… beware with beans if you don’t like the gassy feeling in your stomach!!

I will be doing my last review update for NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner in another 2 weeks, which will fall on 2 August 2012. I also expected for my hair to grow to a little bit more than 9.5 inches on 5 August 2012, which is exactly one month after my last update on 5 July 2012. Yet right now it looks like it’s crossed that 9.5-inch line…

Again and again, I think sleep counts. Even napping – just to reduce stress hormones. A little exercise also helps reducing anxiety levels, allowing the roots of your scalp to grow as normal. My homemade leave-in conditioner, which has lavender oil in it, really calms me down after I wash my hair. At night, whenever I have troubles sleeping (because my apartment has a lot of noise -_-“), I rub lavender oil on my temples until I drift off to sleep.

Hope this review helps :)










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Update #1: NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner

This was my last post, exactly 2 weeks ago, on my first day using NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner.

OK. My many apologies – I didn’t think thoroughly about doing my review, and I took a picture of my hair while it’s still wet in that post, and now you can’t really see the change.

Let’s take a better look at pictures of my hair growth in my post on GNC supplements (which I’m still taking conccurently):







This was in early June (and now I realized it was on the 5th, and today is the 5th – so you can see the change in hair growth exactly one month later…) Like I said in my first post on NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner, I started using the products on 21 June 2012 – exactly 2 weeks ago.

I do everything on the instructions label, i.e. lathering shampoo and massage my whole head, rinse; repeat, then lather conditioner and massage deeply until it’s absorbed deep into my scalp. I usually leave the conditioner while I’m using my body soap to wash the rest of my body, so it’s right about 2 minutes.

My hair currently looks like this:






Note carefully that both pictures are taken from the same angle (a bit from below), so these pictures are valid for our comparison reasons.

However, I don’t think I’m able to tell the difference much on a daily basis (I see my hair everyday in the mirror – you see me once every 2 weeks! from pictures, even~), so I decided to see how long my hair actually is right now, and then we can compare the length in the next 2 weeks and 2 weeks later after that.





So right now it looks a little bit over 9 inches, and I’m expecting more than 0.5 inches to grow by August 5th, since the average person’s hair growth per month is half an inch. But we’ll see the wonders of NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner 2 weeks later on 19 July 2012.

As you can see from the early June photo and this morning’s photo, my bangs has grown a lot. Before, it sits at my cheeks. Now I always accidentally eat my bangs whenever it falls over my face.

Also to note: I had a little at-home trim some time before I used NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner (but after I took that early June picture). That’s why I can only judge by the bangs, because I didn’t trim them. I don’t plan to trim it anymore until some time next year.

Besides NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner, these are the following factors that I think affect my vast hair growth:

– my leave-in conditioner
–  my diet
–  my lots-of-sleep routine
GNC supplements, with multivitamin too
– managing daily stress
– massaging my own head everyday



Hope my review helps :)











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My homemade leave-in conditioner

My homemade leave-in conditioner


Mix 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil (liquefied/heated), and 6 drops of lavender essential oil together. Massage scalp with about a small amount (about 2 peas) of the mixture. Massage long enough until entire hair is thoroughly coated with it. As it turns greasy, fit entire hair into a shower cap and leave the oils to absorb into the scalp for 10 to 15 minutes.

Do this twice a week before you wash your hair, as it significantly improves hair texture and controls shine.

Leave the remaining mixture for future use. Just this amount was enough for one whole month for me.

Olive oil accounts for the hair’s glow, coconut oil for its smoothness, and lavender oil to calm your head from daily stress, so as to prevent roots from damaging.




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Splurge: NISIM F.A.S.T. shampoo and conditioner

This package arrived yesterday. I’ve been thinking about using this product for a long time, now, and finally, I decided to give it a go.

I’ve watched plenty of video reviews on YouTube, and more than half of these people have seen results. The company itself, NISIM, confidently says they provide 100% money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the products. But they do point out that you have to use both the shampoo and the conditioner so that results are more effective. It’s also cheaper to buy the shampoo and conditioner together than buying each product separately.

Since they’ve only arrived yesterday, I’ve only started using it today. Surprisingly, they don’t smell like chemicals or anything. They just smell… clean. This is how long my hair looks like since the last time I updated you with my GNC supplements post:

My hair hasn’t completely dried out yet and that’s why they look shorter in this picture. Still, the shortest layer of my hair (at the furthest back; since my hair used to be a short bob) is visibly longer already since last month’s picture.

