By: Emily Beyda |
Unlike most people, I didn’t start using VEGAMOUR to achieve fuller, thicker-looking hair. I already had more strands than I knew what to do with, and I wasn’t interested in growing more. So the first few times I heard about the GRO+ line, I assumed it wasn’t for me. How wrong I was!
You see, just because I have a lot of hair doesn’t mean my strands are healthy. The pressure of supporting so much growth means that (like many curly girls) my scalp was always prone to dryness and flaking, as were my plentiful strands. I suffered from split ends and excessive shedding, even if I had hair to spare.
After vacuuming up yet another tumbleweed-sized hairball, I decided there had to be a better way. I bought myself some GRO+ shampoo and conditioner, opting for the hemp-enriched formula to see if my scalp would benefit from its extra support. Here’s what I discovered during my GRO+ journey and how the VEGAMOUR formulas helped add definition, bounce and shine to my strands.
My Curly Hair Woes
When it comes to curly hair, quality and quantity are definitely not the same. I’ve had seriously curly locks since elementary school, but because I was the first person in my family to have such voluminous strands, I didn’t know how to care for them properly.
This resulted in a few unfortunate haircuts (hello, big puffy bangs!). It also meant that before I discovered VEGAMOUR, I spent most of my life experimenting with various alternatives to the drug store hair products that left my strands puffy, frizzy and dried out. It’s safe to say that at this point in my life, my ill-defined curls had lost their mojo.
I quickly learned that most conventional haircare products are packed with harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances, sulfates and silicones, while the DIY alternatives left much to be desired. The no-poo method left me feeling greasy and co-washing weighed me down. Curly girl-approved products were a little better, but still dried out my strands more than I liked. It was time to try something new. That’s when my first VEGAMOUR box arrived.
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My GRO+ Wash Day Experience
I got the GRO+ Advanced Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner Set, ensuring I would have everything I needed to see if the GRO+ formula made a difference when wash day rolled around. Reading the label of my new shampoo and conditioner set, I was immediately intrigued — and it didn’t hurt that it smelled great when I popped open the bottle for a sniff.
I was impressed with the mildness of the formula, which is designed to use every day if that’s your hair care routine. It also gets you clean enough to last a few days if you, like me, try to avoid over-washing your curly hair. It’s designed to thoroughly clean your scalp while nourishing your strands, not stripping them of protective oils like other formulas.
My first wash day using GRO+ I was immediately struck by the creaminess of both the shampoo and conditioner. I usually need to slather on huge amounts of shampoo and conditioner to clean my voluminous strands, but with GRO+, a little went a long way.
First, I washed my hair using the shampoo, applying a quarter-sized amount and lathering it up until my head was covered in suds. I was impressed with how clean my scalp felt using only the recommended amount. After washing out my hair thoroughly, my scalp felt rejuvenated.
Conditioner was next. I usually apply it by the palmful but I decided to do things the right way and stick to the dose recommended on the bottle, using a quarter-sized amount again. I worked it carefully through my strands and let it soak in for a while, singing a few showtunes to pass the time. When I rinsed it out, my hair follicles felt smoother and fuller than before conditioning.
After washing, my hair felt immediately silkier and more hydrated, not crispy or stressed out as it often does after I use conventional shampoos. As my hair dried, I noticed that my curls seemed to have extra definition and less frizziness than I was used to. My hair health journey was beginning on a positive note.
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How Hemp Helped My Hair Thrive
Over the next few weeks of using VEGAMOUR’S GRO+ Advanced Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner Set with every wash day, I was amazed to see the difference in my strands. The botanical blend in the formulas had calmed my irritation, removing impurities from my roots, while the hemp and vegan silk protein had bonded with my strands, repairing damage and cutting down on shedding.
Hemp is famous for its ability to revive damaged hair and after I stuck with my GRO+ routine for a while, I noticed that my formerly split ends seemed less fragile and my strands felt stronger than before. I noticed that my curls were fuller looking and better defined — and they felt softer, too. My giant hair has always attracted attention, but after using GRO+, I felt like I was getting more compliments than ever before. People were literally stopping me on the street to tell me I had amazing strands!
While I’m sure the normal GRO formula would have delivered similar results, I was particularly impressed with the impact of CBD in the GRO+ formula on my strands. Broad spectrum hemp seed oil is famous for its moisturizing and strand-supporting effects, locking in moisture to prevent water loss that can weaken strands.
As someone with relatively porous hair that’s prone to hydragal fatigue, I appreciated the extra dose of moisturizing protection. The broad spectrum hemp in the GRO+ formula definitely strengthened strands, leaving my hair nourished, hydrated and thriving.
I was also impressed that the scalp irritation I had lived with almost my whole life had diminished to almost nothing. Whereas in the past, I had noticed increasing irritation the further I got from wash day, with my new GRO+ routine, I could stick to my hair health-supporting wash schedule without compromising the cleanliness of my scalp.
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A Unique Solution for Curly Strands
So what’s the takeaway from my GRO+ experience? Let’s keep it simple: it works!
If you’re a curly girl looking for a new shampoo and conditioner packed with beneficial plant actives and free of harmful ingredients typically found in conventional drugstore products, you’ve found your perfect match. VEGAMOUR’S GRO+ Collection has made such a difference in my curly girl journey, and I know it will be the same for you.
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Emily Beyda is a novelist, journalist and translator whose work has appeared in The Austin Chronicle, The Believer, Refinery29 and more. A graduate of New York University and Texas State MFA program in fiction, she is the author of two books: the novel "The Body Double" and "Suspended Whispers", a book of poetry in translation by Iranian poet Roja Chamankar. She's also the founder of The Coop Workshop, a community driven creative space.
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