Brrrrrrrrr. Looks like the common cold is coming.
- Image courtesy of Cutest Paw
So fall – fall yourself to sleep …
AND YOU AIN’T GONNA CATCH A COLD.
*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!
Today is exactly 6 weeks since I started using the products.
Again, compare my photos from the beginning till the end.
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.
1 whole avocado
1/3 c sliced mango
WATER: 4 liters + innumerable little cups of green tea and other teas
Water after eight hours of sleep
I can’t believe it’s already May. At this time of the year last year, I was utterly depressed, just relocated to another neighborhood (which is different from the present), and almost gave up school.
Today, this year, a week from now, my spring semester is over. A week after that, I will be walking down the stage in my cap and gown to receive my graduation certificate (blank one, since I’ll still be taking classes through the summer). I’m not that depressed anymore, I’m still stressed, but the healthy kind. I think I learned better at managing stress and controlling my emotions over the year, largely thanks to God for sending me the perfect angel at the perfect time last year, in late May, when I first met my boyfriend.
Anyway, for the last few weeks that I’ve been hiding in my room to keep working on my final art pieces, I haven’t got the time to go out. I missed the world when they’re watching The Avengers. I’ve always been in love with superhero movies, but at the moment my leaving school is first priority. While it’s taking 3 months of my life left, I want to focus on making it useful for me later in life. I know I’m not pursuing this professionally, but still, it’s worth to consider it when all else fails.
Over the years, I found 2 different types of artists. The talented ones, and the hardworking ones. The talented ones are more deadline-oriented, while the hardworking ones need to put much more effort in a larger amount of time to produce a great piece. They will both have the same level of result. The talented one naturally loves art; the hardworking ones depended on their strong character to keep going and achieve their best. They are driven by improving their character so that they’re able to produce great pieces. The talented ones, however, are driven by their intentions out of each individual piece they’re working on and just get in the flow. Of course, nobody’s ever absolutely either one of them. We’re always in-between these two types of artists, or workers, for that matter. But after being 5 years in college, I learned that focusing on improving your character is the best way out. Because a) you’ll have a stronger character in other aspects of your life, and b) your works will remain consistent. You’re not influenced by the ups and downs of external motivations, but you’re driven by your passion from the inside.
You might think that I’m talking about certain people I actually know. Yes. As I was describing both types of artists in the last paragraph, I have 2 friends in mind. Both girls are very well-received in my school department, but in different ways. The talented one is known for her quality of work alone. The hardworking one is known for her, well, hardworking-ness. Whatever you ask her to improve, she will do it. Whatever you ask her to do, or to help you, or just anything aside from making art, she’ll do it, without the grunting.
She goes well with the saying:
I think she’s a very admirable character. I look up to her not because of her art, but her character. She’s my bench mate in class and also a devoted daughter of God.
Also, over the last 2 semesters that I’ve bounced back up from my depression, I learned that being creative matters. Creative people are generally open-minded and open to new things. However, beyond creativity is perspective. Sometimes, we want things to go a certain way and we’ve prepared everything so carefully for it to happen. But it didn’t. And the best way to get out of that negative feeling is to see what you can learn from that experience. Open-mindedness teach us to learn from experience. Creativity can only do so much – when we’re in love with our final pencil rough revisions and get ready to move on with the coloring the piece, sometimes, your whole cup of coffee may just spill on the line drawing you’ve spent more than 3 days to do. It’s tempting to complain; but nothing’s going to solve the problem, especially if you have a deadline.
Every week from the last year, I do more complaining about the difficulty of each assignment than I actually put more effort into the work. That doesn’t help. The only solution I found to the problem is to write everything I want in a private diary during my breaks, and then just keep on doing my best with the work. That’s when I realize that when you’re in art school, you need to be more equipped with your character much more than developing your skills, because skills can always develop but to keep improving, you need character to move pass the skills and keep persevering.
I really admire that hardworking girl I mentioned. I won’t give out any form of identity here, but that she inspires me a lot to be a better person.
Anyway, there’s another third girl who’s talented AND hardworking, and during the next 7 days of our final week, she will sacrifice all her sleeping time everyday. Now that’s just plain crazy. Or maybe I just love sleeping too much to sacrifice it, and she loves art so much that she can sacrifice her most basic human need of all to function properly in our everyday life – sleep.
It’s a matter of perspective, creativity beyond perspective. What can you learn from the reading experience out of this post?