My plan is to update my hair length every 2 weeks before I go back to Jakarta on 10 August 2012. Do your numbers; I’ll keep you posted on these dates:

  1. 5 July 2012

  2. 19 July 2012

  3. 2 August 2012

By that time I’ve probably finished these bottles and should see results before I go home. I really hope they’ll grow as fast as 1 inch per month!!!

To go back to the GNC Hair, Skin, & Nails formula, since my only purpose to buy a supplement is really just for my hair to grow longer faster, I think I won’t be purchasing anymore of this one and continue to buy Ultra-Nourish Hair supplement the next time round. Although I’ve seen my skin becomes clearer and my acne scars are starting to disappear, my nails are still brittle and I suspect it’s just because of the cold weather.








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Hair lately with GNC supplements



Looking back from the first time I took GNC’s Ultra-Nourish Hair (USD 12.99) supplement until today, my hair has grown a lot. It’s been a little more than 6 months since I’ve used the product.

In the beginning, I was impatient and wasn’t satisfied after just after one month’s use only (despite seeing improvements after just 2 weeks). And then during the whole month of January, I exercised almost 5 days a week, so maybe it grew so fast because of the greatly improved blood circulation around my scalps, as I stopped taking the supplement at that time, and it’s only a couple of weeks before today that I resumed taking these supplements (around end of April).

Recently, because I’m also packing up stuff around here and want to clear up everything I see, I’ve been taking the supplement again, just to finish it off since it’s loaded with great nutrients such as biotin, zinc, and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), plus some more amino acids complex. All these great stuff has been proven in the scientific literature that they do improve strength of the hair. And so, as you’ve probably read in my 3-day fast posts last week, that I’ve been religiously taking this supplement again in my diet.

And it’s been doing well. Take a look at the whole process from the beginning:


This photo was from this post, published on February 21, 2012.


The greatest improvement as I see it, is from April to May. Despite facing so much workload during the finals week (analogous meaning to tons of stress and very little sleep, no exercise at all), the hair still grows, and I think I have to give credits to GNC for this.

At this rate, I’m predicting I need another 6 months to officially call my mane a long one. I want to let it grow till how it used to be:



However, also to note: The stuff that I eat everyday, as in my daily diet, are increasingly becoming healthier since December. So, I think it’s a combination of healthy diet and the supplement too.

Another thing I do as if it’s my second nature is to wash my hair everyday. A lot of people don’t recommend that, but so far in my life it’s only been doing me well. Any day I go without washing my hair just makes it really greasy, sticky, and scratchy. Then again, what’s worked for me doesn’t necessarily work for everyone else.

All in all, I highly recommend the product to anyone who’s just got a bob hairdo but immediately regret it. In addition to that, eat at least one egg religiously every single day (because that’s what I eat consistently everyday since my mother gave birth to me until today). lax, this does not increase your cholesterol levels. Eat that yolk, because it contains a good amount of zinc, which is responsible for maintaining your good skin  and in helping tissue repair. This is because zinc plays a big role in food digestion and metabolism while it’s maintaining the structure of proteins digested into your body, and your mane is essentially protein in another word.

Some food sources that contains a good amount of zinc include oysters, shrimps, crab meat, turkey, chicken, chickpeas, peanuts, and onions. So if you’re like me, a seafood lover, you’ll be getting a huge amount of protein everyday. That works effectively alongside GNC’s Ultra-Nourish Hair in order to make it grow longer and healthier.

So that made me trust GNC’s products pretty well by now. So the hair supplement that I recently restored into my cabinet is, however, not the Ultra-Nourish Hair, but the Hair, Skin, & Nails Formula (USD 19.99) supplement. This time, I’m looking to improve the overall health of my whole body but also at the same time improve the growth of my hair. My skin is so flaky whenever I’m in San Francisco, and otherwise (oily) in Jakarta. Same goes with my nails: In addition to the habit of scratching my nails, the cold weather makes them look broken and super ugly. Sometimes they’re painful.



Let’s see if my hair continues to grow at the same rate as when I was taking Ultra-Nourish Hair, and whether my nails are going to resist better in such cold climate (for God’s sake, it’s supposed to be summer!!!)


P.S. Great deals alert: You can actually get GNC’s great stuff for almost half the price with these coupons.




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Haircut: First short cut in 2 years


Can’t believe I just did this again, all because I’ve given up on life.


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Selca: Curls